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Online Emotional Lives

One other idea to leave you with.  You know that old adage: “You have to have money to make money.”  Like attracts like, the law of attraction people might say.  In Buddhism, there is a saying or concept–you can’t grow a cherry tree from an apple seed.  Why wouldn’t the same apply to learning technology? You will have to have learned some technology to learn more technology.  That’s a fact.  So when someone says: “I can’t learn technology,” it simply isn’t based in reality.  “Won’t” might be the better description.  So, when moving into this new milieu or medium that many of us are facing, can you see that you know technology and that it is necessary to work, get around, survive?  Can you see that you already know technology?  Can you approach this process as if you are seeing this for the very first time, with all the reactions: “isn’t this exciting?,” “can I really do this?,” “do I really want to do this?”, etc.?  If you are a teacher, wouldn’t this be nice to model for your students?  Inviting your students to look at learning from this perspective will help them cope with these changes, and it might just make the online classroom experience a little more tolerable.

Good morning.  Hope everyone is doing okay.  Just wanted to say that many people are moving online due to the current situation.  For some of you, this may be a challenge not only emotionally but technologically as well.  Even though you might find you have more time to work on your project or small business, that free time can be taken up learning new technology like online meeting software.  Since we are often isolated from our previous helpers, it may fall on us individually to work it out, at least in the beginning.  That energy from in person interaction has changed. First thing to remember is our habits are being turned upside down.  We try to learn new habits and that takes time and energy.  It’s a good time to see this.  Ironically, its our conditioning that got us into trouble, both good and bad ones, and we are hard on ourselves for not knowing.  Can you see this? Can you see how our old methods are trying to help us cope?  Can we see that this isn’t a problem, something we have to deal with even though we think it is–buying up toilet paper and canned food, etc.? It’s a fact–our current situation.  Can we see our habits, many learned long ago, as a fact?  Just sitting with these emotions is important.  See if it doesn’t provide some relief about your online situation.

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Technology—Not the Solution to Our Problems

Hello everyone.  I wanted to write about technology.  We are being exposed to new technology, both in person that we use everyday,  but also technology in the news.  Even though it is necessary to live–we sure are seeing what happens when we don’t have necessary technology to keep us alive, it isn’t the answer to our deep down emotional needs.  Ventilators are important temporarily.  As with all technology, it only goes so far.  With technology we use everyday, why do we beat ourselves up for not being good enough when we use it?  In Buddhism, there is the term “ignorance” and “ignorance of our ignorance.”  This makes it tricky.  Technology is kind of like that. 

As Albert Low wrote about Martin Heidegger: “It is technology’s very success that must be feared because it so captivates, bewitches, dazzles, anld beguiles us that it threatens to become someday accepted and practiced as the only way of thinking.”  Here’s what Heidegger wrote: “Then man would have denied and thrown away his special nature–that he is a meditative being . . . The issue is keeping meditative thinking alive.”  

Remembering that technology is necessary for us to live but won’t solve our most pressing emotional needs might help us navigate through our new found online-lives.  What can help us?  Meditation.

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Chapter 4 Uncategorized Zen & Creative Management

Management By Product

Page 22 ~ That a company is a holon is reflected in what the employees, shareholders, and customers seek from their interrelationship.  What they seek is also ambivalent.  The employee wants challenge; but he also wants to be unique and seeks recognition to prove his uniqueness.  The shareholder wants security of and growth in his investment; but he also wants high dividends.  The customer wants a high-quality product that will satisfy his needs; but he also wants low prices.  We shall deal more precisely with these polarities later, but for the moment let us recognize that it is through the product that the first set of needs (challenge, growth, and quality) may be satisfied, while it is through organization that the second set may be satisfied.  Let us know, therefore, give our attention to the product.

Take for example a roughly cut, wedge-shaped piece of wood.  Now let us ask ourselves whether this is a product.  Most people, if they were asked this, would say no, because it is useless and no one would want it.  If they are pressed, however, someone will likely seize on its shape and suggest that it could be used as a doorstop, and that if it were somewhere where there was plenty of wind and doors, indeed it could be a product.  Dime stores sell rubber ones only slightly more elegant than our wedge of wood, and they are products.  Let us consider this example for a moment and ask ourselves at what point the wedge of wood changed its character from a useless object to a product.  It was when an idea was introduced.

A product is an idea in a form.  In the case of the doorstop, the material out of which the form is made is not very important –it can be of wood, metal, rubber or plastic, but the idea is constant: a wedge-shaped something that can be pushed under a door.

