In computer science, we have these wonderful things called “regular expressions”. Regular expressions recognize patterns in text. For example, the regular expression
/red/ recognizes the letters “red” in any sequence of letters.
Regular expressions have magic characters. One magic character is ‘.’, which matches any character. Another magic character is ‘*’ which matches any number of the preceding sub-pattern. In this way, one might say:
- The dimension of infinite space matches all possibilities:
Regular expressions also use parentheses to indicate context. To recognize blue or yellow but only before red we would type:
/(blue|yellow).*red/. In this way, one might say:
- The dimension of infinite consciousness matches everything:
We can even match the beginning (
^) or end (
$). In this way, one might say:
- The dimension of nothingness matches:
And we can even be ambivalent with the magic character
?, which recognizes one or zero of something. In this way, one might say:
- The dimension of neither perception or non-perception matches:
Lastly, we can also not use regular expressions at all. And that would definitely be a cessation of perception and feeling.
This is what happens when programmers study the Dhamma during COVID-19.