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by Quiet Heart
Sun Sep 29, 2013 9:16 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: how can non duality be experienced ? tantra/sutra appraoch
Replies: 13
Views: 1693

Re: how can non duality be experienced ? tantra/sutra apprao

:smile: You may not like this response, but it is just my opinion anyhow ..... so you are free to reject it if you wish. You can live your life in a "non duality" view mode if you simply (well it's NOT really a simple thing to do, I'll admit that) if you practice a state of "mindful perception" that...
by Quiet Heart
Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:32 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Ryonen's Clear Realization
Replies: 9
Views: 3557

Ryonen's Clear Realization

I very much like this story. I post it at least once every year on some Buddhist forum. So now it's this forum's turn. -------------------------------------------- From 101 Zen stories Ryonen's Clear Realization The Buddhist nun known as Ryonen was born in 1797. She was a grad daughter of the famous...
by Quiet Heart
Sun Jul 28, 2013 6:43 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Bankei and the thief
Replies: 2
Views: 1470

Bankei and the thief

:smile: Bankei was a famous Zen teacher in Japan many years ago. His lectures were so popular they attracted many students, they were always open to anyone, no matter what their experience with Zen was. Once during a series of lectures some of his long term students found that some of their personal...
by Quiet Heart
Mon Jul 15, 2013 6:45 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Do you keep your buddhism private?
Replies: 34
Views: 2307

Re: Do you keep your buddhism private?

:smile: Yes, in a way I do. I don't hide or attempt to hide my involvement with my Buddhist beliefs, but in the other hand I don't go out of may way to explain them either. The English rock group "Dire Straits" had a song called "Private Investigations". One of the lines in that song says, "This is ...
by Quiet Heart
Wed Jul 10, 2013 1:17 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: "enlightenment just for oneself isnt right enlightenment..."
Replies: 25
Views: 3170

Re: "enlightenment just for oneself isnt right enlightenment

So said Dalai Lama in the book A simple path. How come? "enlightenment just for oneself isnt right enlightenment according to mahayanawiew." ----------------------- :smile: Just consider: It's dark and you can't see well. You can't find your way in the darkness. Then someone else holds up a torch. ...
by Quiet Heart
Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:45 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Mystical Unity and Kensho
Replies: 147
Views: 12965

Re: Mystical Unity and Kensho

:smile: Perhaps, because sometimes those who can't see it do not understand the meaning of the story of the fish that heard of the thing called "the great ocean of truth". This fish who lived in the sea swam around and around the sea looking for that "Great Ocean of Truth". But he never found it, be...
by Quiet Heart
Wed Jun 26, 2013 3:45 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: And now it's Brazil.
Replies: 4
Views: 945

Re: And now it's Brazil.

:smile: Brazil. There's a song called, "Where do the children play?", sung by the singer then called Cat Stevens before he converted to Islam and changed his name. Look it p on YouTube to hear it, It's based on a true incident that occurred when the then newly built capitol of Brazillia was being pr...
by Quiet Heart
Sat Jun 08, 2013 11:15 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Not a Dharma story ... or is it?
Replies: 7
Views: 1760

Not a Dharma story ... or is it?

:smile: This is from the Christian Bible ... but I don't know chapter and verse. Think about what it says anyhow. Jesus was staying in the house of one of his followers. They had young children, and Jesus was playing with the children. The disciples were unhappy, Jesus had places they wanted him to ...
by Quiet Heart
Sat Jun 08, 2013 10:56 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Walking Away
Replies: 21
Views: 2635

Re: Walking Away

:smile:
Nobody can give you a true answer to that question.
You'll have to find the answer yourself, inside you.
But, just for fun, read what comment comes up as my signature when I log off.
:smile:
by Quiet Heart
Sun Jun 02, 2013 2:37 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Two monks and a lady.
Replies: 5
Views: 1531

Re: Two monks and a lady.

