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by Wayfarer
Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:05 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Where do thoughts come from?
Replies: 47
Views: 4843

Re: Where do thoughts come from?

It's important to get these distinctions right. What two things are you saying are 'the same'? If you're saying that awareness and thought are the same, they're actually not. All kinds of creatures are aware but few think. And as I said in my earlier post, you can be engaged in thought whilst not be...
by Wayfarer
Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:46 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: See spot post!
Replies: 10
Views: 1289

Re: See spot post!

Hi Spot Dawa - that is indeed a perplexing question. I don't think we really know the meaning of 'ignorance' until we're truly beyond it, and I know I'm not. I get momentary insights into aspects of the chain of dependent origination but it it is like glimpses of the moon on a cloudy night. But keep...
by Wayfarer
Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:20 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Where do thoughts come from?
Replies: 47
Views: 4843

Re: Where do thoughts come from?

I would put it the other way around - you can be aware that you're thinking, or just be thinking without being aware that you're thinking. The latter state is definitely more common. We get 'lost in thought' or 'caught up in thought' or even 'possessed by ideas'. But awareness is something else - th...
by Wayfarer
Fri May 31, 2013 9:05 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about "location of mind"
Replies: 192
Views: 14924

Re: Question about "location of mind"

I would be interested to know how this view differs from the dualistic view of mind and body being different substances. Is it proposing that mind is an 'immaterial substance'?
by Wayfarer
Fri May 31, 2013 3:19 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about "location of mind"
Replies: 192
Views: 14924

Re: Question about "location of mind"

As for me, I now understand why the comments I made earlier in this thread were innappropriate in the context. It has been a learning experience and I thank you for it.
by Wayfarer
Thu May 30, 2013 5:59 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about "location of mind"
Replies: 192
Views: 14924

Re: Question about "location of mind"

Fair enough. I shall keep comments of that kind to the appropriate forum from now on.
by Wayfarer
Thu May 30, 2013 1:22 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about "location of mind"
Replies: 192
Views: 14924

Re: Question about "location of mind"

Nothing posted here has refuted my initial claim that mind cannot be known or located because it simply is never an object of cognition. It is always 'that which knows' and is never amongst the objects of perception. I know that sounds very much like something from Vedanta, but I am not asserting th...
by Wayfarer
Wed May 29, 2013 1:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Whatever happened to the wicked dwarf?
Replies: 8
Views: 1532

Re: Whatever happened to the wicked dwarf?

Went into merchant banking, I heard......
by Wayfarer
Wed May 29, 2013 2:17 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: What state is this?
Replies: 12
Views: 1665

Re: What state is this?

How to compare? I think all such efforts are speculative. If you go to a Zen forum they will take great pains to differentiate Zazen from vipassana (and vice versa.) There are differences, but I personally wouldn't get too caught up in the minutae. The kind of 'bare awareness' you are mentioning wou...
by Wayfarer
Wed May 29, 2013 1:19 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: What state is this?
Replies: 12
Views: 1665

Re: What state is this?

I would suggest that this is the type of meditation known as 'bare awareness' which is one of the main aspects of vipassana (or vipashyana). It is 'seeing things as they are', being mindful of sensations, perceptions, and so forth, without attempting to push them away or pursue them. I think it woul...
by Wayfarer
Tue May 28, 2013 12:38 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Scary Roach clip
Replies: 43
Views: 4582

Re: Scary Roach clip

Don't worry - I think there is a separate Australian edition, and that story isn't in it. Actually I have decided I am not particularly interested in reading about that character. There's something that just isn't, in the Australian vernacular, 'fair dinkum' about him.
by Wayfarer
Tue May 28, 2013 2:31 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Scary Roach clip
Replies: 43
Views: 4582

Re: Scary Roach clip

If you mean the June 2013 issue, I can't find it. Just went to the news-stand and looked.
by Wayfarer
Sun May 26, 2013 1:07 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about "location of mind"
Replies: 192
Views: 14924

Re: Question about "location of mind"

The sperm and egg do not possess awareness. If the sperm possessed awareness, then also, every cell in the brain would possess awareness. It's the other way around. I thought I might menion the 'Santiago theory of cognition'. This has a connection to Buddhism, because it was founded by Francisco Va...
by Wayfarer
Sat May 25, 2013 10:28 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Talking About Kensho
Replies: 52
Views: 6523

Re: Talking About Kensho

We could start a Zen reality TV show about who has had the best kensho. It would be called 'The Biggest Nobody'. :tongue:
by Wayfarer
Sat May 25, 2013 12:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about "location of mind"
Replies: 192
Views: 14924

Re: Question about "location of mind"

Another book I found useful in terms of the dialog between science and Buddhism was The Quantum and the Lotus: A Journey to the Frontiers Where Science and Buddhism Meet Matthieu Ricard and Trinh Thuan In this book-length conversation, French Buddhist monk Ricard and Vietnamese-born astrophysicist T...
by Wayfarer
Fri May 24, 2013 1:04 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about "location of mind"
Replies: 192
Views: 14924

Re: Question about "location of mind"

And the impulse to make these changes comes from ... the brain I don't think you have a warrant for that statement. If it were true, how would psychosomatic illnesses, or the placebo effect, have any effect? Both of those phenomena, which are well documented, rely solely on the beliefs of the subje...
by Wayfarer
Fri May 24, 2013 12:55 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about "location of mind"
Replies: 192
Views: 14924

Re: Question about "location of mind"

You stated that the mind cannot be known. What I said was: you cannot know the knower of knowing, you cannot see the seer of seeing. The hand cannot grasp itself nor the eye see itself. Therefore any 'theory of mind' tries to locate the seer or knower amongst the objects of perception, but it is ne...
by Wayfarer
Fri May 24, 2013 4:38 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about "location of mind"
Replies: 192
Views: 14924

Re: Question about "location of mind"

So 'realizing the mind has no fixed location' is not at all incompatible with what I said in the first place. I really am not trying to start an argument with Jnana or Astus here, I am trying to put an argument as to why it is inadmissable to try and create a scientific definition of mind or proceee...
by Wayfarer
Fri May 24, 2013 3:51 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about "location of mind"
Replies: 192
Views: 14924

Re: Question about "location of mind"

Well, the OP starts with
In the book Vivid Awareness, it is asserted that one cannot know the location of one's mind.

So we appear to have hit an impasse.
by Wayfarer
Fri May 24, 2013 3:27 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about "location of mind"
Replies: 192
Views: 14924

Re: Question about "location of mind"

Respectfully, this only illustrates your lack of understanding about how direct perception is used in Mahāmudrā. No offense taken. I didn't claim to be answering on the basis of Mahāmudrā. If someone wants to train in Mahāmudrā or Dzogchen, then they need to (1) find a qualified teacher, and (2) fo...

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