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by Ken O'Neill
Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: Mythological Tools for Rites of Initiations and Passage
Topic: Mainichi mainichi - everyday Bodhi-Building Ritual.
Replies: 5
Views: 2140

On 2005-12-14 13:51, cliff w wrote: Ken, How do you go from body-building to bodhi-building? I appreciate your suggestion of making space for it and doing it, but it goes beyond that. I've lifted weights before, reached limits, achieved some physical breakthroughs, but didn't really travel within t...
by Ken O'Neill
Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: Awakening the Mythological Mind
Topic: What awakened my mythological mind?
Replies: 3
Views: 1672

On 2005-12-06 21:30, ShantiSong wrote: Gosh, a few questions for me to try answering. here goes! Q1: I wonder if, in the early 70s, Campbell or any of his colleagues predicted the resurgence of what we now call Christian Fundamentalism. In hindsight it seems inevitable – but then – all I have is hi...
by Ken O'Neill
Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: The Call to Adventure
Topic: Ken Wilber
Replies: 73
Views: 18202

It seems the controversy centers around Wilber's complete dismissal of mythic and archetypal consciousness/thinking as irrelevant and dangerous on our path to enlightened modern evolutionary transpersonal "awareness"/philosophies. Fundamentally, Wilber is saying we "outgrew" our need for infantile ...
by Ken O'Neill
Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: Mythological Tools for Rites of Initiations and Passage
Topic: The Samurai
Replies: 27
Views: 6476

On 2006-07-12 00:51, Aireal wrote: I enjoyed reading The Book of Five Rings, and would suggest it as reading material. Miyamoto Musashi wrote that work. Ironically, the so-called "five rings" are the five elements of Buddhism. They are found in stupa/chorten/pagoda symbolism. The major work on the ...
by Ken O'Neill
Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: The Call to Adventure
Topic: Ken Wilber
Replies: 73
Views: 18202

On 2005-12-04 21:12, Faolan wrote: Wilber suggested that what Campbell was doing was not in fact revealing the value of myth qua myth. Rather, he was taking mythological material, inherently prerational material, and elevating it to the status of transrational, granting it more depth than it posses...
by Ken O'Neill
Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: The Call to Adventure
Topic: Ken Wilber
Replies: 73
Views: 18202

On 2005-12-29 14:09, Raphael wrote: Wilber is saying we "outgrew" our need for infantile metaphors 3500 years ago. 3500 years ago? This potentially is further confirmation that Wilbur is simply a descendent of those ancient intellectuals who liked to write books and epics, the priests. Those same p...
by Ken O'Neill
Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: The Call to Adventure
Topic: Ken Wilber
Replies: 73
Views: 18202

On 2005-12-29 16:07, Martin_Weyers wrote: Of course, in trying to relate yourself to transcendence, you don't have to have images. You can go the Zen way and forget the myths altogether. But I’m talking about the mythic way. And what the myth does is to provide a field in which you can locate yours...
by Ken O'Neill
Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: The Call to Adventure
Topic: Ken Wilber
Replies: 73
Views: 18202

On 2005-12-04 00:25, cliff w wrote: a cult of meditation (which the ch'an masters of the past warned against) and guru worship. Where's the self-determination, inner-directedness, and self-mastery in that Ken this seems quite congruent with my perception of Buddhism. Can you please expand on this? ...
by Ken O'Neill
Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: The Call to Adventure
Topic: Alan Watts
Replies: 15
Views: 5114

Watts and Campbell were friends. As I recall, Watts contributed a book to a three volume set that Campbell was in some manner involved in. My mentor, Philippkarl Eidmann (cf, Sake and Satori) was part of that circle as well. So here I sit attempting to remember backwards more than 30 years what he h...
by Ken O'Neill
Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: The Call to Adventure
Topic: What is meant by the left hand path?
Replies: 83
Views: 22472

The "left-hand path" in general is a reference to the esoteric practices of Western "occult" groups in recent centuries. More specifically, it is often used to refer to the fact that these practices are considered dark or evil by mainstream society ("black magic" and the like). Some better-known ex...
by Ken O'Neill
Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: The Call to Adventure
Topic: What is meant by the left hand path?
Replies: 83
Views: 22472

On 2003-05-23 10:04, David_Kudler wrote: Actually, the term 'left-hand path' comes from Tantric yoga. It refers to the path to transcendence through ecstacy--the path that takes one outside of the sphere of the social compact, into the realm of transcendence. I believe that the 'left hand' part is ...
by Ken O'Neill
Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: The Call to Adventure
Topic: What is meant by the left hand path?
Replies: 83
Views: 22472

In tantric Hinduism, the Left-Hand Path ( vamacari - from vama for "reverse, adverse, left, bad, vile" - but also "beautiful" and "pleasing" - and cari - "one who goes, proceeds, or walks a path") is contrasted to the Right-Hand Path ( daksina ). Campbell points out in Oriental Mythology that this ...
by Ken O'Neill
Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: The Call to Adventure
Topic: What is meant by the left hand path?
Replies: 83
Views: 22472

Now thinking of the Amitabha I believe the arms are representing the axis. Outstretched arm would be the west and east axis. The other pointing upward is of course representing the north and south polarities. But you can also make quantum leaps by opening your mind to the patterns which seem all to...
by Ken O'Neill
Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: The Call to Adventure
Topic: What is meant by the left hand path?
Replies: 83
Views: 22472

On 2006-01-02 17:37, Bodhi_Bliss wrote: Quite to the contrary, Miranda Shaw supports Campbell's primary thesis about Tantra and the Left Hand Path summarized in my two previous posts. Having reread Shaw and Bharati last evening, I have to agree with you. What I could not find was another piece I've...
by Ken O'Neill
Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am
Forum: Mythological Tools for Rites of Initiations and Passage
Topic: Mainichi mainichi - everyday Bodhi-Building Ritual.
Replies: 5
Views: 2140

On 2006-01-02 22:39, Mark ONeil wrote: So, anyway, the brain noise will stop for you once you practice what Thich Naht Hanh calls 'mindfulness' that is full presence of yourself in all of your activities. Just be what you actually are. Thanks, Mark: That's an apt and robust description of beginning...