Through arduous effort and single-minded worship and reverence, one’s mind is transformed by the Christ’s power, so that one acquires the Christ’s wisdom. This realization of unconditional humility [‘trust’, i.e. self-abandonment] is not a union of our minds and the Buddha’s [Christ is another name for Buddha Maitreya] mind brought about through a gradual deepening of human trust or acceptance – this is a fundamental distinction between unconditional humility towards Suchness and our ordinary conceptions of faith. Rather, it comes about through an utter negation in which all our efforts and designs fall away into meaninglessness, being found both powerless and tainted by egocentric attachments. In this negation our minds of blind passions are transformed into wisdom-compassion, and at the same time they remain precisely as they are – or rather, their fundamental nature becomes radically clear for the f irst time.
With the wisdom that we realize as pure trust, we are enabled to see ourselves as we are – the foolish being whose every act is conditioned by eons of karmic evil and dominated by passions, thoroughly devoid of truth and reality – and also to know, and to be filled with gratitude for, the working of the Primal Vow (to be ‘born again’) that leads to the perfect enlightenment.
We can become enlightened because we are already enlightened – as Dogen Zenji once said, only Buddhas become Buddhas. We cannot enlighten ourselves, for the ego cannot bring about egolessness. Only Other Power can help us. This is because within us all, at our very core, is Other Power itself, or the Buddha-nature which is Christ-Consciousness. It is Other Power beyond the ego of Own Power. And as the Christ-nature it is in itself nonconceptual and hence beyond both object and subject.