Beyond Language

Photo courtesy of:  Stéphane Pecqueux photography

Photo courtesy of: Stéphane Pecqueux photography

Came across this article having read it several years ago. It’s written by a Zen Buddhist, and it’s quite good, in my ‘view’… I see parallels with my interests in language, poetry, and other studies. I often say I am not Buddhist, but sometimes I wonder about that, how is it I seem so in tune with its range of vision. Also curious, the TSK vision is not Buddhist, yet they both share agreement in some areas, for instance, they both seem to agree on this:

“What makes us miserable, what causes us to be in conflict with one another, is our insistence on our particular view of things: our view of what we deserve or want, our view of right and wrong, our view of self, our view of other, our view of life, our view of death. But views are just views. They are not ultimate truth. There is no way to eliminate views, nor would we want to. As long as we are alive and aware there will be views. Views are colorful and interesting and life-enhancing—as long as we know they are views. The Chinese Zen masters are asking us to know a view as a view, and not to mistake it for something else. If you know a view as a view, you can be free of that view. If you know a thought as a thought, you can be free of that thought.
Going beyond language through language is something we can practice and develop…”

About David Filippone

I have been a student of Tarthang Tulku’s Time, Space, Knowledge (TSK) vision for over twenty-five years. For the past twelve years, I’ve studied TSK and Full Presence Mindfulness with Jack Petranker, director of the Center for Creative Inquiry (CCI). I have also participated in programs offered by Carolyn Pasternak of the Odiyan Center. For the past several years, I have curated the CCI Facebook page, which is often TSK-focused, and I serve on the CCI Board of Directors. The CCI Facebook page can be found at the following link...
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1 Response to Beyond Language

  1. Hayward says:

    This is a very useful article, simply written and profound in its implications
    I will send it out to all group members at the start of next years classes in September.
    Thank you

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