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by Way-Fun
Wed Jun 17, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Zen/Attain True Self
Replies: 33
Views: 1201

Re: Zen/Attain True Self

Teachers apply expedients as the situation demands. When one hears 'True Self' he's liable to think of gaining something. When another hears 'no self' she's is liable to think of losing something. When they hear 'it's not a thing,' they're liable to form a concept of something that's not a thing and...
by Way-Fun
Fri Jun 05, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How To React When Things Doesn't Go the Way They are Suppose To?
Replies: 24
Views: 1681

Re: How To React When Things Doesn't Go the Way They are Suppose To?

It's easy to see, but hard to admit, that only what does happen can.
by Way-Fun
Sun May 10, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Uploading the ego to the cloud
Replies: 72
Views: 2570

Re: Uploading the ego to the cloud

Wu-tsu asked a monk, "The woman Ch'ien and her spirit separated. Which is the true Ch'ien?" If your own personal program of grasping could be uploaded and simulated by advanced AI, this might be useful for modeling outcomes for potential therapeutic interventions, but as a strategy for prolonging [w...
by Way-Fun
Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would you do?
Replies: 8
Views: 1069

Re: What would you do?

Meet and respond to the matter at hand.
"Mara, old friend, good to see you."
by Way-Fun
Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Shobogenzo Recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 2885

Re: Shobogenzo Recommendations

Nishijima & Cross, Vol. 1-4: https://www.thezensite.com/ZenTeachings/Dogen_Teachings/Shobogenzo_1_NC.pdf https://www.thezensite.com/ZenTeachings/Dogen_Teachings/Shobogenzo_2_NC.pdf https://www.thezensite.com/ZenTeachings/Dogen_Teachings/Shobogenzo-3_NC.pdf https://www.thezensite.com/ZenTeachings/Dog...
by Way-Fun
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Illusion in Dzogchen
Replies: 79
Views: 10149

Re: Illusion in Dzogchen

The 'seeing' (appearance) and the 'being' (reality) are not separate things that could ever truly oppose one another. This immediate appearance is not other than its empty nature. Yet, by conceiving of these in opposition, an appearance of things in opposition harmoniously appears. Clearly seeing (r...
by Way-Fun
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: To be somebody, or to be nobody
Replies: 17
Views: 1769

Re: To be somebody, or to be nobody

Loneliness, humiliation, resentment, and fear reveal the liability of being somebody, but you have to be somebody, sometimes, to respond appropriately to the situation at hand. Just don't hang your hat. It means treating frames of reference in terms of situational relevancy. When I meet my mother I ...
by Way-Fun
Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: ‘Dharmas do not arise’
Replies: 49
Views: 6986

Re: ‘Dharmas do not arise’

According to Dogen, particular dharmas are what time is. The when and the what are one and the same. How then, do things arise? "[Human] skin bags recognize [time] as leaving and coming; none has penetrated it as existence-time abiding in its place: how much less could any experience time having pas...
by Way-Fun
Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: How do buddhists find exercise motivation?
Replies: 21
Views: 3227

Re: How do buddhists find exercise motivation?

The recognition that exercise is necessary to sustain the good health of this body and mind is enough.
Sādhaka wrote: Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:13 am Buddhadharma physical Yogas would be best.
What are Buddhadharma physical yogas?
by Way-Fun
Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: A Zen story that stayed with me for decades
Replies: 9
Views: 1805

Re: A Zen story that stayed with me for decades

In private interview, after the student recites the koan, the teacher will say a line from the koan, or not, and pause for a response. Sometimes the teacher will ask for comment line by line, or there are specific checking questions. Unless the response is exemplary, the teacher may either send the ...
by Way-Fun
Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is Mind Fundamental?
Replies: 61
Views: 5392

Re: Is Mind Fundamental?

What I'm positing is that mind is fundamental because that is what we experience--- we never experience matter. Again, if I'm wrong, please point out what matter is like independent of mind and perception. "Matter" is usually based on some sort of enduring, underlying substance--- in ancient Buddhi...
by Way-Fun
Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: (Why) Did the Buddha grief his family?
Replies: 14
Views: 1747

Re: (Why) Did the Buddha grief his family?

He sees the emptiness of dharmas that are, nevertheless, the fundamental constituents of reality. Empty friends and loved ones are the only kind you will ever know. Tears that are not tears, grief that is not grief. An empty chair is real enough to sit on.
by Way-Fun
Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Monastic Tibetan Buddhists Fear Death More
Replies: 55
Views: 11570

Re: Monastic Tibetan Buddhists Fear Death More

Seems to me you are making this up as you along... Yes, of course. Fear-as-fear is the feeling of not wanting to be afraid. In that case there is a thing, 'fear,' a place, 'here and now,' a person, 'me,' and 'I' want it to go away from 'here' in the immediate future, where that very same 'I' will s...
by Way-Fun
Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Monastic Tibetan Buddhists Fear Death More
Replies: 55
Views: 11570

Re: Monastic Tibetan Buddhists Fear Death More

The "Bodhisattva of Darkness" is the one who is afraid. How do you awaken in the midst of fear? Seems to me you are making this up as you along... Yes, of course. Fear-as-fear is the feeling of not wanting to be afraid. In that case there is a thing, 'fear,' a place, 'here and now,' a person, 'me,'...
by Way-Fun
Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Monastic Tibetan Buddhists Fear Death More
Replies: 55
Views: 11570

Re: Monastic Tibetan Buddhists Fear Death More

Grigoris wrote: Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:32 am
Way-Fun wrote: Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:50 amThe Bodhisattva of Darkness enlightens darkness through the dharma gate of darkness.
What in tarnations are you talking about???
The "Bodhisattva of Darkness" is the one who is afraid. How do you awaken in the midst of fear?
by Way-Fun
Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Monastic Tibetan Buddhists Fear Death More
Replies: 55
Views: 11570

Re: Monastic Tibetan Buddhists Fear Death More

If it is true that monastic Tibetan Buddhist fear death more, the question remains, so what?


The ignorant hope to enlighten darkness with light. The Bodhisattva of Darkness enlightens darkness through the dharma gate of darkness.
by Way-Fun
Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:31 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nothing further to seek...
Replies: 75
Views: 8357

Re: Nothing further to seek...

Wayfarer wrote: Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:59 am So why the need for any spiritual practice whatever? Aren't we already enlightened?
Reality is not broken.
There's nothing to fix.
On the other hand,
you have to try a certain amount
before you can fail comprehensively.
by Way-Fun
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:27 am
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: A Wanderer Meets a Person of the Wei
Replies: 0
Views: 1215

A Wanderer Meets a Person of the Wei

A traveler saw Wei-Fun sitting at a roadside stall and stopped to talk. He told Wei-Fun that he had once taken an interest in the Dharma, but found the goal of peace to be fundamentally at odds with the reality of conflict. "Meditation is just burying your head in the sand," he said. "The practice i...

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