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Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment?
    #8235039 - 04/03/08 07:23 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

We all live in the west and using a term like enlightenment I believe takes away from the legitimacy of what we are doing, gaining new insights about ourselves and our environment. Instead of giving the community the impression we think that we are Jedis i suggest we call it for what it actually represents, insights and new interpretations.

The word enlightenment also implies all of your theories and assumptions are definitive. I am certainly not trying to take away from what benefits psychoactive drugs provide as they have been invaluable to me.

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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: DoomsDayJesus]
    #8235074 - 04/03/08 07:31 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

True, true.


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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: EternalCowabunga]
    #8235104 - 04/03/08 07:38 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

Bout time.


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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: EternalCowabunga]
    #8235111 - 04/03/08 07:40 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

:lol: this is a good point, although I think most of us believe ourselves to be mere padowans.


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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: DoomsDayJesus]
    #8235194 - 04/03/08 07:58 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

The meaning of enlightenment is the closest of any word I know to something I want to express. If we drop it we'll have to make a new word.

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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: Quarryman]
    #8235216 - 04/03/08 08:03 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

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The meaning of enlightenment is the closest of any word I know to something I want to express. If we drop it we'll have to make a new word.




You don't have to "make" a new word, it just makes sense to use a different one to better articulate what you want to express. I guarantee that if you start dropping the E word in front of people that are not Yogis or heavily diluted in the drug subculture they will not take you seriously even if the sentiment is not present.

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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: DoomsDayJesus]
    #8235221 - 04/03/08 08:04 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

OK. I vote we drop it after we come to a consenus on its meaning. :yesnod:


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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: OrgoneConclusion]
    #8235235 - 04/03/08 08:06 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

I think we need to clarify the phrase "Drop it" as some people seem to think it means to say it, others think it means to no longer say it.


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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: gotcha420haha]
    #8235240 - 04/03/08 08:08 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

Drop it like the E bomb!

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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: gotcha420haha]
    #8235257 - 04/03/08 08:12 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

Drop it as in no longer use it. I see the meaning as reaching a state of no desires, to know ultimate truth and so fourth. I contest that no one has ever managed that feat but more probably entered at state of delusional complacency.

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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: DoomsDayJesus]
    #8235439 - 04/03/08 08:50 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

i would also like to drop
logical
rational
and god
from the language


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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: DoomsDayJesus]
    #8235561 - 04/03/08 09:16 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

Would claiming to be enlightened be one of the most arrogant things you could do? Doesn't it mean you have transcended the rest of humanity?

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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: redgreenvines]
    #8235624 - 04/03/08 09:25 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

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redgreenvines said:
i would also like to drop
logical
rational
and god
from the language




I am so through with 'sweet'ums' and 'babycakes'...


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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: DimensionX]
    #8235763 - 04/03/08 09:44 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

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Would claiming to be enlightened be one of the most arrogant things you could do? Doesn't it mean you have transcended the rest of humanity?




Thats right, its also even counter to what the word usually implies. Why would someone who is truly enlightened feel the need to announce it? Someone who is enlightened I would imagine does not eat and is in a self induced vegetable, saliva running down his jaw and blind because he hasn't blinked since his awakening. Just a thought

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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: DoomsDayJesus]
    #8235830 - 04/03/08 09:52 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

Just stop worrying about it, measure your life by substance.

If we didnt produce anything; thoughts, creations, feelings, life would be just a big shitfest of greyness and delusion.
Dancing around a word throwing slight variations at it, that's a waste of time and effort.


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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: krin]
    #8235859 - 04/03/08 09:57 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

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Just stop worrying about it, measure your life by substance.

If we didnt produce anything; thoughts, creations, feelings, life would be just a big shitfest of greyness and delusion.
Dancing around a word throwing slight variations at it, that's a waste of time and effort.




Huh? Trust me there are very few things I concern myself with and this isn't one of them. It is a suggestion so perhaps people don't sound nonsensical at least to some degree.

I am confused how the latter half of you post is relevant to this thread at all.

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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: DoomsDayJesus]
    #8235882 - 04/03/08 09:59 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

stop worrying man haha
its okay
dont be confused

(sorry if this aggravates you,haha)


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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: krin]
    #8237589 - 04/04/08 09:52 AM (16 years, 1 month ago)

Perhaps lowering your language to fit the ignorance of those around you isnt the best choice...just my opinion.


