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by Rick
Mon Jun 24, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about awareness as enabler; Moved from Open Dharma
Replies: 38
Views: 476

Re: Question about awareness as enabler; Moved from Open Dharma

Merci.
Abhidhamma describes 18 or so moments of consciousness between the time an object impinges on a sense organ and its maturation into being conscious of the object
Do you happen to remember where in the <long!> book these moments are described?
by Rick
Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about awareness as enabler; Moved from Open Dharma
Replies: 38
Views: 476

Re: Question about awareness as enabler; Moved from Open Dharma

Yes - Abhidhamma describes 18 or so moments of consciousness between the time an object impinges on a sense organ and its maturation into being conscious of the object. Most things are weak impressions that sputter out before they become full objects in the mind. One can also turn their attention t...
by Rick
Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about awareness as enabler; Moved from Open Dharma
Replies: 38
Views: 476

Re: Question about awareness as enabler

It's a way of putting things I borrowed from someone who probably borrowed it from a nonduality teaching: Awareness is like a light that is eternally shining forth. It is this light that makes objects 'visible' so that they can be perceived and experienced. Yes...true... translation of shine in Chi...
by Rick
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about awareness as enabler; Moved from Open Dharma
Replies: 38
Views: 476

Re: Question about awareness as enabler

It's a way of putting things I borrowed from someone who probably borrowed it from a nonduality teaching:

Awareness is like a light that is eternally shining forth. It is this light that makes objects 'visible' so that they can be perceived and experienced.
by Rick
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about awareness as enabler; Moved from Open Dharma
Replies: 38
Views: 476

Re: Question about awareness as enabler

I'm wondering if awareness still 'shines' when nothing is being aware'd. why not just try it and find out for yourself? Good idea, and I have! The snag is that whenever I notice anything, it is awareness that is 'doing' the noticing. (Per my working definition of awareness.) So as soon as I notice ...
by Rick
Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about awareness as enabler; Moved from Open Dharma
Replies: 38
Views: 476

Re: Question about awareness as enabler

Rick, you might find benefit in studying Abhidhamma. Thanks for the tip! Buddha Nature emphasizes the capacity, while a word like awareness speaks to experience. My problem with using 'awareness' to point to an experience as rich as Buddha-nature is that the term awareness has a very specific meani...
by Rick
Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about awareness as enabler; Moved from Open Dharma
Replies: 38
Views: 476

Re: Question about awareness as enabler

If you are asking whether one can simply have bare awareness of phenomena without further conceptual analysis of things, judging things, setting up what we like and dislike, yes. It happens all the time to everyone. We just usually aren't aware of it. No, the 'bare awareness' you describe is not wh...
by Rick
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about awareness as enabler; Moved from Open Dharma
Replies: 38
Views: 476

Re: Question about awareness as enabler

You might be right, the kind of awareness I described in the OP as "... a quasi-magical power, the key to Everything" might be Buddha-nature = IT. But then why do so many schools of spirituality call it "awareness" — a common lay term that means something very different from Buddha-nature? And what ...
by Rick
Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about awareness as enabler; Moved from Open Dharma
Replies: 38
Views: 476

Re: Question about awareness as enabler

I would have thought I meant more vijnana ... but I don't know enough about the difference between vijnana, citta, manas to be sure. When I say 'awareness' I mean <something like> the detection of a phenomenal object: sight, sound, feel, thought, emotion, etc. Not the interpretation of or reaction t...
by Rick
Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about awareness as enabler; Moved from Open Dharma
Replies: 38
Views: 476

Re: Question about awareness as enabler

Everything is either awareness, or an object of awareness. I get that phenomena <we perceive> are all objects of awareness. But I don't know what phenomena "are" awareness means. ? ... any time an organism responds intentionally to an external stimulus, something beyond itself, that is a kind of pr...
by Rick
Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about awareness as enabler; Moved from Open Dharma
Replies: 38
Views: 476

Re: Question about awareness as enabler

Would some (all?) Buddhist schools agree with these two statements: 1. Awareness is required to perceive/experience any phenomenon. No awareness, no perception/experience. 2. If there is no phenomenon being perceived/experienced, there is no awareness. In other words, awareness rises and falls on as...
by Rick
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Question about awareness as enabler; Moved from Open Dharma
Replies: 38
Views: 476

Question about awareness as enabler; Moved from Open Dharma

'Awareness' is often presented in popular consciousness-based spiritual teachings as a quasi-magical power, the key to Everything. Another less exalted way to look at awareness is it enables perception (via the six senses), and this in turn enables thought, emotion, intention, action, etc. In effect...
by Rick
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Mindfulness Conspiracy
Replies: 11
Views: 572

The Mindfulness Conspiracy

An interesting article from The Guardian about the cult of mindfulness thwarting activism:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyl ... irituality
by Rick
Fri May 31, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does anybody ever change their mind?
Replies: 10
Views: 315

Re: Does anybody ever change their mind?

Hah! Good question! It goes right to the heart of pride and competition. Can I admit, openly, in a public forum where I have a reputation to defend, that I was or even might have been *wrong* in my interpretation of something? It's a mini litmus test for realization of emptiness! If I truly view mys...
by Rick
Mon May 20, 2019 4:41 am
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: Occult Stories
Replies: 13
Views: 548

Re: Occult Stories

Three of my favorite writers of weird fiction:

Algernon Blackwood
Shirley Jackson
M. R. James
by Rick
Sun May 19, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Best Trek The Next Generation episodes?
Replies: 20
Views: 599

Re: Best Trek The Next Generation episodes?

Jihad me at "We've."
by Rick
Sun May 19, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Best Trek The Next Generation episodes?
Replies: 20
Views: 599

Re: Best Trek The Next Generation episodes?

Sigh ... it makes me long for the good old days of the Butlerian Jihad.
by Rick
Sun May 19, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Best Trek The Next Generation episodes?
Replies: 20
Views: 599

Re: Best Trek The Next Generation episodes?

Speaking of naive rookie mistakes ... I still have cognitive dissonance when I run into situations where people are willing to harm others so that they and/or their extensions (children, tribe, organization) can benefit from the others' loss and suffering. I get that initial id-driven lizard brain i...
by Rick
Sun May 19, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Best Trek The Next Generation episodes?
Replies: 20
Views: 599

Re: Best Trek The Next Generation episodes?

I found The Measure of a Man (season 2, episode 9) fascinating. Data, the self-aware and sentient android, is in a trial to determine if he should be granted the same rights as other sentient beings. Also fascinating for me: episodes that grapple with the Prime Directive. Q, Borg ... lots of goodies.

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