A series of talks on the difficult descriptions of liberation in the Theravāda system: the Four Paths and Fruits. We talked mostly about Stream-entry, emphasizing some of the most mysterious aspects of this idea. Finality. Completion. Perfection. To engage or not? Is that even the right question?
We’ll talk about “enlightenment” all month at Satsang, using a text called “The Longer Discourse with Māluṅkya” (MN 64) as our framework to start with. (Quote below.)
Fetters! Escape! Yes, non-enlightenment is considered to be like bondage in chains, slavery, like being in prison. Metaphor will be unpacked.