As we move into the third millennium, we’re actually getting to the outer stretch of civilization. Life is becoming very complex—technology, the structure of society, everything.
The impact of enlightenment doesn’t stop just because it’s not twelfth century India, where you sit under the Bodhi tree and become enlightened. Nobody’s going to do that anymore because the landscape of modern life just isn’t shaped that way. You’ll probably be sitting in your kitchen or at a bus stop or on the freeway going to work, and you’ll get enlightened.
It doesn’t matter. There is no causal relationship between your actions and the enlightenment process. At some moment in time you brushed up against the seed of awakening, and the seal of your personal identity began to crack. From there on, it’s just a matter of time. Don’t kid yourself. The complete annihilation of personal self is an absolute. Not just “sort of” or “kind of” or “maybe.” It really does happen.