I suspect that we agree on a great deal of this Buddhist stuff. Have you done much reading in Buddhism's ugly child, i.e. Zen?
K: Perhaps I should have just said, "the self" is in a constant state of flux.
NS: Yes, that would have been far better. I lean towards the 's'elf - 'S'elf convention, when trying to clarify between the illusory and the real. Buddhism, and Hinduism, also use: ''mind & Mind."
K: Nonsense or non-sense? I am not exactly clear on in which form of this you are expressing.
NS: I meant the doctrine/ideology that, as Ramana Maharishi put it: (paraphrasing) 'What, am I to say from a dream that I won't wake up until all these other dream people around me are first awakened?'
K: Those who don't like that comment, should look at it as potential. The potential for sight is always present.
Ns: If I correctly understand "sight" is here being used as an analogy for Self, which is certainly "always present," then "potential" is absurd. What would someone be before this 'potential' was realized, 'a Selfless Self'? There is a good reason why this Self is also called, "original essence, or fundamental nature."
"Because all sentient beings have a fundamental nature, it supports
their own bodies; this real nature has never been born, never dies,
has no form or shape, is permanent and unchanging--this is called
fundamental inherent nature. Since this inherent nature is the
same as that of all Buddhas, it is called Buddha nature." (Daikaku's Treatise on Meditation)
K: If there is no contact then there is no attachment, no emotion, no fear, no animosity, no confusion, no ignorance.
NS: It is the mind that creates: thoughts, emotions, attachments, confusion, and physical bodies (which are no more than thoughts). We disembody most every night, but then the mind simply calls up another dream world, with another 'dream you person' to become attached to its self and its world. The dreams never end. But, what the Self-realized come to know is that, only the mind conceives, and perceives, dreams. And, fortunately, you are Not a mind, or a creature of the mind. You are a Self; a thoroughly awakened from all dreams, Self.
K: People don't like when I talk about this. It is easy to object to and it is contrary to what we WANT it to be. I didn't say it, it was already there. It goes against the grain, perhaps that is why I like it.
NS: I like it when you talk about this, and take your understanding to be top notch. It does go against the 'common' grain, but then it is the uncommonly grained who commonly seek after, and find their way out of the land of sticky dreams.