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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: OrgoneConclusion]
    #8237652 - 04/04/08 10:18 AM (16 years, 1 month ago)

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redgreenvines said:
i would also like to drop
logical
rational
and god
from the language




I am so through with 'sweet'ums' and 'babycakes'...




I prefer sweetcheeks myself.



And to the OP, I have never felt that I would actually achieve this moment of E except for very miniscule moments in my life so it's not a word I use much anyway.


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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: DoomsDayJesus]
    #8237854 - 04/04/08 11:18 AM (16 years, 1 month ago)

Allow me to enlighten you on my opinion in this matter. :smile: To me, the word has multiple meanings. There are religious folks who seek enlightenment in the sense that they transcend humanity and become "universally aware". I believe that an enlightened person can also be anyone who passes on a piece of good advice or wisdom to someone else, who then becomes enlightened because they now know that information. Insight, enlightenment, wisdom... In my eyes these words can be interchangeable.

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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: v00d00chi1d]
    #8237979 - 04/04/08 11:53 AM (16 years, 1 month ago)

... I thought we WERE jedis.


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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: deCypher]
    #8238019 - 04/04/08 12:02 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

were pfftt....ARE!


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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: deCypher]
    #8238122 - 04/04/08 12:39 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

I think its not such a good word for awakening as it implies like there's going to be some "wow im fully enlightened" moment like the Buddha supposedly had. But its also a good word for awakening as the buddhist teachings on the innate mind of clear light has a sense of illumination about it, all realised awakened beings seem to be associated with light in some way.

During meditation i'm sure many of us have had moments of enlightenment/illumination where everything becomes luminously clear.

Some call the coming age of aquarius/golden age "the age of light"

Dogen

"to be enlightened is to be one with all things"

Simple profound and true.

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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: Chronic7]
    #8238483 - 04/04/08 02:20 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

My ego is never satisfied. Cede "enlightenment", and ego will just find something else to bitch about. If it's about pleasing others, why? If a person doesn't want to wrap their mind around something, they're not going to. Putting it in a wrapper they can identify with is nice, but they'll just find something else to bitch about, unless they are open to understanding, in which case there was no need for a wrapper.

To me, seeking enlightenment, seeking god, all the same. Is full enlightenment possible? It seems wrong to believe it's possible, but it also seems wrong to believe it's not possible. Perhaps both of those statements are wrong? LOL. I choose to believe it "might" be possible, but as time goes by, it seems the possibility is less important, and the reality of the current moment is all that matters.

IOW, looking across the field, trying to use the mind to discover something that may be found through experience, endlessly turning it over, doesn't seem to be the way, though it may all be a part of the process. Is full enlightenment possible, is perhaps the wrong question. In fact, all questions seem to be wrong. But, within that word, there is always something to be touched on in the present moment. Drop the question, and find some meaning. Consciousness discovers the question, and consciousness destroys the question.

Personally, I prefer "enlightenment" over "god". Much harder to twist the meaning, without it smelling like bullshit, but perhaps that's just the view I get being surrounded by an institution which has wrangled the true meaning for it's own purposes for so long that most people no longer question it. I can't remember the last time someone told me enlightenment will strike me down and send me to a fiery place for all of eternity.

Yes, my ego seems to be rotten and corrupted, and the desire for enlightenment is just another desire. But I believe it points to something pure. Arrogance in the phrase "I am enlightened"? How about "I am enlightenment."?

I am god also. Simply means, I am that which I seek. I suppose it could be taken as arrogant, IF a person believes it means I have something they don't, I am "above" humanity, I am BETTER. But, what if it simply acknowledges that I am not "below" humanity, I am not inferior, I am not forsaken by my self? Then it becomes a simple statement of self-esteem. Those without self-esteem will always see it as arrogant, unless they believe they can profit from it in some way. So I say, use your own words. If someone has a problem with it... fuck 'em.

Oh, the arrogance.:D


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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: Rahz]
    #8238612 - 04/04/08 02:55 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

I dig it.


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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: DoomsDayJesus]
    #8243728 - 04/05/08 06:43 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

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DimensionX said:
Would claiming to be enlightened be one of the most arrogant things you could do? Doesn't it mean you have transcended the rest of humanity?




