The appearance is empty...... emptiness is form..... form is emptiness.
Beautiful word salad! In listening to be the beginning of the Jim Newman video I could not help but think this is the point in the Buddhist writings
where the monk hits the student with a bamboo pole.
Strangely this story comes to mind with your way of thinking:
One day two monks were in a garden arguing subjectivity versus objectivity. The Zen master hearing them arguing approached the two students. The Zen
master asked, "that rock over there, does that exist inside your head or outside your head?". One of the monks looked up at the Zen master and
replied, "Well, our religious bible tells us that all truth is subjective so that rock over there only exists inside my head." At which point the Zen
master replies, "Then it must be pretty heavy all day walking around with that rock in your head!"
Let's not let the rocks in our head make us lose site of the strawberries we get to eat:
"A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine
and swung himself down over the edge. The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger was
waiting to eat him. Only the vine sustained him. Above him, he noticed two mice, one white and one black, little by little started to gnaw away the
vine. Just then, the man saw a luscious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other. How sweet it
As I've said, I've really been resonating lately with ideas of Western religion. Specifically, the idea of the trinity, the word of God giving form
to the world, and the idea of Apophatic theology, google "Apophatic theology wiki", expressed in this video:
The question part of the video at the end where our goal in life is talked about I find very interesting. It's not like God is dead and the only
thing that exists is the now which we have no control over defining. I liked the ideas around the Holy Trinity. The breath of God causes the energy
in the Universe to move at all. And the word of God defines the laws of physics. I really like the idea that we are drawn to an experience of God's
It may be what I am resonating with does not work for you. In the words of Bruce Lee, "take what is useful."
If you accept a more idealogical point of view as opposed to materialism, there may be one overall chooser. But each of us express those choices
through the uniqueness of our own imperfections. So given that each of us is uniquely different from each other, how we each experience our reality
is different subjectively.
If what you are saying is "there is only what is...one" point of view, that is, your own point view, then I would say no. Each of us has a different
subjective experience not in synchronization with anyone else's.
I still claim the idea there is only one chooser is a choice you are making. But I do like the way your mind works.
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