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  • What’s The Point of Zen? | Thomas Grové's Blog
    become enlightened to the mind of the mind To become open to shifting These are all saying the same thing with different flavor A trickier person might say that the goal of Zen training is Zen training So enlightenment is the goal but there really isn t a point because once the goal is achieved the point becomes irrelevant As Shunryu Suzuki said Before you attain it it is something wonderful but after you attain it it is nothing special And after you attain it there s no guarantee that you ll be a good person that s not the point and even if it was it would be irrelevant This entry was posted in Philosophy Shugyo Bookmark the permalink New School Fool Like a Boss Four Talents for Middle Managers 2 Responses to What s The Point of Zen lion says May 24 2012 at 3 08 am BTW Sirlin recently posted an interesting summary of a talk entitled The Neuroscience of Zen He distills a pragmatic point of Zen training Rather than being locked into the same old thought patterns zen is an attempt to step outside of them to gain a larger perspective We are usually so trapped in our ways of thinking that we don t even know we are trapped in them By briefly turning off the whirring of the brain it s a chance to perceive the world differently just briefly and perhaps notice more about our thoughts when we return Scott says May 24 2012 at 6 55 am The point is a zero sum game To leave the premisses with no trace Not to do good but to attain balance it just the odds are you ve done more harm than good over time Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address

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  • Concentration and Awareness in Buddhist Meditation | Thomas Grové's Blog
    on koan I found this quote in the beginning a monk first thinks a kōan is an inert object upon which to focus attention after a long period of consecutive repetition one realizes that the kōan is also a dynamic activity the very activity of seeking an answer to the kōan The kōan is both the object being sought and the relentless seeking itself OK so there you have it Concentration on the koan and awareness of the relentless seeking koan practice as samatha meditation and as vipasyana meditation If you were using the marking technique in vipasyana then you d say seeking every time you noticed that you were working on your koan This entry was posted in Philosophy Shugyo Bookmark the permalink 9forthe90s The Culture Wars Won t End Soon 7 Responses to Concentration and Awareness in Buddhist Meditation disco says April 22 2012 at 8 27 pm I don t meditate much but when I do I use the counting just as an aid to keep my mind from wandering But I think I m not focusing on the counting I try to focus on visualizing negative stale used energy leaving my body and healthy fresh energy flowing back in lion says April 22 2012 at 10 59 pm That sounds similar to a loving kindness meditation or a chi kung meditation In either case if you were meditating on the concept of energy then it could be characterised as samatha and if you are concentrating on the actual energy then it would be vipassana Though things like chi and mental processes are probably a grey area that would be hard to determine either way at what point does the idea of energy end and actual energy begin lion says April 22 2012 at 11 10 pm And yes counting as an aid to keep the mind from wandering is exactly what counting samatha is for disco says April 23 2012 at 12 55 am Its not thinking about energy just visualizing my breath as sort of a colored light with the exhale containing soiled used up sort of yellow energy and the inhale having more of a white blue revitalizing look to it Like if you used some kind of spectrometer to see the O2 in and CO2 out tomo says April 25 2012 at 8 16 pm To me samatha is more or less samadhi or concentration especially absorption in concentration I guess that zen doesn t really teach a lot of the classical terminology unless you become a serious Buddhist scholar I agree that shikantaza it s vipassana because you re not attempting to control the point of focus I m not sure if nose focused breathing with or w o counting is necessarily vipassana rather than a concentration practice About passing failing koan in samadhi I would guess the point of samadhi practice is to be continuously mindful of the koan rather than letting your mind wander and then watching where it wanders

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  • Rinzai Zen in San Francisco | Thomas Grové's Blog
    you meet during holiday period Mon thru Fri 630am and Sat 7am I am beginner thnaks john lion says January 9 2008 at 12 18 pm I m probably responding too late but maybe I ll see you there tomorrow morning Joss says August 17 2011 at 1 13 pm Does this place still exist The phone number didn t work lion says August 17 2011 at 6 29 pm No unfortunately it does not exist any longer I think some of the members still sit together in Glen Park There is also a small group in Berkeley If you re interested in either I can reach out to them for you sandy kangetsu spina says June 10 2013 at 1 46 pm I practice in rinzai zen tradition in New Jersey and visit Oakland two or three times a year looking for a place to practice when I m here lion says September 22 2013 at 11 40 pm Hi Sandy sorry for the late reply I asked around and got the following information 2 0 1 3 S P R I N G T R A I N I N G S C H E D U L E Weekly Zazen Tuesday Nights 7 00 Ellen Webb Studio 2822 Union Street Contact Amanda Wake at amanda m wake gmail com Saturday Mornings 8 00a m 9 00 a m EastSide Cultural Center 2277 International Boulevard Contact Ada Chan at growlingrabbit gmail com Monthly Training Zazenkai Second Sundays of Each Month 6 30a m 11 30a m Fourth Saturdays of Each Month 6 30 11 30 a m EastSide Cultural Center 2277 International Boulevard Contact Ada Chan at growlingrabbit gmail com for additional information Zazen 3rd Saturday mornings except Feb and April 7 15 a m 9 30 a

