Reconsidering enlightenment: A post-traditional reconfiguration (2)

This is part two of a two-part series on reconfiguring enlightenment. You can find part 1 here. Stage one: stream entry Taking nirvana as implying freedom from, the four stages can be defined in terms of what we progressively become free of. In each case, the four stages signify a break from identification with a … Continue reading Reconsidering enlightenment: A post-traditional reconfiguration (2)

Reconsidering enlightenment: A post-traditional reconfiguration (1)

  ‘If you are too well connected, you stop thinking. The clamour, the immediacy, the tendency to absorb other people’s thoughts, interrupt the deep abstraction required to find your own way.’ George Monbiot Introduction This piece was written to fill a void. One that I see as being the denial of the more ambitious aims … Continue reading Reconsidering enlightenment: A post-traditional reconfiguration (1)

Reconsidering enlightenment: a project in reconfiguration (6)

Stage three: non-returner The third stage of this model points to the elimination of desire and ill will, although frankly the idea that a human can exist without desire in some form appears deluded. If a human-animal had an absolute absence of desire, wouldn’t they be reduced to functioning as a human automaton? Isn’t desire … Continue reading Reconsidering enlightenment: a project in reconfiguration (6)