Defining a moment is difficult. In broad strokes, I’ll apply the “three level” idea used in TSK.

1. A moment is defined by more or less conventional ideas and habits. Ego has goals and concerns, and moments are defined in those terms.

2. Moments are defined more in terms of energy- there’s some experience of the “ineffable.” Moments have feelings, flavors, speeds, maybe directions. Just like seasons have feelings and so on, moments do too.

3. This one is much more guesswork on my part. Usually, the third level is defined in terms of things being good as they are, and transcendence or realization as already being present, pervasive. In terms of a moment, maybe this would mean the most intense and blissful second level moments, moments that were incredibly emotional, meaningful, magical, somehow go throughout. Usually there’s some sense of “couldn’t care less” at this point, too- having experienced the magic and power of experiences, there’s some realization that those were in themselves problematic, maybe even another version of the ego games people try to work with and get past on the path.

“in what sense are you reliving…”

“trying to turn past into present”

vantage point- “between 3rd person and 1st person”

– I find this one catches my attention. Have you ever noticed an odd sense of perspective in dreams? In my dreams I am usually somehow both first and third person, some strange mixture of both. Trungpa Rinpoche talks about awareness, or vipashyana as a sense of “panorama.” The sense of perspective is something that changes.

“it seems that feelings get confused with awareness as ‘field’- sense of observing feelings and then very quickly and easily identifying with them.”

developing a (visual) picture of a situation and then refreshing it

feelings determine “flavor of thoughts”?


As for the last note, I wouldn’t put it this way. I would like some more precise model for explaining thoughts and feelings. At this time, I see thoughts and feelings as the same, the distinction is a matter of degrees and styles.

I have no conclusion for this post, but just to say that this is one big reason I find and have found TSK useful- it helps me look at and understand my experiences during meditation. It supplements my Buddhist practice.

(Drikung Kagyu traditional torma)


About jakekarlins

Aspiring writer and artist, dharma practitioner, yogi.

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