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The eyes are the windows of the soul (?) - Dhamma Wheel

The eyes are the windows of the soul (?)

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The eyes are the windows of the soul (?)

Postby Modus.Ponens » Thu Nov 14, 2013 12:54 am

Hello

This thread's title is a portuguese saying. I've spoken to people and some interpret it as meaning that you know the look on a person's eyes when they are in love with you. My interpretation is different.

I've met at least two other persons who, besides me, by looking at another person's eyes, can tell what are the core emotions on the observed person's mind. Most people find this is self deception but, of all the people I've met and analysed their eyes, I've never been wrong on my observation.

Now, what I want to know is if I'm alone in this. I don't claim that this is something psychic. But it is interesting that it is somewhat uncommon in a random sample. My question goes to a selected sample: buddhists.

I have a follow up questions either way, but let me see if I'm alone first _ and possibly fooling myself.

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He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
(Jhana Sutta - Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation)

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Re: The eyes are the windows of the soul (?)

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Nov 14, 2013 1:08 am

Greetings,

Do eyes here count simply as the eyeball, or extend to the socket, or extend even further to the associated muscles etc. around the eyes which frame the way in which the eyes are presented?

I think if you're talking about interpretations of emotions at a mundane level I suspect you're more often talking about the latter, rather than the eyeball itself.

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Re: The eyes are the windows of the soul (?)

Postby SarathW » Thu Nov 14, 2013 1:20 am

I think this is just the ability to read body language.
Not only the eye, total body expressions, even smell of sweat, heart beat can gauge some ones mental state.
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Re: The eyes are the windows of the soul (?)

Postby manas » Thu Nov 14, 2013 1:25 am

Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

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Re: The eyes are the windows of the soul (?)

Postby Modus.Ponens » Thu Nov 14, 2013 1:53 am

He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
(Jhana Sutta - Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation)

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Re: The eyes are the windows of the soul (?)

Postby manas » Thu Nov 14, 2013 2:21 am

Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."


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