Can I, as a human being, lead a different kind of life?
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Is Freedom from Conditioning Really Possible?
Talk 39 min.
2 minute K anecdote: conditioning and time
Prof. Krishna: Are K's Teachings Practical?
May 2, 2010 - 52 min.
Certainty, Mind, and the Brain
Dr. Robert Burton & Prof. Frode Steen - November 14, 2009
Part 1, Dr. Burton - 55 min.
Part 2, Prof. Steen - 63 min.
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The greatest and rarest paradox is great because when understood it is infinite greatness itself and rare because it is valid when most paradoxes turn out not to be so. For example, there is only thought and nothing other, but when there is nothing other than thought, paradoxically.....…
"What should we think of the shepherd's life if his flocks always wandered to higher pastures than his thought?
Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself. I have been as sincere a worshipper of Aurora as the Greeks. I got up early and bathed in the pond; that was a religious exercise, and one of the best things that I did. They say that characters were engraven on the bathing tub of King Tching-thang…Continue
Posted by sandhiji on August 14, 2014 at 11:02pm
Let there be an insight that smells like this, and let the words that end in the question that follows these words define insight:
If I see a conditioned movement of mine in its formal, or abstract sense, as a pattern, I am, for the duration of that seeing, no longer in that pattern, but have obtained an over-view of that conditioned self from outside that pattern. The insight has posited a perspective wherein an absolute difference in perspective has been actualized, or brought into…Continue
Can we go into each one of them and see their relationships.
The following is an extract from " Emptiness Appraised -- A Critical Study of Nagarjuna's Philosophy " by David F. Burton . The extract deals with the nature of mystical experience .
From " Emptiness Appraised " ( emphasis mine ) :
" The notion of non-conceptual religious knowledge has been the
I only became aware of K when given a book by a friend in 1969, a long time ago. I admit that I did not understand much of his teachings then. But the questions he raised intrigued me and his observations about the world were accurate and honest, refreshingly so.
I eventually read many of his books and attended a conference in Ojai in 1978. However, after that I quit because I realized that I was exalting him to an authority status in my subconscious mind. I was asking…Continue
What purpose does our constant brain noise serve? You know, all the in-the-head stuff that accompanies our moment-to-moment existence: thoughts, images, voices, songs, commentary, anticipation, remembering.
It must do something that the organism enjoys, or it wouldn't continue to be our status quo mode of existence. I don't think habit/conditioning explains it 100%.
I think that for many of us brain noise is a kind of cocoon. It wraps our mind in a thick wadding that…Continue
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The world: it means other people, society.Seeing that society is confused - fragmented, divided, violent, et cetera - what is my responsibility for all this?Continue
Started by Paul D. Last reply by Artie 5 hours ago.
To say, start with meditation, causes many problems. There is this suggested instruction and activity. Not to forget all the discussion which may arise about words and meaning. Yet it is true were I to say, I am doing meditation, this is not meditation. But there is another problem, and that is not initiating awareness, attention, contemplation, something like that, not initiating it at all, and continuing in thought and not initiating an activity free of thought. I understand this is a large…Continue
Started by Peter Stephens 23 hours ago.
To examine my own thinking requires some thinking. I am aware of thinking and what comes next is more thinking. In examining thought and following up automatically with thought it is a mechanical process of breaking down words and ideas called analysis. However if in this examination it is followed by negating thought, there is no residual thought, leaving no breakdown, no analysis. What is left is something to discover.I am thinking. What is thinking? It is I, me. The thinking is me. This is…Continue
Started by Peter Stephens. Last reply by Peter Stephens yesterday.
Enquiring, perceiving and acting are the fundamental parts of a holistic movement which contains both its own origin and its own destination. This holistic movement of meditation can only take place in a mind which is free and uncluttered: free from beliefs, opinions and, above all, free from fear. It is only such a free mind that can act sanely and healthily on this earth.So the question is: are we free? Those of us who don't care for this question will either ignore it altogether or else…Continue
Started by Paul D. Last reply by Paul D on Tuesday.
Just now read the article mentioned in the Title above and writing down the conditioned responses of my mind! (1)Unconditioning is possible through observation-'K' Says and I accept it as truth because I don`t see any reason for 'K' to lie!. May be 'K' can be mistaken but he lived a full life and had he found that freedom from conditioning is impossible he would have said that also!!It is difficult to believe that 'K' categorically made a statement and unchanged it throughout his life for the…Continue
Started by s s v ramana rao. Last reply by s s v ramana rao Aug 12.
Why ask this question? Doesn't the asking imply, quite subtly perhaps, that the kind of life currently being led is somehow inferior, incomplete? And that, with *awareness* it could become better, more intelligent, kinder, more filled with love? And isn't that just another version of The Becoming Game? What does it mean to lead a life? Isn't "leading a life" a metaphor, an assigning of a time-bound label to a time-unbounded actuality? And who's asking the question in the first place? An…Continue
Started by rachMiel. Last reply by tree Aug 9.
When thought is not there, it can be a blank mind, still man is there. Mind is there but no thought.In deep sleep a person is there.Mind is completely absorbed. Here who is the observer and what is observed? May we discuss? Or is it a question not worth discussing?After rising up I generally say, I had a good sleep, I did not observe or know anything, it was a state of great happiness .I know that .It is past now.J.K generally does not go into such discussion though, it is an important point to…Continue
Started by kant. Last reply by kant Aug 4.
Palestine and Israel war is continuous since long years ,leading to great devastations and Genocide.This erupts from time to time leading the world into great turmoil.If this continues any longer it will destroy the world.Let sanity come upon both sides and let there be peace immediately. I Pray for this to happen immediately.let everybody pray for this cause.
Started by kant. Last reply by kant Aug 3.