An ignorant man ages like an ox. His flesh may increase, but not his
A fool who recognises his own ignorance is thereby in fact a wise man,
fool who considers himself wise -- that is what one really calls a fool.
Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Enlightenment for Gautama [the Buddha] felt as though a prison which had confined him for thousands of lifetimes had broken open. Ignorance had been the jailkeeper. Because of ignorance, his mind had been obscured, just like the moon and stars hidden by the storm clouds. Clouded by endless waves of deluded thoughts, the mind had falsely divided reality into subject and object, self and others, existence and non-existence, birth and death, and from these discriminations arose wrong views—the prisons of feelings, craving, grasping, and becoming. The suffering of birth, old age, sickness, and death only made the prison walls thicker. The only thing to do was to seize the jailkeeper and see his true face. The jailkeeper was ignorance. . . . Once the jailkeeper was gone, the jail would disappear and never be rebuilt again.
Thich Nhat Hanh, the Buddha’s Enlightenment
December 11, 2016