Elsewhere, Fuki wrote this,
fuki wrote: ↑
Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:12 pm
"Personally" after 20 years I'm currently more and more 'convinced' that it's about attachment to stress and the 'knowledge' that arising stress is void (of own being) on the level of consciousness there will always be "stress", ofcourse lots of "stress" is self-made, unneccesarry and spawned from ignorance/delusion, but I know as long as this vehicle is supported there will be moments of arising stress, in fact (for me) the idea that it something to be avoided, stopped or "liberated" is the very prolonger of stress, in fact it's very equals liberation. When the mind does not abide in anything we're free, in the midst of whatever arises, neither bound or liberated.
I think this is brilliant and I want to unpack it.
“I know as long as this vehicle is supported there will be moments of arising stress”
Fuki was speaking for himself, personally, but this raises an interesting question: Did Gotama’s awakening and liberation bring the cessation of moments of arising stress (dukkha, suffering, discomfort, dissatisfaction, etc.)? Many Buddhists believe enlightenment means that moments of stress no long occur; but many contemporary Buddhist teachers and practitioners (myself included) don’t hold that view.
“in fact (for me) the idea that it something to be avoided, stopped or "liberated" is the very prolonger of stress”
I don’t know if aversion is “the” prolonger of stress, but it is a
prolonger of stress. This fact is often talked about by contemporary Buddhist teachers and is sometimes summarized as, “Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.”
“in fact it's very equals liberation.”
Here, I believe Fuki intended to write, “in fact, non-attachment to the arising of stress equals liberation.” But perhaps I’m wrong.
“Enlightenment means to see what harm you are involved in and to renounce it.” David Brazier, The New Buddhism
“The most straightforward advice on awakening enlightened mind is this: practice not causing harm to anyone—yourself or others—and every day, do what you can to be helpful.” Pema Chodron, “What to Do When the Going Gets Rough”