Sudden vs gradual enlightenment

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First there was the gradual path, the progressive path: I could, through practice, become enlightened.

Then there was the instant path, the sudden path: I could, through a flash of insight, become enlightened.

Now, I am happily lost.

Where is the path?  Does ‘right here’ have a path to it? Where is the path to yourself?

Concepts of enlightenment and unenlightenment are fancy distractions, sideshows, jokes.

How can there be a path?

This is the way.

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