Sunday, November 3, 2013

It is not pure form

Continuing from the last post and a recent theme, we discussed the relation to Buddhism earlier in the thread starting with this post  and several following, bringing in Morton. After an intense discussion comparing Bryant's endo-elements and Buddhist aggregates recall this post on, among other things, the emptiness of emptiness:

And it is in this sense that it corresponds with the emptiness of emptiness doctrine, for even the virtual lacks completely independent existence, requiring constructed elements to survive and maintain its own constructed autonomy. A virtual substance might not be reduced to its exo-relations but it surely interdepends on them for its continued existence. No exo-relations, no endo-relations.

But this is not the end of the story.

Also recall this post, quoting Loy: "Shunyata is not 'nothingness' but the formless potential that describes awareness prior to identification with any form" (166). Which brings me back to Damasio’s different selves or Thompson’s ipseities. This post relates them to meditation practice.  In the post following I argue that states like shunyata arise in the core self via meditation.

It is not "pure form."

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