Tagged with philosophy

The Thinking Mind, or Feynman’s Joy of Not Knowing

I’ve been listening to the catchy Symphony of Science songs, and in light of the stuff I’ve been reading (Aurobindo/Zen literature), it’s given me a new perspective on things. As the scientist Richard Feynman is well known for expressing, there is a joy in not-knowing something. It’s not scary, it’s exciting! There is always something … Continue reading

Be here now.

“When the Mexicans in their deficient mythical-magic structure encountered the mentally-oriented Spaniards, the magic-mythic power failed in the face of mental strength; clan consciousness failed in the face of the individualized ego-consciousness. If an integral man were to encounter a deficient mental man, would not deficient material power fail in the face of integral strength? … Continue reading

Wholes and parts, Manuel Delanda, organic philosophy…

Following the philosophy of Deleuze, Manuel Delanda has explored a more sophisticated, messier and non-linear nature to reality. Mostly uncommon to western thinking, though not absent, is the idea of an organic view of the world: of interconnected processes that don’t necessarily have intention, purpose, that aren’t like cogs in a machine to be broken … Continue reading

Heart, Mind and Theory

I think the only real problem with any theory, or practice, is that it is in constant danger of trapping the user in a fixed system. When we catch a glimpse of the divine, and see how it influences our universe through some underlying patterns, we might attempt to “master,” that wave. On occasion, we … Continue reading

Nebulous Pantheism?

Hey folks! So I’ve decided to take a brief diversion from trying to “keep it simple” during the Big Sit. But it will be very brief, indeed. I recently had to write a paper for my philosophy class: Freedom and Responsibility. In it, we students were asked to discuss the nature of freedom in relation … Continue reading

B. Allan Wallace on Free Will

I’ve just begun listening to this as my dharma-talk for the day. Feel free to enjoy it as well. Allan Wallace is a Tibetan Buddhist and a philosopher in his own right. He begins with a great mindfulness meditation, appropriate for daily meditators. Boiling down part one, he asks: In the west, we are so … Continue reading

Quote of the Day:

“All ‘things’ and all sentiments are interpretations only, and interpretations cannot be real in any sense. If this is understood with insight it becomes clear that only mind is, that it is an impersonal non-entity, and that whoever is conscious of this is this and nothing else.” –Wei Wu Wei on Thisness 

Bottom-up.

We’re living in a paradigm where the highest valued knowledge is often “top down.” This means we try to make our perspectives as detached, removed and objective as possible in order to see something very clearly. Conceptually, it started at least, as acknowledging ourselves as beyond nature, because we have the ability to reason. This … Continue reading

In My Own Way

I’m reading Watts’ autobiography. I’ve been browsing it, really, picking out a chapter here and there. In the beginning of the book, he recommends that we take a free-flowing attitude, because there is no linear story in the words. So far, here are some things I have picked up while floating down his “way.” I’ll … Continue reading

Reading List

Just took these out of the library: In My Own Way is a nice look into the mind of Watts. It’s interesting to see how he was raised, compared to myself and my friends of todays. He even mentions a philosopher professor who actually believed in pre-determinism. On the other hand, their cafeteria was full … Continue reading