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The essential fetter is: I put my hand on the stove and it burns. I keep putting my hand on the stove and burning, and I believe that when I become enlightened I can put my hand on the stove and it won't burn. 

"Mediocrity is gone. Mind is clear of limitation. I seek no state of enlightenment. Neither do I remain where no enlightenment exists. Since I linger in neither condition, eyes cannot see me. If hundreds of birds strew my path with flowers, such praise would be meaningless."

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I think it's really the reoccurring pattern of believing in a future and self and that this moment/self will be different/ better at some time. Reaching enlightenment certainly does sound more appealing and real than simply being like "fuck all of this life" and not doing anything with your life

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