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Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Hibiscus Kid 8/20/19 1:27 PM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Stirling Campbell 8/20/19 2:00 PM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Chris Marti 8/20/19 2:25 PM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Hibiscus Kid 8/20/19 2:43 PM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Chris Marti 8/20/19 2:51 PM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö 8/20/19 3:17 PM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Dan Jones 8/21/19 12:57 AM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö 8/21/19 4:08 AM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Chris Marti 8/21/19 7:14 AM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Hibiscus Kid 8/22/19 7:18 AM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Chris Marti 8/22/19 7:28 AM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö 8/22/19 8:09 AM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Chris Marti 8/22/19 8:23 AM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö 8/22/19 9:01 AM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Dan Jones 8/23/19 1:03 AM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö 8/23/19 1:40 AM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Dan Jones 8/23/19 1:57 AM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö 8/23/19 1:55 AM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Dan Jones 8/23/19 2:09 AM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö 8/23/19 2:15 AM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening curious 8/23/19 3:06 AM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Hibiscus Kid 8/22/19 9:30 AM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö 8/22/19 2:41 PM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Chris Marti 8/22/19 2:33 PM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö 8/22/19 2:38 PM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Dan Jones 8/23/19 12:49 AM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Chris Marti 8/23/19 6:54 AM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö 8/23/19 8:02 AM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Dan Jones 8/23/19 8:44 AM
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RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö 8/23/19 8:59 AM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Dan Jones 8/23/19 9:06 AM
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RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Dan Jones 8/23/19 9:29 AM
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RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö 8/23/19 9:25 AM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Dan Jones 8/23/19 9:42 AM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö 8/24/19 5:20 AM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Nick O 8/20/19 9:46 PM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Chris Marti 8/20/19 2:33 PM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Sleeping Buddha Syndrome 8/20/19 4:12 PM
RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening shargrol 8/20/19 7:15 PM
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RE: Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening Dan Jones 8/21/19 12:31 AM
Long-term vs. Immediate Awakening
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8/20/19 1:27 PM
Here are some musings and I am wondering if these ideas are valid or not and how to reconcile them.

Kenneth and others teach that a person is unawakened to the extent that they are embedded in their experience. That means awakening is really close at hand (immediate) from one point of view: If I am stuck in traffic and see all the emotions and thoughts and feeling tones of that situation in a disembedded way (through noting, etc.), then I am 'awake' in that situation. However, it feels like more a of 'life raft' at that point.

So where and how do the long-term developmental changes take place and fit into the defintion of 'awakening' (by 'long-term' changes, I am referring to the various Path, Fetter, Bhumi models)? The reason I ask is because I saw a practice log where the practitioner described how they took up Mahasi noting after fourth path. They mentioned how they could toggle back and forth between "meat mode" or the disembedded view - so how is that any different from a brand new pre-path practitioner?

Taking this idea a bit further... from the immediate view:
Vibrations, the nanas, jhanas, cessations/fruitions, paths, etc. are not absolutely necessary for awakening. What makes the difference is successfully disembeddding from experiences as they arise - so a person can awaken even if they don't necessarily experience vibrations, jhanas, or experience nanas (or recognize states as nanas). I see people discussing how at certain points, a person should notice rapid vibrations, but at other times, that sort of laser focus holds a person back, etc. which all sounds like trying to game the PoI and it really should just come down to simple disembedding of objects moment after moment (being aware and objective). Is this view incorrect? It seems too simple...

A last thought: the idea that a person traverses the entire path just to find what was in front of their nose the entire time... why can't that be pointed out? What simple little thing is it that's being missed? Why must thousands of hours be spent training the mind when the understanding is right here? Or does the mind actually function differently through that training and rewiring?

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8/20/19 2:00 PM as a reply to Hibiscus Kid.
My take only, much of it from the perspective of my Dzogchen/Zen background, and so likely NOT the predominant view here:

There are countless ways to get there, some similar to traditional paths... some seemingly random, and with no obvious recognizeable dharma whatsoever.

What they appear to have in common to me is that the "self" and your beliefs about a dualistic reality necessarily obscure your ability to see its  non-dual nature. Dogma/dharma/stillness practice breaks down those beliefs. At some point enough of these mistaken beliefs might be cleansed sufficiently that you get a brief insight into the non-dual nature of reality, which (as you suggest) is ALWAYS here, visible, and entirely familiar to you.

This brief insight is stream-entry. After this, the obscuring "self" begins to spin down and you no longer believe in it, or duality, as ultimately real in the absolute sense.

Eventually even the story of such a journey is seen to be a falsehood.

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8/20/19 2:25 PM as a reply to Hibiscus Kid.
They mentioned how they could toggle back and forth between "meat mode" or the disembedded view - so how is that any different from a brand new pre-path practitioner? 

