The following are my main takeaways from the video, quoting and paraphrasing the content.
Siddhārtha sees a sick person, an old person and a dead person. This undermines his
existential) mode and causes an
Then he sees a mendicant, someone who has renounced the
having mode, and the peace on the mendicant’s eyes, the
disillusionment has 2 senses:
self-denial is the negation of
self-indulgence, but still
having mode. Too tight is just as bad as too loose.
This is when Siddhārtha discovers
the middle path: to
having mode by rejecting both
sati means to remember what is it like to be in the
being mode. Today it is translated into
mindfulness. The set of
psychotechnologies that bring about
re-member means to be a member again. When you wake up you remember your world and your identity.
buddha means the awakened one.
Distinction between the language of training and the language of explaining.
Being present is having the right kind of concentration. Paying attention. Renewing your interest.
interest comes from inter esse and means to be within something.
attention is a very complex optimization process, it is about tuning and getting between too tight and too loose, and allowing you to become intimately involved, conformed to, participating, inter esse with what you are paying attention to. It is not a spotlight.
attention makes things more salient.
practice something is to optimize it by doing something else.
attention by optimizing some other process, e.g.:
cognitive unison is coordinating various processes so that they are sharing the same goal and working well together.
What we need to understand is:
insights into particular problems, but the
systematic insight that is
awakening, that motivates and empowers people to radically transform themselves, so that they can escape from
modal confusion and other
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