Ultimate Stage

A monk asked Ryuge, "What did old Masters attain when they entered the ultimate stage?" "They were like burglars sneaking into a vacant house," Ryuge replied.

This monk is like our modern pragmatist; he is a result-seeker. So he asks Ryuge what enlightenment is like. If I join the club, what are the benefits? When I die, where do I go? Ryuge replies by drawing the analogy of burglars sneaking into an empty house, which is, in fact, open and completely accessible - there is nothing to take, no one to see. The world is Nirvana from the beginning.


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