The Nature of Awareness

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Re: The Nature of Awareness

Post by fuki » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:39 pm

Wayfarer wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:40 pm
Fuki wrote:There are even mystic christians and others from so many cultures and paths who say the same as Buddhadharma, but ppl are attached to Buddhism so anything under another label gets a caution warning that its not Buddhism.
Totally agree with you. I too have absorbed many insights from different paths. I just thought it might be worth mentioning that Nisargadatta is Advaitin in deference to the Forum we’re on.
Ah thanks for the clarity
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Re: The Nature of Awareness

Post by [james] » Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:07 pm

fuki wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:01 pm
Wayfarer wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:50 pm
Bear in mind, that is the teaching of Advaita, which differs from that of Zen. The Buddhist sutras don’t generally say that there is such ‘primordial awareness’ or unconditioned subject, as all states arise ‘dependent on causes and conditions’.
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I know but James asked about other paths too.
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Just teachings to guide one to his original nature. I dont care under what section it is shelved in the library.
Thanks for the links fukasetsu. I will read and contemplate them carefully as they point to what “I” wants to know.

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Re: The Nature of Awareness

Post by Great Sage EofH » Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:22 pm

Awareness is a tool used to cultivating a skill, in training. It’s essential nature is the same as everything else’s which doesn’t have specific meaning outside of practice. LOL since Im almost retired now-
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Re: The Nature of Awareness

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bokki wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:58 pm
Awareness is a tool used to cultivating a skill, in training. It’s essential nature is the same as everything else’s which doesn’t have specific meaning outside of practice.
y dont u just shut up ur trap and be carefull as to what u say, get a grip hey dumb 1 slow down
Bokki.. ???
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Re: The Nature of Awareness

Post by Great Sage EofH » Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:27 pm

[james] wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:10 pm
bokki wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:58 pm
Awareness is a tool used to cultivating a skill, in training. It’s essential nature is the same as everything else’s which doesn’t have specific meaning outside of practice.
y dont u just shut up ur trap and be carefull as to what u say, get a grip hey dumb 1 slow down
Bokki.. ???
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James it’s okay he’s right
I had the chance to stop at Mind is Buddha Buddha is mind but oh well
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Re: The Nature of Awareness

Post by fuki » Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:03 pm

bokki wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:58 pm
Awareness is a tool used to cultivating a skill, in training. It’s essential nature is the same as everything else’s which doesn’t have specific meaning outside of practice.
y dont u just shut up ur trap and be carefull as to what u say, get a grip hey dumb 1 slow down
You angry at yourself again bokki?
please try to control these episodes, when you feel the urge to be unkind to people walk away from the keyboard and just watch it come and go, these are good moments for practise. 8-)
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Re: The Nature of Awareness

Post by fuki » Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:05 pm

SunWuKong wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:22 pm
Awareness is a tool used to cultivating a skill, in training. It’s essential nature is the same as everything else’s which doesn’t have specific meaning outside of practice. LOL since Im almost retired now-
not sure I follow, what do you mean outside of practise.
Awareness permeates everything and everywhere right?
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Re: The Nature of Awareness

Post by Great Sage EofH » Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:13 pm

fuki wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:05 pm
SunWuKong wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:22 pm
Awareness is a tool used to cultivating a skill, in training. It’s essential nature is the same as everything else’s which doesn’t have specific meaning outside of practice. LOL since Im almost retired now-
not sure I follow, what do you mean outside of practise.
Awareness permeates everything and everywhere right?
Sigh - I’m not sure this was a moment of brilliance - what I mean is if you are living on borrowed time preparing to freeze to death in your Dharma cave - and you had your last bundle of chop wood carry water and you decide to light the fire and cook a pot of Pu Erh tea - you Awareness being like firewood becomes all you’ve got left. You still need the spark of Prajna to set the awareness on fire and the glowing heat of samadhi to stave off certain death. Practicing the Dharma isn’t an exercise, it isn’t a drill. Whether sudden or gradual, awareness is being cultivated, it’s not an abstract notion “out there” - so whatever it is outside the context of cooking emergency tea rations, or removing arrows , saving your life, might not be relevant in a life and death scenario, like the one we live in every day but are scarcely aware of - I hope that’s a little more clear, it’s not dismissing the question but putting it in perspective?
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Re: The Nature of Awareness

Post by Great Sage EofH » Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:32 am

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Re: The Nature of Awareness

Post by fuki » Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:23 am

SunWuKong wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:13 pm
I hope that’s a little more clear, it’s not dismissing the question but putting it in perspective?
Clear as an ice-cube, and sorry to be the cause of your sighing. :D
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Re: The Nature of Awareness

Post by Great Sage EofH » Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:31 pm

fuki wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:23 am
SunWuKong wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:13 pm
I hope that’s a little more clear, it’s not dismissing the question but putting it in perspective?
Clear as an ice-cube, and sorry to be the cause of your sighing. :D
No, it’s just that I clearly fumbled the first post, so I put some effort into helping the rabbit out of the hat. Later I realized that the revision was emotionally charged in a way i wasn’t prepared for. I don’t blame Bokki for objecting either it caused me to focus and pay attention. I’m alternating between peaceful contentment and inner turbulence, so there was a bit of Bad Monkey in my first attempt.

