The Void Mandala is a symbol for the respiration of “life & death”, “consciousness & the unconscious”, “self & non-self”, and “the individual & God”. Breathing with this mandala lets our life become a constant practice of maintaining balance through exploration – with each journey (there and back again) we move further and further into the spiritual dimension.
The same way in which mental health for individuals comes from finding a balanced harmony between consciousness and the unconscious, so too will world health come from a balanced harmony between life and death.
Hybrid identity, like Korean-American, provides a window through the “self” via the hyphen. This parallax gap reveals the unspeakable qualities of our lived experience as always already existing outside of taxonomy.
Who am I? What am I talking about when I say “I”? What is a “self”? Who, in fact, is even asking these questions?
The first event of The Open! Using Daniel Quinn’s “Ishmael” as our jumping-off point, we discussed topics ranging from the evolution of consciousness, to the teleology of biological life, to the fuzziness of boundaries between conceptual categories. The great achievement of the book, we decided, was its ability to engender strong, polarizing reactions.
On Tuesday, December 9th at 7pm in Los Angeles we will be hosting the first event of The Open, and will be using Daniel Quinn’s “Ishmael” as our jumping-off point.
Live The Questions is not just a website; it represents an ethos for authentic engagement with a community of ideas. Such a community is built around peer intimacy. “The Open” is precisely this space for discussion, presentation, and conversation about what matters most.