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


video: call ‘one’ anything you like…

cuisenaire rods the way of zen 100 call ‘one’ anything you like

see ‘classes’ and partake of ‘instances’…

what can you see?

This shows the proportional relationship between 3 entities without specifying number. The ‘wavefunction’ is whole.


If you decide to ‘collapse’ this ‘wavefunction’ you will see specific relationships.

If you call the black rod 7, the others are 5 and 2.

If you call the black rod 70, the others are 50 and 20.

If you call the black rod 6, the others are two sevenths of six and five sevenths of 6.

If you measure them with a 1-rod then you can see these:

5 + 2 = 7

2 + 5 = 7

The above shows an extremely powerful law of algebra

7 – 5 = 2

7 – 2 = 5

The above mentioned law doesn’t work with this pair

If you call the black rod 1 you can see that:

five sevenths and two sevenths make one

1 minus five sevenths is two sevenths

1 minus two sevenths is five sevenths

If you call the yellow rod 1 you can see that:

seven fifths take away two fifths is one

one is equivalent to five fifths

If you call the red rod one you can see that:

seven halves less five halves is two halves

five halves plus two halves is seven halves


seven divided by five is one remainder two

seven million divided by five million is one remainder two million

The image is a CLASS. It is INFINITE as it is not collapsed.

The specific cases are INSTANCES. They appear when you measure the image.