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by Rick
Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Practice question
Replies: 32
Views: 885

Re: Practice question

This sounds like a training program, a forcing of the brain-mind to move towards X and away from Y over and over and over until it is so habituated to X that X feels natural, like ... how could I ever have wanted to move towards Y? If Buddhism's main goal were to free humanity from their self-impose...
by Rick
Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 222
Views: 47188

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

Malcolm wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:05 am
The study of tenet systems should reduce your concepts. Not increase them.
Rick wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:02 pm
What would I be without my beloved concepts?
Malcolm wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:19 pm
Awakened.
by Rick
Wed Jun 24, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Consciousness question
Replies: 42
Views: 839

Re: Consciousness question

Roger that.
by Rick
Wed Jun 24, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Consciousness question
Replies: 42
Views: 839

Re: Consciousness question

Simon and Malcolm, but what an un-thinkably huge loss ... so much of my joy and comfort comes from thought ... pain and terror also, but one learns to live with the darkness, respect it, even appreciate it for its there-ness.
by Rick
Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Consciousness question
Replies: 42
Views: 839

Re: Consciousness question

Malcolm wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:05 am
The study of tenet systems should reduce your concepts. Not increase them.
What would I be without my beloved concepts?
by Rick
Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:56 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Consciousness question
Replies: 42
Views: 839

Re: Consciousness question

I was not aware of it having felt anything when I was reading your msg. Nor could I remember a feeling that I had but didn't pay attention to. The back of the leg is fairly obscure in terms of bodily sensation. If you had asked me do I feel my back on the cushion of this sofa while I was reading you...
by Rick
Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Consciousness question
Replies: 42
Views: 839

Re: Consciousness question

The sensory consciousness. I can't get me noggin around consciousness being the subject to which things appear. It's so ... impersonal! Who or what perceives (i.e. interprets, makes sense of, reacts to) the appearances consciousness sees? If it helps, the first time I really got the implications of...
by Rick
Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Consciousness question
Replies: 42
Views: 839

Re: Consciousness question

Thanks, Malcolm, you've been a good friend ... and very patient with me all these years.

As for the flailing, a lot of that is due to OCD. Once my mind grabs onto something, it's loathe to let it go.
by Rick
Tue Jun 23, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Consciousness question
Replies: 42
Views: 839

Re: Consciousness question

Okay, consciousness and the object conscious'd arise together. To whom or what does the object appear? A goose flies over a lake and its image is reflected in the water. To whom or what does this image appear? Who or what sees it? Still searching for that elusive atman. Don't you have better things...
by Rick
Tue Jun 23, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Consciousness question
Replies: 42
Views: 839

Re: Consciousness question

Okay, consciousness and the object conscious'd arise together. To whom or what does the object appear? A goose flies over a lake and its image is reflected in the water. To whom or what does this image appear? Who or what sees it? The sensory consciousness. I can't get me noggin around consciousnes...
by Rick
Tue Jun 23, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Consciousness question
Replies: 42
Views: 839

Re: Consciousness question

Okay, consciousness and the object conscious'd arise together. To whom or what does the object appear?

A goose flies over a lake and its image is reflected in the water. To whom or what does this image appear? Who or what sees it?
by Rick
Mon Jun 22, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Consciousness question
Replies: 42
Views: 839

Re: Consciousness question

Theravada Abhidhamma talks about the Bhavanga Citta, (life continuum consciousness) which fills the "gaps" between sensory experiences. Thanks, Grigoros, I was hoping that one of you Abhidharma scholars were going to chime in, this seems like a question very well-suited for the Abhidharma. So we li...
by Rick
Mon Jun 22, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Consciousness question
Replies: 42
Views: 839

Re: Consciousness question

Per Buddhism (rather than, say, Vedanta): Consciousness arises together with a conscious'd object. Sensory consciousness (ear, touch, etc.) arises with a sensed object. Right? What happens to sensory consciousness when there is no object to sense? It doesn't arise. But there are six senses, not onl...
by Rick
Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Consciousness question
Replies: 42
Views: 839

Re: Consciousness question

Is proof offered that sensory consciousness doesn't go dormant and 'scan' continuously for the next sensory object to appear? Theravada Abhidhamma talks about the Bhavanga Citta, (life continuum consciousness) which fills the "gaps" between sensory experiences. Thanks, Grigoros, I was hoping that o...
by Rick
Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Consciousness question
Replies: 42
Views: 839

Re: Consciousness question

I would posit that there are constant gaps, but through habit we have learned to ignore or forget them. Interesting. Is this the Buddhist teaching? All schools? It would be great to have a neuroscientist inna house to share the current scientific view of this. In psychology there's this thing calle...
by Rick
Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Consciousness question
Replies: 42
Views: 839

Re: Consciousness question

Simon E. wrote:
Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:05 pm
Buddhadharma does not posit the existence of a scanner as a separate or abiding entity.
In other words existing inherently rather than arising codependently?

When Buddhists say abide, do they always mean exist inherently in all three times?
by Rick
Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Consciousness question
Replies: 42
Views: 839

Re: Consciousness question

It’s not a dormancy. It doesn’t retreat and lurk somewhere. Consciousness, contact and attention arise in mutual dependence from Shunyata and remain as long as the conditions remain for their continuity. This could be nano seconds or a long period. Is proof offered that sensory consciousness doesn'...
by Rick
Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Consciousness question
Replies: 42
Views: 839

Re: Consciousness question

Nothing happens.It simply doesn’t arise. There is a nice Illustration from the Zen tradition. A goose flies over a lake. The goose has no intention of creating its reflection. The water has no intention of reflecting the goose..but there it is. Good one. The lake doesn't do anything to reflect the ...
by Rick
Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Consciousness question
Replies: 42
Views: 839

Re: Consciousness question

Why not look and see in practice before trying to tie it down with concepts? All of my sense consciousnesses seem to be detecting objects all the time. Sometimes I'm conscious of this while it's happening, sometimes not. The closest I got to observing what happens when a sense consciousness detects...
by Rick
Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Consciousness question
Replies: 42
Views: 839

Consciousness question

Per Buddhism (rather than, say, Vedanta): Consciousness arises together with a conscious'd object. Sensory consciousness (ear, touch, etc.) arises with a sensed object. Right?

What happens to sensory consciousness when there is no object to sense?

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