Time perception in Western culture is about moving forward. We project ourselves moving forward through our life with the time. Here’s some key points I always wanted to put together for the article. So, I’m sorry for this powerpoint style.
Although time seems to flow, this “ride” has no destination. “Autumn does not become winter, there was autumn and there is winter.” [Dogen’s Shobogenzo]
The borderline between You and outer world is pure illusion. “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”
“Sound is vibration, transmitted to our senses through the mechanism of the ear, and recognized as sound only at our nerve centers. The falling of the tree or any other disturbance will produce vibration of the air. If there be no ears to hear, there will be no sound.”
Past and Future are illusions as well. Can you present yourself without telling about your past?
When you plan something enjoyable, do you really enjoy it when it comes?
When is NOW?
Time concept is good for planning (“Let’s meet tonight at 8 o’clock”)
Time concept is not good to be worry about (ever-slipping future)
If you ever can be productive, the time is NOW