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The Enchanted Loom reviews Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel's book, The Logic of Faith

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This is a very readable account of Elizabeth's personal exploration into the conditions described in the Buddhist teachings on Dependent Origination

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The Enchanted Loom reviews Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel's book, The Logic of Faith

  1. 1. The Enchanted Loom Teasing sturdy threads from brain-changing masterworks
  2. 2. Teasing 10 threads from Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel’s …
  3. 3. Thread 1: Prajna aparadha might be translated as actions that “undermine prosperity” or could be loosely defined as “crimes against wisdom.” (It) alludes to the choices we make that dishonor our basic intelligence. (pg. 18)
  4. 4. Thread 2: When you consider that what is taken for reality de- pends upon a context, you may start to suspect that things don’t have an objective existence at all. Another way of saying this is that things don’t possess intrinsic charac- teristics from their own side. We establish reality based upon perceptions and consensual agreements. (pg. 22)
  5. 5. Thread 3: I want to make a distinction between illusion and delusion. In the context of these teachings, illusion refers to seeing through appearances by recognizing their interdependent nature. Delusion, on the other hand, refers to misapprehending things to have an independent reality from their own side. (pg. 25)
  6. 6. Thread 4: When you begin to understand the mechanics of delusion, you gain access to a powerful choice: Do you go along with the impulse to accept every- thing you see as real? Or do you feel ready to ex- plore the possibility that things are not limited to your thoughts about them? This is a key decision. (pg. 33)
  7. 7. Thread 5: “One of the most misleading representational tech- niques in our language is the use of the word ‘I’.” ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein (pg. 49)
  8. 8. Thread 6: One day as I was driving my son to nursery school, in what seemed like an instant, something clicked. My conceptual mind caught up with the direct experience that re- sulted from my in- vestigative persis- tence, and my world opened up in the most unex- pected and spectacular way. (pg. 63)
  9. 9. Thread 7: Language in itself never makes anything true; it only provides a channel for communication and exploration. (pg. 77)
  10. 10. Thread 8: Beliefs bind you when they cut off the flow of your curiosity. … Beliefs are vague approxi- mations – like maps – that, if mistaken as true, block you from the primacy of experience. (pg. 80)
  11. 11. Thread 9: Our relationship with existence and extinction is a deep-rooted emotional belief. And it a belief that begets fear. Everyone is haunted by loss, separa- tion, and death. … The stronger you hold on, the more you feel bur- dened by stress, anxiety and the fear of extinction and loss.(pg. 81)
  12. 12. Thread 10: You might say that we are learning to respect our self, others, and the world we move about in. And the greatest respect we could possibly have for anyone (or anything) is to not assume we know who anyone is. (pg. 105)
  13. 13. Thread 11: Transformation cannot take place if you jump from one thing to another because…there is nothing you can ever engage with that always brings contentment and comfort. To understand this is to dispel the myth of exit freedom: the as- sumption that it is the world outside that binds you, that liberation comes from fleeing whenever the going gets rough. (pg. 117 )
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