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? Read More »
“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) Read More »
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. Read More »
“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… Read More »
“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!” Read More »
“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.Read More »
“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.Read More »
“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.Read More »
“Georg Groddeck and the Tao”
The great physician and psychoanalyst Georg Groddeck believed that in his unconscious was the patient's desire for disease – as well as for health. And he also believed that in his own unconscious was his desire for the patient's health to then actuate the patient's desire.
But what of the Tao – or whatever Groddeck would have called It? I'm sure, him being as he declared “wild,” he did so believe, but chose to not say lest he be deemed “too wild.”Read More »