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by KeithA
Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Seon
Topic: Kwan Um School of Zen
Replies: 14
Views: 971

Re: Kwan Um School of Zen

Kwan Um is Western Zen with Korean roots. Our founder was a Chogye monastic, but he did not force his tradition on the students he came in contact with. Okay thanks. Is Chogye practiced in Korea significantly different to the Kwan Um School of Zen practice? In their introductory book, it looked lik...
by KeithA
Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:14 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Is relative truth nullified in higher stages of Chan / Zen?
Replies: 20
Views: 643

Re: Is relative truth nullified in higher stages of Chan / Zen?

To be honest, I haven’t read this thread thoroughly, but my own gut reaction is that there are no levels or higher stages. There is a state of delusion or there is a state of enlightenment. Full stop.

_/|\_
Keith
by KeithA
Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Seon
Topic: Kwan Um School of Zen
Replies: 14
Views: 971

Re: Kwan Um School of Zen

Kwan Um is Western Zen with Korean roots. Our founder was a Chogye monastic, but he did not force his tradition on the students he came in contact with.
by KeithA
Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Dilemma of Privilege
Replies: 30
Views: 752

Re: The Dilemma of Privilege

Privileged? This too, shall pass. Some old Zen guy (who may or may not have actually existed) had something to say about that: ...If we should be blessed by some great reward, such as fame or fortune, it’s the fruit of a seed planted by us in the past. When conditions change, it ends. Why delight In...
by KeithA
Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Four Noble Truths are
Replies: 41
Views: 1227

Re: The Four Noble Truths are

I am sure there are many ways to say the same thing differently. :) And that's wonderful, isn't it? Thank you. I think so. There are those take a very narrow view, and see differences everywhere they look. Others prefer a more wide approach and can find the Dharma almost anywhere. Both approaches h...
by KeithA
Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Four Noble Truths are
Replies: 41
Views: 1227

Re: The Four Noble Truths are

Very interesting. In Zen, or at least half of Zen, doubt is considered essential. I have always thought that was the wrong word, though. Doubt in the Zen sense does not mean skepticism at all. Rather, it is a deep sense of inquiry. It strikes me as rather difficult to practice on the basis of pure ...
by KeithA
Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Piercing the empty sky
Replies: 9
Views: 504

Re: Piercing the empty sky

More sky talk:

As long as I don’t aim I won’t miss.
With the catalpa bow, I shoot an arrow toward the open sky.

Ryokan (Tanahashi trans.)
by KeithA
Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Four Noble Truths are
Replies: 41
Views: 1227

Re: The Four Noble Truths are

When cured already found , just swallow it . Doubt is necessary though . Through investigation doubt is cleared then faith come . Faith perseverance mindfulness concentration wisdom . Only1in a million if to achieve liberation without a teacher guidance . Doubt is not necessary. Quite the contrary,...
by KeithA
Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: If all is mind then how is Zen not monistic?
Replies: 22
Views: 944

Re: If all is mind then how is Zen not monistic?

CASE 30: Mind is Buddha Case: Daibai asked Baso in all earnestness, “What is Buddha?” Baso answered, “Mind is Buddha.” Mumon's Commentary: If you grasp it on the spot, you wear Buddha's clothes, eat Buddha's food, speak Buddha's words, do Buddha's deeds; you are Buddha himself. Though this may be s...
by KeithA
Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dharma Ending Age
Replies: 80
Views: 2170

Re: Dharma Ending Age

Right after making it up as you go along. Keep clutching those words and letters. That list is why women are repressed, minorities persecuted, etc. etc. in certain Buddhist cultures. Fortunately, the Buddha taught us about suffering and the end of suffering. That is accomplished through direct perc...
by KeithA
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dharma Ending Age
Replies: 80
Views: 2170

Re: Dharma Ending Age

Well Wisher wrote: I believe basic common sense and universal virtues are much better guides to go by than adhering to orthodox doomsday prophecies. Nowadays I believe objective-realism is a better alternative than doomsday prophet pessimism. Agree, particularly when the Dharma is being twisted to o...
by KeithA
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen and patriotism
Replies: 22
Views: 658

Re: Zen and patriotism

To be honest, “patriots “ scare the crap out of me. For me the problem with patriotism is not so much the "loving where you are from" bit , but the "hating where everybody else is from" aspect. Most so-called patriots are at best parochialists and at worst nationalists. Agreed. As you said above, a...
by KeithA
Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen and patriotism
Replies: 22
Views: 658

Re: Zen and patriotism

Is Zen Buddhism compatible with patriotism: after all, in the Buddhism context, patriotism is only a kind of affection? P.S. Did Zen Buddhists participate in the Second World War? As human beings? of course they are... most Americn zen buddhist whom I met, were very much patriots. Very American wha...
by KeithA
Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dharma Ending Age
Replies: 80
Views: 2170

Re: Dharma Ending Age

Scriptural literalism is the worst. Ugh. :roll: Right after making it up as you go along. Keep clutching those words and letters. That list is why women are repressed, minorities persecuted, etc. etc. in certain Buddhist cultures. Fortunately, the Buddha taught us about suffering and the end of suf...
by KeithA
Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dharma Ending Age
Replies: 80
Views: 2170

Re: Dharma Ending Age

Yavana wrote:
Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:17 pm
:?:
Nicholas Weeks wrote:
Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:49 am
KeithA wrote:
Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:47 am
big yawn...the Dharma doesn't care about that stuff :zzz:
Sorry to wake you, return to sleep.
:good:

It's right in front of us and so many refuse to see it.

Namu Myoho Renge Kyo
:namaste:
Scriptural literalism is the worst. Ugh. :roll:
by KeithA
Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:54 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dharma Ending Age
Replies: 80
Views: 2170

Re: Dharma Ending Age

Nicholas Weeks wrote:
Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:49 am
KeithA wrote:
Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:47 am
big yawn...the Dharma doesn't care about that stuff :zzz:
Sorry to wake you, return to sleep.
The idea that the Dharma will perish because women are ordained is laughable in the extreme. Then, there is the rest. Such claptrap. :crazy:
by KeithA
Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dharma Ending Age
Replies: 80
Views: 2170

Re: Dharma Ending Age

big yawn...the Dharma doesn't care about that stuff :zzz:
by KeithA
Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:45 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Who are your favourite ancient non-Buddhist philosophers?
Replies: 31
Views: 903

Re: Who are your favourite ancient non-Buddhist philosophers?

Meh...give me a good mystic over a philosopher any day. One of my favorites was Anthony the Great, but I am not sure if he is ancient enough. :)
by KeithA
Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?
Replies: 26
Views: 1615

Re: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?

Ani Trime, a Buddhist nun, was asked at a retreat what the most important thing she learned from her 30+ years practicing Buddhism. She thought about it for a while, and then said: Kindness. I was really surprised. I thought she would have said something about rigpa or emptiness or rebirth or anoth...
by KeithA
Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Announcement about the Closing of Sweeping Zen
Replies: 33
Views: 976

Re: Announcement about the Closing of Sweeping Zen

SweepingZen can still be found at https://web.archive.org/web/*/sweepingzen.com - (not sure how complete) just pick a date. Adam Tebbe aka Jeremiah Cohen's new adventure https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCefPpd-HJMYzrRuS8B_xE7w and https://demonicharassment.wordpress.com Oh my..that is truly sad. I ...

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