Was the author someone here called "seth tapper?"

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8/20/19 2:33 PM as a reply to Hibiscus Kid.
A last thought: the idea that a person traverses the entire path just to find what was in front of their nose the entire time... why can't that be pointed out? What simple little thing is it that's being missed? Why must thousands of hours be spent training the mind when the understanding is right here? Or does the mind actually function differently through that training and rewiring?

You have to know what you're looking for - that takes time. A lot of time. A person can't just get to the heart of how the mind works in an instant. I could tell you all day long how the mind works and that just won't help you. At all. This is something you have to explore for yourself, usually by trial and error. There are various techniques you can use but YOU have to use them and YOU have to do all the work.

Example: If I explained to you right now how to play a Bach overture on the piano could you just go do it? No, you couldn't. That's why this thing we do is called practice.

EDIT: So this is really about uncovering, unmasking, whatever you call it, the habitual, unquestioned and "hidden" inner workings of the mind over a lifetime. We don't question how our perception works. We just accept it. That kind of habit takes a lot of work to overcome.


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8/20/19 2:43 PM as a reply to Chris Marti.
Actually, I got it from Part 7 of your journal on Awake Network emoticon  (Edit: this is your quote to be clear, Chris)

...This not-self perception can be turned on or off at will. It's voluntary, so if I choose to experience life embedded in what Kenneth calls "meat mode" then I can - and there are times when that's very enjoyable. There are times of stress when the innate and powerful life-long habit of being in meat mode kicks in automatically. At those times it does require more effort to dis-embed, but it's always possible to do that if I stop for just a brief instant and pay attention...

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8/20/19 2:51 PM as a reply to Hibiscus Kid.
Nice.

It took me a long time to get to that point.

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8/20/19 3:17 PM as a reply to Hibiscus Kid.
Hibiscus Kid:
Actually, I got it from Part 7 of your journal on Awake Network emoticon  (Edit: this is your quote to be clear, Chris)

...This not-self perception can be turned on or off at will. It's voluntary, so if I choose to experience life embedded in what Kenneth calls "meat mode" then I can - and there are times when that's very enjoyable. There are times of stress when the innate and powerful life-long habit of being in meat mode kicks in automatically. At those times it does require more effort to dis-embed, but it's always possible to do that if I stop for just a brief instant and pay attention...


This is very different from the experience of a pre-path meditator. Do you know any pre-path meditators who are always able to experience the emptiness whenever they want, just by taking a short break?

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8/20/19 4:12 PM as a reply to Hibiscus Kid.
There is no awakening. Sorry to break it to you.

There is only the sound of the bell.

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8/20/19 7:15 PM as a reply to Sleeping Buddha Syndrome.
I hear words when I read. 

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8/20/19 9:46 PM as a reply to Chris Marti.
Chris Marti:

Was the author someone here called "seth tapper?"

He lost his marbles towards the end there, but I miss that seth. He's on r/streamentry under a different name - could spot that meat talk a mile away.

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8/21/19 12:57 AM as a reply to Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö.
linda:
This is very different from the experience of a pre-path meditator. Do you know any pre-path meditators who are always able to experience the emptiness whenever they want, just by taking a short break?
I consider myself a pre-path meditator, I consider this (with the application of effort & mindfulness/recollection) to be a feature of the stage mind&body,  "ah, there's just mental and physical phenomena arising and passing in accordance with causes and conditions of their own accord" *joy*, *smiles*, *release from having to be something* That sense of self that arises in different social contexts? Cause&effect. That all senses are changing and sustaining any object or fixed sense leads to unsatisfaction/slight distress and there's ease in realization all of this is going on by itself.... three characteristics 

the ungovernability & that there is just mental and physical phenomena - that de-location of awareness from some egoic observer is what I associate to be mapped to the word 'emptiness' - the mind without conceptulization or objectification, where it truly cannot be said 'exists' or 'exists not' of any phenomena - is beginnings of observation of anicca and intuitive wisdom (the insight cycle) - some connection with ultimate reality, not the conceptualization "body", "breath", but *that vast indescribable universe of fluxing phenomena*

Now, as we're using words, we're using concepts, and concepts are not ultimate truth: consider the concept "tree" and *that vast fluxing beautiful thing* Mahasi Noting is great for adopting the conceptual mind and putting it to good work focusing again and again on ultimate reality - that moment that you begin realizing verbal labels are insufficient emoticon First taste of relative / ultimate distinction on an *intuitive level* not a conceptual level. Sentences like "there is no such thing truly as a tree" make sense. 

This is what I associate with the term 'emptiness'.

Relative / Ultimate is also 'mind and body' - distinguishing between mentality of concept and the *reality* of that bodily sense data. Instead of seeing "a tree" truly seeing the tree - all its changing etc, thus beginning three characteristics.

