“The path of the enlightened one leaves no track- it is like the path of birds in the sky.”
To become enlightened, we may not follow down the same path as enlightened ones before us…or we may. The point is, even if we were to know what path an enlightened being took, that is not necessarily the path we need to follow. We may listen to their words of wisdom, reflect on it and contemplate. We may practice in the way they suggest practicing. But we must all discover truth for ourselves and find our own paths to become enlightened or awakened.
This reminds me of an old Zen story that goes something like this:
A monk asked a Zen master how to become awakened. The master said to walk north for a year. After a year of walking, he came across a second monk sitting in a cave, meditating. He said he was also on the path to enlightenment, and had trained under the same master. The first monk asked, “how did the master instruct you on becoming enlightened?” The second monk replied, “I was to sit and meditate here for 2 years.”
The master knew there are various ways to become awakened, and no one can tell you what that path is. In Zen, we find it by doing what we do each day, and being mindful of it as we do it.