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Rodger Ricketts

"Peace, Love, Wisdom and Compassion"

Park Ridge, IL, USA
male, age 65
married, 2 children
Speaks: English, Italian
Joined May 21, 2002

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Ciao, I'm an American living/married in Italy. I'm a postmodern thinker and my passions are broad and include Buddhism, human rights, music, mindfulness, good government, economics, animal rights, justice and much more. Most of my attitudes come under the umbrella of non-violence, compassion for all living beings and wisdom. I put together some science and philosophy quotes which for me are fascinating and reflect a "finger pointing to the moon" about life and reality and the mystery of life. Enjoy.
I have added more quotes and thoughts at Rodger R Ricketts because my space ran out here.
‎"What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of human beings, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the sufferings of the injured." Prophet Mohammad
The nun Wu Jincang asked the Sixth Patriach Huineng,“I have studied the Mahaparinirvana sutra for many years, yet there are many areas i do not quite understand. Please enlighten me.”
The patriach responded, “I am illiterate. Please read out the characters to me and perhaps I will be able to explain the meaning.”
Said the nun, “You cannot even recognize the characters. How are you able then to understand the meaning?”
“Truth has nothing to do with words. Truth can be likened to the bright moon in the sky. Words, in this case, can be likened to a finger. The finger can point to the moon’s location. However, the finger is not the moon. To look at the moon, it is necessary to gaze beyond the finger, right?”

So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
Trouble no one about their religion;
respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours.
Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life.
Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people.
Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend,
even a stranger, when in a lonely place.
Show respect to all people and grovel to none.
When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living.
If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.
Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools
and robs the spirit of its vision.
When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled
with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep
and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way.
Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.
Chief Tecumseh (Crouching Tiger) Shawnee Nation 1768-1813
If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian, he can live in peace...
Treat all men alike. Give them all the
same law. Give them all an even chance
to live and grow.All men were made by
the same Great Spirit Chief.
They are all brothers. The Earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it....
Let me be a free man,free to travel,
free to stop,free to work,free to trade where I choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers,free to think and talk and act for myself, and I will obey every law, or submit to the penalty.
Heinmot Tooyalaket ( Chief Joseph), Nez Perce Leader
Mystery is not something negative that has to be eliminated. On the contrary, it is one of the constitutive elements of being.

Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine. A. Eddington
"Wonder is retained by wise pondering." --Ravi Zacharias
The more I learn, the more I understand that life is amazing, sensitive, responsive, mysterious  and totally interconnected . -Rodger
It remains admitted that to this day we don't have a convincing notion of why there is something, why not merely nothing: What "spiritus rectot breathes fire into the equations and makes the universe for them to describe?"- raising the question, what do the laws of nature permit beyond what actually exists? H. Genz
In recent years many planets have been found around nearby main-sequence stars, all of the Population 1 variety, and it is generally accepted that the material of these planets will have come from the same source as that which formed the parent star. This is how the material that formed our world came into being - its atmosphere and solid substance, the biosphere and everything within it, including us. An eminent American astronomer, Carl Sagen (1934-96), a great expositor of popular science, once described humankind as being evolved from star stuff. How right he was!
Look around you- look in a mirror. All the matter that you see, living and non-living, has been through the violence of several supernovae, and may do so many times more in the distant future. Michael M Woolfson
Unknowingly, we plow the dust of stars, blown about us by the wind, and drink the universe in a glass of rain.--Ihab Hassan
We are mounds of quarks in trios, we are proton-and-electron families. ...There is but a single family on this planet, just one life-form stretching out its tendrils, testing possibilities as dust and stars did once upon a time. Face it, we are all in this together, microbes, seaweed, starfish, salamanders, humans, every strange extrusion of nucleic acid chains. We are the kin of yeast, the brothers of cockroaches, the sisters of sugar beets, and the cousins of maize. We share a common birthright born of ancient gene-and-membrane teams. All of us are children in the clan of DNA. Howard Bloom

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed. --Albert Einstein
The religion of future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend a personal God and avoid dogmas and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual as a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description... If there is any religion that would cope with modern scientific needs, it would be Buddhism. Albert Einstein

