Misunderstanding Enlightenment

Meditation is not the path to enlightenment, reading and studying is. 

 Notice the word “light” within the world enlightenment. Light is a metaphor for knowledge. Enlightenment means that knowledge was passed from one person to another. We do this through education not meditation. 

 No, the correct word is awakening. Meditation wakes us up from unawareness to mindfulness. Almost everyone lives their life unaware and disconnected to the ways things really are. Awakening is the process of opening our eyes. 

 By eyes I mean our consciousness, our awareness. We have been living on autopilot all our lives. We rise in the morning, go to work, come home, eat dinner, and go to sleep. We are sleep walking. Until we wake up.

Lest I be misunderstood, enlightenment to the Dharma can produce awakening. The two do usually travel together, but they are not identical.

Jay Forrest Blog