Vedanta and Kabbalah: Nonduality East and West

"Enlightenment" is often regarded as a purely "Eastern" concept, foreign to the Western monotheistic religions and to non-Western indigenous and shamanic traditions.   In a narrow sense, this conception is accurate: Hinduism and Buddhism, in particular, are generally more interested in individual awakening to truth, and the attendant transformation brought on by that awakening, than are Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  Yet if we step back for a moment and recognize that "enlightenment" may take many forms, surely this claim collapses.  Indeed, not only is the grammar of enlightenment often shared across traditions, but its vocabulary is as well. Here, I will compare Advaita Vedanta's conception of the awakening to nondual truth with that of nondual Judaism, as expressed in Kabbalistic and Hasidic sources (both contemporar

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