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?)

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)

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 (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)