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Q. What happens after we become enlightened?

A. What happens when you have mastered the four rules of arithmetic? What happens when you have become literate after a long illiterate life? Nothing happens to the world and everything is as it was, but your way of living will be changed a lot with new capability to see, know and do what you couldn’t see, know and do before.

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When we are enlightened, we can see the perfection of everything, including ourselves, that we have previously missed seeing. In other words, enlightenment is to realise how beautiful and perfect this world where we are residing now is and that this world which is likened to the ocean of suffering is actually no other than the Heaven and the Pure Land we are anxious to enter. That’s why Enlightenment is often compared to awakening from a nightmare.

 

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