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Old 03-31-2009, 12:04 PM   #23
C. David Henderson
Location: Santa Fe New Mexico
Join Date: Sep 2008
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Re: Transmission, Inheritance, Emulation 12

My understanding is that for Plato "formlessness" likely would be seen as another form, rather than something transcending or unifying individual forms. Reality consisted of the ideal forms to which the ceaseless arising and falling of phenomena (including the results of dialouge) were imperfect shadows. As opposed to the idea in Buddhism that form is emptiness and emptiness is form.

The process of dialogue, however, might be seen as imparting skills at understanding concepts apart from the results of dialogue in understanding particular concepts. That might be seen, alas, as showing alternatively an underlying unity or simply dialectic as an idea.

Practice might similarly be seen as focusing on individual forms as a way of approaching Takumusu Aiki as a transcendent form, or that "Takumusu Aiki" is a form with certain characteristics (like spontaneity).



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