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Self, Anatta and Consciousness

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Cartesian theater. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "Cartesian theater" is a derisive term coined by philosopher and cognitive scientist Daniel Dennett to refer pointedly to a defining aspect of what he calls Cartesian materialism, which he considers to be the often unacknowledged remnants of Cartesian dualism in modern materialist theories of the mind. Overview[edit] Descartes originally claimed that consciousness requires an immaterial soul, which interacts with the body via the pineal gland of the brain. Dennett says that, when the dualism is removed, what remains of Descartes' original model amounts to imagining a tiny theater in the brain where a homunculus (small person), now physical, performs the task of observing all the sensory data projected on a screen at a particular instant, making the decisions and sending out commands (cf. the homunculus argument).

See also[edit] Notes[edit] References[edit] External links[edit] Dhamma and Non-duality. One of the most challenging issues facing Theravada Buddhism in recent years has been the encounter between classical Theravada vipassana meditation and the "non-dualistic" contemplative traditions best represented by Advaita Vedanta and Mahayana Buddhism. Responses to this encounter have spanned the extremes, ranging from vehement confrontation all the way to attempts at synthesis and hybridization. While the present essay cannot pretend to illuminate all the intricate and subtle problems involved in this sometimes volatile dialogue, I hope it may contribute a few sparks of light from a canonically oriented Theravada perspective.

My first preliminary remark would be to insist that a system of meditative practice does not constitute a self-contained discipline. Any authentic system of spiritual practice is always found embedded within a conceptual matrix that defines the problems the practice is intended to solve and the goal toward which it is directed. Bāhiya Sutta: Bāhiya. I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying near Sāvatthī at Jeta's Grove, Anāthapiṇḍika's monastery. And on that occasion Bāhiya of the Bark-cloth was living in Suppāraka by the seashore. He was worshipped, revered, honored, venerated, and given homage — a recipient of robes, alms food, lodgings, & medicinal requisites for the sick. Then, when he was alone in seclusion, this line of thinking appeared to his awareness: "Now, of those who in this world are arahants or have entered the path of arahantship, am I one? " Then a devatā who had once been a blood relative of Bāhiya of the Bark-cloth — compassionate, desiring his welfare, knowing with her own awareness the line of thinking that had arisen in his awareness — went to him and on arrival said to him, "You, Bāhiya, are neither an arahant nor have you entered the path of arahantship.

You don't even have the practice whereby you would become an arahant or enter the path of arahantship. " Dzogchen. Tradition of teachings in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism Etymology[edit] Vajrasattva in yab-yum, which represents the primordial union of wisdom and compassion. The male figure is usually linked to compassion and skillful means, while the female partner relates to insight. Dzogchen is composed of two terms:[web 1] rdzogs – perfection, completionchen – great The term initially referred to the "highest perfection" of deity visualisation, after the visualisation has been dissolved and one rests in the natural state of the innately luminous and pure mind.

According to van Schaik, in the 8th-century tantra Sarvabuddhasamāyoga ... there seems to be an association of Anuyoga with yogic bliss, and Atiyoga with a realization of the nature of reality via that bliss. According to the 14th Dalai Lama, the term dzogchen may be a rendering of the Sanskrit term mahāsandhi. According to Anyen Rinpoche, the true meaning is that the student must take the entire path as an interconnected entity of equal importance. Dzogchen. Herkunft[Bearbeiten] Bön[Bearbeiten] Nach der Überlieferung der Bön-Tradition wurde Dzogchen erstmals vom Meister Shenrab Miwoche in Zentralasien gelehrt.

Der Meister Gyerchen Nangzher Lodpo lehrte Dzogchen erstmals in Tibet. Bei den Bön gilt Dzogchen als höchster der neun Wege oder Fahrzeuge. Nyingma[Bearbeiten] Auch wenn man die Lehren des Dzogchen hauptsächlich den ursprünglichen zwei religiösen Traditionen zuordnen kann, überschreiten sie aufgrund ihrer Unmittelbarkeit den Kontext religiöser Konzepte. Lehrinhalt[Bearbeiten] „Dzogchen ist die spirituelle Essenz aller buddhistischen Lehren. Bei Dzogchen geht es folglich nicht, wie man zunächst vermuten könnte, um eine Veränderung des Geistes von einer unvollkommenen in eine vollkommene Natur. Zur Verwirklichung von Dzogchen ist eine Einführung in das ursprüngliche Gewahrsein des Geistes durch einen verwirklichten Dzogchen-Meister notwendig. Literatur[Bearbeiten] deutsch Band 1: Meditation.

Englisch Chögyal Namkhai Norbu: The Supreme Source. Gotama and Parfit on the Self. Image courtesy of Idea go / The self is perhaps one of the most fraught and confusing elements of the dhamma. The Buddha considered it an advanced teaching: it’s not something he brought up in discussions with laypeople. Indeed, the great lay benefactor Anāthapiṇḍika was apparently not aware of any of the doctrine of non-clinging until his deathbed, and urged that the Buddha teach it more widely. (Majjhima Nikāya 143.15). For most of us it’s enough to be aware of the problem, in particular as it reveals itself in conceit and egotism, and leave it at that. The Buddha’s Strategy It’s a common mistake to claim that the Buddha believed in ‘no self’ in the sense that there are no persons, no individuals. We can show by three examples that the view of ‘no self’ is incorrect.

As Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu says in his book Selves & Not Self: Nevertheless, the Buddha refused to answer questions about the nature of the self because in doing so one “is not freed from suffering” (cf. Sam Harris Talks Spirituality. Sam Harris’s new book Waking Up has a lot to recommend it. Harris is a gifted writer, always clear and engaging, who never seems to talk down to the reader. This is not an easy task when dealing with abstruse topics. Harris picks out salient examples and tells interesting stories that continually bring his points to life. I have no doubt that this book will prove popular and convincing to many readers. This is a good thing, since Harris’s aim is to propound what he terms “Buddhism shorn of its miracles and irrational assumptions” (p. 27), which is a good shorthand for what those of us in the Secular Buddhist community are trying to do.

Harris’s book is a full-throated argument for a secular form of spirituality or spiritual journey, based on introspection and scientific understanding rather than obscure superstition. In his last chapter, Harris deals with the pitfalls of guru worship. If this makes you want to read the book, then I would suggest you do so. Anatta and Consciousness.