Thats right, its also even counter to what the word usually implies. Why would someone who is truly enlightened feel the need to announce it? Someone who is enlightened I would imagine does not eat and is in a self induced vegetable, saliva running down his jaw and blind because he hasn't blinked since his awakening. Just a thought




Uh, Enlightenment is not exactly catatonic schizophrenia. Your description suggests that you are looking at some extraneous outer forms of a state like Nirvikalpa Samadhi which sometimes manifests bodily rigidity and immobility. The higher Sahaj Samadhi is 'the natural state' of Enlightenment and it does not manifest in psychophysically bizarre ways. I am 'more Enlightened' than I used to be and my comparison can only be made between two forms of 'me,' not in comparison with anyone else. This is the crux of any discussion on Enlightenment. It needs to remain within the subjective field of experience.


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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: MarkostheGnostic]
    #8244060 - 04/05/08 07:51 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

I think my problem with the word is that it isn't able to be universally defined. When I hear someone talking about enlightenment I immediately associate that with coming to the end of all possible understanding. This is probably just a personal hangup of mine and I am projecting my distaste of religious practices to the psychedelic experience.

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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: MarkostheGnostic]
    #8244063 - 04/05/08 07:51 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

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DoomsDayJesus said:
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DimensionX said:
Would claiming to be enlightened be one of the most arrogant things you could do? Doesn't it mean you have transcended the rest of humanity?




Thats right, its also even counter to what the word usually implies. Why would someone who is truly enlightened feel the need to announce it? Someone who is enlightened I would imagine does not eat and is in a self induced vegetable, saliva running down his jaw and blind because he hasn't blinked since his awakening. Just a thought




Uh, Enlightenment is not exactly catatonic schizophrenia. Your description suggests that you are looking at some extraneous outer forms of a state like Nirvikalpa Samadhi which sometimes manifests bodily rigidity and immobility. The higher Sahaj Samadhi is 'the natural state' of Enlightenment and it does not manifest in psychophysically bizarre ways. I am 'more Enlightened' than I used to be and my comparison can only be made between two forms of 'me,' not in comparison with anyone else. This is the crux of any discussion on Enlightenment. It needs to remain within the subjective field of experience.




A. we are jedis dont let them jedi mind trick you out if it.

B.well i dunno man its all about awareness. and undying awareness of self and others. If your susceptable to intoxication in general. it spooks people out when they are drunk and make a comment deep from soul and state the nature of their mind cause their soul knows its wrong then the next day say i was just drunk.
those people tend not to have enlightenment.

enlightenment is seeing things as they are clearly and once thats achieved delusions no-longer exist and in social interactions others might get pissed that your aware and they are fully aware of whats going on.

you know someone is not enlightened when they tell you to that being cruel to people is ok but then when you turn that on them they complain.

or maybe im more so relating this to wholesomeness. my veiw of enlightment is wholesome mindful life and the spread of that


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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: DoomsDayJesus]
    #8244395 - 04/05/08 09:06 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

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We all live in the west and using a term like enlightenment I believe takes away from the legitimacy of what we are doing, gaining new insights about ourselves and our environment. Instead of giving the community the impression we think that we are Jedis i suggest we call it for what it actually represents, insights and new interpretations.

The word enlightenment also implies all of your theories and assumptions are definitive. I am certainly not trying to take away from what benefits psychoactive drugs provide as they have been invaluable to me.




I would love to see that word dropped and replaced by something relevant. I don't think so however, most favor fantasy. We want to be Jedi knights and not just men and women.


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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: Icelander]
    #8244514 - 04/05/08 09:39 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

another term could be collective sheding of light.


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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: Icelander]
    #8244515 - 04/05/08 09:39 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

another term could be collective sheding of light.



