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Re: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH

Postby futerko » Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:47 pm

Let me come back to this...

PadmaVonSamba wrote:
futerko wrote:The logical consequence of dependent origination is that nothing originates


No, it means that no thing originates.
In other words, in dependent origination, there is no intrinsically, self-asising thing.


You seem to be suggesting that something originates which is somehow not a thing.

As Oushi wrote, "To talk about time, you need change." So where do you locate any event or any arising outside of any reference to the present?

Without needing to be enlightened, we still know that time appears as a succession of moments in which change appears to occur in those subsequent moments, so if we locate temporal infinity anywhere other than right here and now then we find ourselves in a dead end - positing an uncaused cause.
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Re: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH

Postby PadmaVonSamba » Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:57 pm

oushi wrote: Can you observe space? You can conclude that there is space, but it cannot be observed.


I just remembered something.
Go into a big, open field,
stick your arms out to your sides like airplane wings,
close your eyes, and run around all over the place with your eyes closed.
you will experience space. Not the wind, not the temperature, the space.
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Re: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH

Postby PadmaVonSamba » Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:01 pm

PadmaVonSamba wrote:No, it means that no thing originates.
In other words, in dependent origination, there is no intrinsically, self-asising thing.


futerko wrote:You seem to be suggesting that something originates which is somehow not a thing.

No, I clarified that:
no intrinsically, self-arising thing

futerko wrote:As Oushi wrote, "To talk about time, you need change." So where do you locate any event or any arising outside of any reference to the present?

I didn't say one does that.

futerko wrote:Without needing to be enlightened, we still know that time appears as a succession of moments in which change appears to occur in those subsequent moments, so if we locate temporal infinity anywhere other than right here and now then we find ourselves in a dead end - positing an uncaused cause.


What is the temporal duration of "right here and now" ?
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Re: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH

Postby Malcolm » Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:06 pm

futerko wrote:Let me come back to this...

PadmaVonSamba wrote:
futerko wrote:The logical consequence of dependent origination is that nothing originates


No, it means that no thing originates.
In other words, in dependent origination, there is no intrinsically, self-asising thing.


You seem to be suggesting that something originates which is somehow not a thing.

As Oushi wrote, "To talk about time, you need change." So where do you locate any event or any arising outside of any reference to the present?

Without needing to be enlightened, we still know that time appears as a succession of moments in which change appears to occur in those subsequent moments, so if we locate temporal infinity anywhere other than right here and now then we find ourselves in a dead end - positing an uncaused cause.


Time depends on objects, when objects cannot be ascertained, neither can time.
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Re: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH

Postby oushi » Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:07 pm

PadmaVonSamba wrote:
oushi wrote: Can you observe space? You can conclude that there is space, but it cannot be observed.


I just remembered something.
Go into a big, open field,
stick your arms out to your sides like airplane wings,
close your eyes, and run around all over the place with your eyes closed.
you will experience space. Not the wind, not the temperature, the space.
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Of course not. You will experience the ground under your feet, wind, meadow flowers, buzzing bees... but not space. Not running into something is not and experience. You can only perceive change, and space does not change. We cannot perceive space, we can only conclude that it is, and make use of this knowledge.
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Re: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH

Postby futerko » Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:15 pm

Malcolm wrote:Time depends on objects, when objects cannot be ascertained, neither can time.


Precisely.
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Re: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH

Postby futerko » Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:47 pm

PadmaVonSamba wrote:
PadmaVonSamba wrote:No, it means that no thing originates.
In other words, in dependent origination, there is no intrinsically, self-asising thing.


futerko wrote:You seem to be suggesting that something originates which is somehow not a thing.

No, I clarified that:
no intrinsically, self-arising thing


So no intrinsically self-arising thing originates, but then the question remains, what does originate (if anything at all)?

PadmaVonSamba wrote:What is the temporal duration of "right here and now" ?


That is how one arrives at infinity, by dividing by zero.
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Re: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH

Postby Paul » Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:26 pm

Malcolm wrote:
Time depends on objects, when objects cannot be ascertained, neither can time.


Yep. Similar to Mach's principle(s).
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Re: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH

Postby dude » Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:45 pm

PadmaVonSamba wrote:
futerko wrote: such things that, "are experienced as such by the unenlightened mind" cannot possibly form the basis for a cogent explanation of temporality.


Do you know whether you are enlightened or not?
By your reasoning,
if you are not enlightened, how can you possibly know?
You would have to assume that because you are functioning with a confused (unenlightened mind)
that the assumption you are not enlightened is likely to be false,
and that you are in fact, an enlightened Buddha,
but that you simply don't know this because you are actually not an enlightened Buddha.

