Episode 104: Enlightenment for the Rest of Us
Shinzen Young joins us again to discuss the
possibility of a new way to deliver classical enlightenment to the
masses. He discusses the classic delivery systems, which included
monastic and lay life. He then builds on that to show a hybrid
two-fold delivery system that would incorporate his artificial
intelligence system with virtually led home retreats. This Home Practice Program is what is currently being offered at BasicMindfulness.org.
Finally Shinzen discusses the "crowning glory" of his mission to unify Western and Eastern technologies, and that is to help nurture the emergence of a "neuro-scientific paradigm for classical enlightenment." This paradigm could help lead to the emergence of technologies which have the potential to bring classical enlightenment to the masses and hence make large-scale social and individual change. Though Shinzen doesn't think he'll see these changes in his own lifetime, he does believe that he can do a lot to help train the future scientists who will.
This is part 3 of a 3-part series. Listen to part 1, Shinzen Young: The Hybrid Teacher & part 2, Building a Dharma Successor.