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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: DoomsDayJesus]
    #8245159 - 04/06/08 12:37 AM (16 years, 1 month ago)

I think this is insightful of you. The Psychedelic Experience obviously DOES offer a glimpse of Enlightenment for those who are open to the transcendence of their constricted views and emotional repressions. The Psychedelic Experience is not the problem - it sheds Light. The problem occurs when individual egos try to encompass the Experience within the egoic mind. I have a friend from childhood who only did this with psychedelics. He would only confess to me that "they're a lot of fun," and nothing more. He would trip on acid, walk the hills of San Francisco with a tripping buddy, stopping in numerous bars to drink beers, and just devolve the psychospiritual to physical stamina. He also confessed that his ego was "the size of Montana." Another friend with whom I used to trip as a youth would do the same. I once walked a dozen miles with him and when I sat down in a field to close my eyes, he threatened to leave! No inner-directed in-sight for him!

Both of the aforementioned friends had religious hangups - Greek Orthodox and Catholicism respectively, and both had inordinate attachments (IMO) to their mothers and to the religiosity of their mothers who could not possibly conceive of the Psychedelic Experience yet had stifling (IMO) influences on their sons' ability to Individuate from the maternal influence. Their religions, and the women (both non-psychedelic) whom they married - who were vehicles of both their religious mores and their mothers who coveyed those religious mores, helped prevent that the Psychedelic Experience be taken seriously.

The opposite effect is to have one's ego pathologically inflated to the extent that a 'messianic complex' arises from the unconscious, and one walks around with airs of inflated egoic superiority - the opposite of Enlightened humility and stillness of desire for fame, power, influence, etc.

There are legitimate spiritual practices which help one to maintain the perception of the Psychedelic Experience. The Buddhist Dzogchen, as translated down to the average person by Eckhart Tolle is a prime example - to become aware of Rigpa - Pure Consciousness - in each moment of life - is a legitimate antidote to the culture-bound influences that the multitudes allow themselves to be programmed, like cell-phone addiction and multi-tasking. These modes-of-being are diametrically opposite the Zen-like simplicity of real Enlightened living.


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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: DoomsDayJesus]
    #8245575 - 04/06/08 06:27 AM (16 years, 1 month ago)

well we really do have to eliminate the term Enlightenment if Mark - who is an example to everyone - continues to use it to suggest that Enlightenment is a state.

it is not a state, and no state that exists is enlightenment.

states of mind relate to the mind's resonance or trailings or emotional intensity or dream depth or psychedelic enhancement.

Enlightenment is not that.
those states of mind are like how much fat is on the body.

Enlightenment is not about fat or how much energy exists at any moment or how that energy changes to another energy (all the yogas may suggest that this type of control or experience is related to enlightenments of various sorts and that is false).

Also the crossover of Enlightenment with wisdom is only just tolerable.

What is refered to in the annals when Enlightenment is spoken of, is a shifted paradigm to a simpler and more dignified WAY of being. I would encourage everyone who is interested in enlightenment to pay attention to the term "way", middle way, the road, etc. all metaphors to something that cannot fit into words, because it relates not to a map of life, but to life itself.


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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: DoomsDayJesus]
    #8245584 - 04/06/08 06:39 AM (16 years, 1 month ago)

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Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment?




Hell no. Then I wouldn't have a word to describe myself with.


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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: redgreenvines]
    #8246377 - 04/06/08 12:18 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

I see the usefulness of certain 'states' of consciousness as being able to simplify the ordinary states of mind which are a jumble of competing thoughts and feelings, memories and associations, sensations and emotions. For me however, Enlightenment entails the simultaneous awareness of the Indivisible (the Emptiness-Fullness, the ONE) and the mundanities of life. The Middle Way certainly applies here to this simultaneous awareness of Eternity and Temporality (Nirvana and Samsara if you will). Moreover, the multi-tasking multitudes are one-sidedly caught up and identified with the samsaric mind. Their preoccupation is not with this Middle Way approach to both aspects of Reality but exclusively with the physical-social aspects. The opposite of this materialistic and spiritually unconscious mode of being-in-the-world is very aptly referred to as Enlightenment.

If one were to ask me, I would say at this point of my understanding, that a one-sided attachment to non-ordinary states of consciousness is likewise as erroneous as the one-sided attachment to worldliness. This is the revision that the Buddha made of the Hindu Yoga systems that were prevalent at his time, and I think his insight equally applies today. I too thought for many years that one had to be living full time in Sahaj Samadhi or Sat Chit Ananda, after the example of Neem Karolie Baba of BE HERE NOW fame, in order to 'Be' Enlightened. It now seems that it is a matter of Being aware of the Formless Ground simultaneously with all of our moment-to-moment activities with form. Subsequently, with this Realization, the need to be preoccupied with exalted 'states' of Consciousness became less and less important. Sitting meditation and frequent Entheogenic Excursions became less important to my understanding of Enlightenment.

