In a story told by Ta Hui (J.C. Cleary 1977, 4) and Dogen, a famous elder statesman and poet visited the Zen Master Dorin and asked him, ‘What is the great meaning of Buddhism?’ Continue reading Do good
Brihadaranyaka Upanishad V.ii.1-3:
Gods, men, and asuras – all three descendants of Prajapati – lived with him for a time as students.Then the gods said: ‘Teach us, sir!’ Continue reading Da! Da! Da!
Science is a way of trying not to fool yourself. The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.— Richard Feynman (from lecture given at the Galileo Symposium in Italy, 1964).
A trustworthy guidance system must include some self-monitoring as part of its reality and source monitoring. This is necessary not only for consciousness but also for creativity, in order to prevent getting into endless loops or mindless ruts (Hofstadter 1995, 311; Sloman and Chrisley in Holland 2003, 157). ‘Jumping out of the loop’ is an aspect of resurrection, arising, revelation, recreation out of dead routine. Continue reading Watch yourself
From Peirce’s semiotic point of view, all ‘thinking is necessarily a sort of dialogue’ between ‘the momentary self’ and a future self (recall Chapter 2). More recently, neuroscientific studies suggest that the very experience of selfhood may be grounded in a dialogue within the brain. Continue reading Dialogues in the brain
Jerome A. Stone (2003) elucidates the tension between ‘self-power’ and ‘other-power’ as motivators of practice – a tension which seems to play itself out in most religious traditions. Perhaps the tension between the two is more fruitful than the predominance of one over the other. Continue reading The conversation
The crux of the human condition is that we have decisions to make. Continue reading Free self-control
Once the whole is divided, the parts need names. There are already enough names. One must know when to stop.— Tao Te Ching 32 (Feng/English)
Ego is always wanting to ‘make a difference.’ But there are differences enough already. Maybe one should make a connection instead.