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 marinealways248 years ago
Do You believe you have reached enlightenment? Yes or No, please explain why.
by pisean2823116 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 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 McClure8 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...
by aka-dj6 years ago
What, in your opinion, is true enlightenment?
by johnscott005 years ago
In a way there’s nothing very “Buddhist” about the meditation you’ll find on Wildmind. When you pay attention to your breath, or to the sensations in your body as you walk, or when you cultivate feelings of love...
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