Thread: Is the Buddhist Concept of Enlightenment a Meaningful Possibility in the Current Age?

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    Is the Buddhist Concept of Enlightenment a Meaningful Possibility in the Current Age?

    An article by Ajahn Amaro:

    Unshakeable Well-Being: Is the Buddhist Concept of Enlightenment a Meaningful Possibility in the Current Age

    https://link.springer.com/article/10...71-019-01179-7


    Any thoughts in connection with the article?



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    An interesting article, well written and showing a good understanding of the problems trying to unpick writings about Buddhist enlightenment, given the reactions many people give to the concept. To get around such negativity it neatly sidesteps the whole question of enlightenment experiences by concentrating on stream entry, as, according to the article, something we can actually attain rather than enlightenment itself, which it doesn't really discuss. The argument is that by concentrating on stream entry we aim at a psychologically possible end point, rather than trying to seek something that everyone says is impossible in this lifetime.

    That being said, the description of stream entry, its importance, and how to go about attaining it is worth reading and studying by anyone interested in bringing about change to themselves via meditation and the path. It gives practical advise about working towards stream entry and flags up important aspects to check your progress along the way. Fundamentally, stream entry is the stage where no matter what happens you will never give up your practice, even if you drop out of it for a while. No matter how much you may wish it to, it will never go away and will be a part of you for the rest of your life.

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