Bliss

Sometimes, the feeling of bliss is so prevailing that I barely dare to think about, say, or do anything, for fear I might break something in the harmony of the spell.

Like the ever-sustained sound of a long-hit singing bowl. The air in the room seems to never stop conveying is last vibrating wave.

I may write about it,
Still, the same way we grab a brochure on the way out of an exhibition of life,
It would not mean much compared to the experienced bliss.


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  1. Paradox again.

    You have a certain knack for them!

    To seek non attachment is to be attached. A vicious circle, and one is lost in its endless whirl.

    Then, perhaps, seek not non attachment. Simply be « non-attached » without the desire so to be.

    Would « dispassionate » be a better, or, at least, suitable term?

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    1. not necessarily,
      for dispassionate may refer to a state of numbness…
      The problem is not passion, but attachment.
      It is possible I do not get this term right…
      DIspassionate = dis-entangled from passions ?
      Freed from passions’ knots ?

      Passions are ok, I guess ( as emotions, however wild, passing through us)

      Christ himself turned over all merchants’ tables — not deprived of passion.

      Your comment about paradoxes reminded me how important those are in Zen…THey become so natural for a zen disciple (their pedagogical power, e.g) that we tend to forget them, like a fish forgets about water.

      Dogen said we should learn to ‘jump over the top of the question’.
      I don’t know what that is, really,
      but the top of the question may refer to the tip joining two paradoxical lines.
      Jumping over it may mean to transcend a certain ‘paradoxical freeze’ so as to embrace the issue from a broader perspective.

      As for non attachment, have you heard about MUSHOTOKU…?
      spirit of non profit,
      non spirit of profit ?

      Traduttore, traditore.

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  2. I know the term from your mentioning it elsewhere.
    All words are symbols that change meaning according to understanding. I take dispassionate to mean free of emotional attachment. That may be a rather old fashioned interpretation. I wondered also about disinterested, but it is too formal a term.
    Are there any non emotional attachments? I am undecided.
    I will return to « jumping over ».
    One thing none of this has addressed, however, is the idea of « bliss » in your original post. An emotional reaction?

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    1. There is always a form of emotional reaction prior to grabbing a pen and taking notes.
      What alternative impulse could we think of?
      Maybe that is the reason why the urge to write tends to be less present as practice deepens.
      Or maybe this is just me using a convenient excuse to justify a slack in the supply chain or articles production.
      Veils of nobility are a feature of our age…

      Bliss?
      Let that remain as it is.
      Dissecting a animal alive is a sure way to make it run away,
      If not kill him

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  3. Right, I said I would return to « jumping over the top of the question »

    I do not know what it means either – and, since I have not read Dogen, I know nothing of any relevant context. Therefore, this is purely my musing, for what it is or is not worth.

    I will assume, as that is our context in this conversation, that we are considering the apparently soluble questions raised by paradox. I suspect it does not matter. Any intractable issue will do. But paradox is as good a starting point as any.

    Let us take a simple paradox. « My next statement is true. My last statement is false. » Follow the logic of that, and you end up in a circle of ever changing meaning that, like all circles, is never ending. But, look closer. This is a paradox only because the statements are meaningless outside of themselves. This is a mere intellectual curiosity, with no validity outside of its own structure. As such, it seems an extreme example.

    But, is it not true of every paradox? Even those thrown up in whatever we identify as « real life » are paradoxical only insofar as the resolution is unknown to us. We see a conundrum only within the limitations of its own terms of reference, or those terms that we impose upon it or ourselves.

    As such, when confronted by such matters, is it not better to recognise that (at least for any « genuine » problem that has some real-life genesis or application) the issue is simply our own ignorance of the resolution? Accept the paradox, accept both apparently contradictory conclusions, and allow the resolution to appear in due course. And for the artificial paradox such as the example above – recognise it is artificial and, as such, not worth the time and effort to occupy the mind with it.

    Is this « jumping over the question »? Maybe, maybe not. But it seems a workable approach either way. It has the advantage of not occupying oneself needlessly, distracting from what is by concentrating on what is not understood, or in intellectual vacuity..

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