Thursday, 20 April 2017



and who the hell are you

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  1. I know so very little about art http://i.imgur.com/UNKhV2Z.jpg

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    1. hey that's one crazy painting if you know a bit of the history behind it ! good choice !

      Calumny Apelles

      https://alexanderstorey.wordpress.com/category/arts-and-humanities/page/27/

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    2. The story is fascinating! Thank you

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  2. https://www.google.com/search?q=madge+gill&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiK66LD28nTAhXJ4yYKHZGxDlIQ_AUICigB&biw=1021&bih=431

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  3. I have two questions Andrew, 1) why do you think Dogen was so fixated on the specific lotus sitting posture? sometimes he says stuff like "Zen is just zazen, 'zen' is just a shorter term" - and claims the sitting posture is the whole of Zen... and then in another place he says, "how could Zen be limited to sitting or standing"? - don't you find this strange discrepancy in his writing? sometimes it's brilliant, visionary, other times it seems just insistence on rigid monastic forms and rituals?

    2) did you ever read this: https://www.amazon.com/Time-Space-Knowledge-Reality-Psychology/dp/0913546089 ? I don't have the book but seems interesting and its idea that spirituality is a "a visionary path" reminded me of your work!

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  4. i have only understood this very recently, but contemplative or meditative work is basically the endless turnover of the prosaic and rather nutty content of ruminations on our lives

    however occasionally this breaks and something vastly greater comes through

    i think dogen was fixated on zazen providing this sort of ruminative base and not everybody has the luxury of living like a hermit as i do !

    from hermitage and solitary experience you have a better sense of the broadness of this rumination when its undisguised . .

    you can pick this is the difference between roykan and dogen both poetic writers

    reading the tsurezuregusa which written ninety years after dogen's death gives a sense of the cultural milieu he was in which was superstition and religion crazy, he had to fit that context . . .

    i don't do zazen, but i live by myself and basically do this sort of rumination all day, anything that comes through the "breaks" i write up . .

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    1. that's a really good reply and shows genius

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    2. Great &
      Very useful reply
      Thank you

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  5. Who is your favorite Ukiyo-e artist of flora, fauna, and landscapes? Thanks.

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    1. its generally a high quality genre

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    2. I will just stick to Hiroshige and Hokusai. I like Hiroshige's pictures of birds and flowers a lot.

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    3. Both Hiroshige and Hokusai drew a lot of landscapes and other natural beauties.

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  6. I was thinking about Andrew's term "cognitive style" the other day.
    It's an interesting one.
    Perhaps it's what most defines the character of a person?
    My cognitive style is a mess!
    But somehow it is so weird that it was able to make me successful with the other gender and recently also financially...
    I was (un?)lucky enough that the weirdness of my cognitive style somehow resulted in social success.
    But that social success prevents me from ever getting what Zen is about.
    Maybe some day something will break me and I'll go hermit, only chance, otherwise I'm condemned to normalcy.

    It's hard to escape normalcy though, cause it's pretty good!
    Why would someone even want to escape it?

    It makes no biological/evolutionary sense!

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    1. One question still lingers though:
      what am I doing HERE then ?

      trying to ride two horses at once?

      isn't that what 99% of the "Zen community" including /r/zen is about ? people trying (and failing miserably) at riding two horses at once?

      the only thing that sets me apart, that makes me better than them, is my awareness of my failure to do so

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    2. *the awareness of my failure

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    3. r|zen is a pseudo pyrrhonism vs "belief"

      be careful to keep up with the financial side of things since that is going better !

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    1. There's no need to push people to it :) --- sooner or later the superior technology will prevail without the need of propaganda

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  8. Andrew what is your take on intermittent fasting, or fasting in general?

    There's lots of science supporting the health benefits of the practice!

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    1. if i have migraine i will skip several meals, you wanting to lose weight ?

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    2. Yes, I want to lose weight.

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    3. well i have heaps of wallaby thyroids at the moment i am eating !

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    2. (deleted as the reddit thread I referenced no longer exists)

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  10. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MobR-C0657c/UukrlVv-1mI/AAAAAAAALDM/-6YTVAhTaKQ/s1600/William_Shakespeare_Burton___Wounded_Cavalier___1856_Wallpaper_JxHy.jpg

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    1. http://threeman.org/?p=1272

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    2. an3drew very informative, thank you!

      It's amazing how much is "compressed" in a single painting
      Layers upon layers upon layers!

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    3. Interestingly the painter is only known for that one painting... that is all he is remembered for.

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