Causality, matter-energy, space & time - 156
[𝕀𝕟𝕔𝕠𝕟𝕔𝕖𝕚𝕧𝕒𝕓𝕚𝕝𝕚𝕥𝕪 / 𝕘𝕖𝕟𝕖𝕣𝕒𝕝𝕚𝕤𝕖𝕕 𝕣𝕖𝕝𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕧𝕚𝕥𝕪 𝕠𝕗 𝕔𝕒𝕦𝕤𝕒𝕝𝕚𝕥𝕪, 𝕞𝕒𝕥𝕥𝕖𝕣-𝕖𝕟𝕖𝕣𝕘𝕪, 𝕤𝕡𝕒𝕔𝕖 & 𝕥𝕚𝕞𝕖]
From a Buddhist point of view, the essence of time, as well as 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗼𝗳 [𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆, 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲,] 𝘀𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝗯𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁𝘀 𝗺𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻 𝘀𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗲, 𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝗺𝗽𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 [U2T].
Any attempt to explore ever smaller pieces of time and space sooner or later fails. You can experiment with your perception of time through meditation, trying to see smaller and smaller intervals. Try to explore time in this way until you reach the point where you can no longer name or define anything. Once you reach this level, you gain 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗹𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝘆𝗼𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗱𝘀, 𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗮𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗽𝘁𝘀. [𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆]
... As we continue to increase the magnification so that we can see smaller and smaller distances, we eventually find that space and time themselves begin to oscillate - space creates subtle loops and curves that appear and disappear with incomprehensible rapidity. This happens on an extremely small scale, which is as small compared to an atom as an atom is compared to the solar system. This state was called "𝙨𝙥𝙖𝙘𝙚-𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙖𝙢" by physicists. Imagine a shaving foam that looks smooth from a distance, but is composed of millions of tiny bubbles.
Perhaps a more appropriate analogy for this condition would be intensely boiling water. With even shorter spatial and temporal scales, the water itself boils away, and space and time lose their meaning. At this stage, physics itself begins to fluctuate, since the study of matter, energy, motion and their relationship with each other cannot be formulated without reference to time. And here physicists admit 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙮 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙣𝙤 𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙖 𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙩𝙤 𝙙𝙚𝙨𝙘𝙧𝙞𝙗𝙚 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩'𝙨 𝙡𝙚𝙛𝙩. [𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆] This state literally includes all possibilities beyond space and time.
[𝕀𝕟𝕔𝕠𝕟𝕔𝕖𝕚𝕧𝕒𝕓𝕚𝕝𝕚𝕥𝕪 / 𝕣𝕖𝕝𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕧𝕚𝕥𝕪 𝕠𝕗 𝕤𝕦𝕓𝕛𝕖𝕔𝕥 / 𝕠𝕓𝕤𝕖𝕣𝕧𝕖𝕣, 𝕒𝕔𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟 / 𝕡𝕣𝕠𝕔𝕖𝕤𝕤 / 𝕠𝕓𝕤𝕖𝕣𝕧𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟, 𝕠𝕓𝕛𝕖𝕔𝕥 / 𝕠𝕓𝕤𝕖𝕣𝕧𝕖𝕕 / 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨𝕝𝕖𝕕𝕘𝕖 -- 𝕠𝕟𝕖 𝕒𝕤𝕡𝕖𝕔𝕥 𝕠𝕗 ℚ𝕦𝕒𝕟𝕥𝕦𝕞 ℙ𝕙𝕪𝕤𝕚𝕔𝕤:]
From a Buddhist point of view, quantum mechanics in its description of reality offers a degree of 𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗱𝗼𝗺 that is unusual for most people and at first may seem strange and even slightly intimidating to them. As much as Westerners value the prospect of such 𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗱𝗼𝗺, the idea that the act of observing an event can randomly and unpredictably influence its outcome seems to impose too much responsibility.
It is much easier to take a victim position and attribute responsibility or blame for our experience to a person or force outside of ourselves. But if we are to take the discoveries of modern science seriously, we must take responsibility for our current experiences.
-- Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Buddha, the Brain and the Neurophysiology of Happiness (Russian edition) 2010
If we put apparent opposites like ‘causality, matter-energy, space & time’ into the Madhyamaka Machine we get:
If we put apparent opposites like ‘the three spheres of observation -- subject / observer, relation / action / observation, object / observed / fact / knowledge --’ into the Madhyamaka Machine we get:
[𝕄𝕚𝕟𝕕 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕡𝕙𝕖𝕟𝕠𝕞𝕖𝕟𝕒]
Mind is inconceivable ~ Longchenpa
The mind does seem to be [T1 - appearing, functional] and yet lacks real existence [T2 - empty of inherent existence] [U2T].
When searched for, it’s not found;
When looked for, it’s not seen.
No color does it have, no shape; it cannot be identified.
Not outside or within; throughout the triple time,
It is not born, it does not cease.
And it is not located anywhere on this side or on that.
Groundless, rootless, it is not a thing (and not nothing).
There is no pointing to it: mind is inconceivable.
from the book "Finding Rest in the Nature of the Mind: The Trilogy of Rest, Volume 1"
(𝙞.𝙚. 𝙈𝙞𝙣𝙙 / 𝙨𝙪𝙗𝙟𝙚𝙘𝙩 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙥𝙝𝙚𝙣𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙖 / 𝙤𝙗𝙟𝙚𝙘𝙩 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙙𝙚𝙥𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙩 [T1] <==> 𝙩𝙝𝙪𝙨 𝙗𝙤𝙩𝙝 𝙚𝙢𝙥𝙩𝙮 𝙤𝙛 𝙞𝙣𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙚𝙭𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚 [T2], 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙫𝙞𝙘𝙚 𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙖 [U2T]. 𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙮 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙙𝙞𝙛𝙛𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙩, 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡, 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙗𝙤𝙩𝙝 𝙩𝙤𝙜𝙚𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧, 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙣𝙚𝙞𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧. 𝙒𝙚 𝙘𝙖𝙣𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙧𝙚𝙙𝙪𝙘𝙚 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙤 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙢, 𝙣𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙤𝙩𝙝 𝙩𝙤𝙜𝙚𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧, 𝙣𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙤 𝙣𝙚𝙞𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧. 𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙮 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙞𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙨𝙘𝙧𝙞𝙗𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚 / 𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙞𝙫𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚, 𝙗𝙚𝙮𝙤𝙣𝙙 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙚𝙭𝙩𝙧𝙚𝙢𝙚𝙨 & 𝙢𝙞𝙙𝙙𝙡𝙚, 𝙗𝙚𝙮𝙤𝙣𝙙 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙙𝙪𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙘 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙥𝙩𝙪𝙖𝙡 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙡𝙞𝙛𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨, 𝙗𝙚𝙮𝙤𝙣𝙙 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙡𝙞𝙢𝙞𝙩𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨, 𝙗𝙚𝙮𝙤𝙣𝙙 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜 / 𝙠𝙖𝙧𝙢𝙖. 𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙮 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙞𝙣𝙨𝙚𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙨𝙥𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙖𝙣𝙚𝙤𝙪𝙨 𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙡 𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙛𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙂𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙 / 𝘽𝙖𝙨𝙞𝙨 / 𝙎𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙘𝙚 / 𝙎𝙪𝙘𝙝𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 / ... 𝙞𝙣𝙨𝙚𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙂𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙, 𝙩𝙝𝙪𝙨 𝙥𝙧𝙞𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙞𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮 𝙥𝙪𝙧𝙚. 𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙣𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙤 𝙖𝙘𝙘𝙚𝙥𝙩 𝙣𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙤 𝙧𝙚𝙟𝙚𝙘𝙩 𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙢.)
"In Buddhism subject (mind / observer) and object (phenomena / observed)
and this is something that the scientists never understand"
- Khyentse Norbu
For more see:
Books & Articles by Michel Bitbol 💖
Subject & object are collaborating as equal - 150
Everything is dependently arising - 147
Interdependence of space and things - 112
The true meaning of Unity / Non-duality / Union of opposites - 004
Introduction to the three conceptual spheres - 005