shel wrote:Are you saying that afflictive emotions and habits of mind (think of hatred, ignorance, greediness, pride, jealousy, and the like) resolved and no longer present = recognition of emptiness?
I'm describing a process, not making an equation. Stable recognition of emptiness is the path of seeing, which is the first of the bodhisattva bhumis. Recognizing afflictive emotions and other karmic whatnot as emptiness, those afflictions are resolved. (my understanding is that practitioners are still capable of backsliding at this point, and are until the eighth bhumi. that's why I say I'm describing a process of learning and development, and not a simple equation.)
All this is to say that one of the interesting things about our condition is that it is not only empty, but also capable of clarity or lucidity or understanding (pick the descriptor you like best). What's a good word for that inseparability of clarity and emptiness? Some traditions call it the Middle Way, others call it original enlightenment, &c.
What's your take on this question of what enlightenment or awakening or realization or liberation is, shel?