what is enlightenment ?

what is enlightenment ?


is man’s emergence from his self-incurred imaturity .


is the inability to use one’s own understanding without the guidance of another .

This immaturity

is self-incurred if its cause is not lack of understanding ,


lack of resolution and courage to use it without the guidance of another .

The motto of enlightenment

is therefore :

Sapere aude !

Have courage to use your own understanding!



Konigsberg in Prussia, 30th September, 1784.

The True Path

Zen Stories

The True Path

Just before Ninakawa passed away the Zen master Ikkyu visited him.

“Shall I lead you on?” Ikkyu asked.

Ninakawa replied: “I came here alone and I go alone. What help could you be to me?”

Ikkyu answered:

“If you think you really come and go, that is your delusion.

Let me show you the path on which

there is no coming and going.”

With his words, Ikkyu had revealed the path

so clearly

that Ninakawa smiled


passed away.