We are compassion revealed

Compassion is not an idealized state. It is a profound realization that we are not separate from one another.

~ Roshi Joan Halifax

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Notes on Buddhist meditation

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Slow Photo: BPGTry to sit as still as possible without coughing or fidgeting. This is to see what is happening in the mind and body. The Buddha likened this ‘sitting still’ to trying to train a wild monkey.

Sitting without moving is not a ‘macho’ thing nor is it ‘self-torture’. The idea is to just watch what goes on. There are also insights into the nature of the mind and body which come from being still, inwardly and outwardly. If we have to move, we should do so with awareness to the intention and motive as well as the movements.

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The Danger of the Monster Myth

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Tom Meagher

One of the most disturbing moments of the past eighteen months of my life was hearing my wife’s killer form a coherent sentence in court. Jill had been murdered almost six months earlier, and Adrian Bayley’s defence team were presenting a rather feeble case for a four-week adjournment of his committal hearing. Bayley appeared via video-link as I sat flanked by two friends and a detective. The screen was to my right, mounted high up and tilted slightly towards the bench. It was uncomfortably silent apart from the occasional paper shuffle or short flurry of keyboard clicks. I anticipated, and prepared for the most difficult moment of the day when Bayley’s face appeared on the big-screen TV, looming over the seat I then occupied. When that moment arrived, a jolt of nausea came and went, but the worst was to come, made all the more horrifying because it was…

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The Transcendent and the Transcendental

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scotland-ezine-may2005-francis-bacon-image In a very nice response to my post on Schizoanalysis and Psychoanalysis, Ian writes,

Point taken, I hope my response was not taken too strongly, perhaps my wording of it was poor. I agree with you that portraying lack as simply a production of the analyst is inadequate and the remarks on fascism in Anti-Oedipus would seem to suggest that Deleuze and Guattari would agree. But I can’t help but wonder, and this is a personal thought, that the absence of any real mechanical discussion concerning the production of castrated subjects is not a low-point on the part of Deleuze and Guattari, but is rather their resistance towards any kind of metapsychology. No doubt they play some favor towards a kind of transcendental field, but, at least in Anti-Oedipus, I’m not as convinced that this transcendental field exists apart from the social field in any defined sense; the transcendental field…

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Deleuze and Guattari avec Lacan

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In what sense can Guattari’s thought be understood as a radicalization of Lacanian psychoanalysis? And what does it mean to say that Guattari’s thought is a radicalization of Lacanian psychoanalysis? First, to characterize Guattari’s relationship to Lacan as a radicalization of Lacanian thought is not to claim that Guattari was an orthodox Lacanian. Rather, Guattari’s schizoanalysis is a radicalization of psychoanalysis in the sense that Hegel is a radicalization of Kant or Spinoza is a radicalization of Descartes. Just as Hegel and Spinoza deeply transform the thought and projects of their most important predecessors, Guattari significantly transforms Lacanian thought. However, before such a question can even be posed it is first necessary to determine just where Deleuze and Guattari share common ground with Lacan.

While it is certainly true that Guattari transforms Lacan’s thought in radical ways, it is also true that this relationship between the two has been presented…

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Schizoanalysis in Practice

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I came across this article by Eugene Holland when looking for examples of schizoanalysis in practice for the reading group I participate in. As always, Holland’s writing is exceptionally clear and illuminating. The article is of special interest for the productive and congenial relations it draws between Lacanian psychoanalysis and Deleuze and Guattari’s work with Marx and historical modes of analysis. Well worth the read. It is also published in Paul Patton’s Deleuze: A Critical Reader. In my view there is often an unproductive opposition drawn between the work of Deleuze and Guattari and Lacan, where one is placed in the position of advocating one or the other. As can be observed from Zizek’s Organs Without Bodies, this is something that occurs among both Deleuzians and Lacanians. It seems to me that this opposition is mostly the result of the publication of Lacan’s seminar in the English speaking…

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An Object That is Not Oriented: Lacan’s Tenth Seminar

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Starting at GCAS June 8 through June 29:  “An Object That is Not Oriented:  Lacan’s 10th Seminar”.  This course will explore issues of drive, desire, objeta, subjectivity, ego, and anxiety as one, among many, of the capitalist affects.  No prior familiarity with Lacan is required.  Requirements:  Reading Lacan’s 10th Seminar.  Information for registration will soon be available on GCAS’s website.

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