The first bhumi includes a number of qualities, the definition is usually derived from the Avatamsaka Sutra's chapter on the Ten Stages. Among other things, an arya bodhisattva has great compassion and doesn't fail in upholding the precepts bodily and verbally (mental perfection comes on the 2nd bhumi). He is also free from the suffering of mundane troubles."The bodhisattva naturally helps sentient beings without distinction or discrimination, but there is still a subject and object involved. This applies to a bodhisattva on the first through seventh bhumi."
(Sheng-yen: Complete Enlightenment, p. 202)"At the first bhumi, a bodhisattva has transformed the sixth consciousness into the ‘wisdom of non-arising’—where afflictions no longer manifest outwardly, or arise."
(Sheng-yen: There is No Suffering, p. 30)
Other qualities described: The first bhūmi, the Very Joyous
; Guide to the Stages and Paths of the Bodhisattvas
; The Qualities of the Arya Sangha
Considering the above, it would be impossible for an enlightened teacher to steal others' money or harass female disciples.
Well that's a very nice ideal,
but in actuality, it's not a one-way elevator going constantly up.
People can, and do be led off center by temptations of their sense desires, karma, etc.
It's very difficult to train after a first kensho.
You've got this beautiful knowing of the Unborn, and at the same time, you've got everyone else around you, the whole world, trying to pull you off center, to drink, behave rudely in a way that is socially acceptable for normal people, make "white lies", oogle guys or women as sex objects, (tv and media are full of this), politics to argue about...
Then there's the fact that most people around you aren't doing Buddhist training, and so don't care to have a deep conversation to save their life...that's actually very frustrating..
the constant abrasive and insulting behavior that most people do..
And that's just the external world. Internally, all sorts of things arise that you were previously unaware. Fear. Terror, Anger, ferocious anger, worry, intense feelings of need for privacy and security, huge waves of sadness, despair, doubt...all these things that are an everyday part of normal human existence, suddenly are magnified under the lens of a new understanding.
You inevitably do get thrown off center by sheer exhaustion.
And then you pick yourself back up on the horse so to speak, and keep training.
Being a layperson, and I would consider lay-priests to be such, is incredibly hard after having a kensho, because not only is your internal world that has always tried to throw you off-center, now magnified in a new light, but also the external world is too.
In a monastery, for full time monks, they are constantly surrounded externally by reminders to train, and so it's a little
easier to train in that way.
But I mean, people do get thrown off center.
It happens. This is hard-ass work. The work of a lifetime.
I don't have anything but compassion for people who make a big mistake after kensho.
"Life is full of suffering. AND Life is full of the Eternal
IT IS OUR CHOICE
We can stand in our shadow, and wallow in the darkness,
We can turn around.
It is OUR choice." -Rev. Basil Singer
" ...out of fear, even the good harm one another. " -Rev. Dazui MacPhillamy