Category: Buddhism


Against Vipassana and Buddhism

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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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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The eight Jhanas

Buddhism lists eight levels of being-peeled-away (from the pain-making situation of panicked grasping for permanence inside the bewitchment of counter-subjectivity, or space):

  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...
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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:

  • rūpa: sense content (passing pixels)
  • vedanā: feeling (sympathetic nervous response)
  • samjñā: conceptual recognition (language application)
  • samskāra: fabricating volitions (automatic reaction)
  • vijñāna: consciousness

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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