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April 22, 2014

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I don't know what reality is - and neither does anyone else!

I find a materialistic viewpoint to be generally useful as a working model. It allows me to have some expectation that when I throw a ball up in the air it will return to earth and is unlikely to be grabbed by some fairie emerging from a vortex in the sky.

At the same time I find a mystical viewpoint useful for lots of things.

WhaI don't do is believe that either is wrong.

Since we have a map of the brain as it works we can say what happens when you stare at a wall for days on end. (Boredom)


" Daizo Roshi who has mastered the most secret esoteric teachings of Zen. In fact either description would fit - reality remains."

And what "reailty" exactly are you speaking of? The one you believe is interpretated to you via your senses and your brain? LOL

Perhaps you should take a good look at Morgan Freemans show "Through the wormohole " series, part 8 of 10: "Is Reality real?"

I am sure it will offer a materialist like yourself something to ponder.

After 10 years of research - including using myself as a subject - I'm confident that it's just neuroscience. Some processes in zen cannot be speeded up. Many processes are clearly deterministic. How is it for instance that Tozan could create the five ranks and then have them be found by others to be a reliable model. Morover moving through the ranks takes years and there are no shortcuts.

Overall the evidence keeps mounting to suggest that science not mysticism is at work. If I believed that any of this stuff was in any way magical or esoteric then I'd be dressing up in a kesa, changing my name and treating the precepts as. sacred magic.

You and I are free to believe whatever we want. Where do those beliefs take you?

I'm some ordinary joe who's learnt some shit that is useful. I'm not Ven. Daizo Roshi who has mastered the most secret esoteric teachings of Zen. In fact either description would fit - reality remains.

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