Friday, April 20, 2012

'... a notion of self ...'







 






8 comments:

  1. nice...i have really enjoyed reading thich...def makes my mind work...nice texture on the pic too...always good to see you bonnie...smiles.

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  2. HI BONNIE - beautiful image and "quote" upon which to reflect. Happy Spring to you.
    Love Gail
    peace.....

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  3. A nice thought here, Bonnie. It's rather futile to spend a great deal of energy trying to dissolve or destroy the self; it tends to be rather hydra-headed, always returning stronger than before. The most we can do, as Thich Nhat Hanh so brilliantly observes, is to transcend that old beast.

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  4. This is a really good and useful way of seeing the self, isn't it? I like it very much. Rather than considering the self as some hard, fixed thing that has to be dissolved (which suggests pressure, abrasion, effort, reaction, destruction etc.), we are invited to see the self as an altogether softer, more fluid, more amorphous, even notional entity — which of course it is. And the idea of transcendence rather than dissolution (which is impossible) is uplifting, empowering, and has spiritual connotations. Interesting the ambiguity about whether he means there really is no self to be dissolved because at bottom there is no self at all, or whether he means there is a self, but it's futile to try and dissolve it because it's better and more accurate to see it as more of a mental construct, then try and transcend it ...

    A wonderful statement from Tich Nhat Hanh; it certainly made me think and meditate.

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  5. Beautiful photo...colors and texture fabulous
    Hugs
    SUeAnn

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  6. your blog is always so so beautiful and inspiring. thanks

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  7. Wow, this takes my breath away!!

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  8. Fascinating art bonnie, and I love Thich Nhat Hann

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