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February 21, 2011

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Maurice Merleau-Ponty (March 14, 1908 May 3, 1961) was a French phenomenological philosopher. At the core of Merleau-Ponty's philosophy is a sustained argument for the foundational role that perception plays in understanding the world as well as engaging with the world. Like the other major phenomenologists Merleau-Ponty expressed his philosophical insights in writings on art, literature, linguistics, and politics; however Merleau-Ponty was the only major phenomenologist of the first half of the Twentieth Century to engage extensively with the sciences, and especially with descriptive psychology. Because of this engagement, his writings have become influential with the recent project of naturalizing phenomenology in which phenomenologists utilize the results of psychology and cognitive science.
check out:
The Seer is Seen
Still
Grande finale
Joyful Seeing and Bergson
http://danielcoffeen.podomatic.com/profile?p=2

A short case from the Blue Cliff Records:

Forty-First Case
Joju's "Man of Great Death"

Joju asked T'ou Tzu, "When a man of great death returns to life, how is it?"
T'ou Tzu said, "Going by night is not permitted. You must arrive in daylight."

Eternal Return
FF: The Philosophy of Nietzsche - Joseph Brisendine
http://www.nuttymp3.com/mp3/1620147

Artist: McGraw Tim
Song: Live Like You Were Dying
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiOcW_YR1G8

Hekiganroku case 39 "If you want to know about Buddha Nature, you must pay attention to time and causation."
(Dogen, deep faith in causality/conditionality/causation (Shobogenzo essay Shinjin Inga) = cause/effect, pratyita samutpada)

Dogen's Time Being (Uji) 1 through 5
By Zoketsu Norman Fischer | August 19, 2009
In topic: Dogen
Summary: Norman's first on talk on Dogen's "Uji" or "Time Being" from his classical work "Shobogenzo".

http://www.everydayzen.org/index.php?Itemid=26&option=com_teaching&sort=title&task=viewTeaching&id=text-813-222

What Time Is It? May 21, 2010 Famed screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and theoretical physicist Brian Greene dissect time as we know it. What is the smallest unit of time, and what does it look like? For starters, you should stop looking at the clock, and start looking at the universe.
http://www.nyas.org/WhatWeDo/SciencetheCity.aspx

When an asteroid big enough crashes into Earth or a nearby star explodes in a massive burst of gamma rays, all life on this planet will be gone. No more reincarnations, no more rebirths of non-personal consciousness on this planet (no more paradise an no more hell and no more limbo just to take other belief systems into account).
Nirvana for everyone! Ha!

Buddhism is a way of liberation from suffering in life time. It's not a philosophy and it's not a religion.
An event decribed above would happen as the result of something absolutely unrelated to mankind realizing bodhi mind.

Hi. I consider myself an agnostic when concerned with what occurs in the afterlife or after death. Until I am given reason to believe otherwise I will still remain skeptical as to what happens. Do I believe in emptiness of an intrinsic self? Yes. Does this mean I am a moral nihilist? I'm not in any way. Have I given up on trying to understand this world and my inner consciousness and what it all could mean? No.

I find that most people I meet that are agnostic have opinions about what is right and wrong and live by those standards. What I don't see is them standing on a soapbox screaming at others that they MUST CHANGE or else (insert your damnation given by whatever religion you choose here). As far as reincarnation goes, I find it seems to reinforce the very notion of self, ego, and gain within many Buddhists and cultures. It can also lead to views of superiority. Many "Buddhists" don't practice simply because they "know" they will just "do it in the next life". It can be an excuse for all actions taken, or in this case inaction towards practice.

"When a secular Buddhist writer equates Buddhism with agnosticism as Stephen Batchelor does, rest assured that he is not far from Nietzsche’s prophesy. What the modern Buddhist is taught, essentially, is the Buddha is the common man; his Dharma is sensory perception; and the Sangha is the natural world. When he dies, this is the attainment of nirvana." I have never seen this line of thought in "Buddhism Without Beliefs" by Stephen Batchelor or heard him discuss anything even remotely like it. I can definitely assure you he never talks about death being Nirvana. If this were so, I'm sure you would hear a lot more Buddhist's talking about suicide as a very easy tool for Enlightenment.

Agnosticism can mean a lot of things and lead to many beliefs, but when it agnosticism IS nihilism it is not longer agnosticism. The very beautiful, glorious, teaching of the Buddha is that we do not need to believe in anything based merely off the fact that someone said it. The Buddha encouraged us to look for insights through our own practice and examine ideas until we have found them to be good.

From the Kalama Sutta "Come, Kalamas. Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing; nor upon tradition; nor upon rumor; nor upon what is in a scripture; nor upon surmise; nor upon an axiom; nor upon specious reasoning; nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been pondered over; nor upon another's seeming ability; nor upon the consideration, 'The monk is our teacher.' Kalamas, when you yourselves know: 'These things are good; these things are not blamable; these things are praised by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to benefit and happiness,' enter on and abide in them."


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