Gradual and sudden enlightenment

Every insight or realization is ‘sudden’, in the sense that —in that precise moment— we understand something we did not see clearly previously. We ‘get it’ now, whereas before we did not.

However, arriving at those insights is a gradual process: we accumulate the causes and conditions that allow us to see clearly. That is what is meant by the accumulations of wisdom and merit. Without them, we cannot recognize the truth, which is always right in front of us.

We are walking along a dark corridor, advancing many meters in the darkness, relying on the instructions of a helpful guide. Then we come to a turn in the corridor, and as we face that new direction, we suddenly see a bright light. While the vision of the light is indeed sudden, it is only our gradual approach through the dark corridor that makes it possible.

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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1 Response to Gradual and sudden enlightenment

  1. Blue Garuda says:

    Very true.
    Disciples understand that they may attain enlightenment in this very lifetime – but only if their previous karma, causes and conditions have led them to this lifetime and the necessary stage of readiness.

    As i become older I still work for gradual attainment but hope for a sudden revelation as time runs out! LOL 🙂

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