Kensho is a Zen term meaning an initial insight or awakening, to be followed by further training to deepen this insight – in other words, it’s an awakening, but not Buddha-level enlightenment. The term kensho is often used interchangeably with satori, which means “comprehension; understanding”.
Kensho is also the title of a short (4:03) film by Aaron Paradox, featuring narration by Alan Watts (recording courtesy of alanwatts.org) laid over a stunning visual and auditory exploration of identity and reality. Paradox offers this quote in talking about the film:
“This place is a dream. Only a sleeper considers it real. Then death comes like dawn, and you wake up laughing at what you thought was your grief.” – Rumi
Watch the video with your mind wide open and ready to be expanded.