A. It is true that the cup has every right to be enlightened just as much as we do. However, you should know that if you attain enlightenment, all the universe attains enlightenment along with you, but that the Buddha is also never enlightened, not to mention the cup, unless you are enlightened. If you truly want to see the cup attain enlightenment, you first should attain enlightenment.
Student: “When can I attain enlightenment?”
Master: “When this cup attains enlightenment.”
Student: “When does this cup attain enlightenment?”
Master: “When you attain enlightenment.”
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