The Myth of Enlightenment

Kenneth Leong
5 min readMar 23, 2023

Enlightenment, also known as “awakening” or “bodhi,” is a central concept in Buddhism. It would be fair to say that there would be no Buddhism without it. The term “Buddha” means “the awakened one.

Given the central importance of “enlightenment” in Buddhism, it is amazing that there is no agreement as to what the term means. I have been having an ongoing debate with someone in a secular Buddhist group about the nature…

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Kenneth Leong

Author, Zen teacher, scientific mystic, professor, photographer, philosopher, social commentator, socially engaged human