Hermeneutic and Buddhist Meditations
Chapter Eight: Second Fragment: Thoughts on “Breaking the Gaze” (Christopher Gilham, David Jardine, & Graham McCaffrey)
C h a p T e r e i g h T CG: Monday, August 5, 2013, 9:14 am: “The deepest stream of our deeply human, deeply animal responses to this impingement is a sort of panicky retreat from a sense of threat” or the face to face fight so common with the students I’ve worked with–who are also at once, the leukemia patient Graham wrote about (See Chap- ter 2). Or is paralysis, too, a response? I wonder if the root of suffering is necessarily a first and natural response that is, with practice, caught early on and seen for what it is. In other words, the initial response of impingement-suffering might be necessary for the cultivation of the ability to distance and see one within that cycle. Without this noticing practice the subsequent attachment to the cycle is unnecessary suffering but not the root of suffering. Kearney’s reference to interpretive work or hermeneutics as involving Joyce’s two minds (Kearney, 2011) rings a bell here, and serves as another connection to this piece. Perhaps with practice we can almost instantly have two minds about situations and one of them is always initiated as an impingement or suffering… only once we catch what was thrown can we put language to it and world it in such a way that it is livable. Not sure if my distinction is distinct enough to be clear but this is, anyhow, how it seems to be for me. Perhaps a sign of...
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