I knew a guy on Philly named Tim. He thought he was a Buddha and boasted about his enlightenment. The minister, who became a real dilettante, agreed with him. Tim was a rude and arrogant disruptive influence in the temple. Lets get something straight, we are not Buddha’s. There is not Buddha with in chiseling his/her way out. There is no, “We are Buddha’s and do not know it”.
The English term enlightenment is a mistranslation of Max Müller. It has the connotation of a sudden insight into a transcendental truth, whereas the Buddhist tradition sees the attainment of bodhi as a gradual path of attaining understanding.
The term is also being used to translate several other Buddhist terms and concepts used to denote insight prajna (kensho) and Shinjin
In the western world the concept of spiritual enlightenment has begotten a romantic meaning. Nirvana is the “blowing out” of disturbing emotions, which is the same as liberation. The usage of the term “enlightenment” to translate “nirvana” was popularized in the 19th century, due, in part, to the efforts of Max Muller, who used the term consistently in his translations.
Western terms for Enlightenment is to cultivate knowledge, culture, and improving the Mind. We van all do that. Reaching the Enlightenment of the Buddha’s, as rare as a diamond between a rabbits ear.
The Buddha discouraged his followers from indulging in intellectual disputation for its own sake, which is fruitless, and distracting from true awakening. Nevertheless, the delivered sayings of the Buddha contain a philosophical component, in its teachings on the working of the mind, and its criticisms of the philosophies of his contemporaries.
According to the scriptures, during his lifetime the Buddha remained silent when asked several metaphysical questions. These regarded issues such as whether the universe is eternal or non-eternal (or whether it is finite or infinite), the unity or separation of the body and the self, the complete non-existence of a person after Nirvana and death, and others.
In the Buddhist tradition, nirvana is described as the extinguishing of the fires that cause suffering. These fires are typically identified as the fires of attachment. aversion and ignorance . When the fires are extinguished, suffering (dukkha) comes to an end. The cessation of suffering is described as complete peace.
The state of perfect peace that comes when craving is eliminated is Nibbāna (nirvāṇa), the unconditioned state experienced while alive with the extinguishing of the flames of greed, aversion, and delusion.
Wishful thinking is the formation of beliefs and making decisions according to what might be pleasing to imagine instead of by appealing to evidence, rationality, or reality. It is a product of resolving conflicts between belief and desire. Studies have consistently shown that holding all else equal, subjects will predict positive outcomes to be more likely than negative outcomes (see valence effect). However, new research suggests that under certain circumstances, such as when threat increases, a reverse phenomenon occurs.
When one declares Enlightenment or Buddha, one is re enforcing the ego. How we tell anyway?
The feeling of a separate “I”, which we call ego-consciousness, is directly related to the strength of ignorance, greed, and hatred. The deepest meaning of ignorance is the believing in, identifying with and clinging to the ego, which as we have seen, is nothing but an illusive mental phenomenon. But because of this strong clinging to ego-consciousness, attachment/desire, anger/hatred arise and repeatedly gain strength.
A cerebral narcissist is the type of person who flaunts his or her intelligence and perceived superiority to feel admired and loved by others. This personality type may also be referred to as a “know it all,” or someone who has a comment or answer for almost everything. Narcissists are in love with themselves and obsessed with their own image and the way that image is perceived by others. Cerebral narcissists are so obsessed with their intellectual prowess .
Narcissism can refer either to a fairly normal or abnormal psychological condition of self-love, or a form of elitism within social groups. Narcissistic personality disorder, however, is the most popular category for which the term is used, and describes a sense of inordinate vanity or selfishness that an individual displays in social and cultural settings. It includes such basic preconceptions as a feeling of being better or more important than others, a tendency to exaggerate achievements and personal abilities, and a desire and expectation for constant praise and special treatment.
Shinran frequently called himself “Bald Headed and Ignorant”. And he was asked by Yuien Bo, about the followers in the room. Shinran said he did not see one religious person in the room. H was very humble and knew to see Samasara along with Nirvana.