Takuin recently responded to the question What is Enlightenment? on his blog. His answer is excellent.
“Enlightenment is limitless expansion within a limited field.”
“The limited field is this physical world we all live within. And the limitless expansion…well, I will leave that for you to see on your own.”
Tom Stine liked it enough to also post it AND open comments.
And of course, I thought it remarkably succinct as well. In the discussion at Takuin’s, a suggestion was made that it was about finding our “true nature”. While this is true at first, it soon becomes apparent that “true” becomes an evolution. A continual expansion, even of the bounds of what we see as “true”. At first it can seem like a huge unknown. Soon, you stand rooted in the security of being and what is is a continual becoming. Becoming known, becoming seen, becoming full. Limitless expansion.
Takuin said it better.
Notably, later on the journey even that “limited field” is found to be limitless expansion as well. Then it’s just “Enlightenment is limitless expansion“. But, you know, that’s even harder for the mind to grok. 😉
In comments, Takuin added this, from George Carlin:
“I think that being a student doesn’t give you any more enlightenment than working at Blockbuster. In fact, if your parents are footing the bill to put your pansy ass through 4-7 years of college, you haven’t begun to be enlightened.”
PS – am off to a retreat tomorrow for 5 days. Until later…