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Saturday, June 30, 2007

It´s now or never

Dear Master Gudo Wafu Nishijima,

Thank you for your clear answers. Today here are my questions as follows.

Dear Dr Siegfried Hohlfeld,

My answers are as follows.

Q.1: Does action create time?

A.1: I do not think that action creates time, but without action there is no real time, and at the same time without the present time there is no real action.

Q.2: Is time - before and after an action- an illusion?

A.2: I think that before an action time is a kind of suposition, and after an action time is a kind of memory.

Q.3: Are our habitual patterns of thought a hindrance to intuitive

A.3: I think that our habitual patterns of thoughts are sometimes a hindrance, not to intuitive action, but to intuition itself.

Q.4: (1) Do we have to give up the cognitive function to compare with
what we already believe to know?

A.4: (1) We should never give up the recognitive function, but our recognitive functions are limitlessly many, and so they are sometime useless for us having a decision.

Q.4: (2) Do we have to admitt and realize that we really don´t know anything and even don´t need to know any-thing?

A.4: (2) No, we should never admit and realize that we really don't know anything and even don't need to know any-thing.

Q.4: (3) Do we just have to be?

A.4: (3) No, but we should always be and act while we are living.

Q.5: What is duration? A moment,a flashlight, a bubble on the river - ?

A.5: Duration is series of present moments.

Q.6: Is our action here and now the only Reality which creates all in a permanent

A.6: Yes, our action here and now is the only Reality which creates all in a permanent change.

Q.7: Does only responsibility remain and last? And what for?

A.7: I wonder whether even responsibility remains or lasts. I think that responsibility is some times memories in our brain.

Q.8: (1) How can we solve the paradox of the present moment that we are both free and

A.8: (1) The method, which can solve the paradox of the present moment that we are free and bound, comes from just the structure of present moment itself. The present moment is a so short time like a width of a razer edge. And so if we put a pearl on a edge of razer, the pearl can falls down sometimes to the right side, sometimes to the left side, because of the so narrow edge of the razer. So we can recognize that because of so short length of the present moment, even though it is decided by series of past, present, and future, just at the present moment, human action can be perfectly free.

Q.8: (2) How to dissolve this last duality?

A.8: (2) Because an action and the present moment are always combined perfectly into one without fail.

Q.9: Is not-acting at all an impossibility?

A.9: It is impossible for us not to act or not to live while we are living.

Thank you for your kind answers and best wishes

siegfried hohlfeld

Thank you very much for your important and valuable questions.

Gudo Wafu Nishijima


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