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Interval in Mind

Interval refers to points spaced in a pattern between designated points.

An open interval is equal to or greater than the starting point and continues and is equal to or less than the designated end point. Whereas the number 1 is a closed interval and so is the number 2, equal to 1 and the other equal to 2.

This specificity is helpful in a categorical sense. That is, the use of a common marker for comparative purposes, like basic arithmetic. However, more advanced mathematics goes beyond convention into  probabilities.

As an array of conversation, how does Zen address the space between points? Kinhin is my model. I suggest that kinhin is an organization that adjusts the field of space and time. A type of interplay responding to changing conditions and variables. The circle or line in kinhin is made up of beings in motion, adjusting intervals to reduce the probability of collision.. This is similar to the idea of the safe-distance driving formula for time and distance by speed, of cars

Here is an excerpt from a comparative paper addressing the Zen point of “not one=not two.” The underlining/Bolding is mine:

Generally speaking, Zen cherishes simplicity and straightforwardness in grasping reality and acting on it “here and now,” for it believes that a thing-event that is immediately present before one’s eyes or under one’s foot is no other than an expression of suchness. In other words the thing-event is disclosing its primordial mode of being such that it is as it is. It also understands a specificity of the thing-event to be a recapitulation of the whole; parts and the whole are to be lived in an inseparable relationship through an exercise of nondiscriminatory wisdom, without prioritizing the visible over the invisible, the explicit over the implicit, or vice versa.

As such, Zen maintains a stance of “not one” and “not two,” that is “a positionless position,” where “not two” means negating the dualistic stance that divides the whole into two parts, while “not one” means negating the non dualistic stance occurring when the Zen practitioner dwells in the whole as one, while suspending judgment in meditation. The free, bilateral movement between “not one” and “not two” characterizes Zen’s achievement of a personhood with a third perspective that cannot be confined to either dualism or non-dualism, neither “not one” nor “not two”.

This might also be called wisdom, complete samadhi, fully enlightened or even “The Third-Eye.”

So if one is constantly adjusting to changing conditions the interval effect is adjusting to the endless variation in variables. The intervals arise not as separate from or to something but unfolding suchness, or Immo. See

Join us May 7, 2024, at 7:00 pm/EDT, as we explore intervals from various points of view. Come to the Zendo in Falmouth, MA, at the First Congregational Church, or visit  via Zoom:   password FSZS

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