A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the "Universe,"a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something seperate from the rest - a kind of optical illusion of his consciouness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security. Einstein
We know from science that nothing in the universe exists as an isolated or independent entity. M.Wheatley
The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.S.J.Gould
This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle; wonderful, inscrutable, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it. T. Carlye
What is the mind of ours? Last week's potatoes!...The atoms come into my brain, dance and dance and then go out-there are always new atoms but always doing the same dance, remembering what the dance was yesterday.  RP Feynman
"... all those who apprehend the single significant whole, or experience cosmic religious feeling, with or without the awareness of the existence of the principle of cosmic order, are engaged in similar acts of communion with the Whole. Yet any translation into conscious content of that experience , in scientific or religious thought, invokes reductionism where it cannot be applied. ...all knowledge in the conscious content is a differentiated system that cannot by definition articulate the universal principle of order. Just as there can be no one-to-one correspondence between physical theory and physical reality, there can be no such correspondence between religious descriptions of beings and Being itself."
" ... conceiving of a human being, as Einstein put it, as "part of the whole" is the leap of perspective that will prove most critical. It is only in making this leap that we can begin, as he suggests, to free ourselves of the 'optical illusions' of our present conception of self as a "part limited in time and space", and to widen "our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty". 
" The central problem... has been trying to "prove" the existence of Being when it can never be proven because of its inherent undivided wholeness. Being neither requires or permits "proof". It merely is, and accepting this abundantly obvious fact can provide a "foundation", as Einstein put it, 'for our inner security.' ...the description of the parts cannot disclose the existence or nature of the Whole. Yet one cannot, of course, merely reason or argue oneself into an acceptance of this proposition. One must have the capacity for what Einstein termed 'cosmic religious feeling.' Hopefully many of those who have the capacity will also communicate their awareness to others in metaphoric representations in ordinary language with enormous emotional appeal. ...As described by Jonas Salk:
'...By using the processes of Nature as metaphor, to describe the forces of the Cosmos by which it operates upon and within Man, we come as close to describing 'reality' as we can within the limits of our comprehension. Men will be very uneven in their capacity for such understanding, which, naturally, differs for different ages and cultures, and develops and changes over the course of time. For these reasons it will always be necessary to use metaphor and myth to provide 'comprehensible' guides to living. In this way, Man's imagination and intellect play vital roles in his survival and evolution'."
from The Conscious Universe
"The whole is something else than the sum of its parts" K. Koffka
The usual conception of the world is that matter is "embedded in" space and time. ...this cannot be the case. There are many factors which indicate that reality is "projected onto" space and time. ... The picture and also its frame, space-time, are located in the mind of the observer....the fact that reality is not embedded in space-time but is rather projected onto space-time. is not installed in the brain as a definate system but it is only "inserted" if there is actually something to be portrayed or represented, i.e., when our sense organs register objects and processes from the reality outside. W. Schommers
According to classical physics, the universe consists of bodies in space. We are tempted to assume, therefore, that we live in a physical world consisting of bodies in space and that what we percieve consists of objects in space. But this is very dubious. J.J.Gibson
Most of us still think like Newton, regarding space as sort of a vast container that has no walls. But our notion of space is false. Like time, space is neither physical nor fundamentally real in our view. Rather, it is a mode of interpretation and understanding. It is part of an animal’s mental software that molds sensations into multidimensional objects. time does not exist independently of the life that notices it. Robert Lanza and Bob Berman
The concept of time cannot actually be understood. We are accustomed to thinking that time is something which can be found or which one has. But it actually has no existence. The physicist says time is something that can be measured in one way or another by a clock. But what does the clock measure. Nothing but time!E. Dammann
Time is a dimension in the domain of descriptions, not a feature of the ambience. H.Maturana
"...for us physicists believe the separation between past, present, and future is only an illusion, although a convincing one."Einstein
"Ultimately all moments are really one. Therefore, now is eternity." D. Bohm
"The world just does not happen, it simply is..."H.Weyl
