How far off from Enlightenment are you?

Via elephant journal
on Jun 23, 2011
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Buddhist Wisdom.

We have the wisdom and compassion of a universal monarch lying within us like dormant seeds waiting for the sun.

We think that we’re 180 degrees from enlightenment, but we’re only a few degrees off.

I’ve always found this bit of wisdom and encouragement heartening, because there are days when the qualities of a buddha might as well be in a different galaxy. In fact, our wisdom and compassion are always available.

What is takes to see this is not a trip to the Far East or a radical change in lifestyle, but a subtle shift in our attitude. Learning to rule is a matter of developing confidence in basic goodness.

~ Sakyong Mipham


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2 Responses to “How far off from Enlightenment are you?”

  1. Shanna says:

    The fact that you are even concerned about how far off you are shows that you have a long way to go.

  2. elephantjournal says:

    Good point, Shanna, but I think you can look at a road map and consider enlightenment a measure of how well you can serve others rather than personal attainment…you don't have to all judgmental about it? ~ W.