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March 17, 2008


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I think the author's main objective is pointing to the light, we Zennist call it the 'juice', the same one that master Lin-chi no doubt speaks about often.

Looking at sensory objects (even from the perspective of aesthetic contemplation), we know that they are mere illusions thus that there is nothing more to extract from them. Like master Lin-chi often says to certain extend, "one can't get juice from a dried bone!". Furthermore, I think consciousness, even the so-called "higher" one, is quite subtle. The subtleness is so insidious that it leads common mankind to believe that they have found something 'extraordinary'.

However, this problem is understandable, because after all, almost all human are not sages, LOL


It`s not entirely true that western thought regards what we perceive through our senses as real. It might apply to virtually whole science, but not philosophy. Do not forget Immanuel Kant. His Copernican Revolution states that the observer actually contributes to the way things are perceived (things appear in accordance with our knowledge, but what they are in themselves (thing-in-itself) is unknown to us.

The same goes for Schopenhauer, who calls what we perceive "representations" and who validated the hindu concept of maya, the unreality of the perceived world. Interestingly, for Schopenhauer, aesthetic contemplation is more able to perceive the truth than science, because in aesthetic contemplation, the will comes to rest and we perceive things they way the truly are. This would be truth seeking still in the realm of conciusness but is a refreshing alternative to those who believe science is busy in telling us the truth. Schopenhauer did not rule out the possiblity of transcendental experiences by the holy men, but instead claimed that there, logical thinking ends and philosophy, in his words a science, cannot say anything about it. So at least the German philosophical tradtion is not entirely either believing either the empiricist nor the rationalists.

Very well written! one might be able to read and reflect upon the meaning from article like this one, and then one would/should be able to penetrate beyond human comprehension/conception.

It is very unfortunate that the Westerners' religion trains its followers to rely on bodily awareness and brain feedback to search and and/or validate Truth. Thanks for pointing that out.....now I know where to look, LOL


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