Early insights bring great happiness! emoticon 

Why do I consider myself pre-path? I clearly have self-view / sakya-ditthi / personality-view - there is someone that 'has' these insights, there is someone the meditation is 'happening to'. emoticon I think, and feel, quite strongly, these conceptualizations about myself *are true* emoticon lol - yep - self-view emoticon This fetter goes on stream-entry. 

EDIT: of course all this talk risks the corruptions of insight, which applies to even 'stages' like mind and body, through re-ification & objectification and attachment emoticon oh well, back to the pillow.

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8/20/19 10:27 PM as a reply to Hibiscus Kid.
Hibiscus Kid:
Here are some musings and I am wondering if these ideas are valid or not and how to reconcile them.

Kenneth and others teach that a person is unawakened to the extent that they are embedded in their experience. That means awakening is really close at hand (immediate) from one point of view: If I am stuck in traffic and see all the emotions and thoughts and feeling tones of that situation in a disembedded way (through noting, etc.), then I am 'awake' in that situation. However, it feels like more a of 'life raft' at that point.

So where and how do the long-term developmental changes take place and fit into the defintion of 'awakening' (by 'long-term' changes, I am referring to the various Path, Fetter, Bhumi models)? The reason I ask is because I saw a practice log where the practitioner described how they took up Mahasi noting after fourth path. They mentioned how they could toggle back and forth between "meat mode" or the disembedded view - so how is that any different from a brand new pre-path practitioner?

Taking this idea a bit further... from the immediate view:
Vibrations, the nanas, jhanas, cessations/fruitions, paths, etc. are not absolutely necessary for awakening. What makes the difference is successfully disembeddding from experiences as they arise - so a person can awaken even if they don't necessarily experience vibrations, jhanas, or experience nanas (or recognize states as nanas). I see people discussing how at certain points, a person should notice rapid vibrations, but at other times, that sort of laser focus holds a person back, etc. which all sounds like trying to game the PoI and it really should just come down to simple disembedding of objects moment after moment (being aware and objective). Is this view incorrect? It seems too simple...

A last thought: the idea that a person traverses the entire path just to find what was in front of their nose the entire time... why can't that be pointed out? What simple little thing is it that's being missed? Why must thousands of hours be spent training the mind when the understanding is right here? Or does the mind actually function differently through that training and rewiring?
Hey Kiddo, good questions.

First up, yeah come back Seth. Surely that's enough downtime from DhO? Maybe stepped cooling off periods would be a good way to go. First time one week, then a month, then a year?

Second up, aside from agreeing with all the other great comments, I would suggest the difference is what is doing the experiencing of emptiness, or toggling between modes. At the start, there is an observer.  At the end, there is just the emergent phenomenon of observation. You stop being a noun, and become a verb. You are longer a subject or object in a sentence, but ... something else.  A matrix of fluxing potential that is fundamentally simlutaneous and non-linear. 

Third up. I kind of only partly agree with Kenneth. I think there are two things going on. One is that you deconstruct the grapsing self and once that is gone it is gone. The second is that you are then human, and have human experiences. You might still be expanded, or contracted, you might be calm or active, you might be concentrated or scattered, you might be absorbed, or not absorbed.  So, the extent to which you are contracted and scattered and active and not absorbed you might be described as not awake at that moment - but as soon as you notice this you have the choice of flipping your states ... or even tripping around the six realms, if you want to. 

And finally, the last stage is "letting go of that very craving".  I read that as releasing the residual karma/sahkhara; that is the final purification. The last sankharas that linger can create some passion, aversion and delusion, but only momentarily, and it doesn't stick.  For people following the householder path, there is likely less purification along the way and less desire to erase leftover sahkharas associated with householder life, so you might occasionally fall into passion, aversion or delusion, particularly when mindfulness is low. But you can easily ditch these when you notice them.

So yes, you get back to being human.  But without the horrible virus of the first noble truth, and with many more options for how you relate to reality and to yourself.

Just my zero cents worth.  

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8/21/19 12:31 AM as a reply to Hibiscus Kid.
Hibiscus Kid:


So where and how do the long-term developmental changes take place and fit into the defintion of 'awakening' (by 'long-term' changes, I am referring to the various Path, Fetter, Bhumi models)? The reason I ask is because I saw a practice log where the practitioner described how they took up Mahasi noting after fourth path. They mentioned how they could toggle back and forth between "meat mode" or the disembedded view - so how is that any different from a brand new pre-path practitioner?



I can't see how it's different, having some 'toggle mode' myself, between getting 'caught up' in experience, and what i'll simply just call 'mindfulness'. Maybe they're not actually an arahant? emoticon Maybe they are, good to them then, who knows?

