RENUNCIATION – Giving up something for the sake of something else more valuable- a natural choice. Harder to understand is the renunciation of those who give up the possibility of bliss and freedom for the sake of passing pleasures and delusional pride.
SECURITY – in a world of changing things, this is a meaningless impossibility. In Unchanging Awareness it is also meaningless, since it would have no possible opposite.
BRAIN – Contorted lump of jelly taking the role, in post-Christian mythology, of a controlling God (a role also ascribed to genes, hormones, and money).
The brain is posited as the organ causing thinking – the source for this theory being, er, thinking. Maybe thinking doesn’t want us to see that it is the controlling God to whose will we submit?
HEAD – Something that exists in your thoughts (not vice versa) *
THINKING – Thing-King: it makes direct experience into things
POSITIVE THINKING – Choosing a kinder master… but why be a slave to thinking at all? Choose Dharma.
INTERDEPENDENCE – This only appears, dependent on that, that depends on the other, everything depends on something else: what is it all really?
It’s not nothing, but it’s not what it presently appears to be. It’s not interdependent things, since there are no independent things to depend upon each other. It sounds like a house of cards as drawn by Escher, resting upon itself – an optical illusion. Interdependence is only half the story.
ILLUSION – something appears, but it isn’t what it appears.
WE – your identity, and mine.
FRIEND – someone who nurtures your ego, i.e. an enemy.
ENEMY – someone who threatens your ego, a true friend.
HUMBLE – just that little bit better at self-effacement than others.
GENEROSITY – reminding yourself that we all depend on each other – and you’re in a minority of one.
- (with thanks to Lama Shenpen)