Kevin it is tremendously dangerous to believe in ones own Enlightenment if its not actually true. The possibilities of it hindering your growth are staggering.
Buddhism is not about creating your own version of the truth in an anything goes, do whatever you want fashion. Thats just the modern corruption of Buddhism, and really the modern corruption of every valuable spiritual path. The ego loves it. This is what New Agism is all about. Everything is stripped out from a number of traditions to create ones own version of truth. Yet all this is is the denial of the existence of a Universal Truth, and it arises because that Truth is hard to comprehend. This is the lie of the ignorant mind, that what one believes is true and is somehow inherently valid merely because one believes it, because "I" believe it
. There is nothing to believe.
This age has brought much disharmony in regards to all the great teachings, yet it has also provided us all with equal opportunities to understand them for ourselves regardless of race, class, and so forth.
If you had removed doubt in the Dharma you would not be making these errors. If you did not cling to identity view, you would willingly accept they are errors and stop making your own definitions for what Buddhism is or how Enlightenment is defined. It doesn't mean you wouldn't enter into debate, but you would not do so in order to argue, but rather in order to have an opportunity to be shown where you are wrong. That's the healthy approach. You made Buddhism into a trinity of God/Nature/Phenomena according to the thread on Buddhism and God. You've stated that quote "There is no freedom" in that same thread, whereas the attainment of liberation and freedom IS Enlightenment. You cannot believe you are Enlightened and believe there is no freedom. You've clearly demonstrated you have no comprehension of Buddhism nor of its philosophy.
Are you truly one in a million? Are you so blessed?
The Zen Teachings of Bodhidharmahttp://www.abuddhistlibrary.com/Buddhism/C%20-%20Zen/Ancestors/The%20Zen%20Teachings%20of%20Bodhidharma/The%20Zen%20Teachings%20of%20Bodhidharma/THE%20ZEN%20TEACHINGS%20OF%20BODHIDHARMA.htm
If you don’t find a teacher soon, you’ll live this life in vain. It’s true, you have the buddha-nature. But without the help of a teacher you’ll never know it. Only one person in a million becomes enlightened without a teacher’s help. If, though, by the conjunction of conditions, someone understands what the Buddha meant, that person doesn’t need a teacher. Such a person has a natural awareness superior to anything taught. But unless you’re so blessed, study hard, and by means of instruction you’ll understand.
People who don’t understand and think they can do so without study are no different from those deluded souls who can’t tell white from black." Falsely proclaiming the Buddha-Dharma, such persons in fact blaspheme the Buddha and subvert the Dharma. They preach as if they were bringing rain. But theirs is the preaching of devils not of Buddhas. Their teacher is the King of Devils and their disciples are the Devil’s minions. Deluded people who follow such instruction unwittingly sink deeper in the Sea of Birth and Death. Unless they see their nature, how can people call themselves Buddhas they’re liars who deceive others into entering the realm of devils. Unless they see their nature, their preaching of the Twelvefold Canon is nothing but the preaching of devils. Their allegiance is to Mara, not to the Buddha. Unable to distinguish white from black, how can they escape birth and death?
If you attain anything at all, it’s conditional, it’s karmic. It results in retribution. It turns the Wheel. And as long as you’re subject to birth and death, you’ll never attain enlightenment. To attain enlightenment you have to see your nature. Unless you see your nature, all this talk about cause and effect is nonsense. Buddhas don’t practice nonsense. A Buddha free of karma free of cause and effect. To say he attains anything at all is to slander a Buddha. What could he possibly attain? Even focusing on a mind, a power, an understanding, or a view is impossible for a Buddha. A Buddha isn’t one sided. The nature of his mind is basically empty, neither pure nor impure. He’s free of practice and realization. He’s free of cause and effect.
A Buddha doesn’t observe precepts. A Buddha doesn’t do good or evil. A Buddha isn’t energetic or lazy. A Buddha is someone who does nothing, someone who can’t even focus his mind on a Buddha. A Buddha isn’t a Buddha. Don’t think about Buddhas. If you dont see what I’m talking about, you’ll ever know your own mind. People who don’t see their nature and imagine they can practice thoughtlessness all the time are lairs and fools. They fall into endless space. They’re like drunks. They can’t tell good from evil. If you intend to cultivate such a practice, you have to see your nature before you can put an end to rational thought. To attain enlightenment without seeing your nature is impossible. Still others commit all sorts of evil deeds, claiming karma doesn’t exist. They erroneously maintain that since everything is empty committing evil isn’t wrong. Such persons fall into a hell of endless darkness with no hope of release. Those who are wise hold no such conception.