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by KeithA
Thu Nov 14, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood in a lifetime ---how?
Replies: 28
Views: 622

Re: Buddhahood in a lifetime ---how?

Various schools contend that it is possible to reach Buddhahood in one lifetime. Zen Buddhism is such a school. In fact, Zen teaches Buddhahood in this very moment. The Dalai Lama himself once said that Buddhahood can be achieved in one lifetime by attaining exceptional Bodhicitta. "You should seek...
by KeithA
Tue Nov 12, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation - How to stop trying too hard??
Replies: 19
Views: 4581

Re: Meditation - How to stop trying too hard??

I think you need to abandon expectations of progress. Then there might be some! This was my first thought. The best advice I have ever been given is to “practice and see what happens”. There was that, and then the virtual waterfall of I’s! A very quick count came up with 23. Not saying this to pick...
by KeithA
Sun Nov 10, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen Community Round Table Sub-Forum Status
Replies: 8
Views: 448

Re: Zen Community Round Table Sub-Forum Status

Dan74 wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:41 am
el gatito wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:32 am
Yep, but it would be nice if together with the zenspace site. To the trash can.
Coincidentally Zen Space is down. In the trash can?
#irony
by KeithA
Fri Nov 01, 2019 3:21 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen Community Round Table Sub-Forum Status
Replies: 8
Views: 448

Re: Zen Community Round Table Sub-Forum Status

Thanks to the Dharmawheel folks for setting this up. I have come to the opinion that Zen is completely unsuited to forum discussion and also have no issue with removing this sub-section.

Much love,
Keith
by KeithA
Fri Nov 01, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Anyone know this “rinpoche”
Replies: 20
Views: 1166

Re: Anyone know this “rinpoche”

Yikes
by KeithA
Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much
Replies: 102
Views: 2708

Re: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much

Any insights?
Don't go there.

;)
by KeithA
Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: My biggest doubt in Buddhism so far
Replies: 7
Views: 405

Re: My biggest doubt in Buddhism so far

Hello I have been reading "The Buddha and His Teachings" by Samuel Bercholz and Sherab Chodzin Kohn but there are a few things that I don't understand and I was hoping you could help me have a better knowledge. I am reading a chapter about equanimity and the path to liberation. "Each sensation give...
by KeithA
Tue Oct 15, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Reginal Ray / Dharma Ocean, open letter about abuse
Replies: 43
Views: 1598

Re: Reginal Ray / Dharma Ocean, open letter about abuse

When I was young I put a lot of effort into building up a Center. But I wasn’t practicing. Seeing this, a Nyingma Lama took me aside and said, “You can have a situation where there’s buildings, seminars, publishing houses, retreat lands, and the like. But if the lama isn’t teaching properly, and th...
by KeithA
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Reginal Ray / Dharma Ocean, open letter about abuse
Replies: 43
Views: 1598

Re: Reginal Ray / Dharma Ocean, open letter about abuse

When I was young I put a lot of effort into building up a Center. But I wasn’t practicing. Seeing this, a Nyingma Lama took me aside and said, “You can have a situation where there’s buildings, seminars, publishing houses, retreat lands, and the like. But if the lama isn’t teaching properly, and th...
by KeithA
Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Quitting alcohol. Dharmic advice?
Replies: 39
Views: 1278

Re: Quitting alcohol. Dharmic advice?

I can't recommend Recovery Dharma highly enough. There are many local groups and an online group, as well.

_/|\_
Keith
by KeithA
Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Anyone Come Close to Enlightenment Yet?
Replies: 34
Views: 1468

Re: Anyone Come Close to Enlightenment Yet?

A old worthy was reported to have said:

"Strictly speaking, there are no enlightened beings, only enlightened activity"

So, there's that. :smile:

_/|\_
by KeithA
Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Sesshin
Replies: 3
Views: 262

Re: Sesshin

Is there any real need to prepare for sesshin? Or should i just go for it as a beginner? It seems to me like its not something you can really prepare for? Just do it. While there, follow the situation. Get up at the wake bell. Get your bowls at the meal sound. And so on... It might help to sit on t...
by KeithA
Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: DW Mind Would You Jog My Memory Please?
Replies: 16
Views: 587

Re: DW Mind Would You Jog My Memory Please?

I read it as putting a false self on top of one's true self. Similar to Hsueh Tou's comment in case 4 of the Blue Cliff Record "piling frost on snow". It's ironic that even many hundreds of years ago, human beings were saying "people these days are nothing like the practitioners of old". Round and ...
by KeithA
Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: DW Mind Would You Jog My Memory Please?
Replies: 16
Views: 587

Re: DW Mind Would You Jog My Memory Please?

I read it as putting a false self on top of one's true self. Similar to Hsueh Tou's comment in case 4 of the Blue Cliff Record "piling frost on snow". It's ironic that even many hundreds of years ago, human beings were saying "people these days are nothing like the practitioners of old". Round and r...
by KeithA
Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Letting go
Replies: 41
Views: 1268

Re: Letting go

Check out this Pali term: vossagga . Thanks for that. “Letting go” is hardly a self help term, as far as Zen practice goes. Just ask the man on top of the 100 foot pole (case 46, Mumonkan) _/|\_ I love the way that You Zen guys drop an expression or quote as though it is self explanatory.. :smile: ...
by KeithA
Tue Oct 01, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Letting go
Replies: 41
Views: 1268

Re: Letting go

I am surprised and rather disappointed that nobody has posted this already. Shame on you guys. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnN6glKaWdE As for letting go... some things come easier with practice. We may get an instruction from strangers on the internet, but what worth is there? The best is when ...
by KeithA
Tue Oct 01, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Letting go
Replies: 41
Views: 1268

Re: Letting go

Astus wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:13 pm
Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:50 pm
It's more a self-help slogan than a specifically Buddhist one
Check out this Pali term: vossagga.
Thanks for that. “Letting go” is hardly a self help term, as far as Zen practice goes.

Just ask the man on top of the 100 foot pole (case 46, Mumonkan)

_/|\_
by KeithA
Mon Sep 30, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Letting go
Replies: 41
Views: 1268

Re: Letting go

This may help: Gllding the Lily

I wouldn’t dare post this response anywhere else in the forum. But, since we are in the Zen forum, it’s okay.

Good luck!

_/|\_
by KeithA
Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Recovery Dharma
Replies: 18
Views: 809

Re: Recovery Dharma

I wanted to let those who may be interested know about Recovery Dharma https://www.recoverydharma.org/ . Recovery Dharma is a new peer-led recovery program that uses Buddhist principles to help members recover from addictions of all kinds. I say new, but really it grew out of Refuge Recovery and is...
by KeithA
Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Please help identify this painting
Replies: 5
Views: 317

Re: Please help identify this painting

Looks like a Korean Guardian Mural. Some examples here: http://koreantemples.com/?p=8433

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