The Buddha Awakening, Integral Expanding, and a Second Axial Age for HumanityLink to File
Ken Wilber has stated that one of history’s most important spiritual teachers, the Buddha, was “half-enlightened” because he realized only the experience of cessation and not the full, nondual experience of integrating emptiness and form. This article examines the evidence for this assertion and concludes that the Buddha was fully awakened as his experience joined the unmanifest generative ground with the realm of form in a singular flow of interdependent co-arising. Importantly, when the Buddha’s awakening experience is considered along with the world’s wisdom traditions, it provides insight into a second axial age around which the world can pivot into a more sustainable and promising pathway toward the future. A huge area of untapped potential awaits development if Integral Theory recognizes the Buddha’s awakening as interdependent co-arising.
- Used by people who call the work: Big History, New Cosmology
- Applies a deep time evolutionary perspective to: Ecology/Sustainability, Education, Religion/Spirituality, Social Justice
- Learning Stages: Adult Education, Higher Education, Lifelong
- Type: Article
- Keywords: Buddha, awakening, co-arising, axial age, consciousness
- Why I love this Resource: It provides insight into a second axial age around which the world can pivot into a more sustainable and promising pathway toward the future.
- Posted By: Duane Elgin
- Date Added: January 17, 2015