00184 What is Enlightenment
00184 What is Enlightenment
Category / Lecture Tours-Asia
Event date / 1987.03.05
Place / (Formosa/Taiwan) Taipei
Language / Chinese
Translation / Taiwanese
Time (mins) / 1h41m42s
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Enlightenment has the meaning of Ming Bai (clear and bright); there is sunlight and moonlight in the characters of Ming Bai. We will see Buddha's light and our own light when we get enlightened, which is our own Buddha nature. Buddha nature is different from the nature of ordinary people. It has no form or quality for people to catch, touch or smell. This light is very simple, clear and bright, but all things and all wisdoms are in this light; all things in the universe are clear and bright, and originate from this light.

There are many kinds of light. Each world has its own special light, color and quality. Without enlightened masters teaching the Dharma and their guidance, we wouldn't know what our levels exactly are when we see the light, nor do we know whether it's a higher or lower level. There should be a guide or a teacher to take us there if we want to go to the high level. If we want to get enlightened, there should be a method. We shouldn't practice in a daze by ourselves and think it will lead us to enlightenment; if we do not know what enlightenment is, even if we practice spiritually, we won't understand it; we won't know exactly whether it's enlightenment or not.

  1. Why is it hard to quit smoking and alcohol-drinking? Do smoking and drinking ghosts really exist?
  2. Which kind of people do astral beings like to make use of most? How to recognize the influence from astral beings?
  3. What is the most important in spiritual practice? Which is the safest way to practice spiritually?
  4. What does Srotapanna mean? What level is Srotapanna on?
  5. What does it mean by "when the flower opens, I will see that Buddha and realize that Dharmas have no birth"? How does one "attain enlightenment after the blossom of a flower"?
  6. Which level does the Thousand Petalled Lotus belong to? What kind of lotus is there in our wisdom eye?
  7. What are the deep meanings of the secret mantra—"OM MANI PADME HUM"? Why is there little effect when we recite this secret mantra nowadays?
  8. Why can one see the light or hear the sound when one gets enlightened? What record is there in the scriptures regarding the experiences of enlightenment?
  9. Does the sound also come from the light? Is Buddha nature just light?
  10. What is the difference between the inner light and sound and those from the outside? Why can't we attain the highest Truth without the help of light and sound?
  11. What does it mean by "there's no darkness under Buddha's light"? What level are those debate-lovers on?
  12. What is the difference between enlightenment and out-of-body experience in astral levels? What does "level of Tathagata" mean?
  13. Does "ife after death" really exist? How do we control the level we go to after we die?