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by Rick
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Mindfulness Conspiracy
Replies: 8
Views: 245

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: 261

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: 477

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: 516

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: 516

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: 516

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: 516

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.
by Rick
Fri May 10, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Flow, mindfulness, nondual awareness
Replies: 81
Views: 7549

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: 7549

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: 7549

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: 53
Views: 1076

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: 53
Views: 1076

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: 53
Views: 1076

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: 53
Views: 1076

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: 53
Views: 1076

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: 53
Views: 1076

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: 53
Views: 1076

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: 53
Views: 1076

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: 53
Views: 1076

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: 53
Views: 1076

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...

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