KonchokZoepa wrote:many years ago i enjoyed robert anton wilson's '' maybe logic '' documentary, it was good at that time but it has no room in my ideology anymore really. it seems now irrelevant and meaningless. offers but the essenceless.
futerko wrote:I've got to mention Colin Wilson here (who died recently) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Outsider_(Colin_Wilson)
Also Yi-Fu Tuan, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yi-Fu_Tuan - I read "Space and Place" when studying geography at 15 and it started me on a path of discovery that would seem to culminate in the manifestation of the 5 dhyani buddhas in real space.
smcj wrote:He wasn't pre-buddhist, as I'd already been a Buddhist for a long time before I discovered him, but Bill Wilson was influential to me nonetheless. Besides the simplicity and elegance of his approach, seeing that a bunch of really screwed up unsophisticated people (sober 12 step drunks and addicts) could actually make progress on the spiritual path gave me the courage to try Dharma more seriously. Up until then I thought it would be too hard and I was afraid of failure.
My old teacher credited Bach and Shakespeare as his pre-buddhist influences. He was studying the B-Minor Mass and came to the conclusion the Bach was "praying". So he got into religion as an activity--prayer--as opposed to a philosophy or belief. He said Shakespeare was on the cusp of Dharma, that insight into life beyond that level required Dharma.
padma norbu wrote:Johnny Dangerous, I was really into existentialism, too. One book that really changed my life was Nausea. It prompted me to get Camus and The Myth of Sisyphus. Oddly, I just noticed that particular book on the odd bookshelf the other day when I was looking for RAW's Prometheus Rising. I actually realized that I bought it but never read it. For some reason, I have a mental block about it because I think I know what it's about (a guy pushing a rock up a hill for eternity), but I really need to get over it because I actually have no idea what it's about. I also have The Stranger and can't recall if I read that one, either. Hmmm.
greentara wrote:Jean Paul Sartre also impacted on me but strangly enough the rather earthy Henry Miller made an impression on me in his trilogy Sexes, Plexus and Nexus or was it Black Spring? Anyway there were a few pages where he described meeting a youth who knew, he knew the truth! Well I read and reread those few pages many times trying to squeeze more out of the scanty piece of information offered, all to no avail. I was very young and wanted to know what he knew and how did he know....it had a a fleeting scent of freedom, so tantalising.
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