Also, interesting, to me the term 'meat mode' - to me I associate that with some insights, as in, some deeply felt sense, there just being this 'sack of bones' and some mentality is getting pretty close to some experience of ultimate reality emoticon [not an ultimate experience of ultimate reality, just *some* experience of ultimate reality - materiality] Like the elements meditations emoticon But apparently 'meat mode' is to denotate some sort of experience or mode without insight. ;)

I love talking about dhamma, I can see how it could be dangerous hanging out here too much emoticon Papanca! I just can't help myself - this stuff is *really cool* and investigation of mind is like *the single coolest thing you can do* and happiness that isn't like reliant on a bit of chocolate, or a nice warm bed, is *intensely good* emoticon 

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8/21/19 4:08 AM as a reply to Dan Jones.
Dan Jones:
linda:
This is very different from the experience of a pre-path meditator. Do you know any pre-path meditators who are always able to experience the emptiness whenever they want, just by taking a short break?
I consider myself a pre-path meditator, I consider this (with the application of effort & mindfulness/recollection) to be a feature of the stage mind&body,  "ah, there's just mental and physical phenomena arising and passing in accordance with causes and conditions of their own accord" *joy*, *smiles*, *release from having to be something* That sense of self that arises in different social contexts? Cause&effect. That all senses are changing and sustaining any object or fixed sense leads to unsatisfaction/slight distress and there's ease in realization all of this is going on by itself.... three characteristics 

the ungovernability & that there is just mental and physical phenomena - that de-location of awareness from some egoic observer is what I associate to be mapped to the word 'emptiness' - the mind without conceptulization or objectification, where it truly cannot be said 'exists' or 'exists not' of any phenomena - is beginnings of observation of anicca and intuitive wisdom (the insight cycle) - some connection with ultimate reality, not the conceptualization "body", "breath", but *that vast indescribable universe of fluxing phenomena*

Now, as we're using words, we're using concepts, and concepts are not ultimate truth: consider the concept "tree" and *that vast fluxing beautiful thing* Mahasi Noting is great for adopting the conceptual mind and putting it to good work focusing again and again on ultimate reality - that moment that you begin realizing verbal labels are insufficient emoticon First taste of relative / ultimate distinction on an *intuitive level* not a conceptual level. Sentences like "there is no such thing truly as a tree" make sense. 

This is what I associate with the term 'emptiness'.

Relative / Ultimate is also 'mind and body' - distinguishing between mentality of concept and the *reality* of that bodily sense data. Instead of seeing "a tree" truly seeing the tree - all its changing etc, thus beginning three characteristics.

Early insights bring great happiness! emoticon 

Why do I consider myself pre-path? I clearly have self-view / sakya-ditthi / personality-view - there is someone that 'has' these insights, there is someone the meditation is 'happening to'. emoticon I think, and feel, quite strongly, these conceptualizations about myself *are true* emoticon lol - yep - self-view emoticon This fetter goes on stream-entry. 

EDIT: of course all this talk risks the corruptions of insight, which applies to even 'stages' like mind and body, through re-ification & objectification and attachment emoticon oh well, back to the pillow.


Words are just not made for explaining the difference. I do not claim to understand it myself, as I have just one path (and I cannot show any certificate, could be wrong), but I have experienced enough glimpses to know that there’s more to it without any doubt. Trying to explain it only sounds arrogant, so I’ll stop here. You did point out some differances yourself, though. Best wishes for your practice and wellbeing!

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8/21/19 7:14 AM as a reply to Dan Jones.
Dan Jones --

I consider myself a pre-path meditator, I consider this (with the application of effort & mindfulness/recollection) to be a feature of the stage mind&body,  "ah, there's just mental and physical phenomena arising and passing in accordance with causes and conditions of their own accord" *joy*, *smiles*, *release from having to be something* That sense of self that arises in different social contexts? Cause&effect. That all senses are changing and sustaining any object or fixed sense leads to unsatisfaction/slight distress and there's ease in realization all of this is going on by itself.... three characteristics 

Yes, you can stop practicing now, you have it all figured out!  emoticon

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8/22/19 7:18 AM as a reply to Chris Marti.
This was part of my question in a way because, on one hand, using mindfulness to disembbed in the moment is not the same thing as a deeper grokking of 'emptiness' (or whatever we want to call it), yet people like to refer to using mindfulness to disembedd as 'awakening'. Sure it feels slightly better to dis-embed during difficult times, but it doesn't seem nearly as good as what I have seen you, Daniel, Kenneth, curious, shargrol, Noah, and other advanced practitioners talk about when describing 4th Path. So maybe that term 'awakening' has been problematic for me and a bit anticlimactic in context of describing dis-embedding.  

