Although the intellectual movement called “The Enlightenment” is usually associated with the 18th century, its roots in fact go back much further. But before we explore those roots, we need to define the term. This is one of those rare historical movements which in fact named itself. Certain thinkers and writers, primarily in London and Paris, believed that they were more enlightened than their compatriots and set out to enlighten them.
The Blind Climber, Enlightenment, and Zen?
No one has a monopoly on truth. It is available to any determined seeker, even a novice, who will not be discouraged by the height of the mountain and the difficulty of the climb.
I think man’s indomitable spirit is best expressed by Erik Weihenmayer a 42 year old American who refused to be defeated by his physical handicap. Blind since age 13, Erick climbed seven – not one but SEVEN — of the world’s tallest mountains, including Mount Everest, armed only with his tremendous fighting heart.
by Linda Rawlinson5 years ago
Can we be too young to have achieved Enlightenment?Do we have to have a lived a long and 'full' life to be able to say that we know what it's all about? Or can Enlightenment come to anyone who thinks about it long...
by marinealways248 years ago
Do You believe you have reached enlightenment? Yes or No, please explain why.
by pisean2823117 years ago
I was discussing god with few people...the discussion as usual turned into heated debate...nothing divides humans more than religion/god and soon debate turned into heated argument...one strong believer said it requires...
by Amberlim21 months ago
What is it like reaching a state of spiritual enlightenment/awakening?How did you achieve that state of consciousness and what does it feel like?
by paarsurrey7 years ago
Hi friendsBuddhism without any truthful message from Buddha written or dictated by him; has no enlightenment in it; it is mere enslavement of self in meaningless meditation. While our Buddhist friends may name it...
by Dave McClure9 years ago
Tolerance, Reason and Humanity were the three pillars of Western Enlightenment, a philosophical movement inspired by such thinkers as Newton and Descartes and further developed by Rousseau, Paine, Voltaire, Hume. They...
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