i appreciate your respect, but it is not needful, as you ask questions, so do i!
reference to buddhist theory is usually fairly inaccessible and therefore unhlepful... so, i will try to keep this simple. if i cant keep it simple it is no use to anyone.
your own take on your own mind, or your own state right now. How would you describe it? What kind of language would you use specifically.
my mind is your mind, your mind is my mind. there is no difference. i would describe it as the mind tapping at the computer right now... normal mind. there are those who have realized a supercharged awareness, but it is possible to have supersonic attainment and purity of mind without any kind of unusual experience. some people vow to experience all things as normal including all states of consciousness, in order to develop their mind more effectively. an ancient has said that "normal mind is the site of enlightenment". you are actually already endowed with an astonishingly beautiful and complex mind though you may not be aware of this. states of experience are transitory (impermanent), enlightenment episodes come and go... there is nothing to hang onto except the perception of all things being mind, which is always there. you will not see this until you see your own nature and know yourself so.
my friend Master Best has a supersonic awareness, to him enlightenment episodes have been like a gunshot, a grenade or an atomic explosion. to me enlightenment episodes have been like the touch of the wind or a radiant sunset... all passing. the only thing that does not pass is the Mind seal... the perception that all things are Mind. me, the computer, air, emptiness, your voice... all things are perceived as mind. When i was talking to Master Best today my perception saw no difference between him and me. we are one, not only in philosophical understanding (which is remakable), but also one fabric which is Mind.
specific language i would use is "persevere, enlightenment is inevitable".
"you are already enlightened, who told you that you arnt."
"nothing remarkable." Mind, the true 'eye' of the dharma, that sees the dharma. that sees that all things are suchness, thussness, just as they are, whether aware of it or not. tatha-g'atta'. the 'self' that is pure Mind. that all things are this self, that this self is all things.
how people would actually describe their personal transformation, their development, how the seeds of mindfulness are growing or not...
the main thing, once one is in the pure land, recognizing that the pure land is dependent on what is within onself, is that things get much easier... there are still problems and difficulties and there is still residual karma to be worked out... but lying on my bed at night, and other occasions. such peace, but still thoroughly normal, and yet thoroughly special. occasionally a person might say to one... "you have found inner peace". you say "but still i know difficulties from time to time and dont always feel peaceful."
my mindfulness unlike Master Best who sees and hears everything, is thoroughly normal. there are different expressions of the personal experience, what one experiences may be different from another. differences are refreshing and challenging.
i would say that the transformation is inevitable for anyone practicing the dharma. but that the most important teacher of dharma is life itself. it will break you to make you. all pain, dissilusion, sadness, lions, tigers, bears and mosquitos, suffering acts as the motor that drives enlightenment. no mud... no lotus. if there is a purpose to suffering or a reason for it then to me this is it... the driver of inner transformation. if we were not despirate and so looking for a way to end all suffering there would be no inner transformation, nor would there be any Buddhas.
ps. i still do not say that i am enlightened, how could that be so when there is no one to be enlightened, there is only this Mind... this mind knows no enlightenment. it just is. the most profound experience is just normal life, just as it is. still... seek enlightenment, and i will too. there being no one for it to attach to. i am no longer deluded to the nature of pure Mind, but perhaps still suffer delusion in regard to other things. i fundamentally know the fundamental truth, therefore fundamentally i am no longer deluded. Mind
. Master Best teaching of equilibrium is that where there is enlightnement there will also be delusion. the delusion however is no longer fundamental!
hope this is helpful,
with love, from White Lotus.freshly spoken,
a word in spring.
the butterflies testify to it. (love letters blown on the wind)