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Aria Jenneth
Kumiho's Smile
Posted - 2011.08.17 19:27:00 - [91]

Thank you, Mr. Valadeus.

Mr. Qansh:

Originally by: Qansh
But here's where I came up short -- how can this knowledge not be transcendental?

The perspective we seek is not an omniscient one. A transcendental faith looks outside for answers; we do not seek either an outside god or an outside perspective.

Instead, Shuijing sect practice is based on piercing through illusion to uncover hidden realities. One well-known practice is a monk's physical training. The goal is to hone the body into an extension of the will, to overcome the illusion of separation between body and mind. Tools, weapons such as the knives I trained with, are used to break down another barrier, between the "self" and the "other."

If a blade can become an extension of the arm, which is itself an extension of the mind, where, then, is the border between the monk and the universe?

Awareness does not require omniscience. Perceiving the Totality does not require being outside of it, nor does it require seeing all of it at once, any more than water in a river needs to see a map. The goal of perfectly fitting into one's place in the scheme of things is not served by a perspective that lies outside that scheme.

Triskelion Ouroboros
Posted - 2011.08.17 20:30:00 - [92]

Originally by: Aria Jenneth
The perspective we seek is not an omniscient one...

Ah... practice... the dance. I do understand that (I'm pretty mean with flipping a hair brush), but of course I don't really understand that so long as I keep on talking (unless maybe the point is laughter).

I don't think that what you have is divorced from generating philosophy (as you've mentioned) or even religion, but words can fail us. Strike down the words and see what, if, rises again, over and over on the way to refining ourselves... if we speak.

Because words, too, are part of the dance, and sometimes they're worth framing or beautiful garments in themselves.

I've enjoyed your thoughts. Thank you.

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