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by KeithA
Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Please help identify this painting
Replies: 5
Views: 223

Re: Please help identify this painting

Looks like a Korean Guardian Mural. Some examples here: http://koreantemples.com/?p=8433
by KeithA
Thu Sep 19, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: New Views on Buddhism
Replies: 3
Views: 150

Re: New Views on Buddhism

Hello, I was born in SE Asia and grew up in a "Buddhist" household. My parents would take us to the temple on the religious holidays. We lit incense for our Buddha shrine, idols and ancestor pictures in our home every day. I grew up in Buddhism as it was my culture (family events, traditions, mysti...
by KeithA
Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: any fast way of burning up karma?
Replies: 14
Views: 376

Re: any fast way of burning up karma?

I have always found a few deep belly breaths to be helpful. I don't know if it "burns up karma" or not, but it helps to settle the mind.

_/|\_
by KeithA
Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:51 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Zen Commitments
Replies: 17
Views: 466

Re: Zen Commitments

I mostly agree with Matylda and think she makes very important and rarely heard points. The one point I don't agree with is: Not if you find that your teacher is doing something completely inappropriate like taking sexual advantage of women, etc, etc. Then, most everyone can see they have "fallen o...
by KeithA
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Zen Commitments
Replies: 17
Views: 466

Re: Zen Commitments

As long as the teacher maintains my trust, then I will be that persons student. I am not here for any “living Buddha” nonsense. :smile:
by KeithA
Mon Sep 02, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Seon
Topic: Are there any western lineages of Seon other than Kwan Um?
Replies: 6
Views: 822

Re: Are there any western lineages of Seon other than Kwan Um?

Hanmaum Seon Center has one branch in Canada and 4 in the US (LA, NYC, DC and Chicago). I don't know if they are mostly Westerners or Korean immigrants. I visited their head temple in Anyang, near Seoul, to attend a Dharma talk given by an American monk, which he delivered in both English and Korea...
by KeithA
Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Greatest Mahayana and Vajrayana teachers alive
Replies: 15
Views: 769

Re: Greatest Mahayana and Vajrayana teachers alive

Shunryu Suzuki reportedly remarked:
There are, strictly speaking, no enlightened people, there is only enlightened activity.
:thumbsup:
by KeithA
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 2792

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

Nemo wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:36 am
Talking about genuine spirituality in Abrahamic religions is like me talking about the amazing academic training I received in the army.
Hmm...imo, this a sadly mistaken view. And, I was in the Army! lol!
by KeithA
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:37 am
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: Three Haikus
Replies: 2
Views: 901

Re: Three Haikus

Something came to me today and I figured I might share it: Thus come, thus gone, he, who has neither came nor went, enthroned in man’s breath, he, like the turtle, withdraws six appendages and is clothed in light illuminating the unilluminated with three shining cures. -Caoimhghín 2019 I'm not a po...
by KeithA
Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:49 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: British Museum to Return “Stunning” Gandharan Buddhist Artifacts to Afghanistan
Replies: 38
Views: 1157

Re: British Museum to Return “Stunning” Gandharan Buddhist Artifacts to Afghanistan

When I first saw this thread, I thought "geez, maybe we could throw some sledge hammers in the crates too". But, Grigoris wrote: National treasures belong in their countries of origin, if they are destroyed there then that is just another instance of impermanence. Polemics of the thread aside, I am...
by KeithA
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: British Museum to Return “Stunning” Gandharan Buddhist Artifacts to Afghanistan
Replies: 38
Views: 1157

Re: British Museum to Return “Stunning” Gandharan Buddhist Artifacts to Afghanistan

When I first saw this thread, I thought "geez, maybe we could throw some sledge hammers in the crates too". But, Grigoris wrote: National treasures belong in their countries of origin, if they are destroyed there then that is just another instance of impermanence. Polemics of the thread aside, I am ...
by KeithA
Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Replies: 124
Views: 2792

Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims

A short exposure to Catholic/Protestant contemplatives and the their practices used to handle and compose the mind shows we have more in common than may be evident, particularly when viewing the question from a belief perspective. Agree. I had no idea, not being raised Christian, until I was asked ...
by KeithA
Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Antifa at it again
Replies: 91
Views: 3084

Re: Antifa at it again

Source of the pic please? I believe it's called "photoshop" ;) A Google search shows that it is a Leftist militia located in the Puget Sound area, state of Washington. Yup, I stand corrected. They are part of group called "Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club". Their facebook page gives this description...
by KeithA
Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Antifa at it again
Replies: 91
Views: 3084

Re: Antifa at it again

I would be very surprised if Antifa members didn't have access to weapons. So why don't they use them? Because they're not the monsters you seem to think they are. When you demonize/attack the people fighting fascists/Nazis, at best you're ignorant, at worst you're actively defending Nazis. Plently...
by KeithA
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Antifa at it again
Replies: 91
Views: 3084

Re: Antifa at it again

Where there are fascists, there will be anti-fascists...seems pretty ordinary.
by KeithA
Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to develop Bodhicitta?
Replies: 28
Views: 1154

Re: How to develop Bodhicitta?

I want to generate Bodhicitta but I don't know how to do that since I come from a Theravada background (now following Mahayana and Vajrayana as well). Could you recommend any materials on Bodhicitta? Thank you. A good friend was once asked "where does suffering come from?" He answered: from "I want...
by KeithA
Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen Practice
Replies: 13
Views: 770

Re: Zen Practice

That said, I am curious as to what Zen "practice" typically looks like. The concept of "practice" feels almost forced - in other words, trying to grasp by "doing". Thus, I am curious if anyone has any input as to what practice typically looks like and perhaps resources to start with to approach thi...
by KeithA
Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: What appeals to you about the Lotus Sutra?
Replies: 18
Views: 898

Re: What appeals to you about the Lotus Sutra?

I am curious to why are you conflicted? I probably shouldn't say... :emb: But I'll say it. To put it politely, the text doesn't seem to teach very much other than how great the text itself is. Admittedly, I haven't read all of it. Maybe I wasn't patient enough. Thanks for posting this thread, Tony....
by KeithA
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: When people shame me for being white, what should I do?
Replies: 30
Views: 1007

Re: When people shame me for being white, what should I do?

You know, all the white privilege/shaming stuff going on these days. Should I be ashamed for choosing my own skin color? What other folks think of me is none of my business. :) I acknowledge fully and without doubt, that my whiteness accords me privileges and treatment not afforded to non-white peo...

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