Dissolution of Self, of Ego: More Common Than You Think
I’ve been a “devout” Buddhist practitioner for over 16 years, and there’s no shortage of Dharma/Dhamma Teachers and Teachings on the Buddha-Dharma.
One day, ~ 2 years ago, I experienced the “Arising of Insight into the True Nature of Reality,” and with this, the Dissolution of Self, and Other.
Breaking the First 3-Fetters, Absolute Bodhicitta, or Stream-Winning/Stream-Entry (various Buddhist terms from various Schools of buddhism) describe that experience perfectly. But what happened after that experience is something that is Not discussed much at all in most Buddhist Teachings. It’s somewhat “Taboo” to even share about this experience for several reasons. One is that it doesn’t happen often. Another reason is that with the dissolution of ego, there’s no need or desire to have the experience “validated” by anyone or anything. Also, there are people who make false claims about their Awakening experience, and that is what makes it a “taboo” subject.
But what about those that practice, and experience it, or those that practice, and wonder if the Buddhahood & Bodhisattvahood are actually true and attainable to Everyone. In 12-Step recovery work, people share their Anniversaries, not to self-promote, but to show others that It Does Really Happen. It was, and is, in this spirit of Sharing the message of Hope and Real, Potential, Attainable to Everyone (in THIS lifetime) that led me to begin to share with other Practitioners that it really does happen, and it’s not what most people think it is. No earthquakes, or flowers springing up in my footsteps…. In fact, it’s closer to “ordinary” than people imagine, and when it does occur, it is both the most Perfect, Ineffable experience, ever, AND it’s Shocking at just how profoundly “simple” and close to you it has always been.
Adyashanti was the first person I heard/read that describes the experience so well, eloquently and precisely, I was relieved when I first read and listened to “The End of Your World” that I’ve since become a great admirer of his approach and openness.
Jack Kornfield and Eckhart Tolle are two other living teachers that i have found great usefulness in navigating the world of Spiritual Teaching, and the Path that continues once one Experiences Emptiness and Insight. Bodhisattvas are not mythical creatures, or just archetypal manifestations of the Buddha-Dharma, or simply Dharma, Tao, Reality, Non-Duality, etc.
Posted on July 16, 2013, in Buddhism, Non-Duality, Spirituality and tagged Adyashanti, Awakening, Bodhisattva, Buddhahood, Buddhism, Buddhist Insight, Dharma, Eckhart Tolle, Enlightenment, Experience, Gautama Buddha, Jack Kornfield, Non Duality, Religion and Spirituality. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.