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by Andrei
Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Zen/Vipassana Practitioner, Interested in Direct Pointing
Replies: 34
Views: 2095

Re: Zen/Vipassana Practitioner, Interested in Direct Pointing

To me it's two ways of seeing the same thing, and both have their uses. What do you think? Do you see any contradictions in this? The only contradiction I can think of is how can you do all that - meditation, zazen, DE - pretty advanced stuff basically, and still not see through the illusion of the...
by Andrei
Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:25 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Dan1
Replies: 15
Views: 1409

Re: Dan1

Hi Daniel, Welcome to LU. I would be happy to help you with your inquiry. For starters, when you say self (or ego, or "I", or person, etc.), what do you mean by it? And I dont mean just a generic definition but anything and everything that feels "personal" to you. Where is the self located? cheers A...
by Andrei
Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Zen/Vipassana Practitioner, Interested in Direct Pointing
Replies: 34
Views: 2095

Re: Zen/Vipassana Practitioner, Interested in Direct Pointing

Any doubts there? I'm going in and out of seeing it. There is awareness of what just is. But I only see this when I'm trying to 'see clearly'. Then the mental activity continues, and there are nervous system/adrenal responses to thoughts, and the whole cycle begins to spin. Are you by any chance ex...
by Andrei
Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Zen/Vipassana Practitioner, Interested in Direct Pointing
Replies: 34
Views: 2095

Re: Zen/Vipassana Practitioner, Interested in Direct Pointing

Been trying to look clearly at what this awareness is. What is it that perceives. Starting to see that there is nothing there that I can call awareness, just the thing itself. Any doubts there? Still not there. Far from it. I feel like looking at awareness and subtle desire to have better mind stat...
by Andrei
Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: The persistence of 'I'
Replies: 11
Views: 486

Re: The persistence of 'I'

I honestly don't have an answer for why the predictability is 'mine'. I asked you to create a thought and you said you couldn't. That's how one tests to see whether something is real or makebelief. Then you come talking about predictability. This has nothing to do with seeing. This is all mind. Can...
by Andrei
Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: The persistence of 'I'
Replies: 11
Views: 486

Re: The persistence of 'I'

I guess it is hard to 'create' a thought. I didn't ask you if it's hard. I asked how you do it. You can try and evade my questions but it's not going to work :D it just kind of comes out of nowhere but it seems that there is a sense of predictability about the thoughts The whole point of this inqui...
by Andrei
Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: The persistence of 'I'
Replies: 11
Views: 486

Re: The persistence of 'I'

The 'self' is not the one experiencing the sensation, but the one interpreting the sensation as, for example, painful or irritating I believe. The sensation just happens. The 'I' takes it and makes it good or bad (usually bad). And this interpreting is done by thoughts? Are they "yours"? Can you cr...
by Andrei
Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: The persistence of 'I'
Replies: 11
Views: 486

Re: The persistence of 'I'

If there is no me, what is it that is experiencing all these painful sensations? Isn't "pain" a label for a biological reaction to an intense stimulus? Why does there have to be a "self" experiencing it? Try it. Pinch your arm and stay with the sensation. Don't label it either way, just stay with i...
by Andrei
Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: The persistence of 'I'
Replies: 11
Views: 486

Re: The persistence of 'I'

I would be grateful if you could work with me in looking into the fear and anxiety that seem to take over my life. I am prepared for whatever sensations may arise in this process. Perfect. So, for starters, if I say "There is no you", would that bring about any tension, any fear? And second, when y...
by Andrei
Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: The persistence of 'I'
Replies: 11
Views: 486

Re: The persistence of 'I'

Hi there, Welcome to LU. I would be happy to help you with your inquiry. You say you go through episodes of fear and anxiety. Would you like us to look into it for a bit? For instance if I was to ask you to relieve an episode of anxiety and stay with the original sensations for as long as they last,...
by Andrei
Thu Aug 24, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Zen/Vipassana Practitioner, Interested in Direct Pointing
Replies: 34
Views: 2095

Re: Zen/Vipassana Practitioner, Interested in Direct Pointing

Been quite tired and ill these past few days. It's nothing and will clear up soon enough. Tried to sit and bring up these things. I struggled to focus the mind enough to clearly bring up feelings about not having free will. Frustration arose. I couldn't direct my thoughts enough on one thing. I'll ...
by Andrei
Tue Aug 22, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Zen/Vipassana Practitioner, Interested in Direct Pointing
Replies: 34
Views: 2095

Re: Zen/Vipassana Practitioner, Interested in Direct Pointing

How can you have free will if you don't make choices? This is difficult to accept but I see it. And you're right, letting go of free will is scary. So many comfortable beliefs and sources of security rely on this idea. Good! You found something that gives you troubles. Don't just accept it or move ...
by Andrei
Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Zen/Vipassana Practitioner, Interested in Direct Pointing
Replies: 34
Views: 2095

Re: Zen/Vipassana Practitioner, Interested in Direct Pointing

I don't feel like my life is preprogrammed. I can sense there is no 'doer' and my choices are not coming from some centralised 'me'. But it still feels like there is some free will. How can you have free will if you don't make choices? This passivity is unacceptable for me. Even if the self is illu...
by Andrei
Sun Aug 20, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: Zen/Vipassana Practitioner, Interested in Direct Pointing
Replies: 34
Views: 2095

Re: Zen/Vipassana Practitioner, Interested in Direct Pointing

I thought I was behind these choices. But these things were shaped by endless interlinked causes and effects. One thing just causes another thing. Again, I look back and draw a line around things and say 'I should've chosen a different career', etc. But these things happened on their own, in a way....
by Andrei
Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:07 am
Forum: THE GATE
Topic: New to liberation
Replies: 1
Views: 233

Re: New to liberation

Hi Chelle, Welcome to LU. I would be happy to help you with your inquiry. That, if you still need any help. Looks like the book did all the work! :) Is there anything that still feels "personal" at all? Do a short antivirus search through all of your files: your thoughts, senses, sensations, decisio...

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