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In the Buddhist sutras it says there is nothing to gain or achieve in awakening. How should we understand this?

Investigating our true nature has nothing to do with refinement of the mind and body. Notions of refinement, progress, development, gain in practice are only born out of the delusive belief that we are inherently lacking something from the beginning. The feeling of being incomplete and the belief in another reality where we could be complete are codependent - one spontaneously bringing into being the other - like the existence of an inside begets the existence of an outside. Herein is the illusion of dualistic reality.
Returning to our true seat of being - to the timeless spaceless root prior to the Big Bang and the birth of the universe - when being springs out of this place, we see the end of suffering and the end of awakening are one. Notions about self development or self realisation dissolve like snow flakes on a hot rock. There is nobody to develop and nothing unclear that needs to be realised.

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