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is seeing transitive
do you look to see as the will will direct
or do you select what you see as
desire will allow
is it a microscope that focusses down
or a telescope that conceives
what there is from what isn’t
do I see the point
or contextualise it
does it come to me
or do I dwell in the world defined by my looks and habit
is it both or neither
or should I just get this damn arrow out!
of my eye
writing or meditating
transitive or passive …
– SLAP! –
“It’s just as if a man were wounded with an arrow thickly smeared with poison. His friends & companions, kinsmen & relatives would provide him with a surgeon, and the man would say, ‘I won’t have this arrow removed until I know whether the man who wounded me was a noble warrior, a priest, a merchant, or a worker.’ He would say, ‘I won’t have this arrow removed until I know the given name & clan name of the man who wounded me… until I know whether he was tall, medium, or short… until I know whether he was dark, ruddy-brown, or golden-colored… until I know his home village, town, or city… until I know whether the bow with which I was wounded was a long bow or a crossbow… until I know whether the bowstring with which I was wounded was fiber, bamboo threads, sinew, hemp, or bark… until I know whether the shaft with which I was wounded was wild or cultivated… until I know whether the feathers of the shaft with which I was wounded were those of a vulture, a stork, a hawk, a peacock, or another bird… until I know whether the shaft with which I was wounded was bound with the sinew of an ox, a water buffalo, a langur, or a monkey.’ He would say, ‘I won’t have this arrow removed until I know whether the shaft with which I was wounded was that of a common arrow, a curved arrow, a barbed, a calf-toothed, or an oleander arrow.’ The man would die and those things would still remain unknown to him.”
from the “Cula-Malunkyovada Sutta: The Shorter Instructions to Malunkya” (Majjhima Nikaya 63), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Access to Insight (Legacy Edition), 30 November 2013, http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.063.than.html .
being & Buddha wormhole: de Boeddha // of light
identity wormhole: zok! and pow!
looking wormhole: dream 260815
meditation wormhole: between
seeing wormhole: now, the verticals go down as well as they go up
talking to myself wormhole: exactly equal
thinking wormhole: just saying, is all V: // … systematic and consistent disempowerment
world wormhole: Detective Comics #345
writing wormhole: enough
Johnny Alexander said:
You have hit sir, upon two of my most favored targets.
The limits of vision and perception and…..Lo and behold, one of my all-time favorite stories/metaphors of the Buddha, by golly. The arrow, the arrow, that bloody poisoned arrow.
The brain of course has already begun that meddling process of truly transitive filtering long before we even have the chance to discuss what it is that we think we are seeing….all those thingks that we can’t stop our selves thinking about whether we should or shouldn’t think about.
Is the arrow three-fletched or negated four-foldedly….?
Which came first, the arrow or the anger? Or was it the angler? Casting his nets….oh wait….that was me…
“we search the sky for
fish while our branches
blow in air.”
I’d recommend a good styptic for that eye of yours.
And next time your looking for the point, duck.
m lewis redford said:
herm … reminds me of a joke I remember: man walks into a bar; clannng!