“Enlightenment is a state of perfect knowledge or wisdom, combined with infinite compassion.”

Mattieu Ricard,


It’s not clear that there’s any point at all in having a chapter on enlightenment in a book like this, but it is clear that, in the popular mind, lots of people associate Buddhism with something called “enlightenment.” Brad Warner is very clear that he thinks modern Americans have a badly mistaken understanding of “enlightenment.” He points out that, in the…



Uppity gay, Buddhist, author, historian.

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