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)

Phenomenology of Awakening (Buddhist Geeks 2014?)

http://youtu.be/cUjq5Iobgsk This is a video submission that I made for the Buddhist Geeks conference, 2014. The transcript is below with a couple of modifications. if you like this blog, or the ideas contained within the video, perhaps you would consider voting for my submission over at the BGs website, which will contribute to my talk … Continue reading Phenomenology of Awakening (Buddhist Geeks 2014?)

Compassionate action: documentary on the how

Often a question arises, what does it actually look like, to enact compassion, to express and live Buddhist principles in a human life? Stories come down to us from historical sources, tales repeated and retold that illustrate miraculous events in a far off land in even further time periods. These stories were most likely put … Continue reading Compassionate action: documentary on the how

Reconsidering enlightenment: a project in reconfiguration (End)

Closing Thoughts  To be awakened is to participate in creative acts of engagement with the world in which we exist, including its historical and symbolic structures. If anything, that is the game we are called to engage with, if we awaken as human-beings and not as transcendent super-humans. These creative acts of engagement are ultimately … Continue reading Reconsidering enlightenment: a project in reconfiguration (End)