being real

across virtual channels

The response to Covid in 2020 provoked a unified sufferance for all humanity. It enforced an acceleration in the adoption of virtual tools. For some people, the experience of engaging one another through computer screens has inspired a transformation of how we communicate. By settling into the preconscious aspect of momenting, specifically the epi-harmony of co-ordinated nerve impulses of the heart, we resonate in our shared values. The practice of deep listening roots us in a real sense of collective belonging. Our enforced social distance physically has inadvertently enabled a zeroing of distance psychically. Help transform the internet from an information highway to a communion for humanity. 



A Conversational Tango

Let us say that buddhism is radical subjectivism and science is radical objectivism, occupying the two extremes of the psycho-social continuum. In between these two extremes, are the rest of us, with our jobs and families and politics and shops and football and coffee and whatever else we dream and do. Where in this maelstrom of happening can there be a third extreme? And this is where I would like to locate it: directly between us. In the case of this book, it is between me the writer and you the reader. In tango, it is between the two dancers. In a family, it is between each member during every engagement. On a football pitch, it is between the players as they play. It is precisely the point between us, embodied by our actual, fully- immersed engagement, this book, a dance, a game. It is the social edge, as soon as we enter the social contract of talk-listen, as soon as we act together.

Buddhism is NOT

non-linear journey through experience

Buddhism has taken different forms depending on the culture within which it roots. This booklet is for people who are not particularly interested in religion and ritual. It is not a philosophical treatment of buddhism. A more scientific approach is employed, however the method of science is unsuited for the exploration of experience. This booklet invites the reader to contemplate the processes involved, beginning with the reader themselves and the social and cultural context within which they exist. It proposes alternative ways of experiencing the text (eg Deep Reading), different types of social communication (eg Differential Cascade), and innovative observations on shared experiences (eg Mathematical Reflections). Rather than adopting superficial cultural forms from the east, the booklet prepares the ground for a form of buddhism which is rooted in the west.

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