Since that makes no sense,
I suggest that your premise,
"cannot possibly form the basis for a cogent explanation"
is mistaken.

That is excellent, and alludes to a very deep truth.
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Re: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH

Postby PadmaVonSamba » Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:00 am

futerko wrote: So no intrinsically self-arising thing originates, but then the question remains, what does originate (if anything at all)?


No, that is not the question that remains.
The question that remains is, "what arises?".
What arises is the interaction of awareness and objects of awareness.
if you want to know what comes before everything,
what is the context in which everything else arises,
an original cause, if you want to call it that,
it's awareness.
Actually, this is a clumsy term.
it is not 'sensory awareness' dependent on physical components.
cognition is a result of awareness + objects of awareness.
It's alaya, as in but not alaya-vijnana.
alaya, meaning "ground' or "base".
when this ground of awareness arises with objects of awareness,
that is whatpeople refer to as mind or cognition.
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Re: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH

Postby PadmaVonSamba » Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:02 am

oushi wrote: We cannot perceive space, we can only conclude that it is, and make use of this knowledge.

If you cannot perceive space, you cannot measure the distance between two objects.
in that regard, we can say that without reference points, space cannot be perceived.
That is conditional. perhaps that is what you are saying?
But with points of reference, it can be.

At least, to most people.

I am sorry that you can't perceive it, because it's very cool.
it's like "3-D"
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Re: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH

Postby futerko » Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:14 am

PadmaVonSamba wrote:
futerko wrote: So no intrinsically self-arising thing originates, but then the question remains, what does originate (if anything at all)?


No, that is not the question that remains.
The question that remains is, "what arises?".
What arises is the interaction of awareness and objects of awareness.
if you want to know what comes before everything,
what is the context in which everything else arises,
an original cause, if you want to call it that,
it's awareness.
Actually, this is a clumsy term.
it is not 'sensory awareness' dependent on physical components.
cognition is a result of awareness + objects of awareness.
It's alaya, as in but not alaya-vijnana.
alaya, meaning "ground' or "base".
when this ground of awareness arises with objects of awareness,
that is whatpeople refer to as mind or cognition.
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Yes, that was pretty much my starting point, but is as good a point to end as any, given the nature of temporality.

edit - the question this does raise though is, if it is not "'sensory awareness' dependent on physical components", then in what sense does it include, "the interaction of awareness and objects of awareness"?

In other words, where are these objects of awareness once one has subtracted 'sensory awareness'?
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Re: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH

Postby PadmaVonSamba » Wed Nov 27, 2013 3:17 am

futerko wrote: where are these objects of awareness once one has subtracted 'sensory awareness'?

For the sake of not mixing up the meanings of
the ground of awareness, which is a precondition,
and 'sensory awareness' which is the result of causes,
let's refer to 'sensory awareness' as cognition
which is what is experienced only when
the necessary (component) conditions arise with
the ground of awareness.

Cognition, or to be more precise, what is experienced as cognition,
occurs when the ground of awareness arises with the interaction of various events,
such as the interaction of:
Water 77 to 78 %
fats 10 to 12 %
Protein 8%
Carbohydrate 1%
Soluble organic substances 2%
Inorganic salts 1%
...which is what makes up a human brain.
In this case, it the interaction of these components is the object of awareness,
which is experienced as cognition.
When they interact in the context of the ground of awareness,
that interaction is experienced as thoughts, emotions, concepts, and so on.
For example, "anger" itself isn't happening in the brain.
Only the chemical interactions,
(which arise, with the ground of awareness, as the experience of anger)
only those chemical interactions occur in the brain.
Scientists can even show where certain interactions occur in the brain
which are experienced as different types of thought or emotion.

Of course, many of those same objects interact all the time, such as salt and water.
There is nothing in the human body, in a molecular sense,
that hasn't always been here. Carbon, etc.
But up until that point, nothing we would recognize as cognition is taking place,
because they do not arise in the context of awareness.
The moment those chemical and molecular events occur within the context of awareness,
we experience cognition.
and we even experience a "me" experiencing it,
which, of course, the Buddha explained, was inaccurate.

So, to answer your question exactly,
sometimes salt and water is in the ocean and nobody is noticing.
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Re: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH

Postby oushi » Wed Nov 27, 2013 7:33 am

PadmaVonSamba wrote:
oushi wrote: We cannot perceive space, we can only conclude that it is, and make use of this knowledge.

If you cannot perceive space, you cannot measure the distance between two objects.
in that regard, we can say that without reference points, space cannot be perceived.
That is conditional. perhaps that is what you are saying?
But with points of reference, it can be.

