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Determinism

“All Fates Bespoken”

Some modern astronomers subscribe to the theory of multiple universes – infinite in number with infinitely infinite galaxies with ever more infinite stars with ever ever more infinite planets. It is said that on one particular planet – Somewhere – exactly, utterly exactly, what we all are doing here now was done already there.
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“The Soul, the Spirit, and the Karmic Plan”

A general note on what I think I mean: Soul: the Deepest, Holiest part of an individual’s self, which, being of the self, dies with the rest. It is our Jen, our Humanity, our Matrophilia. Spirit: The spirit dwells within us throughout our lives, being incarnated at our conception. And on our death it returns to the Spirit World, to be reincarnated again and again as it has been countless times in the past – and as it will be in the future.
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Audio Lecture: Tariki and Jiriki – Other Power or Self Power?

The dualism between Tariki – Other Power – and jiriki – Self Power is central to Dr. Diamond’s work, and indeed is one of the fundamental questions of philosophy. In essence, are our lives basically determined or are our actions the result of free will?
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“Our Karma: To Ignore Homer”

Achilles' wrath … such the will of Jove! (The Iliad, trans. Alexander Pope) Achilles' rage … as Zeus' will was done. (The Iliad, trans. Stanley Lombardo)
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Video: The Tao, Yin & Yang, and Wen

Dr. Diamond offers a paradigm taken from Chinese philosophy that helps summarize his approach: The Tao - God, Other Power, or The Force; yin and yang - always changing, but always in balance; and wen, the "pattern" of the first two as they interact and manifest in our lives.
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“The Spherenso of Existence”

The Ouroboros is an ancient symbol depicted as a snake in the shape of a circle devouring its own tail. It represents the cyclicality of existence: of life and death and life and death…
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“Thanks, I Needed That!”

Is every experience, whatever it may seem to be, somehow Meant to help us with our mothers and, through them, to Beyond? There used to be a TV ad for an aftershave lotion. The man would apply it to his face – which he’d then slap. The punch-line: “Thanks, I needed that!”
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“The Unconscious Determines Everything”

To us he is no more a person
now but a whole climate of opinion
under whom we conduct our different lives.

- W.H. Auden, “In Memory of Siegmund Freud”

Freud’s most important contribution: all our activity, mental and physical, is determined by our unconscious. Our decisions are never really based on logic.

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“The Harmony of All the Billions”

“A hundred billion stars in our galaxy, hundreds of billions of galaxies beyond our own.”
–Richard Panek, The 4% Universe

And there’s the other 96% of which we know nothing – the so-called dark matter and dark energy.

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“Dying as Mahler – or Lao Tzu”

I once visited the large estate of Mrs. Carlson, the widow of the inventor of Xerox. Many monks would visit there for its utter tranquility, which she herself radiated.

I asked her the secret of her deep Peace. She smiled: “Don’t read the newspapers.” And I did stop them – and the magazines and, of course, the TV.

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