enlightenment online

the internet can be used to buy goods, find information, interact with strangers – and friends, book vacations, stage protests, start relationships, have sex… and almost anything else imaginable.
but can it be used to find enlightenment (or should we say inner peace, samadhi, nirvana)?

this may sound like i’m making fun about this, but actually i am not. its a side of myself i dont often reveal, but the spiritual question is very important to me personally. in the blogosphere it seems so much easier to hide behind ironic detachment, even sarcasm, and to keep watching kittens playing guitar in off-key tunes… so for some reason i feel almost embarrassed to admit my interest in spritual matters.

but is it possible to find enlightenment online? its sort of hard to imagine a flash animation that will set off a spiritual experience in its viewers (allthough that would be quite an interesting challenge, hmmm). however broadband internet connections and advances in multi-media solutions have made some very interesting (and may i say enlightening?) materials mostly videos available via the net, that allow for a pretty genuine encounter with some inspiring people:


“Integral Naked is a multimedia doorway to the world of integral awareness. Conversations, performances, live events – all involving the most influential, provocative, and important thinkers and leaders in the world. Often these are moderated by Ken Wilber, considered the most influential integral theorist today, and his colleagues at Integral Institute.”
interesting approach. there are some very cool interviews on offer here, and they are lightly crossing the boundries between different cultures (where else do you find interviews with smashing pumpkin billy corgan – or even saul williams – next to ones with zen master genpo roshi or esalen founder michael murphy?) but the $10.00/month subscription fee seems a bit steep… the first month is free though.


“Welcome to meaningoflife.tv, which addresses big, cosmic questions (Is the universe imbued with purpose? Does life have meaning even if the universe isn’t imbued with purpose?) as well as some littler, but still significant questions (How do you keep from going crazy in the modern world?). I’ve gone around asking scientists, social scientists, philosophers, and theologians such questions, and the results are here for you to see.”
there are hours of inspiring material here and its totally free. the claim says it all: so many questions … so little time


dialogues between the radical spiritual teacher andrew cohen and some fascinating modern thinkers like ken wilber, michael murphy, don beck… andrew used to be my teacher, i had to leave, but i still respect him very much and believe in his integrity.

About Jan Zuppinger

Jan Zuppinger has been writing this blog since 2002. He likes to grow vegetables. He likes to eat them too. He has opinions on everything, but sadly no one cares. Jan Zuppinger is not joking, just joking, he is joking, just joking, he's not joking. *click.