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by KeithA
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:42 am
Forum: Zen Community Round Table
Topic: i need a better zafu
Replies: 9
Views: 165

Re: i need a better zafu

Dharmacrafts is your friend. My set (zabuton/zafu) is over 20 years old and going strong.

_/|\_
Keith
by KeithA
Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Zen Community Round Table
Topic: Looking ahead...(split from ZFI topic)
Replies: 152
Views: 2421

Re: Looking ahead...(split from ZFI topic)

That's actually one of the positives I see about the robes. We have guest robes, for people who don't have their own. They are just lightweight, short bowing robes. They cover up whatever distracting stuff people might have going on with their shirts. Ads, pictures, whatever. It supports the practi...
by KeithA
Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Impressive SGI Hall in Korea
Replies: 15
Views: 285

Re: Impressive SGI Hall in Korea

Yuren wrote:
Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:22 pm
The US Christian "mega churches" have nothing on this thing.
Buddhism has come a long way from that miserable Bodhi tree, to this magnificent luxury!
TBH, I prefer the Bodhi tree...

Different strokes and all.
by KeithA
Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: When you first started... (lightweight question)
Replies: 72
Views: 2096

Re: When you first started... (lightweight question)

Not a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, but I have always found this advice useful: Be patient Be persistent Be kind to yourself Good luck and thanks for practicing, Keith _/|\_ Excellent. Beautiful post. This is what i would have said if i werent such a blabbermouth :bow: Thanks for the kind words...
by KeithA
Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:11 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: When you first started... (lightweight question)
Replies: 72
Views: 2096

Re: When you first started... (lightweight question)

Not a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, but I have always found this advice useful:
Be patient
Be persistent
Be kind to yourself
Good luck and thanks for practicing,
Keith

_/|\_
by KeithA
Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:07 am
Forum: Zen Community Round Table
Topic: Looking ahead...(split from ZFI topic)
Replies: 152
Views: 2421

Re: Looking ahead...(split from ZFI topic)

That's actually one of the positives I see about the robes. We have guest robes, for people who don't have their own. They are just lightweight, short bowing robes. They cover up whatever distracting stuff people might have going on with their shirts. Ads, pictures, whatever. It supports the practi...
by KeithA
Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Challenging it all
Replies: 3
Views: 127

Re: Challenging it all

Nothing to add, other than this is a wonderful post.

Thanks,
Keith
by KeithA
Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Zen Community Round Table
Topic: Looking ahead...(split from ZFI topic)
Replies: 152
Views: 2421

Re: Looking ahead...(split from ZFI topic)

personally i think its weird for lay praticioners to wear robes. But thats just me. Even if i were a monk, i'd figure out a way to avoid that I completely agree, and I have practiced with Kwan Um for many years. It's a minor annoyance, though. Babies and bathwater... I sometimes get funny looks bec...
by KeithA
Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:24 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Karmic accrual and Momentariness
Replies: 30
Views: 521

Re: Karmic accrual and Momentariness

I have a very valid question and I think it deserves a thorough examination. Clarify the question I have: How does Karma accrue or "Stick" to a momentary mindstream? That's the view of many Tibetan Buddhist schools........not necessarily that of any other school. Stefos It's pretty simple, imho: If...
by KeithA
Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Yes, you need a teacher.
Replies: 263
Views: 5448

Re: Yes, you need a teacher.

I'd read markatex to mean that there's no special transmission outside the scriptures in Nichiren's Buddhism. And that's true. I thought he was drawing a distinction, not casting aspersions. I suppose in the end, we hear what want to hear, especially myself included. Again, no worries...it's all go...
by KeithA
Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Yes, you need a teacher.
Replies: 263
Views: 5448

Re: Yes, you need a teacher.

In general, I would agree, though I don't follow Zen or Tibetan Buddhism, both of which place a far greater emphasis on it than the Nichiren tradition. There's this tendency to turn Buddhism into a completely solitary practice where one just reads books and visits Internet forums and then people en...
by KeithA
Sat Nov 25, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Yes, you need a teacher.
Replies: 263
Views: 5448

Re: Yes, you need a teacher.

In general, I would agree, though I don't follow Zen or Tibetan Buddhism, both of which place a far greater emphasis on it than the Nichiren tradition. There's this tendency to turn Buddhism into a completely solitary practice where one just reads books and visits Internet forums and then people en...
by KeithA
Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:04 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: By way of welcome: Let's drink some tea!
Replies: 45
Views: 1017

Re: By way of welcome: Let's drink some tea!

do you refrigerate in between? somebody told me to put used tea in the refrigerator overnight between brews because it's like a vegetable. this advice was not specific to puerh. just discovered "The Spice Lab" on Amazon.... so many pages of tea, many puerh. It just sits on my counter...I probably s...
by KeithA
Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:50 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: By way of welcome: Let's drink some tea!
Replies: 45
Views: 1017

Re: By way of welcome: Let's drink some tea!

I had no idea what pu erh is, and had to look it up. Regarding taste, the wiki entry states, Do you find that to be a good description? That seems about right. Whenever I share a cup with someone, it really surprises them. It's kind of an acquired taste, because of it's strength. Pu erh comes in a ...
by KeithA
Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:19 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 38
Views: 1825

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

As many have pointed out in the past, when Zen monks silently meditate and perform various austerities, and when Pure Land grandmothers with no knowledge of sutras or meditation recite the Nianfo, they are really working toward the same goal, since Amida and Big Mind are just different ways of desc...
by KeithA
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 65
Views: 1783

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

Yes. The teacher is the most important thing. But looking at lineages can be worthwhile too, just less so. This happened to me with Shambhala. I joined because of Trungpa, took some classes, hung out at the center for a few years. I didn't find my teacher there, but it was a first step, and it expo...
by KeithA
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:54 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Thus
Replies: 38
Views: 1304

Re: Thus

Ha, ain't that the truth -- "you make, you get"! Hiya Keith, I remember New Haven, took a beating on some real estate back there in the late 80s. ;) Nice to see there is some activity there now, best wishes! Two quick stories: When one of our teachers, ZM Dae Kwang, was a young monastic, he did his...
by KeithA
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:29 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: “My Three Years on the Soto Zen Buddhist Association Board: a Brief Reflection”
Replies: 6
Views: 317

Re: “My Three Years on the Soto Zen Buddhist Association Board: a Brief Reflection”

James is a wonderful soul. I met him a couple times and gave a delightful talk at a Sangha day some years ago. He wrote in one of his books the he moved on from Kwan Um because he didn't like the kimch! Poor guy, he has no idea what he missed out on! :lol: The hand-wringing over somehow certifying t...
by KeithA
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:05 am
Forum: Zen Community Round Table
Topic: Looking ahead...(split from ZFI topic)
Replies: 152
Views: 2421

Re: Looking ahead...(split from ZFI topic)

SunWuKong wrote:
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:02 am
personally i think its weird for lay praticioners to wear robes. But thats just me. Even if i were a monk, i'd figure out a way to avoid that
I completely agree, and I have practiced with Kwan Um for many years. It's a minor annoyance, though. Babies and bathwater...
by KeithA
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen Forum International status
Replies: 62
Views: 3739

Re: Zen Forum International status

Very kind of you, DNS. Honestly, I don't see enough momentum on the forum for your efforts to bear fruit. I see some who think a new start would clear some of the fluff away... I doubt it. :smile: I had slowed way down on ZFI for my own reasons not related to the forum. Personally, I think we can a...