Attaining enlightenment is related with giving up ego’s territory. When ego’s territory is completely surrendered–to no particular authority or present, but simply surrendered–to the point where there’s simply nothing left to surrender, and even the notion of surrendering has been surrendered, then the whole thing becomes very direct and simple. The only thing we have to work with is our basic state of existence: body, mind, consciousness. That kind of simplicity can only come about through the practice of meditation.
From “Surrender,” in Cynicism and Magic: Intelligence and Intuition on the Buddhist Path, page 39.
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