Saturday, April 2, 2011

I - notion alone can have "intentions"





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The I - notion alone can have "intentions" - for "ego" and "will" are synonymous.
Therefore the absence of the one is also absence of the other.
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"Intentions" simply imply an act of will.  The Taoist  wu wei does not imply phenomenal inactions, but the absence of volitional action.  The absence of volitional action implies the presence of noumenal action, which is the Taoist Te, the dynamic aspect of Tao.  What, then is noumenal action?
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There is a positive implication in Shen Hui's definition of wu nein as a double absence,  the absence of no-thought or of non-conceptualization, which is the presence of that absence, and that presence is the suchness of thought which is precisely spontaneous action.  Non-volitional action (wu wei), whether perceptive, conceptive, or somatic is noumenal action, and noumenal action is the so-called "non-action" (non-volitional, non-egoitic action) of the Sage.

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~ Wei Wu Wei
from All else is Bondage


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