KARMIC SYNAPSES

Karmic Synapses

‘Synapse: a junction between two nerve cells, consisting of a minute gap across which impulses pass by diffusion of a neurotransmitter. Our brain cells communicate with one another via synaptic transmission controlling the body and brain functions.’

Neurons fire and wire together. This is how we learn: our brains that can change. This is why mindfulness of mind and of body are so important.

The word ‘karma’ is borrowed from Sanskrit to describe the result of actions – the imprint of actions.

We have to find our own weak points in this prison complex, in order to free ourselves from limitations. Meditation gives us insight and clarity to do this.

We may feel, “I don’t feel like it; I’m tired, fed up, disappointed. I just can’t be bothered”. In this way, we ignore and revert to type. This is the precise moment for discipline, to break the habitual pattern. We break the habit by forming a positive habit of spiritual practice – a disciplined routine. This formation of a positive habit applies to anything we do*. All that is required is to be aware. Whatever takes place – or doesn’t – awareness is always present. We know, but find expression difficult because our synapses are not practised in that discipline. It just takes practice. This is real dharma! To know our true nature by dissolving the fixed, karmic imprint.

Karma is just our ‘gesture’, the way we perform. We can recognise someone at a distance by their karmic signals, and they us. Our ultimate nature is an inscrutable enigma, the ultimate riddle, that unties all the knots.

This brings us to the question, “Were we born with a unique gesture?”

* as an example: I’m trying to learn to play the guitar, and I find that my little finger doesn’t want to take part…so I sometimes have trouble finding the right string. My little finger needs special attention: even though it’s painful, it’s showing signs of progress and is happier to work in unison with its neighbours! They now play a little better together 😀

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4 Responses to KARMIC SYNAPSES

  1. marcel says:

    “We may feel, “I don’t feel like it; I’m tired, fed up, disappointed. I just can’t be bothered”. In this way, we ignore and revert to type. This is the precise moment for discipline, to break the habitual pattern. We break the habit by forming a positive habit of spiritual practice – a disciplined routine. This formation of a positive habit applies to anything we do*. All that is required is to be aware. Whatever takes place – or doesn’t – awareness is always present. We know, but find expression difficult because our synapses are not practised in that discipline. It just takes practice. This is real dharma! To know our true nature by dissolving the fixed, karmic imprint.
    Karma is just our ‘gesture’, the way we perform. We can recognise someone at a distance by their karmic signals, and they us. Our ultimate nature is an inscrutable enigma, the ultimate riddle, that unties all the knots.”

    Hello Tony,

    Subtle post. There’s a lot of pleasure in reading your daily blog and I thank you for that! A short daily 5 minute meditation 🙂 Now regarding the subject of disicpline, and about the precise moment, .. that’s a difficult subject.. When Trungpa was asked the reason why he drunk so much during his presentations, his answer was: “I don’t know”. There’s more between heaven and earth and the heart has its reasons of which the reason knows nothing. My heart makes me going out each day for work, do my duty, and make a living for family. There’s no reason not to follow your heart, as Steve Jobs used to say.

    Now about you saying “Our ultimate nature is an inscrutable enigma, the ultimate riddle, that unties all the knots.”. That’s an incredible, mind-boggling phrase. Crazy wisom in it’s pursist form! or very, very ordinary. Possible the latter 🙂 Thanks Tony!

    Amities, Marcel.

    • tony says:

      Hell Marcel,
      It’s all the same ending via different routes. We climb the illusory mountain from where we are. Sometime the peak is seen clearly, and sometimes we are caught in an undercut which obscure the view.

      As long as we know where we are going discipline will take us there.
      Another word for discipline is love.

      Tony

  2. marcel says:

    Speaking about the path. About 25 years ago, I visited the Ryōan-ji temple in Kyoto with its famous zen garden. At the exit of the temple, a small booklet was being proposed including ten enigmatic pictures, called the Oxherding pictures, dating back to the 12th century, but probably much, much older than that. Since then, every couple of years, I opened the booklet fascinating by the images, without discerning any of its hidden essence. Now, 25 years later, the vision has been opening up bits by pieces, and its absolutely radiant. The booklet has been carrying all the way during all that time its secret with it. Now, as I’m a big fan of Trungpa Rinpoche, I would like to cite here his interpretation of the 10th picture called the world. There surely is still a lot of karma to exhaust on the illusory road and to raise the discipline and practice, but it’s there, and it’s real. .. It is the state of “total flop” or “old dog”, go figure 🙂

    “Nirmanakaya is the fully awakened state of being in the world. Its action is like the moon reflecting in a hundred bowls of water. The moon has no desire to reflect, but that is its nature. This state is dealing with the earth with ultimate simplicity, transcending following the example of anyone. It is the state of “total flop” or “old dog”. You destroy whatever needs to be destroyed, you subdue whatever needs to to subdued, and you care for whatever needs your care.”

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