Are We Good Candidates for Enlightenment?

  1. Do I understand and accept karma and rebirth?
  2. Do I renounce the illusion of material happiness?
  3. Do I desire enlightenment for all (not just myself)?
  4. Do I understand, at least conceptually, emptiness and dependent origination?
  5. Do I have certainty about my own Buddha Nature?
  6. Do I understand and accept the profound teachings on the Pure Land?
  7. Do I understand and accept the teaching on dedication and transfer of merit and the Vows of Buddha Amideva?

If the answer is “Yes” to all (or most), then we are good candidates for enlightenment in this life, in this body, and have nothing to fear from physical death.

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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3 Responses to Are We Good Candidates for Enlightenment?

  1. Sonam says:

    Can you explain what Pure Land teachings mean to you?

    • Tashi Nyima says:

      That’s a long discussion. In a nutshell: the Pure Land is the field of action (buddha ksetra) of the Buddha. Birth in the Pure Land is entering that field of action. We enter the Pure Land by invoking/evoking our Buddha Nature.

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