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You really caught me here off guard.

I thought hte relation between eastern mystic traditions and science were mroe realted with physics and maybe neurobiology in the strict sense of mind as brain being aware of the completeness of the existence. Somehting like "seeing" the complexity or teh network of links that existence is. Not item but the whole.

I did not know that the approach to reality was so "narrative"....It's good to know taht it can really be adapted.

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I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Wed Mar 7th, 2007 at 04:16:51 PM EST
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one of the core concepts is that we don't actually see reality.  we all see a world that is filtered through a screen, a screen that is made up of all of our past experiences, what we have learned, our prejudices.  a master reaches a state of "emptiness", where all of that is put aside, and reality comes directly at the master, who just reacts, or not, naturally.  Emptiness is more of a Buddhist concept.

There is probably a much better verse from the Tao, but just opening it to Verse 10:
Can you coax your mind from its wandering
and keep to the original oneness?
Can you let your body become
supple as a newborn child's?
Can you cleanse your inner vision
until you see nothing but the light?

Can you love people and lead them
without imposing your will?
Can you deal with the most vital matters by letting events take their course?
Can you step back from your own mind
and thus understand all things?

Giving birth and nourishing,
having without possessing,
acting with no expectations,
leading and not trying to control;
this is the supreme virtue.

I'm sure others such as rg and Fran would have different insights, and explain much better.

by wchurchill on Wed Mar 7th, 2007 at 07:06:52 PM EST
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I really like tao mythology.. I love it :)

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I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Wed Mar 7th, 2007 at 07:10:13 PM EST
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