Hello Rock, really wonderful meeting a Buddhist meditator here on Medium. I was doing Zen meditation since back in the 1980s and now can sit with no thoughts for more than an hour, while in the beginning it was very hard to achieve that state of mind for even 5 minutes. I have actually switched to a prayer method called ‘scientific prayer’ that was a constant theme in the writings of the authors of the New Thought Movement, especially Joseph Murphy.
Actually, last year I found that the most powerful method is to express gratitude on a daily basis, thanks to THE SECRET by Rhonda Byrne and her second book, THE MAGIC.
By the way, I am living since almost 20 years in a Buddhist country, Cambodia, and know therefore that the image most Westerners have about Buddhism is absolutely wrong, an illusion or projection, I would say.
Interesting term you are using: ‘The Concept of Nature.’ We have in the West undergone a mutation here since Galilei and Francis Bacon, while Leonardo’s worldview as a scientist was still organic and in keeping with the tradition of the Middle-Ages that believed nature is an organic whole.
Now, with systems theory in place and the insights of quantum physics, we know that this worldview was correct: it is entirely corroborated by the writings of Fritjof Capra and the ‘systems’ insights of Ludwig Bertalannfy, Ilya Prigogine and the Chilean researchers Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela who discovered the concept of autopoiesis in nature (the ‘self-making’ aspect in evolution). See my extrapolation of this scientific discovery for the value of autonomy in education:
Yes, Marcus Aurelius is one of my favorite stoic authors, together with the eternal Seneca. See my site fragment here on my philosophy which is a synchretic view of Stoicism and the Chinese Integral Life philosophy promoted by Taoist Master Hua-Ching Ni:
Thanks for referencing ‘Process and Reality’ by Whitehead. I will order and read it and then report back. Thank you!