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April 05, 2016

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great movie mathesis, thanks!

mathesis: I am working on an interesting vision of Mahayana based on the asymptote taking the "y" axis (the vertical axis) to be the absolute. The closer we get to "y", asymptotically, the more bliss/sukha (after we die we keep on this asymptotic trajectory). This keeps the antithesis (the difference between the curve and y) yet resonates with y. Strictly speaking, nirvana would not be total cessation. The two monks in the film could be thought of as being on this asymptotic path.

NinaB: When I was training for bicycle racing in the mid 1960s I could do a practice ride for two hours and maybe see a half dozen cars. The ride was anything but tense. Life was much different. I could work in a cannery and make enough money to last me a year working from July to November. I joined an academic library for 58 bucks a year noted for its books on Asian philosophy. Many of my blogs cover a period from 1964 to 1976.

I would really like to have your analysis of the Korean movie Mandala (1981). Did Ji-san attain enlightenment ?

Regarding the interesting comment of Avalon on my "life of all life" samadhi there is the following:
The samadhi of infinite total life, the being of all beings, which we described, might be considered as an antechamber to the fundamental insight into the nature of the world and of suffering, to the insight
of the four noble truths - sammaditthi. From the purity of the affirmation and love of worldly being
and life and our identification with universal life comes our knowledge of the
fallen, corrupt or samsaric state of our kosmos and the omnipresence of delusion and suffering, specially manifest in various psycho-somatic illnesses and anguish. This insight or vipassana leads us then progressively, with the help of satipatthana and the listening to and contemplation of dhamma, to a universal cure, an entirely different samadhi which can be described as beyond life, beyond being, beyond thought , ekacitta, infinite space, infinite consciousness, the most perfect transcendent purity and luminous insight and liberation - an ineffable state which can be described as the platonic good, also epekeina tês ousias. Thus the at least the first six jhânas of the Pali canon might be understood this way, as transcendent states, flooded with luminous insight (vipassana) and liberation. But perhaps the first samadhi of universal life is connected to other paths which are specifically Mahâyâna.

It's much worse now than in the 1960s. Today the world is always in your face (via the Internet, cell phones and social media) and you are a mass of data being exploited by advertisers and Silicon Valley. What passes today for educational attainment is nothing more than the mastery of test-taking. To find some peace one has to disconnect from the Internet for periods of time.

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