In this way our passion for life, previously caught in craving and hatred, becomes purified, illuminated and awakened, a force for the good of the world.
This fourth stage, which comes after the insight of anatta, where the self view collapses, is called spiritual rebirth.
Illustrated by examples from Kamalashila's long solitary, It discusses this through exploring the nature of spiritual rebirth, the radical transformation of heart mind and being that follows insight into the impermanent, unsatisfactory and unsubstantial nature of experience.
First integrate the self; secondly cultivate an empathic, emotionally positive self. Thirdly, see right through that concept of self — see that the illusory world we've been creating all this time around that illusory idea, while useful and necessary, is ultimately not real.
In the fourth stage, allow this realisation so thoroughly into our life that ‘we’ no longer obstruct its passion.
Cultivation of the Buddha's awakening, and receptivity to the influence of that awakening, is the thread running through all the many Buddhist practices of ethics, meditation and insight.
It is our overarching spiritual purpose, the compass for the whole dharma life. There is a progressive aspect to Sangharakshita's five stages of dharma life.
Let's first distinguish spiritual rebirth from the ordinary kind of rebirth.Embodied beings like ourselves are subject to unpredictable changes which just go on, on and on forever in the familiar world of impermanence, change, and endless varieties of suffering: that's the familiar kind of rebirth—a new life, but not essentially different from the old one.Often in Triratna Buddhism this post insight stage is associated with visualisation meditation or sadhana, though its range is broader as we shall see.And since we are talking about more advanced stages of spiritual experience, where the waters are not well charted and experiences not easily described, then our discourse becomes exploratory rather than definitive.Within Buddhism, and within our particular tradition, we encounter a diversity of dharma practices, and it's important we understand what each is intended to achieve.All dharma practice really boils down to one: the practice of spiritual realisation.