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Lions Roar : March 2006
the sitting practice of meditation alone, but also through the lifelong experience of dealing with your wife, your husband, your kids, your parents, your job, your money, your sex life, your emotions, whatever you have. You have to deal with everything you experience in life, and you have to work with and learn from those situations. Then, the gradual process is almost inevitable. Scholastically and experientially there is no such thing as sudden enlightenment in Buddhism. So-called sudden enlightenment is simply insight, or understanding, that depends on what we have already experienced. We call it sudden in the same way that you might say, "Suddenly I saw the sunrise." Or, "Suddenly I saw the sunset." But what you are seeing is dependent on the situation that already exists, and you are just making it sound dramatic. The sun doesn't suddenly rise or set, although you may suddenly notice that it's happening. It depends on your experience. The point here is that there is continuity in the spiritual journey. You begin solidly, you progress solidly, and you evolve solidly. Don't expect supernormal magic of any kind on the spiritual path. Some of you may have experienced some kind of magic- maybe so. Some of you have read that such magic does exist, did exist, or will exist. SHAMBHALA SUN MARCH 2006 45