The term “enlightenment” refers to a state of complete knowledge or wisdom, paired with the utmost compassion. In this context, knowledge is not simply the accumulation of information or explaining the world of things down to the smallest of details. The pursuit of knowledge is a way to comprehend the relative manner of existence (the ways the world appears to us) and the ultimate form of reality (the fundamental nature of these very same appearances). This is true for our minds, as in the outer world. Knowledge is the primary solution to suffering and ignorance.
Ignorance is not an absence of knowledge. We are talking about a distorted perception of reality that leads us to believe that the world around us is eternal and solid or that the “self” is an actual, independent entity. This causes us to confuse short-lived pleasures or the ease of suffering for enduring happiness. This is why we attempt to create our happiness by relying on the misery of others.
We are attracted by the things that please our ego, and we are repelled by anything that could be harmful to it. As a result, slowly, we develop more extraordinary mental illusions until we behave in an entirely selfish way. Insanity is a constant source of stress, and peace within us is lost.
The form of Buddhist knowledge is the last remedy to suffering. In this regard, it is apparent that knowing the brightness of stars or the distance between them could be interesting. However, it is not able to help us become more influential people.
One time, a man asked the Buddha some questions regarding cosmology. He grabbed some leaves, and inquired: “Are there more leaves in my hands, or even in the woods?” “There are more in the forest, obviously,” replied the man. The Buddha added: “Well, the leaves in my hands symbolize the wisdom that leads to the ultimate end in suffering”. In this manner, the Buddha proved that specific questions are not necessary. The world is filled with endless fields of study, as vast in number as leaves from a forest. If what we want above all else is Enlightenment, It is more beneficial to concentrate on that goal and put together only that knowledge relevant to our pursuit.
In Mahayana Buddhism, two of the significant events relevant to awakening are the emergence of bodhichitta and the realization of the Bodhi. Bodhichitta is the mind that has the aspiration to be awake is the core and the engine of the bodhisattva’s vow to lead all living beings into liberation. Bodhi is the complete awakening realized through all of the primordial buddhas, including Amida the Amida, the Buddha who is the Buddha of Infinite Light.
Within Shin Buddhism, the largest of the Japanese Pure Land schools, bodhichitta and Bodhi is achieved by the practice of nembutsu. When chanting or invoking”Bodhichitta” or chanting the Name of Amida Buddha-the name of Namo Amitabha the Buddha in Sanskrit and Namu Amida Butsu in Japanese, the practitioner says, “I, this foolish being overwhelmed by blind passions, give myself over towards the awakening process of the infinite light.”
By practising through the nembutsu, practitioners can open their eyes to the enlightenment of the empty, the profound stream of the unity of existence, and the formless buddha manifested in us all in the form of the Boundless Buddha. Namu Amida Butsu symbolizes two things: the bodhisattva vow to liberate all people and the buddhas’ fully realized awakening.
“The “foolish being” is the term used to describe us as people who are engulfed by attachments and “blind desires” ( klesas). We are prone to be obsessed with the form of things of our concepts and our perceptions of this world in which we appear. The foolish person is the Karmic Self. “Amida Buddha” symbolizes the light of emptiness, the truth that is beyond, or in fact, before words. Amida represents the infinity of self, which is the formless Dharmakaya or the body of buddha.
The connection between Bodhi as well as the bodhichitta may be described by saying: “Already, but not yet.” Every one of us is the self-expression or manifestation of the absolute existence of emptiness and Amida Buddha However. We don’t see or experience this in the present due to our blind desires and attachments. When we practice Naming, we are given the bodhisattva vow, which arises from our most accurate, most profound self, our Amida self, the authentic self of awakening. We are connected to all real-world reality at the core of the universe, and we strive to free ourselves from the illusion of being separate. Namu Amida Butsu, the name of the universe Namu Amida butsu is a symbol that “all beings are part of me and, therefore, I am inspired to be one and with all living beings.”
Bodhi awakening, also known as awakening, is about realizing the truth in the same way we employ the term “insight” to mean wisdom or knowledge. However, when it comes to Shin Buddhism, there is an even greater emphasis on “hearing the Dharma.” Due to our illusions and blind desires, it’s difficult for us to grasp the reality of unity. But we can tell it’s something much more profound and wondrous than our small personal egos.
The name comes from the dharmakaya, which stirs the heart and leads us to experience our complete awakening. Passions that are blind are revealed in the bodhisattva vow, which starts in the heart. Klesas Bodhichitta, Bodhi, and klesas are realized through the appeal from Namu Amida Butsu. This is at the root of the awakening process in Shin Buddhism.