During his Dharma talk yesterday, my Roshi was discussing the
Bodhisattva vow and how a Bodhisattva promises not to leave Samsara
until all beings reach enlightenment. He then indicated how difficult
this would be since, even is all adults were enlightened as soon as a
baby was born there was another being that needed to be enlightened.
This got me to thinking and I wondered whether babies are not already
enlightened. Is enlightenment no the absence of attachment and
desire? A baby does not have any real attachment or desire when they
are first born. Of course they have hunger and quickly develop
attachment to their parents. However, does hunger count, surely the
Buddha was hungry, he ate. Are babies, at the first moment of birth,
not already enlightened beings?
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