Methinks enlightenment happens in moments... specifically when we live in the now.
We drop all the menial b.s. of life, and simply experience and appreciate.
However, we cannot ever claim to be enlightened. The same as anyone who outright claims to be a Zen master hasn't truly reached a mastered state of
We can only be
Do we, as humans, need to suffer?
In order to truly appreciate happiness, one has to experience sadness... and vice versa.
Is suffering & desire a requisite of being human?
...I'm inclined to think yes, with the clause that "suffering" can be a matter of perspective.
I suffer if I'm starving -- there's no question that that is suffering.
But if I suffer because my local Gap store doesn't have my jeans in...
Desire is, I think, a necessary cloud that we take on.
Again, we need the fog in order to appreciate seeing clearly.
We need to learn in order to unlearn.
I read Taoist texts...
...and am reminded of the wisdom in the words...
...the words that try to describe that which cannot be described...
...and remember that if I quiet my chattering monkey brain, I'd have known the answer without needing to read!
...but I'm human, I'm an academic, and so I keep reading... just so I can giggle at myself afterwards!
I very much appreciate your posts.
And I very much encourage you to continue your journey.
I Thank You.