The Trap of Fabrication

You Can’t Make this Stuff Up

Ignorance gives rise to fabrication as discussed above. The Buddha calls the process of Dependent Origination ‘this/that causality’:

“When this is, that is… When this isn’t, that isn’t.”
Vera Sutta [SN 10.92]

So the root cause of all of our suffering is ignorance. And what is that ignorance? Continue reading The Trap of Fabrication

The Importance of Nothing

Among the cognoscenti of ontology, the saying is often heard, “Context determines meaning.” And indeed, the context in which something is held often determines how well we understand something—or even whether we can understand it at all. So it behooves us to realize that the ultimate context of everything is nothing. Continue reading The Importance of Nothing

Your Life is an App

You know what an app is: a software application that runs on a specific platform, such as Windows, Android, Linux or iOS. A software platform is associated with a hardware platform, such as a PC, smartphone or Mac. Your life is also an app that runs on the platform of your consciousness and ontology, associated with your body.

This is true whether you’re aware of it or not. Most of what we perceive and experience is software. Our bodily senses and other hardware inputs are run through an extensive processing system that abstracts their information into symbols for more efficient processing. Continue reading Your Life is an App

Dhamma Language

“Revered sir, I have a question to ask you,” said the king.

“Please ask it, Sire,” said Nāgasena.

“I have asked it already, your reverence.”

“I have already answered it.”

“What was your answer?”

“O King, what was your question?”

“I have asked nothing.”

“And I answered nothing.” — Nāgasena Bhikṣu Sūtra

Existential Ambiguity 5.7: Feeling & Contact

Wettimuny’s The Buddha’s Teaching and the Ambiguity of Existence is one of those rare and important books that everyone needs, if only they knew it. It builds a bridge between the most important thoughts and thinkers of the east and west: the Existentialists in the west, and the Buddha in the east. More importantly, it completes the task begun by the western thinkers, to bring humankind into maturity after a particularly difficult adolescence.

As the Root Sequence progresses, the concept of ‘I’ becomes more and more explicit, until finally the ego is displayed fully in the stage of enjoyment.

Existential Ambiguity 5.7: Feeling & Contact

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Existential Ambiguity 5.6: Categories of Perception

Wettimuny’s The Buddha’s Teaching and the Ambiguity of Existence is one of those rare and important books that everyone needs, if only they knew it. It builds a bridge between the most important thoughts and thinkers of the east and west: the Existentialists in the west, and the Buddha in the east. More importantly, it completes the task begun by the western thinkers, to bring humankind into maturity after a particularly difficult adolescence.

As the Root Sequence progresses, the concept of ‘I’ becomes more and more explicit, until finally the ego is displayed fully in the stage of enjoyment.

Existential Ambiguity 5.6: Categories of Perception

Click here to download the book.