Margie (and Bill),

What nonsense! That experience suggests there is an objective world (the eggplant) and that the cognitive representation of that world is illusion. Only if the monk went back again later and it wasn't an eggplant but a squashed frog and kept changing every time he looked at then we might conclude there was no objective world. The monk accepted that the reality of the objective world was the eggplant, not the squashed frog illusion in his mind.

My point again is that what is in the mind and what is in the world is the same thing and that it is only one thing, and that the rules that govern all that are causal and consistent. That includes the phenomenon of errors of the senses and cognition that can be corrected by internal consistency.

That is true because things are only illusion in the sense that they are observer dependent views of reality. Reality itself has no reality independent of any observer. Just as in relativity there is no absolute motion, only motion relative to an observer. Every event is an 'experience' or observation by an 'observer' even if it is just an electron responding to a force. The whole idea of an external reality independent of observers is a construct of the mind and represents the cognitive world view of every organism, each of which is different and dependent on the biological and cognitive structure of that organism.

And that view is my own cognitive construct in my own mind which depends on my cognitive structure.

So we go round and round and never get to any observer independent external reality. Therefore everything is illusion, but only in the sense that it is impossible to identify an objective reality behind everything independent on any observer's direct experience since no observer could ever experience it.

So what is not illusion, at least in my experience, is the illusion - that is the contents of direct experience in the ground of the present moment, but known to be illusion since their manifestation depends on my structure. And even worse, my supposed structure which determines reality is a construct of its own structure! But at least in my experience that is consistent and follows causal rules.

Those are the contents of consciousness. I can however experience experience more directly when all contents fade away and only pure consciousness remains, that experience is the reality of the present moment empty of all, or almost all, content. Or, if I open my eyes, the perceptual content reappears but is not categorized by the mind. That categorization, e.g. the separation of the perceptual content into discrete things which stand in relationships to each other is a construct of the mind and as such is illusion. But it is a consistent illusion ruled by causality.

And since that is all there is, that illusion must be accepted as reality, but only when recognized to be illusion.


On Oct 15, 2008, at 10:45 AM, roloro1557 wrote:

There was a monk who specialized in the buddhist precepts, and had
kept to them all his life. Once when he was walking at night, he
stepped on something. It made a squishing sound, and he thought he had
stepped on an egg-bearing frog. This caused him no end of alarm and
regret, in view of the precept against taking life. When he finally
went to sleep that night he dreamed that hundreds of frogs came to him
demanding his life.

The monk was terribly upset, but when morning came he decided to go
and look, and he found that what he had stepped on was an overripe
eggplant. At that moment his feelings suddenly stopped, and for the
first time he realized the meaning of the saying that there is no
objective world. Then he finally knew how to practice zen.

FROM: Over the hills and far away. . .
The way to do is be. Lao Tzu

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