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Chapter 8: Delusion

But buddhahood is another name of oneness. There is nothing opposite to buddha. It is not part of the world of dualities, it is the very transcendence beyond the dualities. Every duality will disappear.then you will know oneness, then you will know your enlightenment, then you will be a buddha.

Buddha has not to be dropped the way other dualities have to be dropped, because it is not part of any duality. Have you ever met anybody who is a non-buddha? Everybody is a buddha; a few are asleep, a few are awake, but there is not a single sentient being who can be called a non-buddha. This word buddha has no opposite to it, hence it is exactly of the same meaning as oneness.

“I formed the repository of thusness with subtle illumination that is neither destroyed nor born; and the repository of thusness is only the illumination of sublime enlightenment shining throughout the whole cosmos.”

He is again quoting someone: this statement is within quotes. But this is the problem with all the intellectuals in the world: they can quote perfectly, but the whole quotation goes against the previous sutras. As it is, if they are right then this quotation cannot be right. This quotation can be right only with my changes: instead of “buddha”, “meditation”, and instead of “dropping buddhas and sentient beings to attain oneness”, “dropping all dualities to attain buddhahood” - because buddhahood is another name of oneness. If these corrections are made then this quotation is right.

I will read it again so you can understand why I am saying that it can be right only with corrections in the previous sutras.

“I formed the repository of thusness with subtle illumination that is neither destroyed nor born; and the repository of thusness is only the illumination of sublime enlightenment shining throughout the whole cosmos.”

Now, what is this illumination of sublime enlightenment, except buddhahood? - just a different name. And if even this has to be dropped, then what remains?

Dualities have to be dropped, not oneness. Birth and death have to be dropped, not life. Life is eternal, it is beyond birth and beyond death. Now he is accepting that the subtle illumination.and what is illumination other than the state of buddhahood? These are different names only - illumination, enlightenment, awareness, buddhahood - but he does not seem to understand that they are names of the same experience.

This subtle illumination.is neither destroyed nor born.

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