"...As a result, all change must be gauged by correlations. Ultimately, everything must be correlated with the size of the Universe. Any vestige of a moving present has faded completely...Remember that Einstein spoke of an illusion...Might it be that our strong sense of the flow of time is an illusion akin to giddiness, perhaps connected with the way our memories operate?"P. Davies
"All these Nows,  just exist.  They do not appear and then vanish; they just are.   From a global perspective, there is no answer to the question, "What time is it?"  There are just different experiences at different Nows. From any given vantage point, you look back, and remember other times - so that the question, "Why is it this time right now, rather than some other time?" seems to make sense.  But there is no answer. When I came to this understanding, I forgot the meaning that Time had once held for me. Time has
dissolved for me, has been
reduced to something simpler that is not itself timeful. I can no longer conceive that there might really be a universal time, which is somehow "moving" from the past to the future.  This now seems like nonsense."E.Yudkowsky
One cannot though conclude how the variations are taking place, over what timescales they are taking place or even how old the universe is. The universe could be 10x10 years old or 5 x 10-44 sec (the Planck time)old, or any time in between. Time is strictly a parameter that can be introduced in the scale-invariant relationships. It has no meaning by itself. The universe appears to be evolving as the number of particles and ratios are varying. M Kafatos, S Roy and R Amoroso
"...the present moments of reality are now replacing one another, where if one had direct awareness of reality one would know reality as transcendental efficient moments (Stcherbatsky, F. Th. 1962 (1930). Buddhist Logic. Volume 1. Page 129: “[c]ause, efficiency or moment are but different names for the same thing”). From non-nirvanic awareness, one experiences imaginary causal connections between moments and thus fabricates the illusion of persistence and duration of objects. But when one experiences reality, one only experiences the efficient moments, rapidly replacing one another, like the flames of a fire. Buddha: “…the whole world is burning.” The non-nirvanic observer, unaware of the fiery, boiling nature of reality, is unaware that they will not exist beyond this present instant, and that any volition or hope is unneeded and illusory, and is based on the misery of unreality."J. Grupp
The Buddha said, "Even so was my past existence at that time real, but unreal the future and present existence; and my future existence will be at one time real but unreal the past and present existence; and my present existence is now real, but unreal the past and future existence. All these are merely popular designations and expressions, mere conventional term of speaking, mere popular notions" (Digha-nikaya). Hence the Buddha has only one time, that is "Eternal Present"."C.Hsiongcai
"I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is." A.Watts
"Time, as self-determination of the eternal "Now", is essentially contained in this Now. There where time is, contained and extinquished, personality appears, as content of eternity." Nishida
The experience of present moment and historical time are complementary. Rodger
"So in summary, the universe we see is just a fragment nested in a timeless (everything) whole, rather than a single material world magically arisen above some primordial nothing. All universes exist without beginning or end in the ultimate arena of time, and each moment we experience exists forever."G.Giorbran
"Dogen writes, 'Entire being, the entire world, exists in the time of each and every now.' Thus the mind,body,being,world,and time form a unity. Not only are entities time, and not only is time in me, but activities are time. 'As the time now is all there is, each being-time is without exception entire time.' Dogen emphasizes the now momemt because there is never a time that has not been or a time that is coming. '...all is the immediate presencing here and now of being-time.' Thus time is a continuous occurrence of 'nows'. The Buddha-nature is a present actuality"C.Olson
"This means that because, in reality, there is no coming or going in time, when we cross the river or climb the mountain we exist in the eternal present of time; this time includes all past and present time." Dogen
"From the first time you meet a master, should just sit wholeheartedly, and thus drop away body and mind."Dogen
" the front gate for Buddha-dharma. The great master Shakyamuni correctly transmitted this splendid method of attaining the way, and Tarthagatas of the past, future and present all attain the way by doing zazen. For this reason it has been transmitted as the front gate."Dogen
"The meaning of studying the sutras is that if you understand and follow the rules of practice for sudden or gradual realization taught by the Buddha, you will unmistakably attain enlightenment."Dogen
"Practise of the present moment is practice-realization, the beginner's mind is itself the entire original realization." Dogen
Dogen frees himself from the representational mode of thinking without subverting time and remaining convinced that each moment is complete in itself and cannot be undermined."C.Olson
In talking about the No Boundry Proposal - "The universe would be completely self contained and not affected by anything outside itself. It would neither be created nor destroyed. It would just BE." S.Hawking

