12545Re: [Meditation Society of America] ego death?
- Jan 10, 2004Let's synergize!
--- In email@example.com, "Doug" <zen@t...>
> On Tue, 6 Jan 2004 11:26:52 -0600 (CST), gryan@g... wrote:
> > What is this ego death of which you speak?
> Hello Jerry.
> To step into this conversation and offer a Buddhist perspective on
> death I'd have to bring up a bit of Buddhist Psychology. Ego deathin
> the Buddhist sense involves the devolution of five components whichmake
> up and support our illusory sense of self: 1.We separate from ourTrue
> Nature by believing that we are fundamentally flawed which in turnNietzsche... talking about pity and original sin
> creates a sense of self by giving rise to self-concern.
> requires that we judge things as good for me or bad for me orirrelveant
> for me.beyond good and evil
3.By judging things we thereby project our judgements onto those
> things and then have no choice but to react emotionally to thesesemantic reactions of korzybski. Also, "the map is not the territory."
> hallucinations because of what we belive is at stake.
> then requires that we justify our reactionism rationally throughRationalization. Mental masturbation. Negative self talk. 3rd circuit
> extensive discursive thought.
time-binding rational circuit of timothy leary.
5.Being constantly surounded by all this
> inner turbulence we mistakenly take the turbulence to be our actualour
> environment, much like being immersed in watching a movie, and in
> lives we then feel and act according to what is going on in themovie.
> Reversing the buildup of this turbulence and returning to our Truequiescence
> Nature through meditation we progress through gradations of
> relative to the devolution of these five stages:5.We stop believing in
> the movie."A map is not the territory it represents, but if correct, it has a
similar structure to the territory, which accounts for its
usefulness". I'm questioning whether it's useful to 'believe'
anything at all, and if so, how?
4.We stop fighting to prove ourselves right.
Open your senses. awareness of the present.
> knee-jerk reacting.yes
2.We stop fabricating our world with judgements.
Labels and categorizations.
> 1.We stop believing we are fundamentally flawed. At each of thesestages
> of "ego death" greater quiescence, clarity and compassion forothers are
> the by-products.Good, i like it. A lot of conditioning to overcome. Or get through.
> - Doug.
> Sent by a member of the Mystic Village,
> the online Zen Meditation School.
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