Liberation and Enlightenment
does instant liberation mean?
Hinayana perspective, liberation is a result that one will acquire in the future, like in the next life.
Mahayana and Vajrayana, especially in Dzogchen, liberation is instant. It is not a future achievement. It is the
experience of being awakened to reality, being liberated from attachment to suffering, hope and fear. It is the experience of
great bliss and ultimate freedom that we find the moment that we let go of the grasping to the kleshas and ego’s identity.
letting go, which is simply clear seeing, there is always a sense of instant liberation. In this case, the
spiritual path is not a gradual path. It is an instant path. What does this mean?
not having the thought that Dharma is a gradual process. It is not like going to the gym to build muscle, which
is a gradual process, or engaging in a long project. Liberation is always what we experience right now, being
liberated from the chains of our own kleshas (defilements).
Liberation should be arising the moment we use these techniques. Liberation itself is the technique.
becomes attached to the kleshas of anger or hope or fear, we do not
need to take a secondary method to free ourselves. We only need to look at the very source of that klesha, the seeing itself cuts through attachment instantly without spinning
off in different directions.
If we do
spin off in different directions, it is like putting a target to the East and shooting the arrow to the West.
to use our Dharma practice as the direct and immediate antidote. Then we can experience instant liberation. That
is the ultimate liberation. There is no liberation that is higher when we experience being liberated towards our
own inclinations of ego.