ENLIGHTENMENT is the word used to translate the Sanskrit term BODHI (AWAKENED). A person awakens to a nowness of emptiness which he himself is, even as the entire universe is emptiness and which alone enables him to comprehend the “true nature” of things. The emptiness experienced here is no nihilistic emptiness; rather it is something unperceivable, unthinkable, unfeelable, and endless beyond existence and nonexistence. Emptiness is no “object” that could be experienced by a “subject”, since the idea of a subject itself is dissolved in to “emptiness”. In a profound experience of this kind, it becomes clear that emptiness and phenomena, absolute and relative, are entirely one. The experience of true reality is precisely the experience of this oneness. “Form is no other than emptiness, emptiness no other than form”, it is said in the HEART SUTRA. In profound enlightenment, the ego is annihilated, it dies. Thus is said in Zen, “You have to die on the cushion.” The result of this “dying,” of this “great death”, is “great life,” a life of freedom and peace.