"Whether or not reality has one universe or many, it had no beginning and was not created. It neither was nor will be. It just is." V.J.Stenger
"The Universe is a dynamic system in a permanent dynamic equilibrium, there is no beginning and no end of the universe."A.S.Sorli order parameter isomorphism connects mind and body, will and brain, mental and neural events. Mind itself is a spatiotemporal pattern that molds the metastable dynamic patterns of the brain. Mind-body dualism is replaced by a single isomorphism, the heart of which is semantically meaningful pattern variables.... we sould take Sherrington's "enchanted loom" image of the brain very seriously indeed. 
To provide a comprehensive online resource for those interested in learning about a sixth sense we call the squiggle sense. Why? Although all human beings possess the squiggle sense, most are unaware that they do.
JA Scott Kelso
Choice is the degree of freedom of potential action of a quantum coherent organism which is maximally spontaneous and free.  Rodger
The “self” is a representation of the autopoietic  life experience of the quantum coherent human organism. Rodger
The "mind" is not distinct from the body. There is no mind/body dualism. The mind is the embedded consciousness of the quantum coherent organism. Therefore, the "mind" is intimately responsive to the physical aspects of the body-at all levels. Rodger
Intention is the innate autopoietic matrix of the quantum coherent organism. Rodger
Can't have our cake and eat it too: The price we pay for living/activity is the arrow of time. Rodger
Consciousness emerges as a manifestation of the dissipative quantum dynamics of the brain. Professor Abrams
What does all this mean for consciousness? It simply means that reality, as empirically and mathematically demonstrated, does not exist in terms of a separately existing thing from which we take data. It means that reality is a question of a great number of configurations in which consciousness, the measuring device, and the thing measured exist in a configuration in which consciousness is an innate and intimate element. It means,... that consciousness is a necessary and original aspect of the universe as a whole and that consciousness is not merely an epiphenomenon piled on top of some material complexity, but that it was always already there in some aspect yet to be determined; ... it means that the intuition of Nietzsche, the cosmic will to power, as described in Beyond Good and Evil, section 36, reflects a quantum mechanical view of the world. Nietzsche's BGE 36 does nothing less than raise the question, consistent with the cosmology of his cosmic will to power, of the inseparability of perception from the material-energetic universe, a world which is not really external anymore--... it is, I believe, the most astonishing page in the history of philosophy... This is an ontology in which the stuff of the universe, whatever we may call it, has the element of consciousness. You cannot understand this statement if you insist on adhering to the idea of local and pre-existing reality for which you have been prepared by 2500 years of Platonism. What does this have to do with the macroscopic world? Let us turn to the idea of "coarse-graining", a good introduction is found in Gell-Mann's The Quark and the Jaguar. And let us remember that reality exists as a series of configurations and not as pre-existing and absolute local reality on which we will exercise our unprejudiced, scientific method. To put it another way--there are a great number of parallel universes and no original created and absolutely existing universe to which we blithely apply the scientific method in order to find out the truth. William Plank
It is clear that in some way, human nature is nature observing itself. This involves a self-referential recursion that must somehow be drawn from the wellsprings of its own nature. Human beings can be thought of quite literally as the complementary nature observing itself. This indicates that nature must entail some kind of non trivial self-reference. JA Scott Kelso,DA Engstrom
The universe must be self-reflectively aware of itself as reality-in-itself to manifest the order that is a prior condition for all manifestation of being. Since consciousness in its most narrow formulation for human beings can be defined as self-reflective awareness founded upon a sense of internal consistency or order, we can safely argue that the universe is, in this sense, conscious.
Complementary constructs appear to be as fundamental to our conscious constructions of reality in ordinary and mathematical languages as they are to the unfolding of progressive stages of complexity in physical reality. The suggestion is that human consciousness infolds within itself the fundamental logical principle of the conscious universe, and is thereby enabled to construct a view of this universe in physical theory which describes the unfolding of the cosmic order at previous stages in the life of the cosmos.  M Kafatos, R Nadeau
Reality... is pictured as a limitless series of levels which extend to deeper and deeper subtleties and out of which the particular, explicate order of nature and the order of consciousness and life emerge. Synchronicities can therefore be thought of as an expression of this underlying movement, for they unfold as patterns of thoughts and arrangements of material processes which have a meaningful conjunction when taken together. F.D. Peat
In discussing singularity,"...the expansion is better envisaged as that of space itself, carrying the galaxies along for a ride. So when all the matter of the Universe was gathered together, that was because the space between galaxies was shrunk(or rather, not yet expanded). Space itself, and time, were created, like matter, in the big bang; there was no 'outside' into which the explosion expanded."Davies/Gribbin
"In physics, combination of space and time used in the theory of
