Originally Posted by SadieP
Hello, Clueless Git. What do you feel is the best path to true enlightenment?
You are expecting me to say 'Buddhism'?
Not even the buddha said buddhism. In one famous(ish) quote the buddha is said to have said summat close to this: "Untold buddhas have arisen before me and there are untold buddhas yet to come. Buddhas always have and will always continue to arise from many different paths."
That one is kinda logical; In the same way that Jesus could not have 'arisen' from Christianity the Buddha could not have 'arisen' from buddhism, as it were?
If I had to name the key factor which I believe is most important they would be these though:
To know that all obstacles to enlightenment arise from 'attachment' and 'desire'.
'Attachment' being the clinging to, fear of losing, stuff (including ideas and life itself) that we already have.
'Desire' being the yearning for, fear of not attaining, things (including enlightenment) that we do not have.
The common factor of attachment and desire is that they create fear, ultimately fear of 'truth'.
From my reading of people I believe to have been enlightenment (buddha, jesus, gandhi, thich nhat hanh) I have come to believe that no fear of truth, no matter where truth leads, is one common factor in them all.
The other common factor that being that they all understand/stood 'one to many' maths. That being the futility of self centred morality. No one of 6 billion selfish b'stards stands a snowball in hells chance of happiness pitted against 6 billion -1 other equaly selfish b'stards at all.
The above, obviously enough, being the essence of the "Golden (do unto others ...) Rule".