Buddhists Call Awakening ‘Enlightenment’

One of the first western books about spiritual awakening experiences was “The Three Pillars of Zen,” written in 1965 by Roshi Philip Kapleau. The second half of Kapleau’s book is dedicated to describing the enlightenment experiences of eight modern-day people who had all practiced Zen meditation. The first description is the experience of a Japanese business executive who literally “awoke”...