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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Is it possible to relate Buddhism to Western Culture?

There are at least two possibilities, and no doubt many more besides.

The first one turns around the Cartesian dictum, "Cogito ergo sum", "I think therefore I am".  RenĂ© Descartes got off to a brilliant start and then promptly took a wrong turn, completely missing the point of his inadvertent discovery.

He turned right, taking the very 'doubt' that he took as evidence of his 'existence', making it the keystone of his entire intellectual edifice.  Instead, he should have turned left and investigated it.  So as to realise it's causal factors, thereby realising it's true nature, "... thus I am simply the result of that thought".

The second possibility considers the two Grail Legend questions.  "What does it mean?" and, "Whom does it serve?"  The first investigates the object of attention.  The second investigates the subject himself, using the same principles, in the same way, to find the same answer.

One could also think of a teaching given to Carlos Castaneda, Don Juan's "second attention": though others might not agree.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Begging the Question

Generosity cuts against both greed and hatred, 
and begs the question "Who is it that knows this?"

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Your not supposed to know

That's the whole point.
Conditions arise unknowingly.
Everything is dependent upon just this one factor.
It's called Ignorance.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Eternity

Nothing unchanging in the present moment.
Nothing surviving to the next.
An absence of anything eternal.

Bodily sensation fading and boosted
by successive mental movements:
together, maybe, with the knowing of this.

But who, or what,  knows that?

As successive mental movements fade
bodily sensation fades.
As conscious movements fade
no bodily sensation remains.

But who, or what,  knows this?

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Here is the Knowing - Now is the Knowing


Dukkha ceases to be manageable.
Techniques fail.
Clarity ceases to penetrate.

After a lifetime of practice, something knows that there has to be
something else.  In spite of the very clear perception that there is
absolutely nothing knowable whatsoever that can remedy the
situation with any hope at all, there is nonetheless a distinct
conviction that there is indeed something else.

What is it that knows this?

Shazam!

Even Eureka doesn't do it justice.
Something else in a complete league of it's own.
There isn't anything else.  But what knows this?

Just this knowing: knowing that it doesn't know.
It can't ever know.  There just isn't anything else.

Looking at things exactly as they are:
as they present themselves in the moment.
The practice of doing nothing special.
The way to go.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

The One Who Knows


The One Who Knows,
A personification of the Knowing processes.
"If you see the Buddho, kill him."
Identity is Dukkha,
This one too.

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Perfect Sanity


Perfect Sanity
The Don't Know Mind
The absolute absurdity of trying to know anything at all - whatsoever.