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by Rick
Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The flow of time
Replies: 5
Views: 76

Re: The flow of time

An interesting story about the subjectivity of time is that there are three animals in a garden: a snail, a cat, and a hummingbird. Each one moves through the garden at its own pace which each one also regards as normal, or neutral. To the snail, the cat appears to be moving almost as a blur, the s...
by Rick
Wed Jun 03, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The flow of time
Replies: 5
Views: 76

Re: The flow of time

明安 Myoan wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:54 pm
Individual perception depends on karma :smile:
Say more. :-)
by Rick
Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The flow of time
Replies: 5
Views: 76

The flow of time

Do we perceive the passage of time as
a sequence of discrete moments that the brain-mind 'tweens' into an appearance of seamless flow (N frames per unit time)
or
an actual seamless flow (continuous, no frames)
?
by Rick
Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 51
Views: 673

Re: Apple tree

Awareness of awareness ... yes?
by Rick
Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 51
Views: 673

Re: Apple tree

Does pure awareness have an object? Is it 'awareness of?'
by Rick
Tue Jun 02, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 51
Views: 673

Re: Apple tree

LastLegend wrote:
Sun May 31, 2020 2:55 pm
What often happens there is attachment to exists or not exists, once we drop that it’s possible to see awareness in its pure state.
What do you mean by 'awareness in its pure state?'
by Rick
Tue Jun 02, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 51
Views: 673

Re: Apple tree

Does the apple tree exist from the pov of a tiny insect living in the folds of its bark?

Does it exist from the pov of a cell of its bark?

Does it exist from the pov of someone who has never come within 100 miles of it? (Is existence dependent on pov?)
by Rick
Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 51
Views: 673

Re: Apple tree

Process Philosophy argues that the nature of everything is change: you cannot step in the same stream twice. Buddhist theory also makes that point. Buddhism merely takes that argument a step further and argues that based on that, you can’t pinpoint anything that can be identified as “stream” to beg...
by Rick
Sun May 31, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 51
Views: 673

Re: Apple tree

But there can be no “thing” that is constantly changing, because that implies “it” is constantly becoming something other than itself. Depends what you mean by "thing/it." If "it" is a fixed substance then by definition it is unchanging. If "it" is a dynamic process then by definition it is changin...
by Rick
Sun May 31, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 51
Views: 673

Re: Apple tree

Sunyata doesn’t argue that phenomena aren’t occurring as perceived, but that when deconstructed, we find that nothing truly exists on its own as the basis for the perceived phenomena. ߷߷߷ Does a perceived phenomenon exist? (Not the imputed source of the perceived phenomenon, the perceived phenomeno...
by Rick
Sun May 31, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 51
Views: 673

Re: Apple tree

If we have no more delusion no more suffering, the tree doesn’t disappear?! It remains a momentary cluster of conditions. Same for the tiger in a dream. Intrinsic reality is not relevant to arising conditions. What is intrinsic reality? “Intrinsic reality” means having something being real out of, ...
by Rick
Sun May 31, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 51
Views: 673

Re: Apple tree

My own homemade litmus test for existence is: If x can be aware'd, it exists. Does a tiger in a dream exist? Yes, as an image for the dreamer. We can say that anything exists, “...insofar as being...” —a dream, hypothetical, whatever. But then, it is still a conditional existence. It doesn’t have a...
by Rick
Sat May 30, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 51
Views: 673

Re: Apple tree

And when you define what “exist” means, ultimately, you come to the conclusion that you have to be referring to an intrinsic essential quality that is not dependent on anything else for its arising. If you mean Buddhism's defining of 'to exist' arrives at that conclusion, yes, I'm familiar with the...
by Rick
Sat May 30, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 51
Views: 673

Re: Apple tree

Define: “exist”. For this thread, let's say "Does the apple tree exist?" means "Is there an actual object that we call an apple tree?" “Actual object” doesn’t define it. Merely different terms. But when you begin to define it, then you get closer to answering the question. Funny, but that’s how it ...
by Rick
Sat May 30, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 51
Views: 673

Re: Apple tree

What knows it exists or not ? What knows anything ... the mind of the knower ... or something 'deeper' ? Explain please. If knowing is a function of the mind, then the mind would know if the apple tree exists or not. If otoh knowing can happen without the mind being involved, then it's a mystery (t...
by Rick
Sat May 30, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 51
Views: 673

Re: Apple tree

PadmaVonSamba wrote:
Sat May 30, 2020 5:55 pm
Rick wrote:
Sat May 30, 2020 2:30 pm
Does the apple tree exist?
Define: “exist”.
For this thread, let's say "Does the apple tree exist?" means "Is there an actual object that we call an apple tree?"
by Rick
Sat May 30, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 51
Views: 673

Re: Apple tree

What knows anything ... the mind of the knower ... or something 'deeper' ?
by Rick
Sat May 30, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Apple tree
Replies: 51
Views: 673

Apple tree

Across the street from us there is a big old apple tree.

It’s been there since we moved into the neighborhood. It changes appearance from day to day, season to season, year to year. Sometimes subtly, sometimes dramatically. But it’s always there.



Does the apple tree exist?
by Rick
Tue May 26, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Alternative Health
Topic: Herbs don't work for me,any other options?
Replies: 9
Views: 478

Re: Herbs don't work for me,any other options?

Qigong is ime good at slowing down the mind and body. Slow, calm mind-body, less OCD. Doing these easy* routines, one am one pm, might help:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj4qo2KL9f4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9kvYnWKG3g

* Easy on the surface, much more challenging deep down
by Rick
Sat May 16, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Jay Garfield YouTube video series
Replies: 1
Views: 199

Jay Garfield YouTube video series

Fans of Garfield might want to check out the videos of his 9(?) days of lecturing 'at' (virtually) Sravasti Abbey:

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