Using Painting to Collapse Linearity to Reach Nuclear Time

Rinpoche says, “Eknosis de-dimensionalizes time, collapsing linearity into the unity of the nuclear. The temporal mechanisms that give order to appearance appear ‘alongside’ the things or events they purport to order.” He goes on to say, “It is something like analyzing the spatial relationships portrayed in a painting: The analysis can be fruitful and illuminating, but the ‘space’ being analyzed has no existence.” DTS p.159

“This pointing back and forth is itself a mechanism, appearing ‘alongside’ everything else. As we look from within nuclear time, we discover layer upon layer of such mutual pointings.” DTS p.160

Michael Gray mentioned in our on-line class, “… However unlike a painting, it is possible to enter the underlying inner time that paints these familiar projections and the mechanisms in operation to paint them??? In terms of the practice–if reality looks like a painting, do we imaginatively try to enter the fictitious space, or do we try to pull aside the canvas and catch the painter in the act of painting?

I remembered my practice notes from six years ago that illustrates this very mechanism of ‘back and forth pointing’, and the ‘layering’ of these pointings. If you’re interested check out the link below:

Week 9 – TSK Ex. 26 – Transcendence of Pointings

About David Filippone

David Filippone has been a student of Tarthang Tulku’s Time, Space, Knowledge (TSK) vision for over twenty-five years. For the past twelve years, he has studied TSK and Full Presence Mindfulness with Jack Petranker, director of the Center for Creative Inquiry (CCI). He also participated in programs offered by Carolyn Pasternak of the Odiyan Center. For the past several years, David has curated the CCI Facebook page, which is often TSK-focused, and he serves on the CCI Board of Directors. The CCI Facebook page can be found at the following link...
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2 Responses to Using Painting to Collapse Linearity to Reach Nuclear Time

  1. Hi Michael,
    A beautiful summary… I knew you would undersand. :-)

  2. michaelg says:

    David, your earlier practice notes are lovely.
    What a wonderful description of how the creative mind jumps on any opportunity to express its connection with an arisng flock of impressions and perceptions, then keeps riding on that connection through a love of engagement and a delight in putting skill to good use, and–by keeping focus and sustained interest–all gets drawn into a prolonged flying moment. Give me an “a” (painting), give me an “o” (pointing), give me two “u”‘s (universal unique). I’m thinking that when you wrote this six years ago, you were reading an earlier TSK book than “Dynamics of Time and Space“. Your description strikes me today as a beautiful account of how following up on something that strikes us (such as the intensity of sunlight on the tips of grass)–through harnessing interest, concentration, and the application of vision and its expression–is precisesly how we can be in touch with the universal unique. — Michael

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