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Awake to Enlightenment


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Enlightenment actually can be reached by anyone who seriously trains one’s mind to kill the Kilesa which the mind has been poignant by. Anyone, whether male or female, monk or layperson, living with the family or living in seclusion, can reach spiritual liberation if that person practices Vipassana meditation with unwavering perseverance, realizes his/her duty and status, and keeps practicing as his/her duty.

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Liberation indeed is the matter of the mind, not the body at all. Laypeople have been deceived for so long that they cannot be spiritually liberated and liberation can be reached only by those who live in ordination. Hence, laypeople choose to just talk about forest monks, pay respect to Arahant monks, and listen to Buddha’s teachings. They dream of the power of the mind of others but they underestimate their own mind power and surrender to the Kilesa, letting themselves be its slaves. They live their lives in the path in which they are obsessed with eating, lust, and dignity. They are painfully stuck in worldly conditions: gain and loss, fame and obscurity, blame and praise, happiness and unhappiness. They let themselves be stuck in the cycle of suffering and be the victim of the snare trapping the mind. There are many ways, in fact, have been created to delude us into untrue happiness and we finally have to get back to the same spot.

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Be awake. Be awake from delusions. Look at the world as it really is. Take our mind out of the cycle of rebirth. Make our birth in this lifetime the last birth. Turn our living in this lifetime into a farewell to the slavery. We have been deceived for so long. We have been blind to the fact for a very long time. We’ve just watched the grace of others while suppressing our highest minds under the word “impossible”. In fact, it is possible; laypeople can attain enlightenment. Although the body is still on earth, the mind does not attach to anything.

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Be awake from delusions trapping the mind. Be awake from enchanting love. Be awake from the obsessions of pleasure. Be awake from being trapped by the innovation which indeed makes the slavery in the cycle of rebirth longer and tougher. Actually, there is nothing worth being back.

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Look at the person in the mirror. Look with the awakening mind and ask yourself whether you will let your life be stuck and end up the same as it has been through countless lives. Aren’t you saturated with birth? Don’t you mourn for sufferings which have kept coming endlessly? Will you surrender and still let yourself be stuck in the cycle of rebirth?

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Be saturated with life. Chin up and see everything around the body. Everything is falling apart, declining, and disappearing as normal. Let the mind which has never realized such normality see Dhamma as it really is. Start with Dhamma at the basic level and then attain Dhamma at the intermediate level which is a serious practice till you attain Dhamma at the highest level which is to reach enlightenment eventually. Set your mind to enlightenment. There is no other goal in life greater than reaching enlightenment. Once you set your mind, you have to adjust your life by walking on the Noble Path, which relies basically on precepts and of which the practice of Vipassana meditation is crucial to train the mind and makes the mind powerful to reach liberation.

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Do not falsely think that reading and reciting Buddha’s teachings are the essences. These actually are just inspiration.

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Master Acharavadee Wongsakon

Reference: Awaken from Madness

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Quote:

Be awake. Be awake from delusions.

Look at the world as it really is.

Take our mind out of the cycle of rebirth. Make our birth in this lifetime the last birth.

We have been deceived for so long.

It is possible; laypeople indeed can attain enlightenment.

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Translation: Pimchanok Thanitsond

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