relativity. When developing relativity, Albert Einstein showed that time was in many respects like an extra dimension (or direction) to space. Space and time can thus be considered as entwined into a single entity, rather than two separate things." Dictionary
"Within other rhetorical contexts, Dogen goes to equate time with one's body and mind, ....These kinds of identification between time and the world suggests that space and time are inseparably interconnected and interpenetrate each other. In fact, Faure observes that Dogen's ontologization of time is simultaneously a spatialization of it."C.Olson
"The space/time continuum -A very simple definition: space and time considered together as one entity."D. Faige
“The views of space and time which I wish to lay before you have sprung from the soil of experimental physics, and therein lies their strength. They are radical. Henceforth space by itself, and time by itself, are doomed to fade away into mere shadows, and only a kind of union of the two will preserve an independent reality.” –Hermann Minkowski
"This being present, that arises; without this, that does not occur.  Everything is interconnected. If you were not, at this moment, and did not tie up or ever tie up all the aggregates or constituents that make you up, then those aggregates or constituents either might not have ever existed, or if they did, would be split up and used somewhere else, bumping everything from where it is to some other place...because if you were not, that is, never existed, then everything and every part that ever proceeded leading up to you being you would not have unfolded the way it has or be where it is or was or be impacted by what you are or have done or will do."
It (psychological phemomena)is, surely, an ecology(Gibson), a synergy( Haken), a Gestalt(koffka), a coalition (Shaw&Turvey), a communion(Buddhism) - a deep and inextricable interaction between organism and environment (if such a distinction is accepted, for reasons of scientific analysis.
P. Treffner
"The goal of Heidegger's thinking and teaching was to reawaken in human beings the awareness of the mystery of Being which is Nothing because it is No-thing. It is an ultimate, ungraspable, impersonal reality that reveals itself to human beings who are receptive to this revelation... By devoting himself to Being Heidegger hoped to overcome the emptiness and meaninglessness, the homelessness and anxiety of modernity." M. D. Henry
"The solution for the sense of nihilistic alienation in our culture is not to find a new ground; it is to find a disciplined and genuine means to pursue groundlessness, to go further into groundlessness….The mindfulness/awareness tradition points the way to a radically different resolution….when groundless is embraced and followed through to its ultimate conclusions, the outcome is an unconditional sense of intrinsic goodness that manifests itself in the world as spontaneous compassion." F.j.varela e. Thompson
"The Augenblick-moment is not situated within the order of mathematical time, but rather in an emergence from it. Herein is attained the fullness and joy of the eternal present... Therein is the meaning and value of the experienced moment situated within it itself. With this is connected the Sacred within time, which is situated within the moment external to the temporal order." N.A. Berdyaev
"Hell-hades(suffering) cannot be thought of as eternal, rather only as an infinite endless time. Hell-hades is the impossibility of an emergence from this time."N.A. Berdyaev
All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green. Goethe
Some other faculty than the intellect is necessary for the apprehension of reality. Bergson
"Stace's investigation of the experience of pure consciousness/awareness lead him to conclude that thousands of mystics throughout the world unanimously assert that they attained a complete vacuum of particlar mental content and what emerges is a state of pure consciousness - 'pure' in the sense that it ... has no content except itself." Robert Brainbridge
"As the Christian mystics state,'God is no-thing', He is utterly other;He is VOID.'Eckhart proclaims,'Thou shalt love God as He is, a Non-Spirit, a Non-Person, a Non-Form.' Tauler describes God as 'The divine darkness, the nameless, formless nothing.' In the Jewish mysticism there are frequent references of God as No-thing. It is when these mystics make affirmative statements about the nature of God that misevaluation occurs. God cannot exist in the sense that we normally mean existence. As with things, whatever we say God is, he is not."Weinberg
"Mystical experiences... involve the apprehension of an ultimate nonsensuous unity in all things, a oneness or a One to which neither senses nor reason can penetrate. In other words, it entirely transcends our sensory-intellectual consciousness. Only fully developed experiences are necessarily apprehensive of the One." W.T.Stace
In pure experience there is "not the slightest interval between the intention and the act." Every action is a unity
indivisible into temporal stages. Nishida
"By religious feeling, what I mean-altogether independently of any dogma, credo, organization of the Church, Holy Scripture, hope of personal salvation, etc.- the simple and direct fact of a feeling of the 'eternal'. This feeling is in truth subjective in nature. It is a contact."R.Rolland
Bare attention yeilds no experiencer seperable from experience, and the Buddha's teaching about the self becomes more than a theory. The absence of a permanent, seperable self erupts as a realty that changes the face of life. J. Macy
In pure experience there is no prior or posterior, no inner or outer; no experiencer precedes or generates experience. Nishida
We experience immortality in the unfrettered Now. Rodger
Were a man to say: I shall show the coming, the going, the passing away, the arising, the growth, the increase or development of consciousness apart from the body, sensation, perception and volitional formulations, he would be speaking about something which does not exist. Buddha

