posted on Jan, 26 2009 @ 02:44 PM
Originally posted by pieman
but if we look at everything as a separate entity not understood in relation to anything else then it would take a longer to learn everything. we must
first learn and understand before we can add.
I agree, and this state of mind you are wondering about is often referred to by Buddhists as the infant's state of mind. It is blank, waiting to be
impressed upon. So the level that is missing is the one that comes before understanding, the understanding of understanding itself or what have you.
It is the concept of Zen itself.
As soon as we are born here in the West we are impressed with nonsense. Things that aren't harmonious, that don't make much sense, that aren't
healthy, etc. etc. Money, war, greed, capitalism, television, big businesses, etc. We don't realize them as such because we don't know any better.
Especially our mental habits, our ways of seeing things, and thinking, are corrupted, and this is really the crux of the whole matter. We need to be
broken back to the level of an infant again -- as an adult
-- to rebuild our worldviews based on what we are actually seeing.
The way to start this, is to first realize we really know next to nothing. In fact, that's what I like to assume in any situation until I can
begin to make sense of things in my own head: I know nothing. What am I doing here, now? I do not really know. If you think you already know
something, how are you ever going to learn differently, and perhaps correctly
?, rather than be wrong for the rest of your life? You don't
Zen koans try cracking the "logical" mind by using its own tricks against itself, too:
When Banzan was walking through a market he overheard a conversation between a butcher and his customer.
"Give me the best piece of meat you have," said the customer.
"Everything in my shop is the best," replied the butcher. "You cannot find here any piece of meat that is not the best."
At these words Banzan became enlightened.
And a return to less complicated and more natural modes of being:
After Bankei had passed away, a blind man who lived near the master's temple told a friend:
"Since I am blind, I cannot watch a person's face, so I must judge his character by the sound of his voice. Ordinarily when I hear someone
congratulate another upon his happiness or success, I also hear a secret tone of envy. When condolence is expressed for the misfortune of another, I
hear pleasure and satisfaction, as if the one condoling was really glad there was something left to gain in his own world.
"In all my experience, however, Bankei's voice was always sincere. Whenever he expressed happiness, I heard nothing but happiness, and whenever he
expressed sorrow, sorrow was all I heard."