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Raleigh
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10 Jan 2016, 5:23 pm

True enlightenment is in realising there's nothing to be realised.
That's the reason behind the Buddha smile.
Reality doesn't need to be understood because you already understand it.


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10 Jan 2016, 6:04 pm

Raleigh, what is "behind" the Buddha smile is the cessation of suffering. Through the Noble Eightfold Path, and according to the Four Noble Truths, the Buddha created a method that any conscious being can follow to a similar level of enlightenment. He's smiling with joy. In compassion, he wants all others to experience the truth behind what he experienced.



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10 Jan 2016, 6:07 pm

Raleigh wrote:
True enlightenment is in realising there's nothing to be realised.
That's the reason behind the Buddha smile.
Reality doesn't need to be understood because you already understand it.


Bingo.


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