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by rachmiel
Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about processes
Replies: 139
Views: 2568

Re: Question about processes

muni wrote:Instead we are like crazy paper boats, struggling on the huge waves of our own aversion-attachment.

I feel you, brother.
by rachmiel
Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about processes
Replies: 139
Views: 2568

Re: Question about processes

Simply let go of love and hate; The Way will fully reveal itself. Simply ... Simply! My entire life, 10,000 times a day, I have chosen love or hate (kindness or anger, pleasure or pain, etc.) depending on what I wanted at the moment. 10,000 times a day for however many days I have been alive ... ov...
by rachmiel
Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about processes
Replies: 139
Views: 2568

Re: Question about processes

The difference is that I, via memory and thought, connect these discontinuous ephemeral objects into a continuous persistent story — I, the world, the flow of time, the process — that I take to be the true nature of reality, whereas the enlightened person doesn't. The difference is in identificatio...
by rachmiel
Sun Feb 19, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about processes
Replies: 139
Views: 2568

Re: Question about processes

I experience what-is as a series of ephemeral objects that arise and fall in consciousness: thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, sensory perceptions, emotions, etc. So does an enlightened person. The difference is that I, via memory and thought, connect these discontinuous ephemeral objects into a...
by rachmiel
Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about processes
Replies: 139
Views: 2568

Re: Question about processes

One of my favorite things about a retreat I went to a few years ago was driving home from an all-day intense session and watching a horror movie (or two) at night. I had no trouble integrating the two experiences.
by rachmiel
Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:33 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about processes
Replies: 139
Views: 2568

Re: Question about processes

A car is not a casually unlinked event, nothing is, since all things arise due to causes and conditions. What I was trying to say is that the four events I described do NOT constitute a process, since they are causally unlinked: the caw does not stop the car 100 miles away, etc. Any single one of t...
by rachmiel
Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about processes
Replies: 139
Views: 2568

Re: Question about processes

Wha? But I just suggested (above) how some phenomena might NOT fit the three descriptors. Am I misunderstanding you? Can you explain what phenomena would not fit these descriptions? the only one that wouldn't is you "changeless substance", but there is no such thing. You cannot know this....
by rachmiel
Thu Feb 09, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about processes
Replies: 139
Views: 2568

Re: Question about processes

This reminds me of what Anam Thubten said to me a while back: "Emptiness is absence of concepts."

Astus, what does this mean: "Just this alone is real abiding." ?
by rachmiel
Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about processes
Replies: 139
Views: 2568

Re: Question about processes

Is there no solace in Buddhism ... no "happily ever after" ... not even any ground on which to firmly plant your feet?

(Sorry to get a bit off track, but questions like this matter to me.)
by rachmiel
Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about processes
Replies: 139
Views: 2568

Re: Question about processes

If I didn't have such a rock solid grasp on reality (heheheheheheh) this "No-one no-thing is ultimately behind the curtain" view might just turn my cozy little world completely upside down. :tongue:
by rachmiel
Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about processes
Replies: 139
Views: 2568

Re: Question about processes

Astus wrote:Buddhism is the truth, the Dharma.

Hasn't it been argued that by refusing to answer the famed 10/14 metaphysical questions, Buddha was either hiding part of the truth or shutting the door to open inquiry into it ... presumably for soteriological reasons?
by rachmiel
Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about processes
Replies: 139
Views: 2568

Re: Question about processes

In Buddhist doctrine there is nothing else beyond experience, there are no noumena, only phenomena. Because the doctrine serves the singleminded goal of ending suffering, and going into that which might or might not lie beyond phenomena was thought by the Buddha to work against this goal. Buddhism ...
by rachmiel
Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:40 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about processes
Replies: 139
Views: 2568

Re: Question about processes

I didn't even think for a moment that you were being facetious. It's just that your asking me to work hard! :reading:
by rachmiel
Thu Feb 09, 2017 1:07 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about processes
Replies: 139
Views: 2568

Re: Question about processes

JD, sorry but you wore me out for today! I've reached my RL = ratiocination limit. I'll dive back in tomorrow when I'm a bit more up to the challenge. :twothumbsup:
by rachmiel
Thu Feb 09, 2017 1:02 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about processes
Replies: 139
Views: 2568

Re: Question about processes

If I drop a glass, and it falls ... am I merely imagining a faux-process of a glass falling? Or am I experiencing a real process as "filtered" through my visual system? Let's analyse this a bit. "If I drop a glass" if - that is already hypothetical, so it's clearly imagined I - ...
by rachmiel
Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:44 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about processes
Replies: 139
Views: 2568

Re: Question about processes

Process: A set of causally linked events that unfold over time and are held together by an overarching structure. These definitions are poor, because they include all phenomena , yet here you are trying to say that it's just "processes" that fit this definition, it's totally arbitrary. Wh...
by rachmiel
Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about processes
Replies: 139
Views: 2568

Re: Question about processes

Do I exist in relation to what has come before and is likely to come after? Am I a slice of a continuous process, evolution? Or am I just this, then this, then this, this, this, this ... and the continuous process I feel just the product of a perfervid imagination connecting dots that are, in actua...
by rachmiel
Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:11 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about processes
Replies: 139
Views: 2568

Re: Question about processes

Once again, can you please define something which does NOT fit into this category? Well let's use the three descriptors of process in my working definition as a starting point to find non-processes: set of causally linked events – a set of causally un-linked events would be a non-process. For examp...
by rachmiel
Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about processes
Replies: 139
Views: 2568

Re: Question about processes

Let me try to home in on why the nature of processes matters so much to me. In my default mode of consciousness, I have a strong sense of how things develop over time. I'm a composer, and time is our canvas, we're always thinking of how various components of the music rise, flow, and fade over time ...
by rachmiel
Sat Feb 04, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Question about processes
Replies: 139
Views: 2568

Re: Question about processes

I mean before even worrying about the mind-only stuff, it'd be helpful to suss out what you think a process actually is, and so far that part is murky. Process: A set of causally linked events that unfold over time and are held together by an overarching structure. Take the process of the life cycl...

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