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Confusion around Enlightenment


Zen saying:

«Before enlightenment, chop wood draw water. After enlightenment, chop wood draw water.»

Master Zen is clearly not referring to the same enlightenment as Master THEE's-RH'L3. Would Master Zen be equally happy to say:

 «Before enlightenment, humiliate bully and exploit subordinates. After enlightenment, humiliate bully and exploit subordinates.» ?

The Zen reference is to spiritual enlightenment, a genuine awareness and experience of the oneness of «self» and «cosmos». This is a narrow conception or at least a narrow focus. Of course, Master Zen is correct: once you realize that the «self» is one with «all», you keep going in life. What else would you do?Closed Possibly make a living telling people about it or writing books about 'the way', if that is your vocation; or perhaps it is a nice little earner and makes you feel special or superior. Whatever the motive, you would then be proving Master Zen wrong.

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The issue in this Quest-RH'L3 is whether oneness will directly assist you in your line-manager role. Will you get superior performance from subordinates and from yourself? Unlikely. Getting fired seems more likely.


Tree of Centres and Channels that define being intentional/

The notion of «enlightened self-interest» is widely recognized. It refers to doing something good for another or for wider society, while simultaneously looking after your own interests. There is no reason why «enlightened self-interest» should not apply to almost anything and everything that you do. (It will be a major focus of a Framework for producing goodness.)

This humanisation of everyday activity is an intentional-PH6 process that is constructed by the mutual influence of:

Ultimate values are universal imaginative experiences. If a deep sense of a particular relevant ultimate value (e.g. Patience or Strength or Love or Beauty or Efficiency) influences a choice, activity or project, then to others it will seem as if you are an enlightened person.

The Age of Enlightenment

A philosophical approach emerged in the 18th century that elevated the individual and personal reasoning above the tyrannies of tradition, politics and religious edicts. It led to an appreciation of human freedom, the right to a general education for all, and a greater valuation of scientific principles as the road to useful valid knowledge.

The Enlightenment Quest is built around awareness. It values knowledge and endorses science as a wonderful expression of the human spirit. THEE is an application of scientific method to the products of awareness. The new 21st Century Enlightenment will start to provide societies with THEE-based technologies to complement and enlighten science-based technologies.

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Originally posted: 8-Jun-2012

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