Definition for enlightenment (2 of 2)
noun Buddhism, Hinduism.
Origin of prajna
Examples from the Web for enlightenment
In my search for answers about who I was, I pored over religious texts in search of enlightenment.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen|Parker Molloy|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Everything in life, from governance to harvest to warfare, was suffused with sacred meaning until the advent of the Enlightenment.Karen Armstrong’s New Rule: Religion Isn’t Responsible for Violence|Patricia Pearson|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I later read that to be fit for enlightenment, man must be fearless.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More|Gary Wright|September 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When he emerged from the Zen monastery on Mount Baldy, his enlightenment was followed with an all too worldly disaster.
They also watch films for insight, enlightenment, and meaningfulness.The Science of Weepies: Why We Love Crying at the Movies|Elizabeth Picciuto|June 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There was a haze over everything, but yet there was an enlightenment even in the haze.Sir Tom|Mrs. Oliphant
But the Republic as a whole proved in many ways its love of enlightenment.Old and New Paris, v. 1|Henry Sutherland Edwards
You all three offer a terrible example of the dangers of enthusiasm, and of the want of enlightenment on religious matters.Atala|Franois Auguste de Chateaubriand
They tell us they are opening windows of enlightenment and doors of progress.
Its ample use by the deaf and dumb has led to much of the error which exists respecting their degree of enlightenment.Retrospect of Western Travel, Volume II (of 2)|Harriet Martineau
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Word Origin for prajna
Word Origin and History for enlightenment
1660s, "action of enlightening," from enlighten + -ment. Used only in figurative sense, of spiritual enlightenment, etc. Attested from 1865 as a translation of German Aufklärung, a name for the spirit and system of Continental philosophers in the 18c.
The philosophy of the Enlightenment insisted on man's essential autonomy: man is responsible to himself, to his own rational interests, to his self-development, and, by an inescapable extension, to the welfare of his fellow man. For the philosophes, man was not a sinner, at least not by nature; human nature -- and this argument was subversive, in fact revolutionary, in their day -- is by origin good, or at least neutral. Despite the undeniable power of man's antisocial passions, therefore, the individual may hope for improvement through his own efforts -- through education, participation in politics, activity in behalf of reform, but not through prayer. [Peter Gay, "The Enlightenment"]
Culture definitions for enlightenment
An intellectual movement of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries marked by a celebration of the powers of human reason, a keen interest in science, the promotion of religious toleration, and a desire to construct governments free of tyranny. Some of the major figures of the Enlightenment were David Hume, Immanuel Kant, John Locke, the Baron de Montesquieu, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Voltaire.