Ordinary People Can Get Enlightened, Part 2

Kenneth Folk and Vincent Horn

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Kenneth FolkWe’re joined again this week by Kenneth Folk, a long-time Theravada practitioner and meditation teacher. Kenneth completes his harrowing spiritual story, all the way to the point where he “got off the ride and was done.” He speaks about how uncommon it is, in Western Buddhist circles, to believe that enlightenment is possible, a phenomenon that his teacher Bill Hamilton described as the “mushroom culture.”

Kenneth then goes on to describe two different ways of understanding enlightenment: one as a developmental process, much the way his path is described, and the second as a timeless realization that’s available at any moment. After his awakening, Kenneth went on to explore the timeless realization through the direct teachings of Ramana Maharshi, Adyashanti, Eckhart Tolle, and the Dzogchen teachers of Tibet. He found that the direct and developmental teachings could be integrated; that integration led him to what he calls the “three-speed transmission." Listen in to hear about exactly what this is and how one can shift between levels, all the while supporting a deepening sense of awakening and non-distractedness.

This is part 2 of a 2 part series. Listen to part 1.

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Kenneth Folk speaks with Vincent Horn