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Comment by David Brazier on May 3, 2016 at 21:24

Thanks, George, very nice. Our side my window at this moment there is a wonderful sunset. The sky is pink and pale blue at the moment. I wonder if one could create a scientific device to measure how beautiful something is - if not why not? :-) A scientific reason why you cannot know everything scientifically is that all the information is not available because a large part of it is locked up inside black holes. This is one scientific reason why we shall never have the perfect philosophy too, I suppose. Going back to the beauty of the sunset, science may be beautiful but it is difficult to see how beauty can be scientific. Science is just not made to do that job. Thank you for your contribution. It is fine to put this kind of comment in the "Comment Wall" - no problem. Keep it coming :-)

Comment by George Daly on May 3, 2016 at 20:56
I don't know if this is the right place to contribute so sorry if it is not.
I am very grateful to David and many others, such as Guy Claxton, for helping me to start to understand some aspects of Zen - especially some of the key words which suffer from misleading translations.

I enjoy discussing philosophy, especially with my children. One son was with us this week-end. We discussed trying to harmonise, synthesise and reconcile many different philosophies. Is there an optimum unified system?

We discuss Hawkins and Dawkins..."The Grand Design" and "Unweaving the rainbow" Can we harmonise many mdel-dependent realities?
My son loves the emerging mind set of modern science. He finds it truthful, humble, gentle, practical and often stunningly beautiful.
I think Buddhism has much to contribute. We explore different languages for discussing Truth.

We discuss how the scientific approach might apply to the question of Enlightenment. Are there testable propositions? Can they be calculated? What would an Enlightenment recording device be? If this is a daft idea, why is this so? We look at a toddler looking at a cellist. He looks highly enlightened.

As usual we find that words only get us so far. If there is an optimum philosophy it might be good to distil it into a few haiku.

I lie in the bath
Trying to compose haiku
Wiggling my big toes

Any thoughts?
Comment by David Brazier on December 5, 2015 at 23:47


Comment by Massimo Tomassini on December 5, 2015 at 22:44

... Latin would be much better.. :)

Comment by David Brazier on December 4, 2015 at 18:56

Thank you, Massimo - I can see I'm going to have to learn Italian !!

Comment by Massimo Tomassini on December 4, 2015 at 18:49

This section is a bit depopulated. Why?  "Eleusis" is a wonderful invitation to philosophy. A new philosophy to be evolved!!

The link is to a fascinating reading of a philosopher that should be very loved by Eleusians: Lucretius, follower of Hepicurus, an absolute giant. We should study and honor both these masters.

The reading - Hymn to Venus, first verses - is  pronounced in a rather archaic Latin. Wonderful. I suggest to listen to it having in front the first pages of De Rerum Natura


Comment by David Brazier on February 15, 2015 at 19:38

And I, to be your neighbour - what a nice encounter we had today! Home is where your friends are, perhaps, do you think? But then if you have a spiritual sense you have friends that go with you, or, at least, that pop up when you don't expect them. This place belongs to such spirits. I can certainly identify with "pilgrim & nomad" but it is only one dimension.

Comment by Tamuly Annette on February 14, 2015 at 18:35

I quite understand your point of view. We are pilgrims and nomads and yet we always look for a home: something permanent in the midst of impermanence? A place to rest and forget the turmoil of life? There are so many questions you could raise..; But how fortunate you are to have received the gift of this preciouskingdom. I feel very fortunate also to be counted among the friends of "le Roi"!    

Comment by David Brazier on February 13, 2015 at 10:58

I've recently been using the French name La Ville au Roi more to emphasise the history of this place. I have dropped the idea of thinking of it as a "centre" attracting a wide variety of strangers or seekers and see it more as a place for me and my friends (you) to feel at home together from time to time - that is, a less public sense of the place. I have not dropped the notions associated with "Eleusis" however - the sense of the ancient mysteries can never be eradicated here while we are so close to nature.


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