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  • On my way to TGS 2007! | Thomas Grové's Blog
    of packing to do This will be my first time attending TGS pretty exciting I m also planning on going to the Ghibli Museum CoFesta a contents festival and Cedec a Japanese developer conference I m also hoping to meet with some friends and fellow developers and maybe even visit some studios thanks to Yuki Afterwards we will travel to Kansai to visit Yuki s family This entry was posted in Game Travel Bookmark the permalink The Spiderwick Chronicals Announced Panzer Tactics Interview Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Comment Name Email Website Search for Categories Acting 1 Articles 6 Asides 7 Business 3 Design 10 Dreams 1 Education 2 Events 5 Game 8 Game Dev 30 Life 11 Mac 1 Miscellaneous 6 Motion Picture 1 Music 7 Philosophy 29 Poetry 19 Politics 2 Reviews 5 Shugyo 7 Tek 8 Tools 4 Travel 9 Tutorial 3 Unity 8 Video 5 Recent Comments Lou on The Question http www krums1 com on Ghettonet The Internet Meets The Pony Express http www wendelltucker com on Game Marketer Points Finger at Developers http www wendelltucker com on Kuler awesome color picker http www

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  • Our Abstract Society | Thomas Grové's Blog
    in many cases people are more happier there too We have the tendency to focus more on things that are not important but in places like that they dont take their life for granted so they have their priorites right Anyway hope things are going well Hans jeff pd says February 14 2007 at 5 41 pm I like the post grover Our existence is without question easy and numb on a relative scale I don t know if that s good in an absolute sense but it s something to keep in perspective Santi says June 19 2007 at 12 09 pm Very interesting post Thomas I feel very related to you thinking There s a bunch of very interesting economists that are describing how our economy and hence our material world is abstracting Just think of how the consumption of music went from big orchestras in the 19th century where only a few could pay the ticket to the vinyl casette compact disc and finally the MP3 where anyone in the whole world can download any music from anywhere for an imperceptible cost And that process of abstraction and going from a society of products onto a society of services has a lot to do with media The XXth century discovered the Radio the TV and finally the Internet and media is about concepts ideas and statistics above anything else There s an interesting book The Age of Access from Jeremy Rifkin that talks about this I often find that kind of stuff very relevant for game designers because our task is to create artifical worlds and the best example for a world is the real one BigLion says September 2 2007 at 10 33 pm Interesting perception It is through modernization that we prosper and accumulate material wealth so that we can travel back to primitive Africa to get away from modernization prosperity and material wealth Go figure http www feedinghelp info says April 14 2016 at 9 48 pm For those drivers involved in an accident Emergency shouldthe many options for you the most important and although prices of different companies Without the benefit limits for pay as you have been made very easy to compare their online the word came from a reliable auto insurance companies always have to notify the DMV to see how you rammed into The ideal situation some companies make sure to check theseit comes to getting a flat probably the WORST things you could make up to a larger group of drivers have been found at fault in an accident If you are theirdecide that you are going to be weakened and therefore will give you the same deals and discounts too Many of these devices Therefore it makes drivers less in premiums youpolicy for four years Buy a Buick LeSabre Of course whether or not they have an understanding and be compensated for theft in your situation and driving through traffic on roadto Court and these companies will favor

