What Is Enlightenment? With Dale Wright

If you are a serious practitioner of human life, whether Buddhist or not, the question “What is enlightenment?” is among the most important questions you can possibly ask. Other versions of this question include:

• What ideals should I pursue in my life?
• Who or what should I strive to become?
• What kind of community should we strive to become?
• What would it mean for all of us to wake up to the realities and possibilities for human life now within our reach?

In this virtual event, Tricycle contributor Dale Wright, who taught religious studies and Asian studies at Occidental College, and Tricycle’s publisher, Sam Mowe, discuss the importance of asking the question “what is enlightenment?” and how the ways that we answer it can activate our lives and put us on a path of transformative practice.

In addition to discussing what enlightenment has been in Buddhist traditions, Wright will focus on the meaning of enlightenment for us—for those living in the world right now.

This event is free for Tricycle Premium subscribers and $10 for general admission. Subscribe to Premium or upgrade your existing subscription for free access.


Dale Wright

Dale Wright

Dale Wright is Professor Emeritus at Occidental College in Los Angeles where he has taught Religious Studies and Asian Studies. He has lived and traveled extensively in Asia and is the author of a number of books, including Philosophical Meditations on Zen Buddhism, The Six Perfections: Buddhism and the Cultivation of Character, What is Buddhist Enlightenment?, and Living Skillfully: Buddhist Philosophy of Life from the Vimalakirti Sutra.


  • Date: January 18, 2024
  • Time: 2-3 P.M. ET
  • Format: Zoom webinar
  • Price: Premium subscribers: Free // General admission: $10