Shores of Zen
From a class series offered in 2009 at Green Gulch Farm.
Is enlightenment an experience, a state of being, a path, a carrot? Is it the point of Buddhism?  How is it related to delusion, to karma, to compassion?  How can it be recognized, or can it be?  In this class we explore various Buddhist understandings of enlightenment, grounding our study in four questions: How have Buddhists historically, in India, China, Japan, and the U.S., understood “enlightenment”?    How have these understandings of enlightenment informed Buddhist practice? How do you understand enlightenment? Does your view of it affect your moment by moment Zen practice? Are you sure?
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Enlightenment in Buddhist Thought and Practice.
Suzuki Roshi on Enlightenment Suzuki Roshi on Enlightenment About & Contact Jiryu About & Contact Jiryu
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a compilation of some projects of Jiryu Rutschman-Byler
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