[Buddha-l] Being unable to imagine dying and living

sjziobro at cs.com sjziobro at cs.com
Mon Jun 28 14:48:13 MDT 2010

This really makes no sense to me.  I can easily conceive of my death.  What I can't do is die and not die simultaneously in the same manner.  What seems to occur via your remarks is a confusion of thought and experience and the reflection that goes with it.


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From: lemmett at talk21.com <lemmett at talk21.com>
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Subject: Re: [Buddha-l] Being unable to imagine dying and living

> I've been reading portions of this thread and have a
 question.  Why would death be inconceivable?  It
 seems easy to conceive, but not possible to experience it
 while not experiencing it.  Aren't there practices in
 the early traditions where a monk or meditator visualizes
 his death and the dissolution of the skandas?  Isn't
 this a form of conceiving of death?
I wouldn't know about Buddhism but Derrida says something about a line that 
erminates all determinations and that the passage into death cannot have the 
orm of movement. Thomson's article also mentions Hegel - that to set a limit is 
lready to go beyond it in some way.
'm convinced that I've understood Derrida, at least that we can't conceive of a 
eath that strictly happens to me. Obviously I can imagine my lifeless body, I 
ean phenomenally or something. I suggest that it's more about whether that's 
ntirely irrelevant rather than if it's the case: perhaps Buddhist practice is a 
on conceptual conception of dying?

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