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Does Enlightenment still have Relevance?

In our previously posted video conversation with Adam Engle, co-founder of the Mind and Life Institute we spoke about the emerging field of emotional/mental fitness. In this video, we discuss whether the traditional goal of profound spiritual transformation, popularly referred to as enlightenment, has any role to play in the new emotional/mental fitness industry.


We are seeing more and more attempts to make the benefits of contemplative practice available everyone (the most famous example being the wonderful Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction work of John Kabat-Zinn). One aspect of this effort is to distill the essence of contemplative practice and recast it in a secular and scientific context. This probably makes it more accessible to people who might otherwise be wary of seemingly exotic and foreign religious practices.

But an interesting side effect is that in this new context, no one ever speaks about enlightenment anymore. Is this a good thing?


Watch the video to see what Adam has to say about this:


Adam Engle: Is Enlightenment still Relevant? from WhatMeditationReallyIs on Vimeo.