Week 2 - Week 3 Notes
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JANUARY 26, 2016 I. CONTEXT ON BUDDHISM a. Different branches of Buddhism have different forms of practice, understanding, and psychology b. Today’s Buddhism i. “Teravada spelled Theravada 1. Theravada meaning “insight” comes from vipashyana (Sanskrit) 2. Strong presence in S.E Asia 3. Meditation consists of concentration and “insight”; if somebody says they practice insight meditation they’re referring to Theravada ii. Mahayana 1. Strong presence in central and N.E Asia 2. Traditions include Zen, Tibetan II. TERM VARIANCE a. Concentration- built up my mindfulness; it is the stability of attention i. Does not uproot or eradicate disturbing states of mind; As long as you protect your small sense of self (self concentration) becomes disturbing ii. How does awareness differ? Detach from thoughts, observes/witnesses small sense of self. If there is something within us that can witness the “me” it is something more than the experience. b. Mindfulness- ability/ control to focus on an object; it brings attention to the object when attention is distracted c. Attention/Awareness- is separated from ordinary thought. i. If somebody practices meditation and consciousness for a long time, bad emotions start to weaken. She puts her attention elsewhere every time the bad emotions arise. She doesn’t distract herself/ repress the emotion/ feed into it or run from it JANUARY 28, 2016 I. CONTEXT FOR KEN WILBER a. Gnosis (Christian, Greek, Hindu) – knowledge or Jñána (Sanskrit, Buddhism) means higher knowing, not thought. b. Types of Valid Knowledge i. Hugh (a medieval mystic) 1. Eye of sense 2. Eye of the mind- concepts such as the Pythagorean Theorem 3. Eye of contemplation- medical mystical practice (direct experiential investigation) 4. Direct experiential investigation- is investing knowledge of love, mind, body, and ultimate realities ii. Ken Wilber’s 3 Categories of Higher Experience 1. Psychic – Level 7 2. Subtle – Level 8 3. Casual/Union- Level 9 a. At level 9, Wilber suggests a person fills merged with a higher being as an ordinary/routine part of the day; As a result of this the ordinary world seems devalued b. Suggests at the highest stage, possible level 10, a mystic who is experienced the ultimate and is aware of it, can see it in the secular world. Wilber suggests this is the “ultimate” level FEBRUARY 2, 2016 Open Awareness What is it? o It rests in a knowing capacity without effort just requires non- distraction. An ability that is intrinsically aware that we must connect to. Sometimes referred to as the “soul.” Aware of things and aware of itself o For ex: a lamp lights up itself (open awareness is aware of itself) and a lamp illuminates other things (aware of other things) What is it not? o It is not aware of anything that it is entangled in. o For ex: If our awareness identifies with a thought and becomes entangled in the thought rather than simply witnessing/observing the thought, then the awareness becomes restricted and is just a thought of impulse. The Egoic “I” o when there is a limited sense of self, awareness is entangled in the thought of “I” o when there is not a limited self, awareness can be aware of the “I” Discpline o Is important because a person learns how to be aware of the “I” and can work until it is no longer entangled in the “I”
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