Lotus Mind 2: Investigating Questing Mind’s Operation

Fridays, Starting September 2nd - October 14th,  10-11:30 AM

Abbe Blum · March 18, 2022

Lucius: The mechanism of mind manifestation has a magical quality. It’s like a stage
magician’s illusion. If we could understand mind’s operation and the process of thought
understood, we could adjust the mechanism. Mind might be able to change its
transmission; it might be able to transcend the old regime and find a different way to
think, conceptualize and experience.

Ch. 15 Undiscovered Mind pp. 126-127

During the part 2 of Lotus Mind we begin to open the structures that structure our
thinking, and that generate the impulse to seek answers. We trace ways that thought follows
language’s model, manifesting positions and possessions and being acted upon. Mind is driven
to maintain read-outs, looking for something, drawing upon images of critic and seeker. As we
inquire about differences between “I’ and ‘me’; the origin of I; and what sets up the character
of thought, we may find different ways to think, conceptualize and experience.

Students will learn:
To activate knowledge through examining how experience arises

To become familiar with the gatekeepers of regime: I, me, and mine, and to open into
friendship with mind
To recognize and loosen the assumptions in thoughts, commentaries, and programed
responses that are taken to be natural
To engage in dialogue that stimulates knowledgeability and confronts fundamental,
circumscribed Western attitudes about knowledge
To open points and positions 360 degrees—with the world becoming quite a different place.

Week 1: Ch 9 Captured in Thought
What do read-outs entail? The processing of new inputs? We examine operations of
recognition, identification, fitting, and establishing. Opening assumptions and what is taken for
granted, we look at looking and continue to activate knowledge through examination of how
experience arises.
Week 2: Ch 10 Reason Being
This week takes a deep dive into the nature and process of reason, reasoning and the
compulsion to know and to have meaning. Some implications of “now I understand” and this
stance’s relation to frameworks by which we orchestrate reality. What do we take as premises
and starting points? What questions are we not asking?
Week 3: Ch 11 Seeker Seeking
This week turns to the need and impulse to find out and know, while also asking “who is the
one who knows? Who is knowing?” The mind’s longing for the known may position seeing so
that we only see what we are pointing at, a set-up for taking shelter, and forget about the
pointer. The questions being asked in this inquiry may be new – we can ask: are there options
that have not yet appeared—other ways to play?
Week 4: Ch 12 Seeking the Seeker
We are exploring the bedrock belief in ‘me’ and ‘I’ and dynamics of expressing “it’s me.” What
would happen if questioning mind decided to analyze the inner structure of both the seeker
and the critic? Also questioning that this unit, I, has become an axiom, baseline and self evident
truth. We say “Now I understand,” but where does the understanding reside? Who
understands?
Week 5: Ch 13 Assuming the I
This week looks at the dynamics of seeking mind that takes self as a basis – in other words that I
believe in my I, as you believe in yours. Tracing back before assumption, expression and
investment – we ask, what exactly are assumptions and when are they taken up? Might I
question I, the dark and impenetrable, if the stance of “I don’t know” is an assumption

enforcing not wanting to know? We also look at the function of boredom, discomfort and
feeling “funny.”
Week 6: Ch 14 The Characters of Thought
What’s going on with “Aha: we get it now?” This week turns to the anchorman, the sender of
the messages we receive. Also investigating the ‘about-concepts’ that are involved in usual way
we talk about things. Readouts disclose surprising openness at finer resolutions, along with the
staging of transitions, just as at the heart of a wave.
Week 7: Ch 15 Undiscovered Mind
We explore what Lucius tells Sophie and Adam: that every thought’s structure goes to space,
and that it is possible always to trace the process. Doing so brings in the level of the
infinitesimal instant—that is, what the process of thought looks like in the open instant. We can
practice opening up commenting, definitions, identifications, even the pointing out of our own
pointing out.

Prerequisite: Lotus Language or permission from the Instructor

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About Instructor

Abbe Blum

Abbe holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley, an M.A. from Cambridge University in England, where she was a Marshall scholar, and a Ph.D. in English literature from Yale University. As an Associate Professor at Swarthmore College, she taught Shakespeare and intensive writing seminars. She currently teaches in the School of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry at Saybrook University. She has been studying Buddhism since the 1970s and has taught at various TNMC locations since 1998.

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