I went up and Googled Phenomenology and it is a vast subject. Although it looks to be very interesting, it isn’t going to be something that I can accomplish over night. But I do promise to share anything that strikes me as being particularly interesting.
I did go and read about Solomon too. So far what he has said seems to be skimming more along the surface than my tastes run.
I would like to get down into the bare bones of how Existentialism and Buddhism study the finite world (more the world of thought and emotion) seeing just how far both of these can travel together towards a final realization of Self and Truth in the Ultimate sense. I am almost sure that at some point Existentialism will fall behind. But, lets examine this together.
I have high hopes that Phenomenology will prove itself a better and far reaching partner for Buddhism. But again that remains to be seen. I am excited about the possibilities that Phenomenology holds forth to us.
In speaking with my friend on the fact of Phenomenology’s dynamism, just recently, we decided that it was rather more like the physiology of the body than the anatomy, in that it was a process of knowing rather that a diagram or a map of a material event. It would be in the doing of Phenomenology that we would move along into wisdom. In other words Phenomenology would be lived, rather than examined like an object.
So yes, Phenomenology is all about experience and how we perceive everything. We are not so much looking at any one material object, but rather looking directly at our own self, our own perception. What is this perceiving that seems to be going on? Examining it, by being it.
I think we will be leaving Descartes in the dust, as perceiving precedes thought. In other words, I am not because I think, but before thought even arrives, and not because of thought. I am able to stand back and watch thought but arrive and dissolve once again. Who is this perceiver?
Lin Chi, “Look, Look.”
I did run into internationality being mentioned a number of times in correspondence to Phenomenology. But we might, in the near future, be asking the question much like Alan Watts would, “Who intends to intend?” We are looking for the very root of this tree.
When we have something directing consciousness, we are already in the mind. I am wondering about perception previous to action. Thoughts of direction are a subtle form of action.
I hold to the idea that ‘Intrinsic Knowledge’ of our very ‘Self’ does not require directing consciousness towards it, as it is not outside of us. It is dead center. Any direction in this case would need to be traveling away from it/center.
Mindfulness, as it is commonly practiced these days is mostly concerned with our finite conditions of thought and emotion. Most Tibetan Buddhism, the way that it is practiced in this country, is a very good psychology. This is not to say that if anything is practiced to it very extreme, it couldn’t bring you eventually beyond its self.
“I am all ears.” Teach me what is so good about Existentialism, as you see it. Like I say, it has been years since I have read any Existentialism. Is it a kind of Novo-Existentialism that you are speaking about? (Something more recent?)
I have to tell you that I have a little trouble with thinking about what my responsibility is, when I haven’t settled some other more important/foundational issues first. Who am I? Where am I? What the (blue blazes) am I doing here? Only after a have a few of these answered, would I feel comfortable moving on to what is responsibility, and what part of that is mine?
I am not familiar with Bicameralism. Would you tell me a bit about it, please? I have way too much on my plate, right now, to go off looking for it,also. But I wouldn’t mind chewing on it with you, on this thread, with you taking the lead, if that would please you.
Thank you for your efforts in sending me this nice long reply, when you were obviously busy. I enjoyed it very much.
I am sorry if I have your compass needle swinging wildly. Welcome to my world. ; ^ )
I am not always as organized as I should be, duh, papers and books scattered about. I am more of an idea person and somewhat creative.
Sometimes my friends come to me and explain a problem to me, even though they know I don’t know “dit tilly squat" about that particular subject or tool, because I will come up with something new and innovative, and that is what they need right then, a new direction.