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The Enchanted Loom reviews Kathleen Dowling Singh's book, Unbinding


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This in-depth exploration of the Buddhist elements of Dependent Origination is one of the most eye-opening explanations I have ever come across. Clearly this book is not only a work of love, but an expression of Dr. Singh's enormous depth of understanding gained from many decades spent at the bedsides of people at the end of life.

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The Enchanted Loom reviews Kathleen Dowling Singh's book, Unbinding

  1. 1. The Enchanted Loom Teasing sturdy threads from neuroscience masterworks
  2. 2. Teasing 10 threads from Kathleen Dowling Singh’s …
  3. 3. Thread 1: Ignorance is our willingness to ignore, to not examine or inquire into what’s actually going on, what the egoic sense of self actually is. (pg. 5)
  4. 4. Thread 2: Each of us has an Identity Project operating around the clock. Our identity project is noisy – endlessly proclaiming what we want, what we be- lieve, who we think we are. (pg. 11)
  5. 5. Thread 3: The obstruction of the separate self-sense pops up often – and often endures without our notice, without our mindful attention – like a giant card- board cutout of “me” that blocks the view of any- thing beyond it. (pg. 25)
  6. 6. Thread 4: Self is a fabrication that needs constant confirm- ation and affirmation. And we, in ignorance, subscribe to it over and over again. It’s like those unwanted emails that keep coming unless we go through the process of unsubscribing. (pg. 30)
  7. 7. Thread 5: The “I” thought is our most frequent and per- vasive thought. Our separate self-sense is familiar. We tend to hold it as our com- fort zone, no matter how limiting or deadening. We don’t “do” change easily. (pg. 46)
  8. 8. Thread 6: It’s hard to be a person. We all know that. Rarely, though, do we fully share such a disclosure with each other. We isolate ourselves, believing that no one else feels it, feeling more separate, isolated in silent shame. We forget that honest self-disclosure keeps us in communion with each other. (pg. 53)
  9. 9. Thread 7: Clear seeing allows deep cleansing. It removes the dust from our eyes – wiping away the cob- webs of our ignorance. Unlike wisdom, self has no peepholes into reality. None whatsoever. (pg. 72)
  10. 10. Thread 8: “Great questioning, great awakening; small questioning, small awakening; no questioning, no awakening.” (pg. 77)
  11. 11. Thread 9: The path of inquiry, marked by innocence and curiosity, is a noble path. It is appropriate to humbly and gratefully respect the dignity of our longing and intention to see. (pg. 90)
  12. 12. Thread 10: Although approaching truth is often painful, there is less suffering closer to the truth. Life becomes more manageable, our moment-by-mo- ment experience more sane, more compassionate, more balanced in equanimity. (pg. 257)
  13. 13. Thread 11: The three great tasks of a human life are confronting our mortality, stilling the mind, and opening the heart. (pg. 269)
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