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by KeithA
Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Our Anti-War President
Replies: 97
Views: 11569

Re: Our Anti-War President

Trump seems to be an crypto-neocon (but maybe he’s just playing 5D-chess). Trump is not even playing tic tac toe, let alone checkers or chess. He is an idiot. Too bad we missed out on Ron Paul (assuming that he wasn’t some sort of gatekeeper or controlled-opposition too). Ron Paul is a racist, old ...
by KeithA
Thu Dec 26, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Food Coma, anyone?
Replies: 9
Views: 1289

Re: Food Coma, anyone?

In anxiety about the coming eating-celebration I did a fasting the day before Christmas (the 23rd in Germany). This was a good idea for me. Only one apple for lunch and I felt free. Yesterday was and today still will be food... Tomorrow I'll eat one meal only, I think. A life after Christmas is pos...
by KeithA
Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Goals & Non-Attachment
Replies: 38
Views: 3436

Re: Goals & Non-Attachment

I am having contradictory feelings about practicing non-attachment while setting goals (personal, professional, etc). I am naturally a Type A personality who likes to plan and execute towards an goal. Naturally, I put in a lot efforts to achieve my goal. My understanding of non-attachment is that I...
by KeithA
Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Attachment
Replies: 3
Views: 339

Re: Attachment

What are some tools for lessening attachment? I find that particularly in dreams I am attached to past places, people, events, etc. These places and events feel like an integral part of my identity; it's very difficult to let go. I wake up wishing that I could let go of that attachment a little. If...
by KeithA
Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Karmic Gain
Replies: 43
Views: 2471

Re: Karmic Gain

In a teaching available on YouTube, Mindrolling Jetsun Khandro makes a brilliant suggestion, something like (sorry, not an exact quote): when the thought of wanting countless, infinite beings to be free from suffering becomes an overwhelming concept, that for a dharma practitioner to simply make th...
by KeithA
Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Difficulty Leaving the House
Replies: 27
Views: 1931

Re: Difficulty Leaving the House

Are you receiving help from mental health specialists? If so, this seems something to take up with them. If not, perhaps you should consider contacting mental health services to get some help. It sounds like like you are subject to some anxiety problems, and in my personal experience these are hard...
by KeithA
Fri Nov 29, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Express your Zen in 10 words.
Replies: 79
Views: 7463

Re: Express your Zen in 10 words.

:yinyang: :yinyang: It is all relative, ten words can be quite non-dualistic: "Resulting from our state of pretending to remain without thoughts" In Hungarian could be expressed by just one word: gondolatlanságoskodásainktól or: "Originating from our state of pretending to stay without concepts" On...
by KeithA
Fri Nov 29, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Contemplation
Replies: 15
Views: 1539

Re: Contemplation

So, where does it come from? You must have contemplated it. No idea, as I am a pretty lousy student. I don’t imagine even the Buddha could tell us. In the end, we have do our own work. I do understand and trust the instructions, though. _/|\_ Keith So what is the point then, busywork? Really not in...
by KeithA
Tue Nov 26, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Contemplation
Replies: 15
Views: 1539

Re: Contemplation

I love contemplation. Do you have any suggestions for contemplation? I contemplate on impermanence, emptiness, nonexistence of the "I". Any other suggestions? I'll be glad for any tip. Contemplate where the desire to contemplate comes from. :) _/|\_ Keith So, where does it come from? You must have ...
by KeithA
Sun Nov 24, 2019 2:03 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Express your Zen in 10 words.
Replies: 79
Views: 7463

Re: Express your Zen in 10 words.

el gatito wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 1:46 am
All topic posts are subject to the ten words limit!
Only go straight
Don't know
Try, try, try
10,000 years


_/|\_
Keith
by KeithA
Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Different schools inside Mahayana Buddhism
Replies: 2
Views: 706

Re: Different schools inside Mahayana Buddhism

Hello, I tried looking for a forum that already discussed this topic but was not able to find one. If there is already one posted please forward me to that! For my actual question, what are the differences between the multiple schools inside Mahayana Buddhism? Much of my Buddhist knowledge is in th...
by KeithA
Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism in a secularised world
Replies: 35
Views: 4286

Re: Buddhism in a secularised world

Did you guys even read the entire article? The author is not arguing for "secular Buddhism" or giving preference to a scientific materialist framework at all, I think you've made some misinterpretations. Yup. Having read the whole thing, it is well thought out, imho. I reacted to the quoted part in...
by KeithA
Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism in a secularised world
Replies: 35
Views: 4286

Re: Buddhism in a secularised world

Don't know about arrogant OTOH the author seems very attached to his ideas, that today's human experience of dharma is somehow different than "before". I'm not a fan of his assertion that today's practitioner has some particular disadvantages that Dogen or Milarepa might or might not have had to ov...
by KeithA
Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism in a secularised world
Replies: 35
Views: 4286

Re: Buddhism in a secularised world

I'd really like some qualification to the 'arrogant' comment. While I can understand that plenty will not agree with the conclusions, it's well-written and earnest article. I suppose we all hear what we want to hear. When I read the following: a buddha’s omniscient cognition or emanative forms seem...
by KeithA
Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism in a secularised world
Replies: 35
Views: 4286

Re: Buddhism in a secularised world

I'd really like some qualification to the 'arrogant' comment. While I can understand that plenty will not agree with the conclusions, it's well-written and earnest article. I suppose we all hear what we want to hear. When I read the following: a buddha’s omniscient cognition or emanative forms seem...
by KeithA
Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Contemplation
Replies: 15
Views: 1539

Re: Contemplation

Mirror wrote:
Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:31 pm
I love contemplation. Do you have any suggestions for contemplation? I contemplate on impermanence, emptiness, nonexistence of the "I". Any other suggestions?

I'll be glad for any tip.
Contemplate where the desire to contemplate comes from. :)

_/|\_
Keith
by KeithA
Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism in a secularised world
Replies: 35
Views: 4286

Re: Buddhism in a secularised world

I'm putting this in "Engaged Buddhism" because I think it explains one of the roots of the movement, but the whole article is relevant, IMO, to all of us - especially those who have ever felt the pull of Secular Buddhism. in modern Western Buddhism, for the first time in Buddhist history, it is now...
by KeithA
Thu Nov 14, 2019 4:10 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood in a lifetime ---how?
Replies: 28
Views: 2002

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: 5964

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: 1620

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

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