One comes to the startling conclusion that the coherent organism is a macroscopic quantum object, it has a macroscopic wave-function that is always evolving, always changing as it entangles its environment. This wave-function is the unique, significant form of the organism. In the quantum coherent state the organism is maximally sensitive and can best respond to opportunities and cope with all contingencies. It is source of the organism's remarkable flexibility, resilience and creativity. ...Mae-Won Ho

Descartes' notion of the soul was given some degree of respectability when the technical term of 'mind' was introduced to replace the religious concept of "soul". But careful analysis shows that to somehow seperate the physical(body) from the non-physical(mind) is nonsense. P. Treffner
"Nishitani thinks that the self is at play after it becomes detached to itself, the world,actions and time. As time loses its sequential nature, it and the self are simply united. Time presents itself as world-time or as a whole in the present, opening up a field of transcendence which Nishitani thinks that each moment opens itself to etenity anf the self opens itself to the fullness of time or eternity. The self is engaged in complete spontaneity and play. The self is unattached and yet active and completely real. Once an individual overcomes the false notion of "self", their conduct and actions become effortless and he/she is able to recapture their spontaneity and creativity."C.Olson
"Sunyata is neither subject or object, but merely is. When a person discovers that their mind does not really exist(as seperate) then mind and ego pass away, leaving only Mind." A. Gullette
"Evaporate away the fixed identity of self and discover the light(ness) and openness of Being." Rodger
"Selflessness is not a case of something that existed in the past becoming non-existent;rather,this sort of 'self' is something that never existed. What is needed is to identify as non-existent something that was always non-existent."Gyatso
The experience of 'self' as non-existent is experienced as relief..."M.Epstien
"The meaning of the word 'Being' is the emptiest and thus embraces everything." Heidegger
"The Middle Way is neither emptiness nor existence."Hua
The knower participates in her knowledge. And to the extent that she participates with maximum sensitivity to all being, she participates in the cosmic being and purpose, which is life to the fullest extent and intensity, i.e., the sublime. When coherence is established between the knowing self and all that can be known, the self partakes of no-space-no-time and all-space-all-time. This sublime aesthetic experience is therefore also the highest form of knowledge. Mae-Won Ho
"At the Still Point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless, neither from nor towards; at the Still Point, there the dance is, but neither arrest nor movement, and do not call it fixity, where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards, neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the Still Point, there would be no dance, and there is only dance." Eliot
"All our relative knowledge is concerned with dualities(complementaries) but emptiness(sunyata) is on the other side of being and non-being."Suzuki
Nishitani's interpretation of Nishida's view of experience, from which the following amplifications of the latter's philosophy of the self is taken:  To speak of a mind that sees things, a self within that views what is on the outside, does not refer to experience in its pure form but only in a later explanation of experience. In direct experience there is no self, no- thing, nothing separate or individual at all. There is only a bond of many things into a single living whole. This is the way it is with what we call the universe or the world. In reality no separate individual things exist on their own. Nor is there any separate, individual self. The only such self is the one we have thought up; nothing in reality is so patterned. What exists in reality is at one with the Life of the universe. This view may seem to leave us out of the picture altogether, but it only means that in our looking and listening the activities of looking and listening have emerged somewhere from the depths of the universe, Our looking and listening and all other things we do issue from a point where all things form a single living bond. This is why these activities are united with all sorts of other things and why we cannot think in terms of things existing on the outside and a mind existing on the inside. This is a later standpoint; the prior standpoint is that of pure experience where subject and object are one and undifferentiated.

