Buddhism and the Evolution of Enlightenment
On October 21st, 2006, Venerable Traleg Rinpoche and Ken Wilber met in Boulder, Colorado for an event attended by over 200 people. Born in Tibet, Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche is recognized by His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa as the ninth incarnation of the Traleg Tulkus. We are honored to share with you some memorable moments from this event. Listen as Traleg and Ken discuss the evolution of enlightenment and the future of Buddhism.
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PART 1: IS BUDDHISM EVOLVING? | As the universe continues to evolve, so must our conceptions and experiences of spiritual truth. But there is an aspect of enlightened awareness that is itself timeless, untouched by evolution or any other production of time--how does this timeless reality interface with the ever-changing and ever-evolving quality of the manifest world?
PART 2: ENLIGHTENMENT: A MOVING TARGET | If you're a Buddhist practitioner, how can an Integral Spirituality help you contemplate aspects of your life that you may currently be missing? What is a dedicated meditation practitioner potentially not seeing? Specifically, are you aware of your culture and how it effects your worldview? Are you aware of your worldview and how it effects your understanding of Buddhist teachings? Listen in to Traleg Rinpoche and Ken Wilber discuss these issues, and see how these key components may be impeding your progression along the path.
PART 3: WHO IS THE BUDDHA? | Who is the Buddha? Some think of Buddha as a historical figure, others as an enlightened man, and still some think of Buddha as a mythic, larger-than-life figure. In this video, Ken addresses the question: Who is right? How do we make sense of all these different Buddhas? Ken then asks a question first asked by Nagarjuna (arguably the most influential Buddhist thinker after the Buddha himself), was the Buddha's realization complete? Traleg Rinpoche chimes in on this controversial question. Contemplate what this discussion has to do with your own realization.
PART 4: ETHICS AND BUDDHISM | What is the importance of ethics in Buddhist practice? How should you determine "right action" and "right view"? Traleg Rinpoche and Ken Wilber answer those complex questions in this dialogue. From as absolute perspective, there is no "right view," but from a relative perspective ethics, "right action" and "right view" are essential to cultivating the proper state of mind and progressing along the path.
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The Big Mind Process is a spiritual technology developed by Zen Master Genpo Roshi that facilitates the navigation through the territory of your own psyche and awareness, awakening to the partial truths of the finite self while unearthing the ever-present ground of your infinite Self. The Big Mind Process is not only an innovation in the Zen tradition, but also one of the first Integral Spiritual practices that can be applied to any tradition. At the core of the Big Mind Process is the practice of making the subject, or ego, an object in your own awareness, thus transcending and including the self in your own experience of Big Mind—the essence of an Integral approach.
Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche is President and Spiritual Director of Kagyu E-Vam Buddhist Institute in Melbourne and E-Vam Institute in Upstate New York.
Ken Wilber is the founder of Integral Institute and the co-founder of Integral Life. He is an internationally acknowledged leader and the preeminent scholar of the Integral stage of human development. His many books, all of which are still in print, can be found at Amazon.com. Some of his more popular books include Integral Spirituality; No Boundary; Grace and Grit; Sex, Ecology, Spirituality; and the "everything" books: A Brief History of Everything (one of his largest selling books) and A Theory of Everything (probably the shortest introduction to his work).