And yet, in is interesting that a person can still dis-embed from experience even if there is no experiencer - I just figured at that point that everything was automatically dis-embedded. Sort of boggles my mind, but I don't really feel like harping on this too much or trying to use logic to figure it out as that's not how I experience sensations.  

Thank you to everyone who helped clear this up for me!

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8/22/19 7:28 AM as a reply to Hibiscus Kid.
It might help to think of this as a series of layers - shallow insights followed by deeper and deeper insights. The deeper insights are progressively more subtle but also collectively more penetrating about the process of mind. There are insights that are hidden from you for quite some time and that take a lot of work to unveil. Some require previous insights that uncover the habits and tendencies that allow the insight to occur. I think that's a more detailed way of saying there's a difference between understanding this intellectually and what I call "grokking" deeply, truly knowing and having insights become intuition and habit.

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8/22/19 8:09 AM as a reply to Hibiscus Kid.
Someone put it very well in some other thread recently: why would an awakened person be unable to do things that others can do? (it was put more eloquently, but I don’t remember the wording). Being embedded in experience allows for engagement with the world that we inhabit as human beings. It allows for social and intimate relationships with other living beings. Didn’t Daniel write something like that too? That transcendence occurs at the cost of intimate experience and intimate experience occurs at the cost of transcendence? Something like that. As human beings, arahants would be very limited if they were not able to be embedded in experience too, don’t you think?

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8/22/19 8:23 AM as a reply to Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö.
That transcendence occurs at the cost of intimate experience and intimate experience occurs at the cost of transcendence?

As you're saying, it's not one or the other, it's both. If it were one or the other I'd have stopped practicing long ago. I like my humanity and all that goes along with it. In fact, awakening has deepened and vastly enriched my relationship with the world.

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8/22/19 9:01 AM as a reply to Chris Marti.
I’m very glad to hear that, both for your sake and for all who are walking the path. It warms my heart. I have had some small glimpses of that as well, and that took me by surprise. I think I may have thought that I was looking for a way out of it all, you know, the transcendense part. I know that I used to feel sooooo tired of the human stuff - so repetitive, so predictable, so unfulfilling, so vain... I cannot recall feeling that way since the assumed stream entry. It’s certainly not like I’m happy-go-lucky all the time, but I do not feel like it’s all meaningless (in a mundane sense) anymore. I no longer feel like I’m 10000 years old and that everything is ”been there, done that, bought the damn t-shirt and wore it until only rags remained”. The despair and apathy are gone. I remember suddenly being infused with a great appreciation for things that I had previously taken for granted or even frowned upon. Such as people’s smalltalk. Suddenly I could see how seemingly banal phrases were bridges set up in new territory, opening up for vulnerability and trust. I was touched by the beauty. The most sentimental aspects of this new experience didn’t last that long, but traces of it remain. Paradoxically, the clearer I can glimpse emptiness, the more alive the world seems.

Uh, it sounds so goofy when I try to put it into words.

Anyway... Since the moment of stream entry, I have wanted to life this life to its fullest, pretty much as it is. To just be present to what happens to show up. Before that, it was pretty much a mix of assumed duties, cravings, aversions, and quite a lot of just enduring it and doing stuff to make the time pass by quicker - with a twist of huge anxiety for wasting it.

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8/22/19 9:30 AM as a reply to Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö.
You bring up some good points Linda.

As to your question about whether arahats would be limited if they could not embed: I have no idea emoticon

In my experience, there is a certain intimacy with experience/the moment/sensations while I dis-embed (or note) because I'm not trying to repress or ignore whatever may be arising. I see what it is like to be a human in this body with my personal beliefs and reactions to triggers as everything arises and passes. Everything still happens though so it isn't a process of limiting myself.

I just figured that there wasn't really a toggling between different views/modes after fourth... which brings up another question (and a can of worms): If awakening is not a state, why does it seem like a mode or a view that comes and goes? Or is it something beyond these modes and views? For instance, embedding will always be embedding and the mind does that even with path shifts. Yet, somehow practicing disembedding leads to awakening but is not awakening itself... Okay I think those are enough thought loops for now.  

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8/22/19 2:41 PM as a reply to Hibiscus Kid.
Let me put it like this: circumstances differ. A pre-path meditator finds some situations more challenging than others. When sleep-deprived and hungry and in mourning, things are tougher than when well-rested, well-nourished and knowing that one’s loved ones are all okay. The baseline varies, depending on circumstances. The same goes for arahants, but their baseline is higher in general in comparison to the pre-path meditator. Also, the changes to the baseline depending on circumstances are probably less dramatic.

EDIT: To clarify, the baseline I’m referring to is the ability to stay mindful of one’s reactions and stuff like that. Also, this is just a guess. Feel free to correct it!

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8/22/19 2:33 PM as a reply to Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö.