Harold H. Oliver

"Nishitani refers to self-awareness as not-knowing, or knowing of nonknowing, which represents the self as an absolutely non-objective selfness that is only possible on the field of empitiness. After breaking through the field of consciousness and discovering oneself within the field of empitiness, one realizes the 'in itself', which is neither a substance nor a subject. This realization of the self-idenity of things indicates directly the thing itself in its original mode of being. From within emptiness, one can grasp a thing in its original mode of being, which is neither a subjective nor substantial mode of grasping. The realization of the 'in itself'(jitai) is a nonobjective process that is entirely devoid of representation of any kind." C.Olson

Cognition and experience do not appear to have a truly existing self but also that the habitual belief in such an ego-self, the continual grasping to such a self, is the basis of the origin and continuation of human suffering and habitual patterns. f.j.varela e. Thompson
There is no basis in the scientific description of nature for believing in the radical Cartesian division between mind and world sanctioned by classical physics. It now seems clear that this radical seperation between mind and world was a macro-level illusion fostered by limited awareness of the actual character of physical reality and by mathematical idealizations that were extended beyond the realm of their applicability. R. Nadeau,M. Kafatos
"The ability to reduce everything to simple fundamental laws does not imply the ability to start from those laws and reconstruct the universe..The constructionist hypothesis breaks down when confronted with the twin difficulties of scale and complexity. At each level of complexity entirely new properties appear. Psychology is not applied biology, nor is biology applied chemistry. We can now see that the whole becomes not merely more, but very different from the sum of its parts.
All parts of the body are ultra-sensitive- intercommunication is the key, with every part as much in control as it is sensitive and responsive. The result is perfect co-ordination, from split seconds and minutes to days, months and years, from individual molecules and cells to tissues and organ systems of the entire body.

I call this incredible hive of living activities quantum jazz, played over a musical range of 70 octaves, where every player, from molecules to cells, tissues and organs, is freely improvising at any moment, yet remaining in step and in tune with the spontaneity and freedom of the whole.

The ideal organic whole is simultaneously most coherent and most free. It is the coherence of quantum states, which is quite paradoxical from the mechanistic perspective. Mae-Wan Ho