March 19th, 2020 ~ This reminds me of the self and body and whether they exist inherently from their own side or not.  Whether they are empty or not.  Can we find a body that doesn’t stay the same and yet can still be called the label “my” body?  How can something change and yet still be the same to qualify as something existing independently?  How can a “self” change yet still be something that exists from it’s own side? When we say own side, we mean independently coming into being, arising and ceasing to exist–with no help or relation from something other than itself.  

So, that doorstop isn’t a doorstop until it is called a label, in this case doorstop.  Until it is a mind object.  Going back to the body, if we take a hand or a finger off the body, is it still a body?  How about an arm, leg or foot?  When does body stop being a body?  When the life is gone?  Was it ever a body?  When does the wood become a doorstop?  Can it then stop being a doorstop after initially becoming a doorstop?  It is the idea that makes these things so.  It is the mind that comes up with “idea.”  But it is really not a door stop.  It is only a door stop because we think it is.  

Before the label, there is the base, which is a phenomenon with certain characteristics.  So the doorstop is a phenomenon with the characteristics such as wood fiber and shape.  From this basis, we then call it a label–doorstop.  In Chinese, it would be something else.  Even this base doesn’t exist from its own side or exist independently.  It is empty, as is everything else.  Just like products, ideas and forms.  They exist because of our minds.  

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Chapter 3 Uncategorized Zen & Creative Management

A Question of Ownership

Page 16 ~ The standard view of a company could be called a “univalent” one: a linear descent from the board of directors through the managers and employees to the customer.  This univalent view has as its corollary the belief that a company is “simply in business to  make a profit.”   This belief is one of the most fundamental in the credo underlying the free enterprise system and needs to be examined carefully.

In general, there is a misunderstanding about who owns the company.  Most people believe that shareholders own the company.  But do they in fact do so?  Or do they own shares in a company?  This is a very important question because on the way it is answered rests the understanding to control and to be responsible for.  “Ownership-responsiblity-control” are interdependent.  Do shareholders control a company, are they responsible for what it does?  It might be said in so far as the shareholders elect the board of directors and the board of directors selects the president that the shareholder indeed is in control.  But is this the best way to account for the facts? For example, J. K. Galbraith says that the annual meeting of the large business corporation is perhaps a most elaborate exercise in popular illusion because with great unction and little plausibility, corporate ceremony seeks to give the stockholder an impression of power.  When the entrepreneur owned the company he shared this ownership with a few powerful shareholders, who ran the company with him.  There was comparatively little pomp and ceremony.  But as the stockholder gets less, more ceremony is required. 

March 13th, 2020 ~

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The Book of Life Uncategorized

The Very Nature of Thought

October 3rd ~ Time is thought, and thought is the process of memory that creates time as yesterday, today, and tomorrow, as a thing that we use as a means of achievement, as a way of life.  Time to us is extraordinarily important, life after life, one life leading to another life that is modified, that continues.  Surely, time is the very nature of thought, thought is time.  And as long as time exists as a means to something, the mind cannot go beyond itself-the quality of going beyond itself belongs to the new mind, which is free of time.  Time is a factor in fear.  By time, I don’t mean the chronological time, by the watch-second, minute, hour, day, year, but time as a psychological, inward process.  It is that fact that brings about fear.  Time is fear; as time is thought, it does breed fear; it is time that creates frustration, conflicts, because the immediate perception of the fact, the seeing of the fact is timeless…

So, to understand fear, one must be aware of time-time as distance, space, “me”, which thought creates as yesterday, today, and tomorrow, using the memory of yesterday to adjust it self to the present and so to condition the future.  So, for most of us fear is an extraordinary reality; and a mind that is entangled reality; and a mind that is entangled with fear, with the complexity of fear, can never be free; it can never understand the totality of fear without understanding the intricacies of time.  They go together.  

This comparison of chronological time and psychological time is relatively new to me.  We often confuse the two.  It reminds me of a PBS nova episode where chronological time was not used much around the world until a Train organization manager impacted the world.  Trains in the US up until the mid 1800’s would arrive when they arrived.  Then this manager decided to create train schedules.  It was quite elaborate but very quickly, trains began arriving when they said they would arrive.  The world took notice and adopted this system of scheduling.  

The other is psychological time.  The two times are related.   At first, what I thought Krishnamurti was saying is chronological time is important.  It is.  We have schedules to meet.  Life wouldn’t run very smoothly if we arrived when we wanted to, although some cultures still do this.  But psychological time is very important to us, he says.  We fight wars over it.  Our conditioning from one generation to another gets passed on because of it.  We are thinking about the past or future and usually miss the present.   Capitalism wouldn’t survive without it.   We are ultra competitive because of psychological time.