In a typical learning process, we receive some information, digest it intellectually or follow it experimentally, then it become part of us as an integrated part of our life. Very often, we consider it a gain after we learn something. However, in this sutra, after telling us that there is really no Dharma to teach, and that there is no Buddha who had taught any Dharma, the Buddha shared in this chapter that in his realization, there is really no Dharma to gain… Why is it so?
Furthermore, in our earlier discussion, we also recalled that the Buddha said that everything is teaching to enlightenment. So in the end, is there a Buddha who shared the state of enlightenment and pathway towards it? … If there is really nothing being shared and no one who can really gain from these teachings, how can we as spiritual students received and integrate these information into our lives?
A possible way to resolve the above paradoxes is shared in our earlier post: how does bodhisattva do charity. If we can apply the same approach we use to do charity in learning, then we can proceed safely without deepening our confusion to/from the temporary self.
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NO DHARMA CAN BE OBTAINED, TWENTY-TWO
Subhuti said to the Buddha: “World Honored One, does your (own) attainment of Supreme Enlightenment (Anuttara-samyak-sambodhi) mean that you have not gained anything whatsoever?”
The Buddha replied: “Just so, Subhuti, just so, I have not gained even the least Dharma from Supreme enlightenment, and this is called Supreme Enlightenment.”