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zavk wrote:Thanks for the very helpful pointers, pt1. I understand that the notion of 'indivisible units' can be misleading, but this is precisely what I'm trying to track. I've come across people using this term to describe the kalapas. I'm trying to get a sense of how this translation evolved. Will look into your suggestions.
zavk wrote:Yes, that's my 1994 MIJ Jaguar. I'm absolutely in love with it; attachment runs deep.
pt1 wrote:So, I have no idea where “indivisible units” came from. It’s possible it appeared around a certain teacher or lineage, since pretty much every lineage tends to develop its own vocabulary over time with specific meanings which are not readily apparent to outsiders - e.g. I don't know their reasoning behind the term so I start assuming that an indivisible unit is some sort of an self-existing little entity out there somewhere and all that business, which of course might not be what they had in mind at all. I guess the way to track down the origin of the term would be to see who is the root teacher in the particual lineage where you found the term and then look into who was the original translator. Probably he started using the term in some specific context and then (if you’re lucky) everyone else afterwards just maintained the same usage.
zavk wrote:Thanks again. Yes, I encountered the term 'indivisible units' in the explanations of a particular meditation teacher whom I shall not name here, because my aim is not to cast aspersion on the teacher. My suspicion is that the teacher expresses it as 'indivisible units' to tap into the cultural cachet of scientific discourse--particularly particle physics--so as to explain the observation of inner processes in a way that would be agreeable to a secular audience who may not have previous exposure to Buddhist ideas. I don't think the teacher is intentionally misrepresenting the teachings as such.
zavk wrote:Yes, I've sorted the strings and bridge, but cannot afford a tube amp just yet. Am aiming for a Vox AC30, eventually. I do experiment quite heavily with sound processing: partly because I'm not a skilled player, and partly because I'm interested in creating instrumental soundscapes. [My original plan was to get a Jazzmaster as I prefer its tone but I couldn't resist the color of the Jag; I will change my p'ups eventually to get more mid-range. ]