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Once there was a well known philosopher and scholar who devoted himself to the study of Zen for many years. On the day that he finally attained enlightenment, he took all of his books out into the yard, and burned them all.

Enlightenment Self Test

  1. When you fall asleep, you never fall asleep totally. There is a part of you that never falls asleep. If so, score 1 point. If when you fall asleep you become completely asleep and your consciousness disappears until you wake up or dream, score 0.
  2. Go out in the street. If all you see is sleeping people, moving mechanically, and dreaming while they walk, and this happens permanently, score 1. If you only see normal people, going about their business, score 0.
  3. Follow your breath for 2 hours. If you did this effortlessly, without missing one breath, score 1 point, you probably are enlightened. If you are not enlightened, you are about to be, so don't despair. If you missed it even for 1 second, score 0

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