Enlightenment

 

The Buddha-dharma indicated here is that which offers the “Quick Path” to freedom from suffering–control over life and death. This jewel and all the others are attainable through cultivation, which is the practice of the true Buddha-dharma. You must be clear in understanding what the goal of cultivation is and not treat this goal in a muddle-headed manner.  You follow this path to realize enlightenment, become accomplished and end the cycle of birth and death. You do not follow Buddhism just to feel good or find worldly happiness in this life or the next. You cannot regard learning and practicing the Buddha-dharma as capital by which you can earn worldly material benefits. You cannot be attached to trifling profits of the moment or attracted to and bewitched by false illusions that easily vanish. You cannot allow your view of the important to be overshadowed by the trivial!