So let me ask: if you can’t have samsara without sunyata, and vice versus, how can you have attention without that which attention pays attention to?
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Re: The Nature of Awareness

Post by fuki » Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:32 pm

SunWuKong wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:31 pm
So let me ask: if you can’t have samsara without sunyata, and vice versus, how can you have attention without that which attention pays attention to?
Whatever gets my intention turns into non attention, what is then left is awareness only.

Not clear what you mean though but when I stop trying to figure it out I return to not knowing and rest naturally.
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Re: The Nature of Awareness

Post by [james] » Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:10 pm

fuki wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:32 pm
SunWuKong wrote:
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:31 pm
So let me ask: if you can’t have samsara without sunyata, and vice versus, how can you have attention without that which attention pays attention to?
Whatever gets my intention turns into non attention, what is then left is awareness only.

Not clear what you mean though but when I stop trying to figure it out I return to not knowing and rest naturally.
Awareness, consciousness, mindfulness, attention ... I think of the last two as needing an “I” looking outward, of consciousness as being a quality of “I” attending to itself, and awareness ... I don’t know yet. Perhaps that’s as fuki says. I’m not yet comfortable with awareness as simply not knowing. Perhaps there is something of a surrending to it that “I” needs to be comfortable with.

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Re: The Nature of Awareness

Post by fuki » Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:41 pm

Awareness is beyond knowing and not knowing, knowing happens spontaneously one either knows something or not, like how you know the million dollars is in suitcase nr 8 or you know your loved one 1000 miles away is in pain or died in a plane crash. If someone asks how that can be all one can say I don't know, so I feel very comfortable with the unknown for the simple fact that no view I hold can be true. But whatever is known spontaneously without inrellectual effort is simply known, but that too is temporary so I lost the desire, dropped the ball and chain of wanting/needing to know. If it happens knowing occurs fine, if it doesnt occur also fine. :)
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Re: The Nature of Awareness

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The heart is the hub of all spiritual places. Go there and roam. - Nityananda
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Re: The Nature of Awareness

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Re: The Nature of Awareness

Post by bokki » Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:32 pm

im not able to talk now. i want to apologise 2 SunWu...
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Re: The Nature of Awareness

Post by Great Sage EofH » Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:20 pm

bokki wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:32 pm
im not able to talk now. i want to apologise 2 SunWu...
Bokki I accept your apology- you were being authentic and genuine - and don’t ask me how but I know your heart. In some of these forums I get trashed and I do walk away feeling bad. But I never doubted you for a moment. So whatever you said, I never took any offense at and I incurred no harm.

I want to write this poem “Beyond the Mountains Are More Mountains” and I want it to be my best effort ever. I thought it up while thinking about mr. Bokki. I hope I can figure it out.

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Re: The Nature of Awareness

Post by desert_woodworker » Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:34 am

J.,
[james] wrote:
Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:14 am
...speculating about the nature of awareness and of self has prompted and stimulated me to undertake a stronger enquiry into this subject, both in my meditation and through research into what others have had to say.
Fearless Adventurer and Traveler, James!, going where millions have gone before. :namaste:

Seriously, hats off to you, though. :hatsoff:

Being clear about terms is always helpful to have done when preparing the kit. For example, Awareness can be different from Consciousness, or not, as you consider it. And the "Nature" of something is almost a vacuous word. I'd say that much of the inaccessibility of answers, or footholds, on this journey is due to fuzziness of vision before even putting one's foot squarely on the mountain. One must make the goggles ice-clear.

Edward Conze gave me a little rest a few months ago when I read his line:

"Consciousness is just mental activity considered more or less abstractly".

That's been worth my sitting-with, too, in non-zazen sittings.

Good travels! What wonderful country. Please DO continue to send postcards! Let the travelogue continue... .

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Re: The Nature of Awareness

Post by lindama » Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:53 am

desert_woodworker wrote:
Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:34 am
"Consciousness is just mental activity considered more or less abstractly".
oh yes, missed you Joe :111:

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