What is knowing?

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What is knowing?

Postby Nothing » Tue Sep 11, 2012 4:35 pm

What is "KNOWING" in your own words?

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Re: What is knowing?

Postby Jeff » Tue Sep 11, 2012 6:30 pm

Nothing wrote:What is "KNOWING" in your own words?

True experience of it... Sure, beyond any shawdow of a doubt.


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Re: What is knowing?

Postby Sönam » Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:54 pm

A reflection on a mirror ...

By understanding everything you perceive from the perspective of the view, you are freed from the constraints of philosophical beliefs.
By understanding that any and all mental activity is meditation, you are freed from arbitrary divisions between formal sessions and postmeditation activity.
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Re: What is knowing?

Postby Ogyen » Wed Sep 12, 2012 4:43 am

to possess information.
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Re: What is knowing?

Postby muni » Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:50 am

The inseparability of knower, knowledge, knowing........and I knowing this or that is lost. :alien:

http://www.tenzinzopa.com/Ebooks/Cttb_B ... mplete.pdf

Rest in natural great peace this exhausted mind,
Beaten helplessly by karma and neurotic thoughts
Like the relentless fury of the pounding waves
In the infinite ocean of samsara.
Rest in natural great peace. — Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

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Re: What is knowing?

Postby Thaijeppe » Thu Sep 13, 2012 2:52 am

Awareness of the process.

If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you
let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely,
you will know complete peace and freedom
Ajahn Chah

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Re: What is knowing?

Postby catmoon » Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:24 am

According to the Ask Yoda site, the answer is:

Such pointless questions you ask. Look deep within yourself. There, the answers lie.
Sergeant Schultz knew everything there was to know.

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Re: What is knowing?

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Re: What is knowing?

Postby lobster » Mon Sep 17, 2012 4:20 am

Knowing in the Buddhist sense is the ability to communicate with the reality of the potential of a situation.
So for example a Zen platitude is very impressive if we are able to benefit from the wisdom, otherwise it is a wooden post slapped in the hope of releasing Buddha Nature.

For most of getting to a stage of self knowing, is our first task.
We sometimes do not even know what is worth knowing, questioning or studying.
So we take our trust or refuge in the three jewels.

As we begin to differentiate between superficial and genuine insight, we can be said to have become stream entrants.
Our knowing increases as we differentiate between arisings, or transient knowing and an experience of constancy, which is eternal knowing, what in Buddhist terms is called Buddha mind.

We may through experienced residing develop skilful means to enhance this knowing in ourselves and others.

We stop being 'smart asses', which is the condition of unknowing and become genuine gnostics or knowers.
The false in us and the world is ever prevalent but knowing that we endeavour to reinforce and expand genuine knowing.
We all know this deep down and hear it again and again.
We also know our own inclination to be wooden tops. :namaste:

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Re: What is knowing?

Postby Karma Dondrup Tashi » Mon Sep 17, 2012 4:38 am

I don't know.

What I want is a view. Hannibal Lecter

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Re: What is knowing?

Postby oushi » Mon Sep 17, 2012 5:28 pm

Say what you think about me here.

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Re: What is knowing?

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Re: What is knowing?

Postby treehuggingoctopus » Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:44 pm

Has the thread devolved into a one-word contest?

. . . there they saw a rock! But it wasn't a rock . . .

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Re: What is knowing?

Postby Skywalker » Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:06 am

Knowing is knowing the nature of the self, which is realized to be the nature of all things. There is no object of knowing, ie. knowing "this" or "that". But it is knowing without a doubt, all illusions cleared, only clarity, emptiness, bliss. All doubts, all seeking, all questions disappear. There only the true nature of existence is left with nobody there to not know it. It knows itself.

When one is dreaming, one thinks it is real. When one awakes, one "knows" that it was just a dream. Without a doubt. When one becomes completely lucid within a dream, one knows that it is just a dream. No dream character can convince you otherwise.

Knowing as knowing that the stove is hot when you touch it.


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Re: What is knowing?

Postby viniketa » Tue Sep 18, 2012 2:20 am

treehuggingoctopus wrote:Has the thread devolved into a one-word contest?



Embracing what there is to be known...

If they can sever like and dislike, along with greed, anger, and delusion, regardless of their difference in nature, they will all accomplish the Buddha Path.. ~ Sutra of Complete Enlightenment

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Re: What is knowing?

Postby catmoon » Tue Sep 18, 2012 4:45 am

Karma Dondrup Tashi wrote:I don't know.


I like it. Slam dunk if u ask me.
Sergeant Schultz knew everything there was to know.

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