Enlightened State

From the talk "Experiences and Experiencing" in Charlotte Joko Beck's Now Zen (edited by Steve Smith):

... The enlightened state is not having an experience; instead, it's an absence of all experience. The enlightened state is pure, unadulterated experiencing. And that is utterly different from "having an enlightenment experience." Enlightenment is the demolition of all experience built of thoughts, fantasies, memories, and hopes. Frankly, we're not interested in demolishing our lives as we have ordinarily known them. We demolish the false structures of our lives by labeling our thoughts, by saying for the five hundredth time, "Having a thought that such-and-such will happen." When we've said it five hundred times, we see it for what it is. It's just empty energy spinning out of our conditioning, with no reality whatsoever. There is no intrinsic truth in it; it's just changing, changing, changing.

(this talk also appears in Beck's book Nothing Special; cf. No Drama (2015-01-16), Moving from Experiences to Experiencing (2015-08-06), ...) - ^z - 2015-08-20