Enlightenments, Not Enlightenment

I enjoyed Jack Kornfield’s approach, relating to the topic of interpreting “enlightenment.” I would also add that what is available at every level, and at the core of every interpretation, is the simple experience of awareness. If our practice leads us here, so much else follows.

… it is wisest to speak of enlightenment with the plural s—as enlightenments. It’s the same way with God. There are so many forms: Jehovah, Allah, Brahma, Jesus, Kali, and so forth. As soon as followers say they know the one true God, conflict arises. Similarly, if you speak of enlightenment as one thing, conflict arises and you miss the truth.

Source: Enlightenments, Not Enlightenment – Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

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