Buddhism in the West
Liberation and Enlightenment
In the process of becoming liberated, one first discovers that body, thoughts, and feelings are in a constant state of change. Therefore, there is no basis for a real existing ego or “self.” Realizing this, one no longer feels like a target and stops taking suffering personally. Enlightenment is the second and ultimate step. Here, the clear light of mind radiates through every experience. In every moment, mind enjoys its self-arisen abilities and everything becomes spontaneous and effortless.
Karma means cause and effect. It does not mean fate. The understanding that each of us is responsible for our own lives makes it possible to generate positive impressions consciously. This brings happiness and helps us to avoid the causes of future suffering. Positive states of mind may be strengthened effectively through the methods of the Diamond Way, while negative impressions waiting to mature can be transformed into wisdom.