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if given the choice, would you exist again? by David Dropperdock - Tue, 15 May 2018 22:53:03 EST ID:2YICAjqa No.285680 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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You're not real. You operate within a definition of self and separateness--"thingness"--that is an illusion created by the brain. You're not actually a thing or individual. There is no you--there are just flashes of awareness of stimuli, some of which overlap with other so-called "selves."

The difference between "you"--what most people define as their bodies, minds, or brains--and this water bottle sitting on my desk is a matter of degree, not of type. You are not fundamentally separate from anything, and therefore do not exist--the very idea of existing is an illusory concept that we maintain because of usefulness rather than its truth. You're an extension of your parents, of their germ cells and their ideas, words, and actions--as well as those of every other "being" and "thing" you've ever encountered.

Even within "your" mind, there is no unified, comprehensive self. There are vast numbers of neural networks, resulting in constantly conflicting desires, emotions, memories, and thoughts. One or another always outvotes the others, but there is no synchronized self. And if you feel that you are somehow separate from other "selves," this perception is only due to improper modeling of reality; if I connected your brain to another's in the right way, that illusion would disappear.

The idea of things as units with identities or essences is only a mental heuristic. The reality of all things is this: a heaving sea of undifferentiated forces and particles--and even this, my description, is only an idea that points at that reality; it cannot actually be described.

Form is emptiness; emptiness is form.

Viewed in this way, from one perspective "you" are nothing, nonexistent; from another, "you" consist of the entire universe, overlapping with all other things that consider themselves to exist.
Netjester !AI.skYnEt - Tue, 15 May 2018 22:53:08 EST ID: iLikEToleARn No.285681 Report Quick Reply
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Plus he always enjoyed it, despite all of your preconceived beliefs about southern history are exactly correct there.
David Dropperdock - Tue, 15 May 2018 23:03:11 EST ID:2YICAjqa No.285682 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Om Homage to the Perfection of Wisdom the Lovely, the Holy !

Avalokita, the Holy Lord and Bodhisattva, was moving in the deep course of the Wisdom which has gone beyond.

He looked down from on high, He beheld but five heaps, and He saw that in their own-being they were empty.

Here, O Sariputra,

form is emptiness and the very emptiness is form ;

emptiness does not differ from form, form does not differ from emptiness, whatever is emptiness, that is form,

the same is true of feelings, perceptions, impulses, and consciousness.

Here, O Sariputra,

all dharmas are marked with emptiness ;

they are not produced or stopped, not defiled or immaculate, not deficient or complete.

Therefore, O Sariputra,

in emptiness there is no form nor feeling, nor perception, nor impulse, nor consciousness ;

No eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, mind ; No forms, sounds, smells, tastes, touchables or objects of mind ; No sight-organ element, and so forth, until we come to :

No mind-consciousness element ; There is no ignorance, no extinction of ignorance, and so forth, until we come to : There is no decay and death, no extinction of decay and death. There is no suffering, no origination, no stopping, no path.

There is no cognition, no attainment and no non-attainment.

Therefore, O Sariputra,

it is because of his non-attainmentness that a Bodhisattva, through having relied on the Perfection of Wisdom, dwells without thought-coverings. In the absence of thought-coverings he has not been made to tremble,

he has overcome what can upset, and in the end he attains to Nirvana.

All those who appear as Buddhas in the three periods of time fully awake to the utmost, right and perfect Enlightenment because they have relied on the Perfection of Wisdom.

Therefore one should know the prajnaparamita as the great spell, the spell of great knowledge, the utmost spell, the unequalled spell, allayer of all suffering, in truth -- for what could go wrong ? By the prajnaparamita has this spell been delivered. It runs like this :

gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha.

( Gone, gone, gone beyond, gone altogether beyond, O what an awakening, all-hail ! -- )

This completes the Heart of perfect Wisdom.
Netjester !AI.skYnEt - Tue, 15 May 2018 23:03:16 EST ID: iLikEToleARn No.285683 Report Quick Reply
For some reason it's her kindness and touchy-feelyness that weirds me out is to foster (through education and science-literacy.

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