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 (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)

Considering enlightenment: a project in reconfiguration (4)

Fetters n. A device, usually one of a pair of rings connected to a chain that is attached to the ankles or feet to restrict movement. Something that serves to restrict; a restraint: the fetters of tyranny. tr.v. fet·tered, fet·ter·ing, fet·ters To put fetters on; shackle. To restrict or restrain: thinking that is fettered by … Continue reading Considering enlightenment: a project in reconfiguration (4)

Considering enlightenment: a project in reconfiguration (3)

Removing the exotic: English alternatives The terms explored so far have been foreign to the English language and even when such words gain coinage in English, they cannot help but carry added flavour and nuances that obstruct a more neutral reading. I also expressed my dissatisfaction with awakening and have proposed two categorical labels to … Continue reading Considering enlightenment: a project in reconfiguration (3)

Considering enlightenment: a project in reconfiguration (2)

The Wording of the Thing Buddhism is full of abstractions, terms that lend themselves to multiple translations, conceptual reformulations and biases. Ridding ourselves of the temptation to indulge in intangibles and absolutes is essential for an honest revaluation of Buddhism in the West and this is especially so when considering enlightenment. The way we talk … Continue reading Considering enlightenment: a project in reconfiguration (2)