Homeostasis (Damasio)

Both basic homeostasis (which is non-consciously guided) and sociocultural homeostasis (which is created and guided by reflective conscious minds) operate as curators of biological value. Basic and sociocultural varieties of homeostasis are separated by billions of years of evolution, and yet they promote the same goal – the survival of living organisms – albeit inContinue reading “Homeostasis (Damasio)”

Lockdown (Stephen Batchelor)

Lockdown allows a breathing space to consider the tragic absurdity of our existence. By letting the chatter of our fears and anxieties subside, we can hear the inner silence of our soul. As we breathe more easily, we can re-examine our lives from a space of nonreactive awareness. Do we really want to be complicitContinue reading “Lockdown (Stephen Batchelor)”

Free thinking in secret — Voltaire Foundation

We all have secret thoughts which are occasionally betrayed by an unexpected gesture, an uncontrolled facial expression, a peculiar lapsus… which express at an awkward moment precisely what we wanted, or were supposed, to hide. All the secret services of all political regimes rely on that kind of clue to detect clandestine dissidents. But even […]Continue reading “Free thinking in secret — Voltaire Foundation”

Devoid of Self (nissvabhava)

Whether or not there is the arising of Tathagatas, this property stands — this steadfastness of the Dharma, this orderliness of the Dharma: All phenomena are devoid of self. The Tathagata directly awakens to that, breaks through to that. Directly awakening and breaking through to that, he declares it, teaches it, describes it, sets it […]Continue reading “Devoid of Self (nissvabhava)”

Advayavada Buddhism Explained

question You speak of progress but make little mention of evolution. Is the Fourth Sign of Being you speak of not evolution? answer Evolution is an ontological fact and progress is an epistemological concept. What we say in Advayavada Buddhism is that human beings experience as progress what accords with the overall course of Nature,Continue reading “Advayavada Buddhism Explained”

We Don’t Understand Ourselves — Great Middle Way

From the Buddhist point of view our suffering originates from the limitations of our ordinary, unenlightened mind. Firstly, we are unaware of the basic truths of existence. Through ignorance, we have misunderstood our true nature and the nature of reality. Secondly, confused and easily agitated, we are unable to control our minds. We do not […]Continue reading “We Don’t Understand Ourselves — Great Middle Way”

Zengetsu’s advice for his pupils — Zen Flash

Zengetsu, a Chinese master of the T’ang dynasty, wrote the following advice for his pupils: Living in the world yet not forming attachments to the dust of the world is the way of a true Zen student. When witnessing the good action of another encourage yourself to follow his example. Hearing of the mistaken action […]Continue reading “Zengetsu’s advice for his pupils — Zen Flash”

Daniel Dennett on consciousness and the hard question — SelfAwarePatterns

This interview is pretty much classic Daniel Dennett. He starts off pointing out that introspection is unreliable, that our beliefs about our inner experience are what need to be explained, not necessarily what the beliefs purport to be reality. He doesn’t name the meta-problem, but it’s clear that, and related concepts, are what he’s talking […]Continue reading “Daniel Dennett on consciousness and the hard question — SelfAwarePatterns”