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New Podcast Episode: What Is Enlightenment?

Ready? Let's take a deep dive into the hottest topic in meditation: "Enlightenment".

In the final session of our Birdseye View series, we get down to the question of Enlightenment. We explore the different ideas that exist about it, and look at different aspects of enlightenment and awakening experiences. We practice a version of Silent Illumination, a technique through which we provide the space for an insight into the nature of Mind to take place.

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My first major influence was my grandmother Chaviva Dimenstein, who taught me violin. Even when I switched to guitar, because the violin was annoying to me, and finally to double bass, she still spent many hours every day helping me get better at music. In addition to her, I was blessed to study with many more great teachers, a rare thing to find. Most of them were not bass players at all, but supreme musicians who showed me the most important thing- we don’t learn music in order to play an instrument; we learn an instrument in order to play music. I have been practicing Buddhadharma since about 2008. I started out in a Theravada context, again learning from outstandingly inspiring teachers, then I practiced some Zen, and now I study and practice Vajrayana (Kagyu) and Chan Buddhism (Linji Lineage of HsuYun). My highest aspiration and greatest inspiration is the actual pursuit of happiness- that means my own happiness as well as that of all others.

1 comment on “New Podcast Episode: What Is Enlightenment?

  1. Nice and light. Generic explanations of enlightenment. I would certainly agree, it’s a challenge to ‘see’ an enlightened person, especially when a lens of belief of what that may look like is used as a template. Each person / character will find this expression on their own terms, much like a butter knife, steak knife, bread knife and dinner knife are all designed to cut, but each will cut similar material differently. Meditation and awareness are indeed challenging – the ultra fine balance of not actually needing to ‘zoom’ out, nor becoming engaged in the thoughts that arise is a practice for many indeed!


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