What is Enlightenment, Anyway?

What is Enlightenment, Anyway?
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WHAT IS ENLIGHTENMENT, ANYWAY? A guest blog by Scot Kyle   We open with the above quote from The Buddha, since he is often referred to as “the fully enlightened…

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Functional Spirituality

Functional Spirituality
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        Thinking about “functional spirituality,” I return to Ingrid Rowland, in her book, The Collector of Lives, paraphrasing Socrates: “All the enlightenment in the world is worth nothing unless…

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Beguiled, Bothered and Befuddled

Beguiled, Bothered and Befuddled
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Enlightenment, really… As we’ve mentioned in past posts, enlightenment—the condition—has been maligned and misunderstood. What is it about its achievement that is such a preoccupation among those of us with…

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Service: the way to Enlightenment

Service: the way to Enlightenment
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Service This process of enlightenment—service, purpose, meaning—has been expressed before in these blog pages. Enlightenment is a journey, not the end of one. “There is only so much you can…

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Emptiness as Enlightenment

Emptiness as Enlightenment
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by guest blogger Samantha West Reading a friend’s recent post about the loss of his father prompted me to examine the idea of loss within my own life and how…

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Creativity as Enlightenment

Creativity as Enlightenment
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The Age of Enlightenment spanned nearly the entire 18th Century. While some historians contend that the 17th C Jewish-Dutch philosopher, Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677), paved the way for this important intellectual and philosophical…

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Enlightenment: Five Views

Enlightenment: Five Views
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This month let us take a Lapham’s Quarterly approach to Enlightenment as we look at five very different individuals’ approaches to it. First up, Immanuel Kant. This calls to mind…

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There is no such thing as “enlightenment”

There is no such thing as “enlightenment”
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Perhaps “enlightenment” consists of the realization that there is no such thing as “enlightenment.” What do I mean? Well I became preoccupied by this question rather unwillingly at first because…

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Out of this World?

Out of this World?
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The Way of Enlightenment is more a preparation than a path, more a journey than an end. The New Message from God  prepares us for two major shifts in humanity’s…

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Disappointed with Religion?

Disappointed with Religion?
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Often the way of enlightenment starts with disappointment. And plenty of us become disappointed with religion—its dogma, its rules, its inequality. The G-word is unbearable for some. And it’s perfectly understandable.…

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