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Liberation and Enlightenment


Instant Liberation  

What does instant liberation mean?  

From the Hinayana perspective, liberation is a result that one will acquire in the future, like in the next life.  

In both 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.  

With the 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?  

We are 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.  

If one 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.  

We have 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.
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