To sum up, my bias is still toward Formlessness, which pegs me in society more as a spiritual human than a materialistic human. It is not a matter of any 'attainment' of an exalted 'state,' it is a matter of values - Realization of Reality having priority over the mere accumulation and display of material objects or status-laden experiences. This one value determines much of how one lives one's life in the world, and why, just as the materialist's valuation of materiality and status determines how [s]he lives in the world and why. Once 'Meaning' has ontological status over the Freudian "pleasure principle" and over the Adlerian "Will to Power," and "Social Interest," a trans-personal center has been established (it's no longer all about me, what I have and what I do). It's then a Maslowian "Being-Cognition" which has transcendence at heart. That is Enlightened living, if one were to ask me, that is.


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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: DoomsDayJesus]
    #8246544 - 04/06/08 01:04 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

Mark you are steeped, immersed, recognized and over educated in this area, and I really don't intend to argue but -
State of mind and state of consciousness are one thing unless you have bought into yet another believers leap of faith in which mind and consciousness are separate.

(there are hundreds of hokey diagrammes of such separations going back through the middle ages, Egypt and ancient America)

Western literature before the 18th century refered to "enlightenment" as a kind of wisdom and equated it with arts and science - culture and respectibility, but I am certain that is not the kind of enlightenment that people on this board are interested in.

Eastern literature, however, refers to Enlightenment as an attribute of the "enlightened" beings, arahants, bodhisatvas gurus and meditating monks etc. and it is clearly distinguished from any states ( state involves a static - formed - shaped - produced - achieved stasis or equilibrium).

In Buddhism, Enlightenment, is a way of being that is natural, yet spiritual at the same time. It is the constantly changing path that is experienced and followed while living. it is neither static nor in equilibrium, and it is very subject to distraction. Enlightened beings recover from distraction and resume their path without self recrimination or getting mad at some one else.

Almost any attempt to encapsulate the eastern concept of Enlightenment with words is absurd. A person needs to discover their own path and work with that on an ongoing basis - ergo one is never actually "enlightened" except by some relative reference to some previous moment in passing. it is neither disputable nor dispute worthy.

your second paragraph is interesting, and your last paragraph illustrates spiritual materialism. (yes, one may become attached to the idea of formlessness, and completely forget to brush his teeth).


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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: redgreenvines]
    #8246846 - 04/06/08 02:15 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

I agree with everything you wrote and read it as a pretty good synopsis of my own position. I do not see where you are getting from me the notion of Enlightenment as a 'steady state.' Enlightenment refers to the subjective 'pole' of the subject-object dualism that Enlightenment (as a process) seeks to transcend. The Ultimate Reality strikes me as being Eternal (or, conversely, as Eternal Being). It is true that the Greek archetype of changeless Being does seem to color my thinking/writing, but there is this Shiva-Shakti, Being-Becoming, Creator-Creation paradox about Ultimate Reality no matter how we try to formulate our thoughts. It is dynamism with a still center, yet that still center is everywhere.

I thought that your notion of "distraction" was an interesting highlight of a matter-of-fact that I tend to overlook while still having to deal with it. Your position makes it a rather significant part of the Middle Way. Interesting and worthy of some contemplation on my part.

And, right we're not talking of the Age of Enlightenment which was all about reason, as humanity in the West began to emerge from a more irrational stage of human development.


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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: Huehuecoyotl]
    #8248606 - 04/06/08 09:55 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

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Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment?




Hell no. Then I wouldn't have a word to describe myself with.




In your case you have become much more lightened.


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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: krin]
    #8250342 - 04/07/08 11:43 AM (16 years, 1 month ago)

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Just stop worrying about it, measure your life by substance.

If we didnt produce anything; thoughts, creations, feelings, life would be just a big shitfest of greyness and delusion.
Dancing around a word throwing slight variations at it, that's a waste of time and effort.




Exactly.

Don't get hung up on words. They are only pointers; they can only bring us part of the way to understanding anything. Language has limited usefulness when we are talking about understandings that cannot be wholly communicated in a conceptual manner.

