Saturday, July 10, 2010

Moving from certainty to uncertainty

My First Conch Find!Image by hurleygurley via Flickr

In some sense I've given lip-service to this before, especially in my Buddhist studies and practice but also in my rediscovery of Christianity through those emphasizing the importance of experiences such as "unknowing", but I don't think I ever really got it. Somehow it was just code for moving toward a different, undefinable kind of certainty. In a way this is true, but it isn't a kind of certainty in any conventional appreciation of the term. Ironically it may actually recall the title of this blog -- peace within the turmoil, not in spite of it. Serenity within the storm of doubts and beyond into the void beyond concepts and language. At best maybe it could be described as a certainty that doesn't rest on or find itself exclusive to any phenomenon -- dispersed and universal and boundless (recalling the description of the 6th Patriarch Huineng of thought that is nowhere supported).

To use the proper contemporary vernacular: "HOLY SHIT!"
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