Thursday, 17 May 2012

Where Do We Come From, Where Do We Go?

Complex, sensitive psychophysical organisms interact with their natural and social environments. Organisms start to act as they start to develop. How could their action pre-exist their existence and what mechanism would transmit action into a newly conceived organism? Organismic and social interactions preceded and produced individual activity. Some consequences of our actions will continue after our deaths but the action itself will cease when we do. Any actions occurring after our deaths will not be ours.

Zen meditation is transmitted by a tradition whose teaching includes individual rebirth, a refinement of reincarnation. Some people argue that Zen synthesises Buddhism and Taoism. Taoist teaching did not include rebirth. Zen, present practice of immediate awareness, need not presuppose acceptance of rebirth teaching. Consciousness is here and now.

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