Zen – How Does Enlightenment Happen?

  1. johnscott00 profile image58
    johnscott00posted 6 years ago

    The mind must come to a state of silence, completely empty of fear, longing and all images.  This cannot be brought about by suppression, but by observing every feeling and though without qualification, condemnation, judgment, or comparison.  If unmotivated alertness is to operate the censor must disappear.  There must simply be a quiet looking at what composes the mind.  In discovering the facts just as they are, agitation is eliminated, the movement of thoughts becomes slow and we can watch each thought, its cause and content as it occurs.  We become aware of every thought in its completeness and in this totality there can be no conflict.

    People study, meditate, and prepare in many ways to be enlightened, but when it happens, it is in an instant. We have many small enlightenment in life, inner learning that are felt from within and yet share a universal character. Learning to ride a bicycle provides an analogy that may help you understand how enlightenment happens.

    1. Stacie L profile image88
      Stacie Lposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      This would make a great hub...just extend the article and add some more material

    2. msorensson profile image72
      msorenssonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Shunryu Suzuki uses the analogy as in going to a mist..you do not know that you are getting wet (the mist being sazen) but you will feel it sooner or later..