Meditation

170: time, a corporate job and meditation

The quality of time, the 'kinds' of time that occur during a day at my corporate job helps to think about the moments in meditation.   

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168: a story about thought and no-thought

I often clarify ideas for this podcast during my morning meditation.  But during meditation I am trying to reach a state of equipoise.  Surely, following thoughts and realisations is a Wobble away from that intent?  Indeed it is.  So how does the activity of 'ordinary Mind' fit with the objectives of meditation?  Are we trying to halt thouse thoughts?  Arrest the process of mentation?  

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167: dreams, sine waves and a testable hypothesis

A sine wave exists only because there is a periodic trough as well as the peak.  Maintaining equanimity through those transitions ( inhale/exhale...wake/sleep....birth/death)  feels like a testable hypothesis.

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166: meditation notes: Alan Watts, Being/Dying and a Head-Tailed Cat

Alan Watts wrote _The Book_ to plant a seed of an idea about the ongoing cycles in our Being.  What he calls the 'head-Tailed Cat' of 'GoWithing'.  How does this fit into meditation practice?  Let's see!! 

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165: Aurelius vs Larkin

Marcus Aurelius mirrors Socrates in his analysis of death - - Larkin categorically ( and in quite wonderful poetry) disputes.  

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164: meditation notes - the outcome will come out

Confidence in the outcome of scrutiny,  Authenticity and spontaneity will come out of the processes and practices of an examined life as surely as water on heat will boil.

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161: meditation notes - a trend line?

Can I create a trend line based on the resonant patterns that arise, abide and dissolve?  From the smallest thought to the longest pattern I can be aware of - - if I dumped that information into a spreadsheet and calculated a trend, what would my confidence be in those results? 

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158: meditation notes - three books

I recently rummaged through my bookshelf and came up with three books that turns out give a really nice sequence.  

Opening the Door to Bon by Nyima Dakota (an overview of the foundational practices for Bon Tibetan Buddhism)
The Awakened One A life of the Buddha by Sherab Chodzin Kohn ( a wonderfully clear representation of the life and awakening of Gautama Buddha)
What makes you 'not' a Buddhist  a really serious exploration of the core realization of emptiness.  

I hope these books and this podcast help in your practice. 

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155: meditation notes - ZenGlop and the Miletian Archae

I've been criticized for using the term ZenGlop - -that this silly word trivializes the substance and structure of my work.  Fair enough, perhaps it does.  But ....  Reading about pre-socratic philosophers and their focus on the question of why something exists.  And if it exists, what did it come from . (The Miletians, Thale Anaximander and Anaximenes) .  The fragments that we have from 6th century Miletus suggests a lively discussion about whether there is a determinate single substance ( one of the elements) that serves as the source of all being.  or whether there's some indeterminate substance filling that same purpose.  It's a question that has driven most of philosophy for close enough to 3000 years.  Somewhere in there is ZenGlop.   

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153: meditation notes - simplicity of available wisdom

We bring to each moment a set of insights, capabilities, strengths ( weaknesses) - - and even as this accumulated wisdom may be obscured by afflictive emotions, it is entirely sufficient to embrace a wise and compassionate reaction. 

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