Enlightenment in the worldly context is unraveling something formerly
unclear, unexplained, whilst in the Buddhist context, enlightening the
mind to behold the Buddha-nature, thorough comprehension of the
Like the ancient Chan master, when teaching on how to seek instruction
in practice, would often tell students to assume the format of reflecting
on hua-tou, punch line in speech. Such is the path to samadhi via entering
peace and quiet, purity and transformation, whilst reflecting on
a singular line of speech, like ‘who is remembering the Buddha’ or ‘how
is Buddhahood to be attained.‘ The mind of an individual reflecting on
‘who is remembering the Buddha‘ is in contemplation—in itself what
remembering connotes. The individual in contemplation of the Buddha
image and mulling over the Buddha‘s doctrine is the self.
Who exactly does self represent? Self is life as it be composed of
the five skandhas or form, sensation, perception, mental formations,
and consciousness and four elements or earth, water, fire, and wind.
Five skandhas or four elements, though, extinction in the end is the
inevitable. But, before reaching any determinant conclusion, it is
imperative to keep thinking and keep looking, to get to see life‘s
impermanence—therein with nothing by nature dominating, independent,
unchanging, or lasting, and to come to realize own unfailing
abidance in a state of impermanence and change—just as what the
‘Arising when conditions assemble;
Annihilation when conditions scatter.’
On comprehending, enlightenment next ensues.