If you drop 'enlightenment', then you have to pick up another equally inadequate label to refer to the same thing. Pick whatever arrangement of consonants and vowels pleases you; it doesn't change a thing.


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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: WhiskeyClone]
    #8250618 - 04/07/08 01:05 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

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If you drop 'enlightenment', then you have to pick up another equally inadequate label to refer to the same thing.




This isn't true. Enlightenment, no different than the word g*d, is a word that requires elaboration as to what it means. There are several instances of this occurring within this thread, already saw it tonight in another thread, and it should be no surprise that each personal definition exists on a wide spectrum of different meaning. I've never understood why it is necessary to use such a word to describe some aspect of reality or one's experience if the word itself doesn't convey consensual meaning. Shouldn't the inevitable explanation as to what the individual meant in using the word simply stand on its own?

My favorite is "g*d is just reality", "karma is just cause and effect", etc. etc. etc. I personally choose to stick with "reality is reality". :shrug:


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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: fireworks_god]
    #8250985 - 04/07/08 02:30 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

the only reason to put a word there is because we are materialistical about it.
this is not like a peer reviewed matriculation

(sometimes that happens in monasteries but that is so tight and kinda artificial - phew!)

essentially since you can easily fall off the path and easily get on the path and there is no physical difference and "nearly" no mental difference - there should be no such idea of "attainment".

the net difference of being on the path is that while you are doing it that way you cause little harm and much good, you recover from pettiness without effort, and are mindful and light of heart.

these things are not absolute measures by any means, but I am serious about not making this an overly crystalline thing. even the last symbol Markos gave of a rod prods me every time I think about it. but I recover.


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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: fireworks_god]
    #8251216 - 04/07/08 03:22 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

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I've never understood why it is necessary to use such a word to describe some aspect of reality or one's experience if the word itself doesn't convey consensual meaning. Shouldn't the inevitable explanation as to what the individual meant in using the word simply stand on its own?




In many cases, yes it should. Enlightenment is different than other nouns in that it cannot be understood intellectually. It can only be experienced, and pointed to indirectly. As soon as you try to articulate it with words, you have made a thought out of it, and you are no longer referring to enlightenment itself, but the mental image you have of it.

The common interpretation of 'God' is a conceptual one, composed entirely of each individual's comparisons of it to other things he or she is familiar with. This widespread misinterpretation is a direct result of our mistaken assumption that everything can be understood mentally.

Enlightenment defies rational understanding, and therefore defies verbal elaboration.

This is why it cannot have a consensual meaning. Everybody's personal verbal definition is defacto inaccurate, and therefore they will not match each other's, even if they understand it to be the same thing. Put simply, what enlightenment is cannot be communicated.

We cannot discuss it without this linguistic inaccuracy, no matter what words we choose. Language is inadequate here. Zen Koans recognize this limitation and illustrate enlightenment without describing it in rational terms, because to do so is to point the student in the wrong direction.


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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: redgreenvines]
    #8251796 - 04/07/08 05:44 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

RGV your posts have really spoken to me lately. The more I listen, the more silly I feel with myself. :stoned:

To me, enlightenment doesn't make any sense unless it is considered paradoxical. But this does not mean it is useless as a concept. Maybe there isn't a singularity at the end of the path, but its hard to conceive of a path that heads no where in particular.

You ask: how useful is this concept enlightenment?

How useful is philosophizing in general? The etiquette of this forum reminds us to speak objectively as possible so as to communicate well. But if we derive our entire understanding from such a perspective, aren't we just fooling ourselves? The goal of philosophy is truth, or enlightenment, whether it is in actuality a big circle jerk or not. But maybe this process can be useful, even though in a literal sense it is flawed.

I think dropping the word as a prerogative for something else is just as silly... And it will be something else.

To paraphrase EternalCowabunga from the "opinion" thread:

Saying that reality is nonsensical, is trying to make sense it. :shrug:


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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: daytripper23]
    #8251970 - 04/07/08 06:32 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

true
all too true (too)
but that is the way with winnie the poo


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Re: Can We Drop the Word Enlightenment? [Re: DoomsDayJesus]
    #8273949 - 04/12/08 02:00 PM (16 years, 1 month ago)

No, we can not.

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