Process Philosophy
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"Imagine a multidimensional spider's web in the early morning covered with dew drops. And every dew drop contains the reflection of all the other dew drops. And, in each reflected dew drop, the reflections of all the other dew drops in that reflection. And so ad infinitum. That is the Buddhist conception of the universe in an image."
–  Alan Watts, Following the Middle Way

 

"In opposition to the classical model of change as accidental (as by Aristotle) or illusory, process philosophy regards change as the cornerstone of reality—the cornerstone of the Being thought as Becoming. Modern philosophers who appeal to process rather than substance include Nietzsche, Heidegger, Charles Peirce, Alfred North Whitehead, Robert M. Pirsig, Charles Hartshorne, Arran Gare and Nicholas Rescher. In physics, Ilya Prigogine distinguishes between the "physics of being" and the "physics of becoming". Process philosophy covers not just scientific intuitions and experiences, but can be used as a conceptual bridge to facilitate discussions among religion, philosophy, and science."
Process Philosophy in Wikipedia

 

"The Huayan developed the doctrine of "interpenetration" or "coalescence" (Wylie: zung-'jug; Sanskrit: yuganaddha),[23][24] based on the Avatamsaka Sūtra, a Mahāyāna scripture. It holds that all phenomena (Sanskrit: dharmas) are intimately connected (and mutually arising). Two images are used to convey this idea. The first is known as Indra's net. The net is set with jewels which have the extraordinary property that they reflect all of the other jewels. The second image is that of the world text. This image portrays the world as consisting of an enormous text which is as large as the universe itself. The words of the text are composed of the phenomena that make up the world. However, every atom of the world contains the whole text within it. It is the work of a Buddha to let out the text so that beings can be liberated from suffering. The doctrine of interpenetration influenced the Japanese monk Kūkai, who founded the Shingon school of Buddhism. Interpenetration and essence-function are mutually informing in the East Asian Buddhist traditions, especially the Korean Buddhist tradition."
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The Human Body
Transforming Itself Every Day

For an "average" person:

If your heart beats on the average at 80 beats per minute, then your heart beats 115,200 times each day.

If you take 20 respirations a minute, then your breathe in and out 28,800 times each day. 

Your body has about 5.6 liters (6 quarts) of blood. This 5.6 liters of blood circulates through the body three times every minute. In one day your heart circulates 6,390 gallons (24192 liters).  In one day, the blood travels a total of 12,000 miles.  The heart pumps about 1 million barrels of blood during an average lifetime - that's enough to fill more than 3 super tankers.  If all arteries, veins, and capillaries of the human circulatory system were laid end to end, the total length would be 60,000 miles. 

Urinates about 1.5 quarts a day (1500 ml). 

The human body consists of about 60 trillion cells (6x10^13).  There are about 60 trillion atoms in a human cell. 

Each human cell contains a nucleus with forty-six chromosomes. Each of these chromosomes are comprised of between 30,000 and 50,000 genes and intervening sequences. 

Along with the common chimpanzee, the bonobo is the closest extant DNA relative to humans. The published chimpanzee genome differs from that of the human genome by 1.23% in direct sequence comparisons.

The human body is 60% water. 

 

"Although people may think of their body as a fairly permanent structure, most of it is in a state of constant flux as old cells are discarded and new ones generated in their place. Each kind of tissue has its own turnover time, depending in part on the workload endured by its cells. The cells lining the stomach, as mentioned, last only five days. The red blood cells, bruised and battered after traveling nearly 1,000 miles through the maze of the body's circulatory system, last only 120 days or so on average before being dispatched to their graveyard in the spleen.  White blood cells live on average more than a year. 

The epidermis, or surface layer of the skin, is recycled every two weeks or so. The reason for the quick replacement is that "this is the body's saran wrap, and it can be easily damaged by scratching, solvents, wear and tear," said Elaine Fuchs, an expert on the skin's stem cells at the Rockefeller University.

