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The Buddhist Shih: Phenomena, Thing-Events, and Consciousness, all arising together

The Buddhist Shih: Phenomena, Thing-Events, and Consciousness, all arising together

9/10/2019 6:50a.m.

Got up earlier today, sitting outside at dawn, the sun comes up over the horizon. What a difference, now late summer, to dawn in the springtime, when the birds were just everywhere, now one single crow in the distance…

OK, Club, are you here?

The Club: Oh yes, we are ready to roll (similing).

So the word of the day is “shih.” Based on yesterdays dialogue, I looked it up, it took me a while to find it and I got as far as the basic definition.

That’s good, don’t overload your mind/understanding.

So “shih” is the Buddhist term for event, thing, phenomenon.  There is no distinction between, say, a think or an event.  The key is that they don’t have independent existence, no internal essence, but only arise interrelated.  So for a phenomenon (an event, a thing) to appear, it takes a certain condition.

“Condition,” you once had it, meant “talking together.” So it’s not individual, but collective, mutual arising.

So yesterday, you made it sound like “shih” is also tied to the quantum, and since it is a “thing/event” that time and matter have a quantum nature.  [We know that matter has, there are some newer theories that time may be as well].

So all this is about is phenomenon, that is loosely defined as all that appears “to the mind.” Go look up the word. [When I received this sentence, it was clear that “to the mind” was a meaning that did not quite fit.]

I look up the words:
“phenomenon” (also phantom), from Greek “phantazein” (to make visible),  derived from “phainein”(to show).  
Our words “fantasy” and “fancy” also derived from this.  From “phanein” to “phantasia” (appearance, perception, imagination), to “phantastikos” (able to make visible).

Wow, I looked it up, I see a new connection.

Right, because when we said ‘phenomenon is all that appears “to the mind” ‘ it makes it sound like the mind is separate from it, like a bystander that sees things.  But in that root of the word “phenomenon,” you have “to make visible.”  It also ties to “fantasy” and “fantasize,” which is “the ability to make things visible.” [The implication I got was that it is active, not passive.]

So the key point is that phenomena  (things/events) are NOT separate from mind or consciousness, but are brought up together. 

So you have this triple:  matter (space), time (event), and consciousness.

Just like quantum physics, in that the observer IS the observed. By choosing the experimental setup, (for example) position vs momentum, the event will appear.

Something like that.

I lost the thread.

No, you interspersed something into the flow. Reread the above.

OK, got it back.

So it really, again, is the choice. The choice sets up the phenomenon, makes it visible, shows it, in time and space!  [that is the active part].

So the Buddhists are right in the sense to not distinguish between a thing and an event, in that word “shih.” Now, when that word “shih” was invented, some two thousand years ago, humans lived at the human scale.  Today, using technology, that scale has expanded and we can probe into the heavens and into the microcosm, down to the atoms and subatomic parts, electrons, bosons, Hicks particle, etc.

We talked about scale before, and the conclusion was, it is not the “cosmic microsope/telescope” that shows us reality, but the “cosmic hologram.”

The point is: today you can see “shih” at much smaller scales than back in the early days of Buddhism.  Yet, the illusion is to see electrons or whatever, quanta of matter, energy, or time, at a smaller scale, because that just simply expands the model of fragmentation.

The key idea behind the Buddhist “shih” is the mutual, interdependent arising, into the shih, the observed by a consciousness that is intricately interwoven with this, and itself also only arises as part of this. And then merges back into this, well, how do we call the opposite of arising, let’s just say “the ground,” although that is not correct. [ typing this up, the enfolded would be the term we used before]

I understand. So matter, time, and the momentary consciousness arise out of, say, the cosmic hologram [or "cosmic soup" or "the implicate order" etc] , come into being (as this moment, this “thing,” as perceived by “this thought”), as part of the overall interdependence of all-that-is.

Right, it is the expression of “all-that-is,”or the cosmic hologram, under these “conditions” – again, meaning “the great talking together.” Smiling.

The key points are:

  • Time, matter (space) and consciousness come out together as shih
  • It comes out of this great interplay
  •  and the [key?] part of this is the choice

Now, the thing about quanta and such is the scale. Remember we talked about, there are layers of consciousness, they all choose at their scale to bring about a given total situation!

Yet, it is all but one consciousness.  So that’s what happens at the atomic level. “Atomic consciousness” chooses to fit that total situation, at the level of atoms. You choose at the level of humans and notice the phenomena at your level.  “Notice”is an active act that involves “making it visible” or “showing.” And “we,” well, we work at our level, making it visible, manifesting, and that involves you. And, how should we call it, “God” works at God’s level.

Yet, it all flows, it is all one.  Really, as we said before, it is just drawing membranes around parts in the hologram.  [A note by me, reminder: a part is a partition of the whole, still intricately connected or part of it all].

Yeah, I can see it.  So are we done with “shih”?

Ha, laughing, you are funny!  There is always more. But this I bearing fruit – maybe study up some more on Hua-Yuang again.  And we pick up from there. Enough for today.

Yes, it is quite chilly out here.  Until next time.

Namaste — I bow to you and the Divine in you.

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