Only objects can be perceived.
PadmaVonSamba wrote:I am sorry that you can't perceive it, because it's very cool.
it's like "3-D"

That effect is made up by your mind. If you are dreaming about standing on the open field, is there any real space? Nobody ever saw 3D, because eyes see flat pictures. It was made up by the brain, later in the process, by adding the idea of space.
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Re: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH

Postby Lindama » Wed Nov 27, 2013 7:58 am

mindyourmind wrote:I doubt whether I have the theistic knowledge and background to meaningfully ask this question, but here goes. I need to answer this in one of those email debates that some of us get into from time to time, and I am too busy (aka lazy) to go and do hours of research.

From a theistic point of view, God created everything, is the uncreated creator and all questions can be ascribed to him. Why are flowers, rainbows, puppy dogs - God is the ultimate answer.

Along come the Buddhists, "believing" in karma and rebirth, but not in a creator god. To put it in its simplest form, where does karma / rebirth "come from"? Who created such an exquisitely complex system, if there is no god?

Please be as technical and detailed as you can, I have been bet a case of beer that the Buddhist cannot meaningfully answer this, and that the best we can do is to ask questions like "Who's asking" and "ask your teacher". :reading: :sage:


Pay up on the case of beer. The question is unworthy of an answer, can't be answered... and thank god/buddha it can't.... waste of time
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Re: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH

Postby smcj » Wed Nov 27, 2013 8:10 am

The question is unworthy of an answer, can't be answered... and thank god/buddha it can't.... waste of time

No, it can't be 'answered' per se. However it can be pointed out that the question itself is a paradox. Therefore the understanding that inter-dependent origination, as well as the cycle of lifetime to lifetime, are also paradoxes, can then be seen as being apropos to the universe. And, taking it further, that is demonstrating both the nature of the problem and hinting at the solution.

But I'm not going to claim I have quotes to support that.
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Re: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH

Postby Lindama » Wed Nov 27, 2013 8:45 am

ah well, paradoxs and pointing to aside, you lose... pay up the case of beer. It's just not possible to convince people who don't want to know.

but for yourself, go beyond this silly debate and find your own lamp
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Re: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH

Postby PadmaVonSamba » Wed Nov 27, 2013 1:54 pm

oushi wrote: You see space where there is none... Miracle? No, an optical illusion.


So, now what you are saying is that there is in fact no such thing as space.
And that if you can't perceive any defining characteristics about it using the senses,
it's an illusion?
If that's the case, then
You are basically saying that space has no intrinsic reality,
that it is not a given context, but that it only arises due to conditions.
If space has no defining characteristics, and cannot be perceived,
then how can it possibly be imagined?
What is there to imagine?

What is that sidewalk artist filling up, if not space?

I think perhaps you and I are using different definitions of the word "perceive".
Otherwise, I think you have things backwards.
Everything is happening in the context of space.
it is the objects we perceive with the senses that arise conditionally,
and are therefore illusions.

Not only can space be perceived...
it's what all the great chefs make their donut holes out of.
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Re: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH

Postby oushi » Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:39 pm

PadmaVonSamba wrote:So, now what you are saying is that there is in fact no such thing as space.
And that if you can't perceive any defining characteristics about it using the senses,
it's an illusion?
If that's the case, then
You are basically saying that space has no intrinsic reality,
that it is not a given context, but that it only arises due to conditions.
If space has no defining characteristics, and cannot be perceived,
then how can it possibly be imagined?
What is there to imagine?

It can only be imagined. If your are asking me, how can brain project dimensions from electrical impulses then I will honestly say, I don't know. But it should be obvious that this is how it is.
PadmaVonSamba wrote:What is that sidewalk artist filling up, if not space?

He is covering a flat surface and we see one additional dimension. What is this additional dimension if not a result of imagination?
I am not saying that there is no space, but that it cannot be directly perceived, thus it must be imagined. There are many examples of optical illusion where mind is totally miscalculating the space. It is because the mind learns how to predict space leaning on past experiences. If you mess up with objects, mind will be totally lost.
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Re: BASIS FOR KARMA / REBIRTH

Postby PadmaVonSamba » Wed Nov 27, 2013 4:19 pm

oushi wrote: There are many examples of optical illusion where mind is totally miscalculating the space.


Citing optical illusionsas evidence is not helpful to your argument.
The illusion of depth (space) where none is occurring is not the same thing as perceiving actual space.
I used the example of a donut.
What makes a donut a donut and not some other kind of pastry is the hole
and the hole is made of space,
and it can be perceived.
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