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Re: Consciousness

Post by Ron-The-Elder » Sat May 07, 2016 11:29 am

And now for something totally different:

Mental Equanimity:
SN 48.38 PTS: S v 211 CDB ii 1682; Thai: SN 48.37

Vibhanga Sutta: An Analysis

(of the Feeling Faculties)

translated from the Pali by

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

© 2005

"Monks, there are these five faculties. Which five? The pleasure-faculty, the pain-faculty, the happiness-faculty, the distress-faculty, the equanimity-faculty.

"And what is the pleasure-faculty? Any physical pleasure, physical comfort born of body-contact to be experienced as pleasure & comfort. That is called the pleasure-faculty.

"And what is the pain-faculty? Any physical pain, physical discomfort born of body-contact to be experienced as pain & discomfort. That is called the pain-faculty.

"And what is the happiness-faculty? Any mental pleasure, mental comfort born of intellect-contact to be experienced as pleasure & comfort. That is called the happiness-faculty.

"And what is the distress-faculty? Any mental pain, mental discomfort born of intellect-contact to be experienced as pain & discomfort. That is called the distress-faculty.

"And what is the equanimity-faculty? Anything, physical or mental, to be experienced as neither comfort nor discomfort. That is called the equanimity-faculty.

"With regard to this, the pleasure-faculty & happiness-faculty are to be seen as a feeling of pleasure. The pain-faculty & distress-faculty are to be seen as a feeling of pain. The equanimity-faculty is to be seen as a feeling of neither pleasure nor pain. Thus, by this exposition, the five are three; and the three, five."
source: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
There also arises in him strong equanimity associated with insight, which is neutral towards all formations. Under its influence he regards with neutrality even his examination of the nature of these formations with respect to their being impermanent, etc.; and he is able to notice keenly and continuously the bodily and mental processes arising at the time. Then his activity of noticing is carried on without effort, and proceeds, as it were, of itself. Also in adverting to the objects, there arises in him strong equanimity, by virtue of which his mind enters, as it were, quickly into the objects of advertence.[32]
source: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... gress.html
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A head of gray hairs doesn't mean one's an elder. Advanced in years, one's called an old fool.
But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

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Re: Consciousness

Post by Ron-The-Elder » Tue May 17, 2016 8:15 pm

Through The Wormhole regarding consciousness driving the universe:

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What Makes an Elder? :
A head of gray hairs doesn't mean one's an elder. Advanced in years, one's called an old fool.
But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

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Re: Consciousness

Post by Ron-The-Elder » Wed Nov 16, 2016 12:40 pm

From ABC Science, Finding Consciousness: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/pro ... ss/7993592
Excerpt: And most of the work in the first few years of fMRI was confirmatory. We weren't finding new things out, we were checking what we thought we already knew and making sure that we were correct. We knew which part of the brain understands and processes speech long before fMRI came along, but fMRI helped us to confirm that and take it a little bit further. I think the interesting thing about our study is it was completely different. The idea that you could use fMRI to detect consciousness really sort of came out of nowhere because up until that point there was no way of detecting consciousness. There was no other method. We didn't know how to detect it. And suddenly we could do it and it turns out we could do it pretty reliably.
Lynne Malcolm: Professor Adrian Owen from the University of Western Ontario in Canada.
What Makes an Elder? :
A head of gray hairs doesn't mean one's an elder. Advanced in years, one's called an old fool.
But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

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