:smile: I like this story also, but some of you seem to have missed the "bite" in this story. In some versions the "lady" is clearly a concubine, on her way to met a "client". It was intended to show she was clearly a prostitute. That is why the junior monk was so critical. As the senior monk tries ...
by Quiet Heart
Tue May 14, 2013 6:30 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Buddha leaving his family
Replies: 37
Views: 4971

Re: The Buddha leaving his family

:smile: And another question: does this give people an excuse to leave their families behind, say, in order to join a monastery? ------------------------------- I have no answer to that question. It isn't easy to decide either. But just as a thought, consider this, below. :smile: P.S. Please don't t...
by Quiet Heart
Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana Problem
Replies: 11
Views: 2001

Re: Mahayana Problem

:smile: Yes, most people live in a world of illusions or delusions. Their choices are guided by their illusions or delusions. Yet they believe these decisions are made freely and are a product of their independent actions and perfectly justified by their "free will" and their "Self". They are delude...
by Quiet Heart
Fri Apr 19, 2013 5:43 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Should secular Buddhism be tolerated?
Replies: 114
Views: 9591

Re: Should secular Buddhism be tolerated?

:smile: He is talking about one branch of one tradition of Buddhisim. Buddhisim is not a single tradition or sect. There are some traditions of Buddhisim who would say that all "dieties" or "gods" are simply a delusion/illusion generated by your mind and imperfect understanding. Irregardless if that...
by Quiet Heart
Tue Apr 16, 2013 6:59 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: For the Boston Marathon victims
Replies: 7
Views: 1234

Re: For the Boston Marathon victims

:shrug: This is a true story so please forgive if it's slightly off topic. Here in Bangkok the incident happened during the night. I was sleeping soundly, and for some reason, woke up about 2:30 in the morning. I thought, for no good reason, that i should boot up my computer and take a look at the n...
by Quiet Heart
Tue Apr 16, 2013 6:33 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Gampopa JOL: Clarity or charity?
Replies: 20
Views: 2676

Re: Gampopa JOL: Clarity or charity?

:smile: I am NOT a follower of that tradition, and I could NOT translate what was written anyway. But just from my personal opinion, and considering the English meaning of both clarity and charity, I would prefer clarity. So let me explain with a small short example why. My grandson (hypothetical gr...
by Quiet Heart
Sun Apr 14, 2013 5:24 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Enlightened masters?
Replies: 43
Views: 4428

Re: Enlightened masters?

:smile:
Re: Enlightened Masters.

Before enlightenment:
Drawing water, Chopping Wood.
After enlightenment:
Drawing water, Chopping Wood.

(by which it means ..... there is no change in your life).
(Hint: if you don't understand, look down below at my signature and read that little poem).
:smile:
by Quiet Heart
Tue Mar 19, 2013 4:35 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Since death alone is certain ...
Replies: 19
Views: 2186

Re: Since death alone is certain ...

Since death alone is certain and the time of death uncertain, what should I do? no I'm not dying anymore than most of you, it's a philosophical question, something that is given as a meditation exercise in most Buddhist traditions, I'm just curious of people's opinion of all walks of life on this q...
by Quiet Heart
Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:21 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Transgendered kids
Replies: 89
Views: 4986

Re: Transgendered kids

:smile: I don't know if you are familiar with this real life story.... but you can look it up on the net. David Reimer was born as a male identical twin but later raised as female after his penis was accidentally destroyed during circumcision. His normal twin brother was raised as a male. David Reim...
by Quiet Heart
Thu Feb 21, 2013 1:13 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do bodhisattvas help people ?
Replies: 15
Views: 2697

Re: How do bodhisattvas help people ?

:smile: How do they help? Sometimes the same way a father helps his son learn to ride a bike. The child keeps falling down, but the father picks him back up, gets him back on that bike, and steadys him until he starts off again. That's what wise mothers and fathers do for their children. And that's ...
by Quiet Heart
Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:52 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is Mahayana Buddhism faring in Viet Nam nowadays?
Replies: 30
Views: 3796

Re: How is Mahayana Buddhism faring in Viet Nam nowadays?

Yes, Buddhism is controlled and monitored. The reason is the government fears that Buddhism might be a hosting place for people who want to overthrow the government because it the past it has been the case. But in terms of controlling the practice, no. They can practice as long as they don't create...