"The embodied mind is part of the living body and is dependent on the body for its experience, The properties of mind are not merely mental. They are shaped in crucial ways by the body and brain and how the body can function in everyday life. The embodied mind is thus very much of this world. Our corporeality is part of the corporeality of the world…The mind is also passionate, desiring, and social. It has a culture and cannot exist culture-free. Its conscious aspect characterizes what we take ourselves as being….A major function of the embodied mind is empathic. The capacity for imaginative projection is a vital cognitive faculty. Training in empathic projection and focusing attention is used in meditative traditions to enhance our sense of  being present in the world. The environment is not “other” to us. Rather, it is part of our being. A mindful embodied spirituality is an ecological spirituality.  Embodied spirituality requires an understanding that nature is not inanimate and less human, but animated and more than human. An embodied spirituality requires an aesthetic attitude to the world that is central to self-nurturance, to the nurturance to others, and to  the nurturance of the world itself. Embodied spirituality is more than spiritual ‘experience’. It is an ethical relationship to the  physical world." g.lakoff m.johnson
Non-locality is the nature of nature. All places are in some fundamental sense - the same place. And by the structure of the way nature is, science will never be able to clarify the nature of that unified unknown whole. R. Carson
We have torn away the mental fancies to get at the reality beneath, only to find the reality of that which is beneath is bound up with its poteniality of awakening those fancies. It is because the mind, the weaver of illusion, is also the only guarantor of reality that reality is always to be sought at the base of illusion. Illusion is to reality as the smoke to the fire. I will not urge that hoary untruth( There is no smoke without fire). But it is reasonable to inquire whether in the mystical illusions of man there is not a reflection of an underlying reality. A.Eddington
Energy is not a quantity that actually occurs in nature, but is an abstract idea, a product of the human mind which tries to understand nature within its capabilitites. E. Luscher
But the interpretation in terms of particles is all in the mind, and may be no more than a consistent delusion. J. Gribben
Quantum correlations are directly caused by the quantum state in such a way that one event cannot be considered the “cause” and the other the “effect”.  
Multisimultaneity is refuted. This refutation stresses the oddness of quantum correlations. Not only are they independent of the distance, but also it seems impossible to cast them in any real time ordering. Nicolas Gisin
"We are not at the end of discovery but at the end of Reductionism, a time in which the false ideology of human mastery of all things through microscopes is being swept away by event and reason. This is not to say that microscopic law is wrong or has no purpose, but only that it is rendered irrelevant in many circumstances by its children and its children's children,the higher organizational laws of the world."R.B.Laughlin
The immense complexity of the patterns written in space and time... and the emergent properties of the brain are beyond any levels of investigations by physics or physiologogy at the present time- and perhaps for a long time to come. J Eccles
“If you hold opposites together in your mind, you will suspend your normal thinking process and allow an intelligence beyond rational thought to create a new form.”Niels Bohr
"The idea that conscious deliberation before making a decision is always good is simply one of those illusions consciousness creates for us," Dr. Dijksterhuis
... the patterns formed by the nervous system depend on environmental task requirements. The brain does not exist in a vacuum, detached from context. If the brain is intrinsically chaotic, possessing, by defination, an infinate number of unstable periodic orbits, it has the capacity to match an equally unpredictable environment. Being chaotic at rest allows the brain to access to any of these unstable orbits to satisfy functional requirements.
The brain is fundamentally a pattern forming self-organized system governed by potentially discoverable, nonlinear dynamical laws. JA Scott Kelso
 Synergetics -the brain is conceived as a self-organizing system operating close to instabilities where its activities are governed by collective variables, the order parameters, that enslave the individual parts, i.e., the neurons. In this approach, emphasis is laid on qualitative changes of behavioral and neuronal activities. H. Haken
That the human mind does not perceive what is "there", but what it believes should be "there". H. von Foerster
In this post-modern world we must update the old positivistic, reductionist, deterministic, non-duality paradigms.Rodger
"The Theory is only proposing a more detached view of the place in which our Consciousness is spacing; it is meant to be a more holistic kind of Physics. On the other hand, we must accept the fact that all theories, including the present one, are only approximations of the Truth. Only if Man had an infinite mind he/she would be able to grasp Total Reality. By just verbalizing something, we have already approximated it. Math comes closer, but it is still an approximation, because Nature has too many domains from which it emanates. The fact that it is open-ended at its outer edge doesn’t allow us to take seriously any Theory of Everything."R. Lampis
Thus it is most likely the case that no human endeavor is immune to theoretical incompleteness. This would then imply that any idea or concept cannot be completely defined, axiomatized or contextualized. It would also mean that a general correspondence theory of truth is unattainable and, moreover, that the notion of truth, itself, is undefinable.J.Mathen
The universe according to Bohm actually has two faces, or more precisely, two orders. One is the explicate order, corresponding to the physical world as we know it in day-to-day reality, the other a deeper, more fundamental order which Bohm calls the implicate order. The implicate order is the vast
holomovement. We see only the surface of this movement as it presents or "explicates" itself from moment to moment in time and space. What we see in the world — the explicate order — is no more than the surface of the implicate order as it unfolds. Time and space are themselves the modes or forms of the unfolding process. They are like the screen on the video game. The displays on the screen may seem to interact directly with each other but, in fact, their interaction merely reflects what the game computer is doing.Allan Combs & Mark Holland 
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Inspirations my family, interesting ideas, ocean, friends, life, music, peacemakers, peace, good people, love, a gentle breeze, summer clouds  
What Scares Me War - Cruelty - Greed - Indifference, global warming  
Role Models unknown hero's who deserve respect, Nelson Mandela, many others as well, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother and father, Maya Angelou, Jimmy Carter, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, buddha  
Quotation A most beautiful experience is seeing the woman you are making love to, in sexual rapture. rodger"The more I understand, the less I know"- Tao Le Ching, "The wisest mind has something yet to learn"- George Santayana, 'History is known as much by who is writing it as to what really happened'-Rodger'Life is a dance in which we both lead and are led.'-Rodger'To know life, a person needs to know and respond to its' complementary aspects'-Rodger
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Books From Certainity to Uncertainity, The China Study, Mutual Causality in Buddhism, Dynamic Patterns, The Complementary Nature, Graceful Simplicity, Suffering and No Suffering, The Heart of Buddhist Meditation, The Conscious Universe, The Embodied Mind, The Non-Local U  
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Movies Frank Capra movies, The Little Buddha, Somewhere in Time, ghost, Star Wars (original trilogy), Charlie Chaplin films, oliver and hardy, mickey mouse/goofy/donald duck/pluto, Monty Python's Quest 4 Holy Grail, The Lord of The Rings, the birdcage, Seven Samurai  
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    Rodger R. (63)

    Thanks all for the wonderful B'day wishes!! You all are fantastic!

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    Jenny D. (830)
    Hi Rodger
    I must get my hands on your book -The Buddha's Teachings: Seeing without Illusion A contemporary Cognitive Science Approach
    Well done!!!
    And thank you for spreading the dharma

    Btw, hope you had a wonderful birthday

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    Hope your birthday is splendiferous!
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    Happy Birthday with much excitement!

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