The Five Aggregates – Part 2 – A.I.

The Five Aggregates in Artificial Intelligence To help drive home the meaning of the Five Aggregates as I wrote about in Part 1, let's try an exercise devising a high-level architecture for an Artificial Intelligence mapping to the Five Aggregates. In some ways it could be easier for us to relate to an Artificial Intelligence … Continue reading The Five Aggregates – Part 2 – A.I.

I’m a Buddha Trapped in a Man’s Bodhi

A Buddha's Bodhi The Eternal Fishnu is not just that blue, rubbery, fish-like figure with a yellow cap and a red backpack. The blue rubber figure is just an Earthly manifestation, an icon, of The Eternal Fishnu for my Earthly, visually-oriented and symbolically-thinking brain. The actual Eternal Fishnu is a phenomenon of the Universe like … Continue reading I’m a Buddha Trapped in a Man’s Bodhi

What is Dukkha?

The Rubber Ducky Buddha of Joliet thinks I need to dig deeper into Dukkha itself. The Prism of Suffering In the Western world, Dukkha is typically translated as "suffering". That typical translation is drawn from Siddhartha Gautama's succinct and seminal realization under the Bodhi Tree that "clinging is the cause of all suffering". To me, … Continue reading What is Dukkha?

The Other Shore

The Heart of the Matter Early this morning I was recalling Thict Nhat Hanh's  English interpretation of the Heart Sutra and its place in my Bodhi Day ceremony last year. In particular, the phrase "... while practicing deeply with the Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore ...", strikes a profound chord within me. I envision … Continue reading The Other Shore

The Root of Dukkha – Part 3 – Lust, Gluttony, Greed

Situation Addiction goes way beyond the vices we normally think of such as gambling and drugs. If vices were the only addictions, why are there so many miserable people who aren't drug or gambling addicts? That's because anything we desire is an addiction - whether under the societal norms in which you happen to live … Continue reading The Root of Dukkha – Part 3 – Lust, Gluttony, Greed

The Root of Dukkha – Part 2 – Pride

Enlightenment Vaporized Out of My Head The biggest hindrance to being enlightened isn't obtaining enlightenment itself. As it's said with making money, the hard part is keeping it. As soon as you leave your chosen enlightenment seminar or retreat back to the "real world", any spark of enlightenment is vaporized out of you by unavoidable … Continue reading The Root of Dukkha – Part 2 – Pride

The Root of Dukkha – Part 1 – Envy

Why do we suffer? Why do we cling to horrible things from our past that should just be left behind like garbage or futures we only imagine? Conversely, we cling to things we hold dear that are pulling away from us or obsessively pursue dreams we are warned to be careful about wishing for because … Continue reading The Root of Dukkha – Part 1 – Envy

Compound Interest of Enlightenment

Freeing ourselves from dukkha saves us energy, no different than how a well-tuned car engine is more energy efficient. We can use that freed energy to fuel us further through the chaotic Yin and Yang dynamics of our daily lives. We can divert that energy from anger, envy, jealously, etc towards improving our ability to … Continue reading Compound Interest of Enlightenment