Thursday, December 21, 2006
With the accumulation of more knowledge it appears eventually possible to hold fixed opinions on subjects of importance, to become accomplished. Even students of Buddhism often imagine enlightenment to be something like this, a revolution of the whole being that is definitive and irreversible, an eternal, hard-won truth.
Many scientists, mathematicians, historians, philosophers and so on regard their discipline as a constant inquiry, an ever-shifting ocean of possibilities to explore unceasingly. Buddhist students also sometimes believe that this is their practise.
Buddhist practise however goes beyond both definition and unceasing exploration to reveal the universe to be real in this instant and beyond all attempts to lay our acquisitive and fearful hands on it.