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Not the self you thought

jamie 2019-04-09

Yes, there is definitely a simplistic sense of believing in “not self”, but I actually found that “you don’t have the self you think you had and therefore there isn’t a need to have that paranoia” to be a pretty good overaching summary of decades of practice. Self and not self does seem to be right at the core of the attraction and repulsion involved with practice, at least for me.

I’ve been thinking lately that “fixing the flawed self” is why we start… and why we stay humble is “oh that flawed self that I’m fixing isn’t becoming a perfect self but rather less of a definable self to even be able to be proud about.”

Fun questions/exercise! A fast attempt at answering…

What ‘default’ language do you use to describe your meditation?: “understanding the limitations caused by clinging, resisting, and ignoring experience” “understanding how contextual views tautologically determine what is salient” “making peace with the harsh truths of a lived life that necessarily includes experiences like struggle, illness, conflict, etc.” “understanding the power of friendliness, appreciation, acceptance, and caring as an overaching developmental/teaching framework”

Where did this come from?: putting the lessons I learned from mostly buddhism/psychology into non jargony words. So 3 poisons, 6 realms/5 elements, psychological defense mechanisms/coping strategies, 4 bhramavirahas.

In a nutshell, what few words describe your worldview? maybe “instinctual and flexible intentional use of tautologies” and somewhere in my worldview is a kind of faith that “doing the right thing benefits oneself and all other beings”

What ideas do you have about the relationship between your meditation practice and your lifestyle? meditation practice isn’t separate or different from awake living

Does the language you use to reflect on your meditation experience fit well with your worldview? Pretty much. But I don’t really connect with “your meditation experience” or “your worldview” as a definitive, point-at-that kind of thing.

Thanks

Rin’dzin Pamo 2019-04-09

@Jamie
Thanks for your thoughtful response. I’ve some posts lined up that go deeper into this same idea (relationships between lineage, language, worldview and experience). I’d be interested to hear how you relate/react as they go along.

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