Sudden Enlightenment requires no study, no practices and no meditation.
Anatta, the Buddhist insight into “no self”:
The Non-Duality of Knower and Known
A most fundamental and universal illusion is the one where it seems that one could have a knower as the subjective self and its knowns as apparent “others” than self.
But using logic alone one could fully gain doubt regarding this illusory duality:
If something is “known”, must not a knower of that known, be present by definition? If a knower of the known wasn’t present, how could we consider the known as “known”?
Close your eyes and listen to a sound. Can you find a dividing line separating the sound itself being known, from the knower of it?
There is no actual or real duality findable there, between the knower and known. The subconscious thinking mind interjects the illusory sensation of knower and known being two. It’s a subconscious action which is not normally noticed by an ordinary observer.
This mechanism of dualizing experiences in differentiating the self or “me” from its environment in particular, is a necessary biologically evolved survival mechanism, affording maximum self-centered attention to “my” independent existence and therefore affording greater likelihood of continuing personal, biological survival.
This dualizing mental process requires and entails another subconscious mechanism; the illusory generation of a mentally constructed, “knowing self” felt as “me”. It’s this same subconscious “me-builder” mechanism that generates the self we seem to be in our dreams in sleep.
The self that feels like our ordinary daytime “me”, is a fictitious, subconscious mental product being injected into our cognitive and perceptual experiences, feeling fully apart and separate from everyone and everything else “known”.
Suzuki Roshi describes this perfectly:
If you think, "I breathe," the " I " is extra. There is no you to say
"We can ask this question in relation to the “I.” How does the “I” exist? First of all, the “I” does not exist except as a conceptual or verbal designation (label). Apart from that, the “I” has no other mode of existence."
Lama Gen Lamrimpa
(Translated from Tibetan by B. Allan Wallace)
Khenpo Tsulstrim Gyamtso:
"We can formulate the following logical reasoning: Karmic actions and results are mere appearances devoid of true existence, because no self, no actor, exists to perform them. This is a valid way to put things because if the self of the individual does not exist, there cannot be any action, and therefore there cannot be any result of any action either."
"Someone might ask, “Isn’t it nihilistic to think that karmic actions and their results do not exist?” In fact, this is not a nihilistic view because there exists no self to have any nihilistic view. There can be a nihilistic view only if there is someone to hold it, but since there is no one to have any view, then there can be no nihilism. Furthermore, since the thought of nihilism neither arises nor abides nor ceases, there can be no nihilism in genuine reality. Genuine reality transcends the conceptual fabrications of realism and nihilism. It transcends karmic actions and results, and the absence of karmic actions and results as well. If karmic actions and their results do not exist in the abiding nature of reality, then what is the quality of their appearance?”
Nagarjuna describes this in the chapter’s thirty-third verse:
“Mental afflictions, actions, and bodies, as well as actors and results, are like cities of imaginary beings, like mirages, and like dreams."
Khenpo Tsulstrim Gyamtso
Other than the subconsciously generated “I” felt as “me”, there is no self of any kind existing apart from anyone or anything. When the subconsciously generated
self-entity felt as “me” ceases being generated, then the true, non-conceptualized state of the inseparable, non-dual condition of “knower and known” remains. This is real samadhi experienced (by no one) in the zammai of zazen shikentaza or nirvikalpa samadhi; knower and known inseparably One.
Here are some resources when watched may suddenly produce a momentary cessation of the subconscious “me-builder” mechanism. When, and only when that happens, will what’s written above be seen to be the total remedy for all personal sufferings and can bring an end to the illusory nightmare called samsara. The “victim” and “seeker” roles are left with no one to further inhabit them!
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