Buddhism and the Evolution of Enlightenment

Traleg Rinpoche and Ken Wilber
September 22nd, 2006
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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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That kind of existential coversation (that an individual can have within himself) is certainly intriguing when it enters into dialogue.  The type of languaging in which things prove themselves in the moment of their assertion reveals the syntactical power within language and thought itself.  I treat that as another way of saying "the causal realm".  I am that I am... is a way of making speech and thought to approximate the structure of self-authenticating patterns which are at the root of all conditional reality.  And the root of conditional reality stands free from conditional reality insofar as it authenticates itself as such.

So one hopes to hear, in discussions that involve emptiness, witnessing and other classically 'causal' phenomenology some mutation of language that reveals this level of existentially self-authoring thought patterns.

Wonder if there is any conversation that occurred between Ken and Traleg of the possibilty of enlightenment being a linguistic practice. In my practice and experience ,,,,I say self enlightenment is occuring because I say self enlightenment is occuring. It doesnt occur until I create myself as being the source of it. Normally life occurs conceptually,  opinions filter  experience, and is pretty much  pasted base. Next there is the direct experience of life occurring the way it is. You could  say nothing is happening because the moment you try to decribe the now its again past based. So at the level of direct experience nothing is happening. The third way of knowing what is occuring is to say whats occurring contextually, where the source of the experience is generated from the nothingness of the Self. I say { as SELF,} self enlightenment is happening and what occurs ongoingly is self enlightenment . The knowing of self enlightenment comes from the Self that I AM.  I AM SELF ENLIGHTENMENT as an  abstraction and abstractions come from nothing, I am that nothing that everything comes from.. I wonder if they had that conversation.