Dear Jundo Roshi,
There was certainly a physiological basis to it, thanks. It's based on our yoga, which is all-intensive.
The changed physiology was what happened before the samadhi states could come on strongly, to enable their free entrance and persistence, and mutation; and then, when samadhi broke up suddenly in front of my open eyes, and everything stopped, this condition continued for 2 1/2 months, the first time.
Nothing special; it's just what has happened to so many other Zen and Ch'an folk over recorded time.
Glad to be aboard. I'm honored!, and mucho-grateful, to say the least. I've had excellent teaching and sangha support and connection.
I'm in a lesser condition now. But all that means is that ...I am not practicing enuf. Earlier, it "took" at least 3-hours sitting per day to maintain the samadhi condition, once it was earlier established. And, plus, for me/us, in Master Sheng Yen's sangha, the proper physical practices as well, are enabling! (which I have taught to others since 1980).
Thanks for chiming-in, Roshi. Blessings,
jundocohen wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 27, 2020 12:57 am
Joe. the lasting experience that you describe from time to time, do you entertain any possibility that ... maybe, just maybe ... there was a physiological or medical basis to it? Some kind of very positive dissociative state, with actual beneficial and pleasant effect (not all these events are always experienced as negative or cause disfunction). I am not saying that such was the case, but can be entertain it as a possibility?
I will say again, for 4th or 5th time, there were no thoughts. I was able to function, do advanced mathematics, build parts of our new radio telescope, and even be hired by another research group to build some ground-support equipment for their sounding-rocket campaign at White Sands, New Mexico. I took on too much new stuff, though people could see I could accomplish it. After 2 1/2 months, the awakened state eroded.