Sunday, July 20, 2008

Afraid of Who..

The one argument that is often cited against the spiritual experience: It is a false claim, a projection of the mind, and it is unprovable. It cannot be verified with another person. But what about Buddhism? 

It seems easier to pick on the metaphysics of Christianity, since a belief in God often implies a deity, a person or a conceptualized version of the ultimate. (That is a paradox- how can the infinite be expressed and believed in finitely?) This metaphysical being is not provable either way, and so the cyclical arguments go on.

Yet I can't help but question if they apply to some claims Buddhism makes:

-That there is a cosmic consciousness, super-mind, void, true Self, etc. 
-These claims are based on the teacher's experience.
-These claims can be repeated and verified.
-Test these claims empirically, through meditation.

Mystical Christians make similar claims, and from a philosophical or rational standpoint, these would not fall into the same category as blind faith, mythic beliefs or superstitions, nor a general fear of the unknown.

We may strive for security in a universe we do not totally understand, but it is not so much that we have "failed" to know things "out there," as much as we do not see our own identity clearly. Our fear is not of the unknown, it is our own shadows. We project fear into the unknown, and not necessarily the other way. Self preservation, psychological and physical security- these drive us to form ideologies and revert to seeing the world through them. It is only through self understanding, recognizing our unconscious fears, that we can transform our understanding and our action. We must be authentic in order to authentically see the world in a new light. Yet, self-reflection (not intellectual but directly observing ourselves) proves to be the hardest of trials.

5 comments:

Coach Factory said...

coach outlet, louis vuitton outlet online, louis vuitton outlet, oakley sunglasses, christian louboutin outlet, true religion, tiffany and co jewelry, michael kors outlet online, polo ralph lauren, nike shoes, cheap oakley sunglasses, kate spade handbags, louis vuitton outlet, burberry outlet online, longchamp outlet, michael kors outlet online, ray ban sunglasses, michael kors outlet online, longchamp outlet online, michael kors outlet store, louis vuitton, true religion outlet, chanel handbags, polo ralph lauren outlet, oakley vault, gucci handbags, nike free, louis vuitton handbags, michael kors outlet online, prada handbags, red bottom shoes, nike air max, burberry outlet online, coach outlet, ray ban outlet, christian louboutin shoes, michael kors outlet, prada outlet, kate spade outlet online, tory burch outlet, nike air max, louboutin shoes, coach outlet store online, true religion outlet, jordan shoes, longchamp handbags, coach purses

Coach Factory said...

bottega veneta, lululemon outlet, ugg soldes, wedding dresses, soccer shoes, nfl jerseys, jimmy choo shoes, hollister clothing, new balance outlet, beats headphones, uggs on sale, north face jackets, moncler, baseball bats, uggs outlet, marc jacobs outlet, asics shoes, birkin bag, canada goose outlet, giuseppe zanotti, soccer jerseys, rolex watches, mcm handbags, babyliss pro, moncler, celine handbags, timberland shoes, ugg outlet, insanity workout, ghd, north face outlet, herve leger, moncler, valentino shoes, canada goose uk, chi flat iron, ferragamo shoes, reebok outlet, canada goose outlet, p90x workout, canada goose, ugg boots, canada goose pas cher, canada goose outlet, moncler outlet, mont blanc pens, iphone 6 case, instyler ionic styler, ugg, nike air max

Coach Factory said...

nike trainers, ralph lauren pas cher, nike air force, michael kors uk, lacoste pas cher, nike blazer pas cher, burberry pas cher, roshe run, nike huarache, vans pas cher, vans outlet, converse pas cher, air max, abercrombie and fitch, nike air max, hollister, hollister, barbour, new balance pas cher, louis vuitton uk, hermes pas cher, nike roshe, chaussure louboutin, lululemon, longchamp, ray ban pas cher, guess pas cher, timberland, tn pas cher, oakley pas cher, ralph lauren, hollister, sac michael kors, abercrombie and fitch, nike free, michael kors canada, nike roshe run, longchamp, north face pas cher, mulberry, sac louis vuitton, longchamp pas cher, scarpe hogan, north face, nike free pas cher, ray ban uk, louis vuitton pas cher, louis vuitton, sac vanessa bruno, mac cosmetics

chenlina said...

chenlina20160426
tiffany jewelry
oakley sunglasses
cheap oakley sunglasses
michael kors uk
adidas shoes
louboutin
asics shoes
louis vuitton handbags
coach outlet
tory burch outlet online
louis vuitton handbags
louis vuitton outlet
ray ban wayfarer
coach factorty outlet
coach outlet online
replica watches
ray bans
michael kors outlet
coach factory outlet
kobe 9
true religion outlet
pandora outlet
ray ban sunglasses
louis vuitton outlet
ray bans
louis vuitton purses
lebron 13
christian louboutin outlet
air max 90
michael kors outlet online
mont blanc
supra shoes
louis vuitton outlet
christian louboutin shoes
true religion
michael kors handbags
toms outlet
oakley sunglasses
nike factory outlet
christian louboutin shoes
as

roba. gad2 said...


Very nice post. I definitely appreciate this site. Stick with it!
http://www.kuwait.prokr.net/
http://www.emirates.prokr.net/

Blogging List

  • #HODLandChill - So the crypto market cap has plunged to $60B from a high of $115B — a staggering 48% drop since last month. If this were Dow Jones or the S&P 500 then ther...
    4 weeks ago
  • kenodoxia - For Epicurus, there are some fears that are perfectly legitimate; so too are some desires. Epicurus offers a classification of desires into three types: ...
    1 year ago
  • The Story of Fruit - What's up with fruit? Fruit is a healthy choice and loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, as well as fiber (key to weight loss because it is good for your...
    2 years ago
  • Not so Gung-Ho this time - As predicted, I totally failed at keeping with the writing. In spite of the enthusiasm and spirit of my previous entry, I let everything else get in the wa...
    3 years ago

Followers

Live Traffic