How can an enlightened Buddhist possibly go to Hell?
Let's say that there's a Buddhist who reaches Nirvana or satori. But the Bible says that following Jesus is the only way to salvation. So if Christianity is really the "right" religion, how can an enlightened Buddhist go to hell? Enlightenment is to detach oneself completely from passion, lust, fear, and eventually, suffering.
My point is, an enlightened person, by his nature, cannot possibly suffer in Hell.
Is this another example on how mind-numbingly simplistic Christianity is?
I want answers freom ppl who know a couple of things about both Christianity and what enlightenment really is.
With the “Enlightened Mind”, the sufferings of Hells are merely mirages; just as the activities in this world are mere dreams of our “Primordial Awareness/Mind”. So an Enlightened person is someone aware of his/ hers own “Primordial Limitless Mind”, and they can be anywhere and don’t have any feelings of Suffering.
Some of you might comment, but this world is real and I can’t see any other possible “Reality” exist anywhere, but here and now. I think if you reflect upon all the dreams you have had during your hours of sleep, which of them is real to you now? Yet we all engrossed and engaged in the dreams as they were the only real existence while in a dream state, just like the “Matrix” movie series. So in dream, the Dream state appeared as real to us as in this reality; Being unenlightened, so how do you know you are not dreaming at our current state?
By the grace of Mahasattva Kristigarbha, I once toured the Hells for two days; I did not see anything that were memorable or upsetting at all, although when I woke up all the memories were blocked, but I felt no lingering sadness, suffering or anything else. And I am not enlightened, so Buddha must be able to do at least this and more.
Second part of your question, the Christians merely achieve very little understanding of this reality and that is all; just like a five year old kid can have just certain mental capacity versus a twenty year old person could have different and greater mental and understanding ability. So a religion of nomads and illiterates versus the top scholars in between the region of China and India, and the kings and princes’ philosophical following of Buddhism, you can see which is more credible. It is like comparing the Hill Billie’s versus top minds of the scientific community.
Most people don't know this, that "The Universe" is made up of multiple realms; including multiple galaxies and multiple planetary systems; this includes every living system, and there exists multiple heavens, multiple hells, multiracial human kinds and other planetary residents that can be identified as humans in their living systems”; there are also multiple animal kinds and other unimaginable sentient beings that permeate throughout each universal system.
It is as explained and quoted in multiple Buddhist Sutras, [that Buddha exclaimed, “The sentient beings are unimaginable and unaccountable; the types of beings and their dwellings are equally unimaginable”]
This will help explain to Don H, who is obviously influenced by his upbringing of Christianity or “Monolithic God” concepts, who is questioning why there are multiple religions, with their Gods speaking of different ideals and rule of conducts; it is because these different races of people once tapped into one of the multiple levels of consciousness that can be identified as the “God” in their own believes; of which the Buddhists clearly identify them as Heavenly Beings of different levels of heavens: such as God of Christians, of Muslim, and of Hindus, etc….
These Heavens are not decaying as claimed by “FallenAngel”, but “decadence” as in the “Realms of Desires Heavens”, and they play, have fun plus engage in all types of enjoyments and stimulations- (caused by Greed). The stubbornness and pride of the “Realms of Form Heavens”- (Anger/Pride), where many Gods (Kings of Heavens) of various heavens in this realm are coming from, who believed that they have created the Universe; therefore they believe they have the right to do as they please. Formless Heavens of sleep and in meditative states of playing with themselves, they are completely oblivion of others (Stupidity/ Ignorance).
But then again those humans could have just as easily tapped into Asura Realms, as Buddhists called them “Asura; or Semi-Gods, Warring Gods, Not of Heavens, etc….” These are the gods of mythologies, such as the Norse, Roman, Greeks and Egyptians and many other nations- constant warring and trickeries and strong love hate emotions; because these beings live in an environment of a higher place than ours, yet still considered grounded to earth (planets) that is why they are “Not of Heavens”.
There are even lower forms of worships that dealing with evil or demonic spirits- or just plain neutral spiritual beings, of which there are many variations. If you read all the folklore and myths, they can basically categorized as of similar kinds and levels of awareness; the representing religions or magical practices of Voodoos of African, Kabala of Judaism, Bon of Tibetan, Fairies’ tales of Irish and European nations, Kang Tao of Southeast Asia and Malaysia region etc….
In Buddhism the highest awareness is “Ultimate Enlightened Minds” achieved by Buddha, and then there are many levels of lower Enlightenments, such as those achieved by “Ten” levels of Bodhisattvas, “Four” levels of Arahant, and various Mantrayana Immortals. Even Heavenly beings at Form and Formless Heavens achieve some glances of Awareness as do the humans in this realm.