Buddhism : The True Reality Of Reality And The Achievement Of Enlightenment

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Although Buddhism schools vary on the exact way to enlightenment, each one fits the same explanation as using a path of practice that leads to insight into the true nature of reality and the achievement of enlightenment. According to Vasubandhu’s Twenty Verses on Consciousness Only (n.d.), we have to distinguish between the reality that we construct by our ordinary consciousness, such as our imagination and reality as it is in itself, in its "suchness". Buddhism wants us to see things as they really. Anyone who is enlightened sees the nature of reality clearly, just as it is and not as it is in our consciousness. The Buddhist teachings also state that reality includes two different conditions, impermanence, and no-self. What we see during our everyday existence, our human reality of things is not permanent. Rather, it is always dependent upon something else in order to realize its existence. If one factor of something is gone, then it will no longer exist. There needs to be a realization that emptiness is the true reality and the everyday human constructs of reality that come from our human mind are not. As a result, there is an evident connection between the concept of reality and emptiness in Buddhism. Emptiness is the basic concept in Buddhism, both Mahayana and Zen, which teaches that all things are independent. It is also a way of looking at an experience. As humans, we often add presumptions to things in order to make sense of them and the world we live in. However,
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