As for the liver, the detoxifier of all the natural plant poisons and drugs that pass a person's lips, its life on the chemical-warfare front is quite short. An adult human liver probably has a turnover time of 300 to 500 days, said Markus Grompe, an expert on the liver's stem cells at the Oregon Health & Science University.

Other tissues have lifetimes measured in years, not days, but are still far from permanent. Even the bones endure nonstop makeover. The entire human skeleton is thought to be replaced every 10 years or so in adults, as twin construction crews of bone-dissolving and bone-rebuilding cells combine to remodel it.

About the only pieces of the body that last a lifetime, on present evidence, seem to be the neurons of the cerebral cortex, the inner lens cells of the eye and perhaps the muscle cells of the heart. The inner lens cells form in the embryo and then lapse into such inertness for the rest of their owner's lifetime that they dispense altogether with their nucleus and other cellular organelles."
-  Nicholas Wade, Your Body is Younger Than You Think

 

"The tongue is covered with around 9,000 taste buds that help us to detect sweet, salty, bitter or sour flavours, explains Professor Damian Walmsley, scientific adviser to the British Dental Association.  The taste buds themselves are a collection of cells on the surface of the tongue, each housing about 50 taste cells. The buds renew themselves every ten days to two weeks.
    Most of our cells that last a lifetime are found in the brain, explains John Wadley, consultant neurosurgeon at Barts and the London Hospital.  "We are born with all the brain cells we'll ever have  -  around 100 billion  -  and most of the brain does not regenerate as it gets older."  
    The cells in the lungs constantly renew themselves, explains Dr Keith Prowse, vice-president of the British Lung Foundation. However, the lungs contain different cells that renew at different rates. The alveoli or air sac cells  -  needed for the exchange of oxygen and gases  -  deep in the lungs have a steady progress of regeneration that takes about a year. Meanwhile, the cells on the lung's surface have to renew every two or three weeks."
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"What will remain of my legacy?
Flowers in the spring,
The hototogisu in summer,
And the crimson leaves of Autumn."
-  Ryokan, 1758-1831
   One Robe, One Bowl, Translated by John Stevens

 

"Indra's net (also called Indra's jewels or Indra's pearls, from इंद्रजाल in Sanskrit) is a metaphor used to illustrate the concepts of emptiness, dependent origination, and interpenetration in Hindu and Buddhist philosophy. While the original Hindu concept was developed and explained in various Dharmic philosophical texts of ancient India, the Buddhist version of the metaphor was later developed by the Mahayana school in the 3rd century scriptures of the Avatamsaka Sutra and later by the Huayan school between the 6th and 8th centuries.  The central idea is that all phenomena are intimately connected. This idea is communicated in the image of the interconnectedness of the universe as seen in the net of the Vedic deity Indra, whose net hangs over his palace on Mount Meru, the axis mundi of Vedic cosmology and Vedic mythology. Indra's net has a multifaceted jewel at each vertex, and each jewel is reflected in all of the other jewels."
Indra's Net

 

 

"In each dust-mote of these worlds
Are countless worlds and Buddhas
From the tip of each hair of Buddha's body
Are revealed the indescribable Pure Lands
The indescribable infinite Lands
All ensemble in a hair's tip of Buddha."
-  Flower Garland Sutra

 

 

"The past practices of the Buddha Vairocana
Cause oceans of Buddha-lands to be purified.
Immeasurable, incalculable, infinite,
He freely pervades all places.
The Dharma-body of the Tathaagata is inconceivable;
It is formless, markless, and beyond comparison.
He manifests a form and marks for the sake of living beings
And there is no place he is not manifested.
In all the atoms of all the Buddha-lands,
Vairocana displays his sovereign might.
He vows with the earth-shaking sounds of oceans of Buddhas
To tame every kind of living being."
-  Francis H. Cook, The Meaning of Vairocana in Hua-Yen Buddhism