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8/22/19 2:38 PM as a reply to Chris Marti.
Thanks goodness!

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8/23/19 12:49 AM as a reply to Chris Marti.
Chris Marti:
Dan Jones --

I consider myself a pre-path meditator, I consider this (with the application of effort & mindfulness/recollection) to be a feature of the stage mind&body,  "ah, there's just mental and physical phenomena arising and passing in accordance with causes and conditions of their own accord" *joy*, *smiles*, *release from having to be something* That sense of self that arises in different social contexts? Cause&effect. That all senses are changing and sustaining any object or fixed sense leads to unsatisfaction/slight distress and there's ease in realization all of this is going on by itself.... three characteristics 

Yes, you can stop practicing now, you have it all figured out!  emoticon

hehe, oops emoticon  Papanca incoming, take immediate steps to evade, return to practice! 

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8/23/19 1:03 AM as a reply to Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö.
Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö:
 The despair and apathy are gone. I remember suddenly being infused with a great appreciation for things that I had previously taken for granted or even frowned upon. Such as people’s smalltalk. Suddenly I could see how seemingly banal phrases were bridges set up in new territory, opening up for vulnerability and trust.


Hehe, I remember hating smalltalk, then after some practice, a phase where for like a whole 2-3 months and with significant afterglow, it was like smalltalk about the weather suddenly became the most pertinent and profound talk, like 'hey, we're both sentient beings in this environment, lets note our common relationship with nature' emoticon And it was one of the greatest things to do, metta and just shared experiencing of this world. Small-talk became *the most profound* talk emoticon

Around this phase / time were also weirder insights/intuitions/shifts-in-view-based-on-experience like "wow, trees are sentient" and "awareness is just change itself" (I no longer held the view of it being some how 'in the head' thank christ!) however, reified both of these insights and kinda made nice confusion "trying" to get into that state again emoticon Usually some subtle image of something 'in the head' going 'out there' and 'merging' in a way that was 'non-dualistic'. lol, big mess there. It came from good solid novel experiences, were more states that were completely novel, then my philosophical / linguistic mode kicked in and tried to make sense of it all, and came up with phrases like 'trees are sentient' 'wow, this must be joshu's oak tree in the garden' and so on emoticon Now I'm just like 'yeah, whatever, man, cool shit though'

Yeah the corruptions of insight: "ah this must be it" <inevitably 3 months later> Nope, or is it I just regressed? <6 months later> Nope.

Yeah trying to use words / concepts to describe reality is like trying to suck the world in through a straw. 

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8/23/19 1:40 AM as a reply to Dan Jones.
Dan Jones:

Yeah trying to use words / concepts to describe reality is like trying to suck the world in through a straw. 


That’s a very catchy phrase, and a vivid illustration. emoticon Did you invent it?

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8/23/19 1:57 AM as a reply to Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö.
Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö:
Dan Jones:

Yeah trying to use words / concepts to describe reality is like trying to suck the world in through a straw. 


That’s a very catchy phrase, and a vivid illustration. emoticon Did you invent it?

Honestly, I don't know! 

It was just there in my mind 2 days ago. I'm suspicious of myself, maybe I read it somewhere and conceitedly want to claim it as mine. 

EDIT: would have been in some practice and walk after listening to Sayadaw Vivekananda talk about relative and ultimate reality in his recent retreats on dhamma seed, maybe some thing in that talk triggered that thought. 

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8/23/19 1:55 AM as a reply to Dan Jones.
Dan Jones:
Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö:
Dan Jones:

Yeah trying to use words / concepts to describe reality is like trying to suck the world in through a straw. 


That’s a very catchy phrase, and a vivid illustration. emoticon Did you invent it?

Honestly, I don't know! 

It was just there in my mind 2 days ago. I'm suspicious of myself, maybe I read it somewhere and conceitedly want to claim it as mine. 

EDIT: would have been in some practice and walk after listening to Sayadaw Vivekananda talk about relative and ultimate reality in his recent retreats on dhamma seed, maybe some thing in that talk triggered that thought. 


It is dependently originated then. Of course.

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8/23/19 2:09 AM as a reply to Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö.
Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö:
Dan Jones:
Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö:
Dan Jones:

Yeah trying to use words / concepts to describe reality is like trying to suck the world in through a straw. 


That’s a very catchy phrase, and a vivid illustration. emoticon Did you invent it?

Honestly, I don't know! 

It was just there in my mind 2 days ago. I'm suspicious of myself, maybe I read it somewhere and conceitedly want to claim it as mine. 

EDIT: would have been in some practice and walk after listening to Sayadaw Vivekananda talk about relative and ultimate reality in his recent retreats on dhamma seed, maybe some thing in that talk triggered that thought. 


