Category: Buddhism


History of Buddhism as reification of epistemic processualism

Look at how the meaning of vijñāna changed over time. In the earliest discourses, it simply means awareness of an object and discrimination of its components and aspects. And this consciousness, being sense consciousness, is of six types. But in its role as one of the five skandhas, its meaning h...

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Kant’s Four Noble Truths

  1. The disease resulted from an over-permissive method of theorizing—one whose content was sourced from hunch and tradition, and whose correctness was checked by mere internal consistency. So all these pretentious creators invented, and then defended—which action constitutes philosophy—their own favored imaginary worlds. Metaphysics thrived under the Montessori method, and the r...
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8 Jhanas = satchitananda

Recall the Eight Jhanas or levels of meditative realization in Buddhism:

  1. Awareness of universal understructure (consciousness) as Pleasant Sensations
  2. Awareness of under-consciousness as Joy
  3. Awareness of under-consciousness as Contentment
  4. Awareness of under-consciousness as Utter Peacefulness
  5. Awareness of under-consciousness as Infinity of Space
  6. Awareness of...
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How is “Emptiness” better than “Totality”?

Emptiness is a trick word. It means empty of determinate semantic content. Anything that describes, limits. Anything that types, reduces. Any positive attribution deletes all others. The solution: use a designator like The Totality or The Ultimate Ground. Why the stress on emptiness?

My guess: Because the point is not...

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Self and Ultimate Ground must overlap

The ultimate ground of reality, by which I mean the real ultimate ground, the one at the Very Bottom, the one even sustaining the Final Ground of the Multiverse, must percolate through to consciousness in some manner and degree.

Speaking of the Unconditioned, let’s look at how we talk about i...

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The Buddha’s real genius

He was a master of theoretical economy

These would be his taking Form as the fundamental spatial moment of the Buddhist vedana-propelled meteorological model of ahaṃkāra. The self qua unity has only a nominal existence; the unity lies in the designator (and in the intentionality of the epistemic subject that it guides), not in the existent. The ex...

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“Nirvana is samsara”

An offensive and facile assertion

I’ve always found this facile assertion obnoxious. Everyone says it, but do they really experience it? The two terms are worlds apart. Just mushing them together in a proposition does not integrate them. Anyone can say square circle, but no one can make it present.

Moreover, telling someone that “Nirvana is ...

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“Always meditate”

An offputting cliché

Another cliché I hate is, “Always meditate.” As in—

Remember yogis, meditate throughout the day in your daily activities!

The problem: How the fuck is this any different from—

Be self-conscious in parallel with your absorbed or “first order” consciousness. You do X and in parallel be aware, “I am doing X.”

This...

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Buddha-nature vs divine omnipresence

They are shockingly different

All this time I’ve figured that Buddha-nature is on a par with boring assumptions that pantheism or panentheism, where you “just might as well posit” the omnipresence of “God,” whatever that would mean. If God is the Urgrund (and I think this is how every theology debugs the favorite local creator-g...

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Is Buddhist non-striving pathological?

Is comfort with failure a good thing?

Buddhist wisdom, seeing to the empty bottom of all (conditioned) things, presents a danger: It makes you comfortable with failure. And if you become sufficiently comfortable with failure, you may stop goal pursuit entirely. If you become comfortable enough with the pain of non-attainment, you may decide to quit the...

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Does insight into the robot help?

We project objective wrongness based on subjective feeling. We invest our wrongness feeling into objects, forget that we did so, and then react to our own secretion as if it were real. We project feelings and meanings into objects and then become deeply entangled self-object hybrids.

The meaning-making machine is...

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Vajrayana Tech

Other worlds therapy

Past lives therapy in Scientology

Past lives therapy. What a joke. It’s another LRH move: take the little knowledge you have of something and make it the core of your entire system, and spread it on everything, no matter how inappropriate. Abreaction? Sure—let’s handle everything upsetting that’s ever happened to you in ...

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Deathbed Friend Tech

Against Vipassana and Buddhism

All hail the pain that is greater than the pain of right action

Vipassana shows you how to wipe out the pain-component of experience. Vipassana shows you how to dismantle your automatic punishment-reward system so that, even though it is still running, it is running in empty space, without traction, without transmitting its power to your story telling, image-making, speaking, or movement. The...

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L. Ron Spock

Mr. Spock articulates the nature of LRH’s magical subjectivism—that something is real only by experience and consent. Spock holds up the inconsistent physics of their recent experience as proof that the world is an illusion. Surprisingly, this fact doesn’t make much of a difference, for an illusion that is believed-in is al...

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Pain, self, and motivation

The self-absorbed thing or person. Has it found salvation? Why else would it turn inward?

The hope is that inward is away. Away from pain. But is it? There is away in space outside the body. Put me on the origin of a Cartesian grid and place a predator at...

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Bodhi rests on an infinite well of right

Look at this question:

  • What right do you have to (claim or otherwise threaten to) identify (your self) with X (moksha, nirvana, utopia)?

We can see the reasonableness of this question. Take two people, identical in every way, except that one claims to have identified with the Urgrund. What r...

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Kinds of concentration

In the Buddhist suttas samadhi is defined as mental one-pointedness. This definition is followed through rigorously in the Abhidhamma. The Abhidhamma treats one-pointedness as a distinct mental factor present in every state of consciousness, exercising the...

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The ontology of seeing (our way out of suffering)

We can see our way out of suffering? This is good news.

Apparently, seeing is more than it seems. This is because the seen is in fact a state of a seer. Seeing constitutes the seer. If seeing is a hybrid of sensation and conception, then seeing constitues the seer...

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Buddhist metaphysics

What are the really basic elements? Here are two popular options:

  1. Physical matter, forces, and laws really exist. If you take a lot of it and organize it the right way, then other non-material things arise, such as sense contents, pleasure/pain, perception (conceptual recognition), automatic reaction, and consciousness. Due...
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This is not the way it really is.

World-decomposition along the skandha fault lines

Under the right chemical and conversational conditions, I can actually take myself apart along the fault lines given by Buddhist analysis. These fault lines are the five skandhas, an exhaustive analysis of Dasein:

  1. Rūpa: sense content (passing pixels)
  2. Vedanā: feeling (sympathetic nervous response)
  3. Samjñā: conceptual recognition (language application)
  4. Samskāra: fabricating volitions (automatic reaction)
  5. Vijñāna: consciousness (presence-for)

When these are taken apart, what remains is the space in which...

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Feel deeply and tell good stories: Vipassana-Landmark for writing

The attitude for writing well is the desire to be fearlessly honest about what is present and its deepest ground. The focal point for writing well is the horrible transparency present at every moment. Look into the heart-core of the horrible transparency present at every moment. Desire to be totally...

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Clinging is the matrix-solidifier

Q: How have I bullshitted my way into to the current mess that is my life?

This is a metaphysical question. Most people rely on the sphere of mundane understanding to answer it. Here, I will rely on the modern analog of Calvin’s sensus divinus: the access granted by p...

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