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Sunday, April 08, 2018

Don't Know

Q: Is there any short comprising of 2 words/phrase that can be recited while inhaling & exhaling like mantra chanting (Bud- dho) in order to strengthen our contemplation.

A: The expression "Don't know" covers so many facets of mindfulness development, it is surprising more people are not aware of it.  The Zen practice of the "Don't know mind" that 'empties' the mind, is not what is intended here; but of a meaningful enquiry so as to keep focused on just about any object of contemplation.  One of the basics of Dhamma is Anattaa, hence any object under investigation will respond to the _genuine_ exclamation of "Don't know" simply because all objects lack any substance and thus ain't objects.

Unwholesome objects will become 'stressed' or rejected; whilst wholesome objects will gladden and develop, until such time as increasing subtlety renders such objects unwholesome so as to give way to states of ever greater subtlety and wholesoeness: etc, etc.

For some practitioners the best results might come when the so called 'heart' centre is focused on, whilst synchronising the breath. The space behind the sternum joint at the first visible rib pair: which is drifting off topic!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

For the Kalamas.

"Test what you know endlessly,
test it a million times,
on the million and oneth time it may change".
Kapilavaddho.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Perfect Wisdom

Perfect wisdom is the clear knowledge of total ignorance.
Paradox begins with the craving to know.
Dwelling in not-knowing is the final peace.
Perfecting that knowledge is the path.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

All we are...

All we are:
Oscillating ions,
In various parts of the brain,
Living on a planet with a magnetic field.

Monday, January 22, 2018

If it changes ...

If it changes it can't be real.
If it doesn't change it can't be known.
Luangpow Pannavaddho

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?"