It is dependently originated then. Of course.
lol, maybe, no, yes, I don't know. Tell you what though, where ever it came from, I'm grateful at least +1 person understood it, it was on my mind the other day then I thought of telling someone, then I thought it might be in the 'too crazy to say' and 'they won't understand' basket. 

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8/23/19 2:15 AM as a reply to Dan Jones.
It was great!

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8/23/19 3:06 AM as a reply to Dan Jones.
Heh. I like it too! Very apt.

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8/23/19 6:54 AM as a reply to Dan Jones.
"papanca"

Sounds like tropical fruit, doesn't it?

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8/23/19 8:02 AM as a reply to Chris Marti.
It even feels better in the mouth than the actual fruit does... I had to google the exact meaning of the word, although I have heard it in dharma talks. Great word. Very sticky too.

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8/23/19 8:44 AM as a reply to Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö.
Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö:
It even feels better in the mouth than the actual fruit does... I had to google the exact meaning of the word, although I have heard it in dharma talks. Great word. Very sticky too.


Oh, ..... very excited.... very good.... oh ! It's been an honor (although conceited 'here I am!') to be somehow implicated in the causal network of incidences that lead to you first hearing the term "papanca"  a Pali word meaning the "conceptualization of the world through the use of ever-expanding language and concepts" ... "It is intended to elucidate reality, although it has the unexpected result of blotting out or reducing direct nonverbal sensory perception."

Papanca: elucidated by Ajahn Amaro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzUPNw8YTCY

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8/23/19 8:57 AM as a reply to Dan Jones.
Dan Jones:
Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö:
It even feels better in the mouth than the actual fruit does... I had to google the exact meaning of the word, although I have heard it in dharma talks. Great word. Very sticky too.


Oh, ..... very excited.... very good.... oh ! It's been an honor (although conceited 'here I am!') to be somehow implicated in the causal network of incidences that lead to you first hearing the term "papanca"  a Pali word meaning the "conceptualization of the world through the use of ever-expanding language and concepts" ... "It is intended to elucidate reality, although it has the unexpected result of blotting out or reducing direct nonverbal sensory perception."

Papanca: elucidated by Ajahn Amaro https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzUPNw8YTCY

sutta central

The suttas: let's just talk about them for one hot minute...

Are (mostly) descriptions of causal networks that occur in experience "this leads to this" "that leads to that" but it's almost ontology-frei ("almost" because it's sufficiently unsystematic enough to be a 'good enough' / 'really good' description of reality) 

... 

Log on to sutta central and search for the uses  and mentions of the word "papanca" by the buddha you will find the causes and conditions for "conceptual proliferation" - which have a limited number of core causes, that include *identification*, *conceit* and *craving*

This is like getting the crib notes: it's probably bad for you if you have a sincere practice of *reading the actual book*.

However: in the interest of *shared enthusiasm* and *enjoyment* I do say these (stupid) things emoticon 

This is like "down the rabbit hole" stuff for career intellectuals (or as we call them these days, with less gravitas (noting for the developments in capital) "geeks" or "aspies" or "hackers" emoticon 

There are causes and conditions for conceptualization and *you* can notice this [assuming sufficient interest and ability to notice the natural breath].

Anyway, I should STFU right now as there's a link to a contemporaneous master of this material and practice and there's a link to a 2500 year old sauce emoticon I got onto this just like 2 years ago and it was the best.

This is called "papanca for understanding papanca" ;)

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8/23/19 8:59 AM as a reply to Dan Jones.
It was from Ajahn Amaro I heard it! I just needed to hear it again and take my time to look it up for the meaning to stick as much as the word itself. Maybe I should listen to that video again. It was a while ago now and I find that great dharma talks deserve more than one listening. Thanks for the reminder!

...

Haha, I like your humor.

In general, DhO is such a treasure for geaky humor and geeky amuzements in exciting details. Love it.

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8/23/19 9:06 AM as a reply to Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö.
Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö:
It was from Ajahn Amaro I heard it! I just needed to hear it again and take my time to look it up for the meaning to stick as much as the word itself. Maybe I should listen to that video again. It was a while ago now and I find that great dharma talks deserve more than one listening. Thanks for the reminder!

...

Haha, I like your humor.

In general, DhO is such a treasure for geaky humor and geeky amuzements in exciting details. Love it.
trumpy, you should check out papanca, it's fabulous, I know Great Things about papanca.

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8/23/19 9:20 AM as a reply to Dan Jones.
Dan Jones:
Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö:
It was from Ajahn Amaro I heard it! I just needed to hear it again and take my time to look it up for the meaning to stick as much as the word itself. Maybe I should listen to that video again. It was a while ago now and I find that great dharma talks deserve more than one listening. Thanks for the reminder!

...

Haha, I like your humor.

