Participatory Spirituality for the 21st Century
Which issue do you mean?
In the cartoon he is asking if his meditation partner is experiencing the same thing, so the issue of whether nirvana is the same experience for everyone.
Oh, got it! LOL. I'm too slow.
I also like the 'not thinking' inference, as if that is the ultimate in meditation experience. And that if it's non-conceptual it must therefore be the same experience.
Yes, that's an idea Ferrer critiques as well: the idea that non-conceptual spiritual experiences, because they are non-conceptual, are therefore "the same."
Recall this post and several following. (The link to the book for that post is a couple posts up.) It seems that even pre-linguistic image schemata, which I've argued are the medium through which we contact non-conceptual awareness, have cultural differences. Yes, we share some universal features of embodiment, but even those are tweaked by particular environments and the cultures that grow up adapting to them. There is valid criticism about L&J's over-emphasis on embodied individual universalism which I related to Piaget, versus the more contingent and social constructivism of schemas more in line with Vygotsky. Hence from a broader cognitive linguistic paradigm even non-conceptual experience is not only not the same for everyone but it some cases quite different.
o.k. : )
i was not so much referring to you , just a bit surprised that i was the only one who seemed to notice his original importance and massive contribution to the real green revolution : ))
I was too busy to participate here this weekend, Max, but I did notice your tribute. Thank you for the essay on Reed, I will check it out this evening.
I am aware now.
This sentence from this post reminded me of the following song: "Add in the conscious ego’s recognition and integration of them and we get an IA structure that holds all of the structures as they are without contradiction."