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by Rick
Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Admin comings and goings
Replies: 28
Views: 1443

Re: Admin comings and goings

Is 128 postings per day considered to be a lot for a forum?

Is each post read/vetted by a moderator? Or are moderators called in only when needed?

What does the administrator do ... besides worry? ;-)
by Rick
Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Admin comings and goings
Replies: 28
Views: 1443

Re: Admin comings and goings

To get a sense of what the admin and moderators have to deal with ... anyone know about how many postings DW gets per day?
by Rick
Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Does a tree possess tree-ness?
Replies: 137
Views: 9035

Re: Does a tree possess tree-ness?

I sometimes revisit old threads to recall what went down, see if my view or understanding has changed. The question of whether a tree possesses an essential tree-ness — a whole that 'hovers above' its parts — still interests me, so I'm taking a second spin through this thread, which is btw filled wi...
by Rick
Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ya don't say...
Replies: 7
Views: 259

Re: Ya don't say...

by Rick
Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: The ‘feel-good’ horror of late-stage capitalism
Replies: 13
Views: 420

Re: The ‘feel-good’ horror of late-stage capitalism

Soon we'll have a new whole category of hero: The brave men and women who risk their lives to stop mass shooters in the act of mass shooting. They shall be lauded and given enormous gold pendants which they will wear at all times to remind the rest of us that we live in a country of heroes. There wi...
by Rick
Sat Jul 27, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Eclectic Buddhism
Replies: 31
Views: 976

Re: Eclectic Buddhism

smcj wrote:
Sat Jul 27, 2019 12:31 am
I just want to stop being an asshole.
There’s an app for that.
by Rick
Sun Jul 21, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Being aware of impermanence is making me stop enjoying the pleasure of the moment
Replies: 11
Views: 367

Re: Being aware of impermanence is making me stop enjoying the pleasure of the moment

> Being aware of impermanence is making me stop enjoying the pleasure of the moment Understandable! The notion of impermanence can be quite terrifying when you first let it in. Stick with it, and it eventually becomes freeing. For now you might try focusing on everything changing instead of everythi...
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: 650

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: 650

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: 650

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: 650

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: 650

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: 650

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: 650

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: 650

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: 650

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: 650

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: 650

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: 650

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...

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