A Pavlovian Shimmy

From the Diamond Sūtra:Then Subhuti asked Buddha: World-honored One, in the attainment of the Consummation of Incomparable Enlightenment did Buddha make no acquisition whatsoever?

Buddha replied: Just so, Subhuti. Through the Consummation of Incomparable Enlightenment I acquired not even the least thing; therefore it is called ‘Consummation of Incomparable Enlightenment.’


‘Hey! 30 years on the Mat and not even a spot of shamanic-power? A short bolt of ecstasy? A minor miracle or two?’

Alighting on the Symbol ‘0’ won’t make you rich, famous or even better-looking. The trek is not for the intellectual tourist or the levitating mystic. The View doesn’t come easy and it doesn’t come quick. Hold-on to your day-job if you are not sure.

When Socrates asks Parmenides to relate his own long odyssey, he first goes silent. Then: I feel like the old race horse at Ibycus, who trembles at the start of the chariot race knowing from long experience what is in store for him.’

Truth is an imperative for those who seek it. And it is not compromised by payoffs and penalties. If it was, it would just be another mundane modeled construction.

In this regressed Age, [where Intelligence is defined as ‘Goal-Orientation’], plan, purpose, penalty and prize, are self-evident implacable verities to the to the modern graduate who moves proudly to a Pavlovian shimmy.

Success, defined in your own context, reinforces your cherished, modeled views. You need the fuel of Failure.

Ultimately, such binaries as Achievement and Failure, Compliance and Defiance are all deeply modeled-views, that is, views predicated on the presumption of Separation. It is what keeps the donkey moving.

But the donkey always gets a carrot after the unload. So what’s the carrot?

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