Reconsidering enlightenment: a project in reconfiguration (5)

Stage Two: once returner These stages are positional anchors, representing markers on an evolutionary line: they are not fixed in stone. The second and third stages could be considered as a single stage as new fetters are not dissolved but weakened before being thoroughly abandoned at the end of stage three. At the second stage, … Continue reading Reconsidering enlightenment: a project in reconfiguration (5)

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 (1)

A post-traditional reconfiguration of Enlightenment By Matthew O’Connell "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 … Continue reading Considering enlightenment: a project in reconfiguration (1)

Big up Post-Traditional Buddhism

(This is part two of an article on Post-Traditional Buddhism written for the Elephant Journal. Part.1 can be found here: Post-traditional Buddhism: the quiet revolution?) Part 2: Big up Post-Traditional Buddhism  My new bride on the spiritual path is perhaps best defined as Post-Traditional Buddhism. A term I picked up from Hokai Sobol, who is … Continue reading Big up Post-Traditional Buddhism

Post-Traditional Buddhism: the quiet revolution?

(This is part one of an article on Post-Traditional Buddhism written for the Elephant Journal. Part.2 can be found here: Big Up Post-Traditional Buddhism) Intro to the act Imagine a giant golden Buddha statue sat in front of you right now. The Buddha’s golden gaze stares out onto an invisible horizon, expressing an out of … Continue reading Post-Traditional Buddhism: the quiet revolution?