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by Christopher Fulkerson

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CF's Desk at His Capp Street Studio
Where he was living at the time he wrote
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Samadhi is brought about by the practitioner's yoga with the "suchness" of an object.   Enlightenment occurs when the practitioner's livingness (my term) joins with the "suchness" (Buddhist technical term) of the object.   The Enlightenment and realizations will have the character of the object according to the mind of the practitioner.  (It seems likely to me that the practitioner's livingness must achieve some degree of suchness, and it's best if the object's suchness is realizable by the practitioner as compatible with his livingness.)

It might help to understand this to think that artificial "enlightenment," such as is brought about through the use of drugs, is made possible by the artificial "suchness" of the object.   The drug "hacks" awareness and imposes a suchness in a meditative rape.   The object, a drug, has physical characteristics; the unhealthy "enlightenment" is according to these characteristics.   These steps are obviously bad, but most people are aware of them, so they function as examples of what I am talking about, though not examples of good practice.

Actual Samadhi should vary between practitioners, especially as their objects of practice will vary from person to person.

I have long been absolutely certain that it is not necessary for the object of yogic concentration to actually exist at the time of Samadhi.   I have also been sure for some time that is it not necessary for the practitioner to know what the object of yogic concentration is.   It appears that it is probably not necessary for the practitioner to ever know what the object of yogic concentration was.

In terms of Buddhist philosophy, it is my Samadhi-experienced opinion that the usefulness of what I am calling "livingness" (life, aliveness, etc.) belies the usual appearance or accusation of nihilism in association with Buddhism.   The actual nihilism in Buddhism is less than it seems to persons with a Judeo-Christian bias.   Detachment from chaotic emotions is really all that is needed.  Enlightenment is part of the larger palette of Judeo-Christian tradition; it is what I think is implied in the Biblical phrase "His yoke [certainly, yoga] is easy and his burden [suchness, probably] is light."

Reading Philip K. Dick's EXEGESIS has helped me sort some of this out.   It seems to me that the simplest explanation for what Dick experienced is that he achieved a yoga with a high-tech object, that might not even have existed at the time.   It seems plausible to me that high-tech objects approach or approximate "suchness."

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First posted January 20, 2013

Copyright c 2013 by Christopher Fulkerson.


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