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...Read More
- History of Buddhism as reification of epistemic processualism
- Kant’s Four Noble Truths
- 8 Jhanas = satchitananda
- How is “Emptiness” better than “Totality”?
- Self and Ultimate Ground must overlap
- The Buddha’s real genius
- “Nirvana is samsara”
- “Always meditate”
- Buddha-nature vs divine omnipresence
- Is Buddhist non-striving pathological?
- Does insight into the robot help?
- Other worlds therapy (Vajrayana Tech)
- Against Vipassana and Buddhism (Deathbed Friend Tech)
- L. Ron Spock
- Pain, self, and motivation
- Bodhi rests on an infinite well of right
- Kinds of concentration
- Buddhist looking dis-identifies
- The ontology of seeing (our way out of suffering)
- Buddhist metaphysics
- Effective access to Buddhist analysis
- World-decomposition along the skandha fault lines
- Feel deeply and tell good stories: Vipassana-Landmark for writing
- Clinging is the matrix-solidifier
- 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...
Recall the Eight Jhanas or levels of meditative realization in Buddhism:
- Awareness of universal understructure (consciousness) as Pleasant Sensations
- Awareness of under-consciousness as Joy
- Awareness of under-consciousness as Contentment
- Awareness of under-consciousness as Utter Peacefulness
- Awareness of under-consciousness as Infinity of Space
- Awareness of...
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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 ...Read More
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.”
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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 ...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
CSH: Chris was saying that the main Buddhist meditation practice is one where you take a close look at urges, desires, and feelings that drive intentional behavior, behavior with a (posited) goal or a purpose. It is not one where you look at ordinary physiological maintenance behavior (making proteins, pumping...Read More
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...Read More
What are the really basic elements? Here are two popular options:
- 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...
CSH: So Michael was saying that the best way to succinctly explain Buddhist metaphysics to novices is to use the mereological nihilism account. With this difference:
- You need to stress hard that the End Phenomenon or goal of all this rigorous picturing is not just an intellectual (intra-pictorial) understanding o...
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 (presence-for)
When these are taken apart, what remains is the space in which...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More