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Can You Become Enlightened?

“Do you think you can become enlightened?” Only once in my life have I been asked this question. The year was 2005. I was on a week-long meditation retreat at a Zen monastery west of Portland, OR. Zen meditation was my latest pursuit in a spiritual journey that had occupied nearly half a century. It…

What is Enlightenment?

I was sitting in complete silence in a room of about 200 people. We had our eyes closed. We were all in deep meditation. I was attending a week-long retreat with a spiritual teacher named Adyashanti. I had not expected to be here. The retreat was fully enrolled and I was on the waiting list….

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