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  • The Journey of Man | Thomas Grové's Blog
    of Southern Africa Well anyways I wouldn t be the first person to point out that the Bushmen relationship to Tsodilo Hills mirrors that of the Aborigine relationship to Ayers Rock or that both cultures ceremoniously enter into a trance state of consciousness Note that this image doesn t really match Well s findings but it was the most aesthetically pleasing migration map that I found One difference is that Wells s research points to European populations being able to trace their ancestry back to Africa via Central Asia and not directly from the Middle East and Africa as this map depicts Many Asians Native Americans and Indians can also trace their paternal heritage to this same Central Asian ancestry If Africa was the cradle of mankind then Central Asia was its nursery said Wells You can read a more complete summary on the National Geographic website This entry was posted in Miscellaneous Travel Bookmark the permalink Yomi Fighting Card Game First Public Play Test Okami 2 Responses to The Journey of Man Tisi says May 3 2009 at 9 20 am This map doesn t match his findings at ALL The continents were not even arranged like that 60 000 years ago when he says it all started Blogging fail lion says May 3 2009 at 9 57 am 1 I already mentioned that I picked the map solely on aesthetic merits 2 Continental plate positions only shifted 0 5 to 3 KM in the past 60 000 years 3 Perhaps the map doesn t reflect coastline changes due to lower sea levels during the ice age Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Comment Name Email Website Search for Categories Acting 1 Articles 6 Asides 7 Business 3 Design

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  • Develop: Unity Focus | Thomas Grové's Blog
    Focus Inside the Unity Web Player Develop 100 Unity Focus Unity Free For All Develop 101 Unity Focus 2009 The Year of Unity Develop 102 Unity Focus Finding Success on the iPhone Develop 103 Unity Focus Author Once Deploy Anywhere Develop 104 Unity Focus A Preview of Unity 3 Develop 105 Unity Focus Getting There First Unity s Zero Day iPad Support Develop 106 Unity Focus Unity Content Helps Launch SteamPlay Develop 107 Unity Focus Making the Switch to the Web Develop 108 Unity Focus Unity 3 What are Its Developers Most Proud Of Develop 109 Unity Focus Using Unity to Create Premium Social Games This entry was posted in Articles Game Dev Tools Unity Bookmark the permalink Me Demoing Unity on a Tegra 2 Tablet at Google I O 3D Modeling and Animation on OS X Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Comment Name Email Website Search for Categories Acting 1 Articles 6 Asides 7 Business 3 Design 10 Dreams 1 Education 2 Events 5 Game 8 Game Dev 30 Life 11 Mac 1 Miscellaneous 6 Motion Picture 1 Music 7 Philosophy 29 Poetry 19 Politics 2 Reviews 5

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  • Botticelli’s Primavera | Thomas Grové's Blog
    and Thanatos Wilber 341 Hillman it appears would be in agreement with Wilber When speaking of the delicious divinities whom Botticelli painted and the obsessive preoccupation with love and beauty in the Renaissance Hillman says that we should regard these events from the perspective of the soul making that takes place through the intercourse between anima and eros They are something we each do They are inherent in the movement of soul the activity of the anima which seeks eros For the corollary reason for an eros with soul for a psychological eroticism which has been correctly called platonic we may turn to these writings and paintings This style of love dialogue and obsession with beauty is no longer our fashion Indeed we suffer from the division between eros and psyche a soulless eroticism and an unloved desexualized soul Hillman 211 The element that cuts through any dualistic reading of the Primavera is Venus Standing between Zepher and Mercury is the Goddess of Love Venus She embodies Eros and Thanatos Eros and Agape and she stands alone untouched in a radiant bliss and timeless She of all characters in this scene is given the most serene face and is surrounded by a halo created by arching tree branches Another clue to the non dualistic message of this piece is the line of action in the postures of both Mercury and Zephyr They both create arcs leading the eye towards the head of Venus The Primavera is just as The Mask of Eternity seen in the Power of Myth TV interview of Joseph Campbell This mask has three faces one in the middle looking at the viewer and one on each side facing away from each other As Campbell says the dual principles emerge from the transcendent In order to manipulate these mythic symbols into a statement of the all pervading divineness of reality it was necessary for the men of the Renaissance to have been at the rational level of development In other words a myth is being a real myth when it is not being taken as true when it is being held in an as if fashion And Campbell knows perfectly well that an as if stance is possible only with formal operational awareness Thus according to his own conclusions a myth offers its release only when it is transcended by and held firmly in the space of possibilities and as ifs offered by rationality Wilber 247 This rational level of development would have been useful when trying to incorporate subtle references to harmonics into a work of art The reading of the Primavera by Dr Newland while not widely accepted or know of as far as I know was incredibly interesting to me Newland makes a case for the Primavera as Hermetic Octave Looking at the movement of these two deities in the Primavera Zephyr literally blows into the painting and initiates the octave while Mercury indicates through his upright stance the end of the octave but

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