The name of the blog, Reason & Existenz, comes from a series of five lectures that Jaspers gave in 1936. In fact, the original URL was karljaspers23.wordpress.com .
For some reason, since I am in another narrative-identity mood today, I wanted to bring together the thinking which has had the greatest impact on the “who” of Keith B.
I do this, however, as a part of my own deconstruction & letting-go.
From to time, I will put in not direct quotes from Jaspers or from diverse Zen & spiritual masters. Rather, I will give you variations. I make no claim to these having any kind of orthodoxy or of them being “scholarly exact.”
For me, this is playfulness on the way to no-thinking. So a small mash up of Jaspers & Huangbo…
All the Absolutely Awake and all sentient beings are nought but the Encompassing, beside which nothing else stands out separately. This Encompassing, without beginning, is unborn and indestructible. Neither green nor yellow, neither having form nor coming into appearance. It does not belong to the categories of things which become or do not become, nor can it be thought of in terms of new or old. It is neither long nor short, big nor small, for the Encompassing transcends all limits, measures, names, traces and comparisons. It is that which you see before you–begin to reason about it, and suddenly you fall into error (off the Great Way). It is like the boundless void which cannot be fathomed or measured. The Encompassing alone is the Absolutely Awake, and there is no distinction between the Absolutely Awake and sentient things except what distinctions sentient beings generate by attaching to forms and thus seek externally for Absolute Awakeness. For by their very seeking after & outside, they lose it, for such thinking is using but one profile of the Absolutely Awake to seek for the complete Absolutely Awake and using one mode of the Encompassing to grasp the Encompassing. Even though thinkers do their utmost for a full aeon, they will not be able to attain to the utterly unattached & unborn. They do not know that, if sentient beings put a stop to conceptual thought and forget their angst, the Absolutely Awake will appear before them, for this Encompassing is the Absolutely Awake and the Absolutely Awake is all living beings. It is not lessened by being manifested in ordinary beings, nor is it greater for being manifested in the Absolutely Awake.
- The Leisure to be Your Own Self (keithwaynebrown.com)
- Struggle Falling Away: Love (keithwaynebrown.com)
- Inconceivable Learning (shambhala.com)
- A Modern Interpretation of Buddha Nature (aumparasamgate.wordpress.com)
- Mindfulness = Emptiness (suddenlybrilliance.com)
- Jeopardized and Jeopardizing (keithwaynebrown.com)
- There is no birth (zenflash.wordpress.com)
- More than One Direction in which Millennials Can Thrive (keithwaynebrown.com)
- Karl Jaspers, Arnold Toynbee and Eric Voegelin on the Axis of Time (disquietreservations.blogspot.com)