viniketa wrote:Yes, but that is a teaching book. From the way it is presented, the sources are not clear.
To check my understanding, those talking about 'enlightenment' in 'one lifetime', are you saying individuals have become Buddhas within a single lifetime (no preceding lives, at all)?
That is the source. That is the teaching from Chandrakirti, where Chandrakirti work is to explain the work of Nagarjuna, and Nagarjuna work is to explain PP Sutra and many other sutra.
FOr the buddha, even we say that he become a buddha in single lifetime, actually you really cannot say that. Because you forget your past life, and you don't know where you are starting form.
One time the student of Padampa Sangye (Kamalasila) asked him. THe student said how can we don't follow gradual path, instead of instantaneous? THen Kamalasila said that you should consider whether you have studied in the past or not.
You see here: If you have studied buddha dharma for 5 aeons. ANd in this life, you become buddha, people will say you become buddha in single life time. THat is because they don't consider what you have done before. But if they consider when you start, they really can't say it is instantneous.
Although there are so many part that talk about instantaneous, it is actually a very wrong word. Because what do you mean by instantaneous? DO you consider your study in past life or not?
If you don't, then you can't say it is instantaneous.
And for anyone who never study buddhism in the past life, even they follow Zen, Mahamudra, or Dzogchen for example, they won't understand.
THe teaching can claim anything, but reality does show that not all practitioner in those group success.
So, instantaneous or gradual are very useless word.
Unless, in your past life you never ever study buddhism, you never ever know about it at all, then today at this second you hear one word you can become buddha, then you can say there is such thing called instantaneous.
I do not have this notion about instantaneous or gradual, because I put my reference point in the past past life.