Herbie Mann Comin' Home

Friday, January 29, 2010

Goodbye To All That



If Buddhist practice means learning to see through what is right there as 'simply phenomenal', passing, and not to be 'attached to' as though its metaphysical status were fixed and 'concrete', an object wheedling emotional address, 

Then its spiritual opposite must be 'forecasting' of any kind, attempts to harden what isn't even yet happening, but is only hinted at as a possible futurity, 'reifying' the conditional into an object that causes expectation -- either fearful anxiety or premature joy, squeezing emotion from a 'reality' that by anyone's account cannot possibly be there.  

Good bye economics and weather reports, just for a start.



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2 comments:

  1. Hey it's all fun isn't it.Even the theoretical physicists are saying time is not linear.Time is now! whether you look at the past,present or future.This idea has been presented by ancient eastern philosophies for thousands of years.I rather like the idea that we are living in a dream. It will be exiting when we wake up!

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  2. Say, right, Simon! I'm having the time of my life, and it's all 'present tense'!

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