 

 

 

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Bibliography and Links

Process Philosophy:  Becoming, Growing, Creating, Transforming, Evolving, Changing, Moving, Oscillating,
Emerging, Modifying, Flowing, Aging, Time, Organism

 

Cobb, John B. (1925-) 


Complexity, Diversity and Multiplicity   Quotations, Sayings, Poetry, Quips, Lore


Creation Spirituality Communities: Twelve Principles of Creation Spirituality 


Dependent Origination, Dependent Arising, Pratītyasamutpāda: On a general level, it refers to one of the central concepts in the Buddhist tradition—that all things arise in dependence upon multiple causes and conditions.


Emptiness (Sunyata) in Buddhist Hua-Yen Philosophy  There is no inherent, abiding, eternal "substance" that is the foundation for the reality of things. 


The Encyclopedia of Philosophy.  Paul Edwards, Editor in Chief.  New York Macmillan Pub., 1967.  Reprint of 1972.  Four Volumes.  Volumes 1 & 2, Abbagnano to Entropy.  Volumes 3 & 4, Epictetus to Logic.  Volumes 5 & 6, Logic to Psychologism.  Volumes 7 & 8, Psychology to Zubiri.   Each volume is about 1,150 pages.  VSCL. 


Growth, Rebirth, Life   Quotations, Sayings, Poetry, Quips, Lore 


Hartshorne, Charles.  Insights and Oversights of Great Thinkers: An Evaluation of Western Philosophy.  Albany, New York, State University of New York Press, 1983.  Index, 393 pages.  ISBN: 0873956826.  VSCL.


Holography


Hua-Yen Buddhism, Avatamsaka Stura, Flower Garland Scripture


Indra's Net


Indra's Net: What Is It?   Characteristics:  The Holographic Nature of the Universe, The Interconnectedness of All Things, Lack of a Substantive Self, Non-Locality, Innate Wisdom, Illusion or Maya, Universal Creativity, The Mirror Like Nature of the Mind, A Metaphor for the Non-Dual Nature of All. 


Interdependence, Interconnectedness, Biodiversity, Web of Life  Quotations, Sayings, Poetry, Quips, Lore


Mesle, C. Robert.  Process-Relational Philosophy: An Introduction to Alfred North Whitehead.  Templeton Press, 2008.  136 pages.  ISBN: 978-1599471327. 


Months and Seasons   Quotations, Sayings, Poetry, Quips, Lore 


Original Blessing: A Primer in Creation Spirituality Presented in Four Paths, Twenty-Six Themes, and Two Questions
By Matthew Fox,  2000


Process Metaphysics and Hua-Yen Buddhism  By Steve Odin.  A Critical Study of Cumulative Penetration vs. Interpenetration.  SUNY Series in Systemaic Philosophy.  State University of New York Press, 1982.  242 pages.  ISBN: 978-0873955683.


Process Philosophy in Wikipedia


Rescher, Nicholas.  Process Metaphysics: An Introduction to Process Philosophy.  State University at New York, 1996.  Index, bibliography, notes, 213 pages.  ISBN: 978-0791428184.   VSCL.  A thorough, readable, and insightful introduction by a renowned professor of philosophy. 


Sherburne, Donald W.  A Key to Whitehead's Process and Reality  University of Chicago Press, 1981.  272 pages.  ISBN: 978-0226752938.  VSCL. 


Tao Te Ching (Daodejing) by Lao Tzu (Laozi)


Time: Nature and Gardening   Quotations, Sayings, Poetry, Quips, Lore 


Tools for Navigating Your Inner Universe by Paul Nelson


Whitehead, Alfred North.  Process and Reality.  Corrected Edition.  Edited by David Ray Griffin and Donald W. Sherburne.  New York, Free Press, Macmillan, 1978, 1929.  Index, 413 pages.  ISBN: 0029345707.  VSCL. 


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