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by Rick
Fri May 10, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Flow, mindfulness, nondual awareness
Replies: 81
Views: 7319

Re: Flow, mindfulness, nondual awareness

Have you looked at it <flow> from the perspective of kinesthetic memory? For example a jazz musician who bypasses mind and theory and whose fingers move as the heart moves? Some types of flow would seem to rely heavily on kinaesthetic/muscle memory: skiing, playing a video game, performing a Beetho...
by Rick
Fri May 10, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Flow, mindfulness, nondual awareness
Replies: 81
Views: 7319

Re: Flow, mindfulness, nondual awareness

Flow is a topic I revisit regularly, and my view on it has changed over the years.
by Rick
Fri May 10, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Flow, mindfulness, nondual awareness
Replies: 81
Views: 7319

Re: Flow, mindfulness, nondual awareness

I returned to this 2016 thread to see whether my thinking about flow has changed. And it has! My 2019 take: Flow is a form of deep immersion in an activity. (Usually a difficult activity that you have the expertise to perform well.) In this immersion your mind is so occupied <being immersed> that th...
by Rick
Thu May 02, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Experience
Replies: 42
Views: 735

Re: Experience

What is it that is experienced? I was just going to ask something like that too. *What* is experiencing since skandhas are essence-less? *What* is experiencing without the six senses connecting to object? There are two questions here, I think: What is being experienced? And what is doing the experi...
by Rick
Thu May 02, 2019 3:50 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Experience
Replies: 42
Views: 735

Re: Experience

amanitamusc wrote:
Thu May 02, 2019 1:29 am
Nonduality is just another extreme in Dzogchen.
Meaning that ‘reality’ is neither dualistic, nor nondualistic, nor both, nor neither.
by Rick
Wed May 01, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Experience
Replies: 42
Views: 735

Re: Experience

"Nondual reality" or whatever you call it isn't an experience. It was the Advaitin version of this = one cannot experience nonduality, that prompted me to start the thread. I wanted to find out if Buddhism taught that it was possible to experience ultimate nondual reality (or whatever you wanna cal...
by Rick
Wed May 01, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Experience
Replies: 42
Views: 735

Re: Experience

Do you mean that the process is: 1) Re-condition yourself, 2) de-condition your re-conditioning ... ? That makes sense to me, and it sounds like the raft story: Build a raft, use it to cross an otherwise-uncrossable river, then let it go. Yes, except this raft, with each row of the oar can only get...
by Rick
Wed May 01, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Experience
Replies: 42
Views: 735

Re: Experience

I understand those de-conditioning practices to be conditioning that requires de-conditioning itself, with an infinite regression. Do you mean that the process is: 1) Re-condition yourself, 2) de-condition your re-conditioning ... ? That makes sense to me, and it sounds like the raft story: Build a...
by Rick
Wed May 01, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Experience
Replies: 42
Views: 735

Re: Experience

Emphasis needed on direct experience rather than intellectual understanding again as our tendency to distort reality is stronger than our tendency to think about it correctly let alone experience it free of distortion. So direct experience driven practice is a way to de-train the mind from cognizin...
by Rick
Wed May 01, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Experience
Replies: 42
Views: 735

Re: Experience

Direct experience is emphasized so much because it's our own distinct mind streams that we are seeking to untangle from the above web of confused thinking and reactions that perpetuate samsara. If we don't experience appearances of the senses and mind with the wisdom that directly cognozed their na...
by Rick
Wed May 01, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Experience
Replies: 42
Views: 735

Re: Experience

SunWuKong wrote:
Wed May 01, 2019 5:48 pm
... here, in the experience, it is possible to truly See.
To truly See ... what?
by Rick
Wed May 01, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Experience
Replies: 42
Views: 735

Re: Experience

Does this mean that the kind of experiencing that Buddhism calls for (in practice) does not consist of an experiencer and experienced? Do you mean in actuality or in how it appears to us? Either. Again, my main goal in this thread is to understand why the Buddhist path is grounded so strongly in ex...
by Rick
Wed May 01, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Experience
Replies: 42
Views: 735

Re: Experience

This is why we need communities of like minded-people who practice and perform nurturing compassion and loving kindness, because in this and our own practice, contentment and peacefulness arise, that restores our mind to it's original luminous-ness. There isn't a subject-object relationship between...
by Rick
Wed May 01, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Experience
Replies: 42
Views: 735

Experience

I was taught ( here ) that the ultimate nature of reality is nondual: no subject/object division. But experiencing requires this division: a subject (experiencer) experiences an object (experienced). If both of these are true ... why is experiencing such a huge part of the Buddhist path? What is it ...
by Rick
Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:05 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Taking Stock of Practice
Replies: 65
Views: 1403

Re: Taking Stock of Practice

Rick: here you go . This one has a lot of commentary and notes, so you can just read Shantideva's actual work starting on pg. 15 of the PDF. It was composed in verse, so it's very pithy, very readable, and sometimes a verse will stick with you for a long time. There's also this guidebook from Lama ...
by Rick
Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Taking Stock of Practice
Replies: 65
Views: 1403

Re: Taking Stock of Practice

Karma Dorje wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:37 pm
Many of us are simply comfortable in our misery.
Yes, survivors of psychological ordeals sometimes learn to be comfortable with their suffering. A mixed blessing!
by Rick
Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Taking Stock of Practice
Replies: 65
Views: 1403

Re: Taking Stock of Practice

And therein lies the rub. I show more kindness to others than to myself. Well that's a pretty clear indication where you might want to look. Why do you *not* show yourself the same kindness as you do to others? Unresolved negative vasanas, I'd guess. Perhaps ... but "remove the self-grasping" sound...
by Rick
Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Taking Stock of Practice
Replies: 65
Views: 1403

Re: Taking Stock of Practice

Authentic bodhicitta/metta is hard to cultivate. (For me, at least.) Start where you are. The first sentient being you need to show compassion to is yourself. And therein lies the rub. I show more kindness to others than to myself. Universal compassion is our real condition. Our samsaric machinatio...
by Rick
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Taking Stock of Practice
Replies: 65
Views: 1403

Re: Taking Stock of Practice

Rereading my posting (to which you replied), it might look like I said that metta is an obstacle. But that's not what I meant! Rather, that the psychological drive towards not-metta <selfishness> is. Yes, I have a living teacher, and we've talked some about the cultivation of bodhicitta. Have you r...
by Rick
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Taking Stock of Practice
Replies: 65
Views: 1403

Re: Taking Stock of Practice

You have a much bigger psychological obstacle if you only live for your own self-centered selfish desire to escape into what you call "liberation" which many rightfully see as the biggest possible trap to fall into on the way to Buddhahood. Again, I miscommunicated above. I didn't mean that kindnes...

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