A Thematic Compilation by Avi Sion

Blog posts November 2017

20. Chapter Twenty


1.         Taking Up the Challenge


People without a spiritual life are comparable to walking dead; they are like busy empty shells. They have a body and mind, for which they work in many ways; but it is as if they have no soul, since they devote almost no energy to it. It is…

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21. Chapter Twenty-One


1.         Stop Substance Addictions


Meditation is all about getting to “know yourself” – your body, mind and soul. Almost as soon as you start meditating, you realize that you want to know yourself as you basically are – and not yourself as modified by various subst…

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22. Chapter Twenty-Two


1.   Forget Your Face


We live in an age of utter narcissism. Many multi-billion dollar enterprises, such as the clothing and cosmetic industries[1], depend on making egotists out of us and keeping us that way. Of course, one should look decent and smell nice; but there are reason…

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23. Chapter Twenty-Three


1.         Attachment


As previously implied, suffering is a negative personal response to sights, sounds, smells, tastes, touch sensations, or feelings or emotions of any sort, that have been, are now or are anticipated to be experienced (for whatever reason) as painful or a…

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24. Chapter Twenty-Four


1.   Freewill


Next, let us consider Hume’s opinions regarding freewill. Given his opinions with regard to the self and to causation, we can with relative ease anticipate the way his thinking will go with regard to human volition and ethics.

Since Hume has denied the self, he…

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25. Chapter Twenty-Five


1.         The Laws of Thought in Meditation


The three laws of thought are commonly considered by many current commentators[1] to be (at best) only relevant to rational discourse, and not relevant at all or even antithetical to meditation and all the more so to its finale of…

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26. Chapter Twenty-Six


1.         Mental Health


Just as our physical health is defined with reference to the human body, and its various members, organs and systems, as the optimum condition and function of that body – so in the case of mental health. Mental health is the optimum condition and f…

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27. Chapter Twenty-Seven


1.   Enlightenment Without Idolatry


The phenomenal self. When Buddhists speak of one’s ‘consciousness’ or ‘mind’ they are often referring to what could be described as one’s sphere of experience at any moment. Moment after moment, all around the central point where cognition actu…

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28. Chapter Twenty-Eight


1.         Understanding Injustice


Justice occurs when you do some good or bad – through intention or some other mental act, through speech or some other physical act – and you get back what you deserve in relation and in proportion to that deed. Injustice means that some go…

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Anonymous.  The Dhammapada.  London: Penguin, 1973.

Bodhidharma.  The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma.  Red Pine, trans.  New York: North Point, 1989.

Cheng, Hsueh-li.  Empty Logic: Madhyamika Buddhism from Chinese Sources.  Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1991.

Curtis, Helena and N. Sue Bar…

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