In general, DhO is such a treasure for geaky humor and geeky amuzements in exciting details. Love it.
trumpy, you should check out papanca, it's fabulous, I know Great Things about papanca.


it's a real issue though

when people we see with good efforts and motivations get involved *some cause* and then maybe fall into praise and blame, they feel insufficient for their efforts. or they're spending a lot of efforts trying to maintain some view or self, they just want to be recognized, it's some manifestation of metta, but it's distorted because of our culture.

may we understand the causes and conditions for suffering, I can do my *(concieted) part.

I'm here to understand sufffering. 

I think that's the path of least resistance emoticon 

I have conciet,
I have suffering.

May the merits I do manage to generate( pretty slim) ( and if it is the case by some cosmic weird co-incidence and certainly not because of my wanting, not-wanting and just plain 'ol ignoring) as a result of my efforts, may the fruits of those (if/when there are) be for the benefit of all beings, my parents, my teachers, my sister, my family, my fellow dhamma farers, all sentient beings, flying or earth-dwelling, known and unknown, may they all be free of emnity, danger, ill-will, conciet, may they in their efforts find a joyful ease that leads towards their benefit, happiness and welfare emoticon 

be free of praise and blame, of feelings of *being* grounded in inferiority, superiority and equality

may all beings be happy emoticon

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8/23/19 9:25 AM as a reply to Dan Jones.
Haha, don’t tempt me! I’m sure you do and I’m sure it’s fascinating stuff, but I think I’ll practice instead. But I can listen to Ajahn Amaro while walking to and from yoga class, so that I’ll do.

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8/23/19 9:29 AM as a reply to Dan Jones.
Much gratitude towards this community, 


God bless the TCP/IP protocol and software,

some how because of all of this I managed to make a journey and was convinced to put an effort towards going to another country and finding a wonderful meditation centre where I had the unspeakably good luck to sit and realize at least a couple of beautiful pleasures of what it is like to have the conditions to sit and see what it's like to be sentient. 

Blessings to all emoticon 

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8/23/19 9:42 AM as a reply to Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö.
Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö:
Haha, don’t tempt me! I’m sure you do and I’m sure it’s fascinating stuff, but I think I’ll practice instead. But I can listen to Ajahn Amaro while walking to and from yoga class, so that I’ll do.

Yeah, I'm in one of those situations where the listening to Amaro on youtube might be the practice I get that day, the sit is almost impossible feeling, so I can go to just hearing just the tone of the voice and the possibility. I've been in those situations where everything was going so well that listening to a dhamma talk would seem like some unwelcome interruption to practice and like a bunch of words that would fall utterly short of what this body and mind would present. Just not there right now. emoticon It's a bit sad because I can recall those experiences of being with some sort of intuitive wisdom, like a friend, face to face, a universal comedian emoticon Ajahn Amaro is pretty close to a universal friend though emoticon hah Thank YouTube emoticon

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8/23/19 1:14 PM as a reply to Dan Jones.
I think that's the path of least resistance emoticon 

I have conciet,
I have suffering.

May the merits I do manage to generate( pretty slim) ( and if it is the case by some cosmic weird co-incidence and certainly not because of my wanting, not-wanting and just plain 'ol ignoring) as a result of my efforts, may the fruits of those (if/when there are) be for the benefit of all beings, my parents, my teachers, my sister, my family, my fellow dhamma farers, all sentient beings, flying or earth-dwelling, known and unknown, may they all be free of emnity, danger, ill-will, conciet, may they in their efforts find a joyful ease that leads towards their benefit, happiness and welfare emoticon 

be free of praise and blame, of feelings of *being* grounded in inferiority, superiority and equality

may all beings be happy emoticon

Now we should all jump in the river with our little rafts and try to reach the other side  emoticon




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8/24/19 5:20 AM as a reply to Dan Jones.
Dan Jones:
Linda ”Polly Ester” Ö:
Haha, don’t tempt me! I’m sure you do and I’m sure it’s fascinating stuff, but I think I’ll practice instead. But I can listen to Ajahn Amaro while walking to and from yoga class, so that I’ll do.

Yeah, I'm in one of those situations where the listening to Amaro on youtube might be the practice I get that day, the sit is almost impossible feeling, so I can go to just hearing just the tone of the voice and the possibility. I've been in those situations where everything was going so well that listening to a dhamma talk would seem like some unwelcome interruption to practice and like a bunch of words that would fall utterly short of what this body and mind would present. Just not there right now. emoticon It's a bit sad because I can recall those experiences of being with some sort of intuitive wisdom, like a friend, face to face, a universal comedian emoticon Ajahn Amaro is pretty close to a universal friend though emoticon hah Thank YouTube emoticon



It will come back, if you practice. Just sayin’. The subjectively bad meditation experiences are what enables the insights that make it come back.