refutation of previous post…bugger

An instance of a class is maybe too like the class itself and each instance has the same behaviour other than by variation in its member variables. A sub-class in an OO hierarchy takes the behaviour of its parent and adds characteristics. These additional layers are maybe what our own selves add to what it really is. So this analogy is better:

Traversing the class hierarchy back to the root class

with many thanks to Myrthis Lathrop Jnr.

huatou: what is my root class?


the ultimate zen assessment – pseudo object oriented reality…

Warning – the analogy to object oriented programming is FALSE

(if you want to see the point of this post go here)

Everything you and I perceive takes place in the mind. Your senses provide information to your mind. Your mind becomes aware of what you call reality due to information supplied by your senses which is then subsequently processed according to your established interpretative neural networks. These networks are evolved through awareness and analysis of these perceived conditions during your evolution as a perceiving, conceiving being… i.e. whatever you have experienced and then ‘made of’ these experiences.

Clearly, this involves your total historical and psychic environment. It is then clear that ‘this certain something’ that ‘you’ perceived was an interpretation of an interpretation, and was only an image of ‘the real thing’ whatever that was. This certain ‘real thing’ cannot be known absolutely. That is why great masters such as HUANG PO pointed out the ‘error’ of conceptual thought processes:

“There is no  “self”, no “other”. There is no “wrong desire,” no “anger,” no “love,” no “victory,” no “failure.” Only renounce the error of conceptual thought processes and your nature will exhibit its pristine purity-for this alone is the way to enlightenment.” HUANG PO, Wan Ling Record 24, p.86.

This ‘error’, is merely the knowing that what is perceived as ‘the truth, the Absolute Real Reality,’ even in its brute external form, as Searle would describe it, is NOT IT ITSELF. It is only ‘one interpretation of it’, and this is all we CAN KNOW. We cannot know ‘IT ITSELF’, because for us there is no ‘it itself.’ All we can know is what we perceive and then conceive through interpretation. This is relative reality and is different for all beings. This is ‘our world’… This is ‘my world’, this is ‘your world.’ This is why it is said that we ‘create the world.’ This is why there are as many cities you live in as there are perceivers of the city. There is not ‘a city’. There are no unique events.

Clearly there are ‘events’ at some level. There are earthquakes, there are floods. There are divorces. There is love. You will be hurt by the master’s stick. Yet you are the perceiver. You ‘create’ your specific take.  You create ‘your’ world. The external, the unknowable, is the CLASS which is knowable to us only as a fragment or ‘taste’. The specific, our individual  realities, are the INSTANCES.


huatou: I am the world

borges and the infinite book…

I made the image below because I was inspired by Jorge Luis Borges ‘The Book of Sand and Shakespeare’s Memory’ from the story of the same name. A Bible peddler from the Orkneys knocks on the door of a fifth-floor apartment on Calle Belgrano and persuades the occupier to buy it or rather trade it for a black-letter Wyclif bible and a week’s pension. “Summer was drawing to a close, and I realised that the book was monstrous…….I considered fire, but I feared that the burning of an infinite book might be similarly infinite, and suffocate the planet in smoke.”


It is a very high resolution image which can up to 2 metres long at photographic quality. Here’s a tiny sample:


I made the old book by scanning and knitting together an antique book I have, given to me by my father. The book could be called ‘The Book of all Books containing the first four letters of every book that has ever been written, ever will be written or ever can be written.’ I wrote a computer program to generate every combination of the first four letters of our alphabet then selected some of it to include in these two pages using an old english font. The program generated over 600 pages of Word as it found combinations of even the first four letters. Every beginning is there, including the Bible and Trainspotting etc, for any writing. It is at one level a little representation of that awkward idea infinity.

huatou: all is love

the huatou, ‘dust beats tables’

dust beats tables

A huatou is a short phrase which embodies an insight into the Dharma. The Dharma is ‘The way of the Buddha’, but here we are obviously not using it in that sense. It is used in the whimsical sense of ‘The way of the Rod’. However it is not entirely whimsical.

Longer versions are called koan (from the japanese) or gongan (from the chinese).

In the correct use of gongan or huatou one should not seek an intellectual understanding, philosophical ideas or verbal insight but rather an intuitive apprehension of heart-felt meaning. It is similar to the appreciation of a poem. The result is felt more than thought.

‘zen’ is the japanese transliteration of the chinese ‘chan’, which is in turn derived from the sanskrit ‘dyana’…

Here is a traditional chan huatou:

‘In this red hunk of meat, there is a person of no rank who goes in and out the gates of the face. Who is that person?’