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New PDF release: Buddhism Without Beliefs

By Stephen Batchelor

ISBN-10: 1573226564

ISBN-13: 9781573226561

During this basic yet very important quantity, Stephen Batchelor reminds us that the Buddha was once now not a mystic who claimed privileged, esoteric wisdom of the universe, yet a guy who challenged us to appreciate the character of suffering, enable cross of its origins, and convey into being a lifestyle that's to be had to us all. The options and practices of Buddhism, says Batchelor, aren't whatever to think in yet whatever to do—and as he explains essentially and compellingly, it's a perform that we will be able to interact in, despite our historical past or ideals, as we are living on a daily basis at the route to religious enlightenment.

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Both are eternal, and the variety of things we see, hear, touch, smell, or taste are just different arrangements of atoms. When the things change, the atoms constituting them are simply rearranged, even though no atom passes out of existence. When we burn a piece of paper the paper ceases to exist, but the atoms 46 • T W E LV E E X A M P L E S O F I L L U S I O N Substance depicted on a non-substance cannot be destroyed and continue to exist in the scattered pieces of ashes. Nothing that is really real, that is, nothing that is a substance, can ever be destroyed.

The coin does not get any smaller as you move it away from your eyes, but the image of the coin projected onto your retina gets smaller. So we could agree that by the term “apparent size” we mean the size of the object’s image at the back of your eyes. Now how could this explain the moon illusion? 19 But for the retinal image to get smaller, the moon seen high up would have to be further away. Another possible cause of a change in the size of the retinal image that does not require the object to move is atmospheric refraction.

How could these flat beings get an idea of a three-dimensional object? Once we understand how they can know a cube in a space with one dimension more than the one they live in, perhaps we can use an analogous procedure to visualize a cube with four dimensions. A three-dimensional cube passing facedown through a two-dimensional plane would appear to these flat beings like a square. They could now try to visualize the cube as a sequence of such squares. Similarly a four-dimensional cube passing 3D cube A V I SUA L DI STORTI ON • 49 through our world would look like a three-dimensional cube.

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