Saturday, October 16, 2010

Objectivity, Appearance, and Phenomena

“Objective existence is phenomenal - appearance only,
Non-objective existence is unaware of existing,
And it is phenomenally incognizable.

Objective existence is figuration in mind,
Non-objective existence only `exists' in such mind,
Cognizing everything except what is cognizing.

Objective mind is self-elaboration in space-time,
Non-objective mind, phenomenally void, knows neither.

By whom is this being said?
By mind attempting to see itself - and not succeeding.
Why? As space-time `it' appears as `void',
Intemporally `it' cannot cognize what is cognizing.”

Wei Wu Wei
Buddhist/Taoist philosopher (1896-1986)


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Andy Ilachinski said...


Thanks for stopping by my blog. Two wonderful books I can suggest are The Zen of Creativity by John Daido Loori:

and The Tao of Philosophy by Alan Watts: