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by clyde
Wed May 29, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 14001

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

I have this observation that when a practitioner focuses on any one practice and through that practice gains a measure of benefit it confirms the worth of the path in such a way that the practitioner is driven by personal proof to such an extent that their own validation becomes an impetus for judg...
by clyde
Fri Apr 26, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Taking Stock of Practice
Replies: 65
Views: 3799

Re: Taking Stock of Practice

We are all bumpo.

:namaste:
by clyde
Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What Exactly is 'Reborn'?
Replies: 59
Views: 3839

Re: What Exactly is 'Reborn'?

Have a read of Ven. Thanisarro's online article, The Truth of Rebirth and Why it Matters for Buddhist Practice. It's a deep article, take it slowly, and if you have questions on it, by all means ask them here. Ven. Thanisarro quotes a sutta: "When the mind was thus concentrated, purified, bright, u...
by clyde
Wed Dec 26, 2018 12:41 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to face false accusation
Replies: 11
Views: 1217

Re: How to face false accusation

I don’t know if this answers your question, but it reminded me of this Zen story: Is That So? The Zen master Hakuin was praised by his neighbors as one living a pure life. A beautiful Japanese girl whose parents owned a food store lived near him. Suddenly, without any warning, her parents discovered...
by clyde
Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 125
Views: 6495

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

Malcolm wrote:
Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:52 am
clyde wrote:
Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:29 am
Or does simply not agreeing with a government’s “poor choice” absolve you?
Yes. And when needed, this dissent can lead to civil disobedience and outright revolution.
Excellent! The cook is saved as the cook can simply not agree with the “poor choice” of the government.
by clyde
Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:10 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 125
Views: 6495

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

And how does this issue of paying taxes or cooking for the military compare with “Jobs that serve alcohol”? Is the server not complicit for serving alcohol, but the cook is complicit for serving a meal?

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by clyde
Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 125
Views: 6495

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

Living “at a subsistence level of poverty” may minimize or eliminate taxes owed, but one can simply refuse to pay taxes. Of course, you may be fined or sent to jail, but if the matter is important enough, one will. Yes, there are levels of culpability. So, at what level does one become complicit wit...
by clyde
Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 125
Views: 6495

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

Here’s my point: Paying taxes supports the military. You would not murder someone even if threatened with jail and/or a large fine. So, why are you paying taxes that support the military? Is it too inconvenient to stop paying taxes? I pay my taxes with the understanding that I am complicit in action...
by clyde
Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 125
Views: 6495

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

No, but I didn’t say anything about gangs or climbing out of poverty. If joining a gang entails engaging in illegal activities, then no, of course not. But the military is not an illegal organization. Regarding coercion, I don’t believe I could be coerced to murder someone and certainly the threat o...
by clyde
Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 125
Views: 6495

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

We are all integral parts of the killing machine/process. No we are not. For example: The military is payed for by tax money, but the tax payer is not asked where their taxes will go. An individual, group or company willingly supplying and supporting the military though, well that is a different st...
by clyde
Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Human, you are not necessary.
Replies: 125
Views: 6495

Re: Human, you are not necessary.

When did being a chef or medic who saves lives become wrong livelihoods? :thinking: When you are feeding people and patching them up specifically so that they can be more effective at killing. When you are integral part of the killing machine/process. Nothing exists in a vacuum, yah know? I agree, ...
by clyde
Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: the six consciousnesses (vijnanas)
Replies: 14
Views: 1602

Re: the six consciousnesses (vijnanas)

My question is this: I understand that light reflected from objects and making contact with the eye gives rise to eye consciousness, but how do thoughts which are sensed by the mind giving rise to mind consciousness arise? Mental consciousness, unlike the other five consciousnesses, does not have a...
by clyde
Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: the six consciousnesses (vijnanas)
Replies: 14
Views: 1602

the six consciousnesses (vijnanas)

I was thinking about the six consciousnesses ( vijnanas ) and a question arose. (Yes, I know that there are traditions which have seven or eight consciousnesses, but I don’t think it’s relevant to my question.) My understanding of the Buddhist teaching is: there’s eye consciousness, ear consciousnes...
by clyde
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism
Replies: 29
Views: 2785

Re: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism

I don’t doubt the sincerity of Lama’s opinion, nor the observable fact that there are and have been charismatic teachers and foolish followers and the attendant scandals; but my personal experience with Buddhists from all traditions is that they place great value on ethics, meditation, and wisdom “...
by clyde
Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism
Replies: 29
Views: 2785

Re: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism

I don’t doubt the sincerity of Lama’s opinion, nor the observable fact that there are and have been charismatic teachers and foolish followers and the attendant scandals; but my personal experience with Buddhists from all traditions is that they place great value on ethics, meditation, and wisdom “—...
by clyde
Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 128
Views: 11983

Re: What is reborn after death?

DGA wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:00 pm
What is a "modern person"? Who counts as a modern person? For that matter, what is modernity?

What or who is the opposite of a modern person?
:) I used the term “modern” as the opposite of “ancient” (as in “ancient texts”) and simply meant alive now.
by clyde
Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:59 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 128
Views: 11983

Re: What is reborn after death?

Clyde, I have only agreed to explain to you what the traditional teachings say on the subject, not to engage with you in a debate. Ancient Buddhist conceived of all matter being as being composed of four states or qualities: earth (solidity), water (liquidity), fire (heat), and air (motility). A ro...
by clyde
Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 128
Views: 11983

Re: What is reborn after death?

conebeckham wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:02 pm
clyde wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:24 am
p.s: Given a succession of states from gandharva to human to gandharva to human . . ., one could just as easily call the human state the intermediate state!
Indeed, it is taught as a Bardo. Every state until enlightenment is just "bardo," or "between," from my understanding.
Yes!
by clyde
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 128
Views: 11983

Re: What is reborn after death?

Please explain. I asked. When you say that the gandharva’s “physical body is principally the air element,” do you mean that literally or that it’s a gaseous body composed of what? And you answered, “Literally.” Now you say, I’ve taken your answer “too literally” and that it is “physical matter that ...
by clyde
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 128
Views: 11983

Re: What is reborn after death?

I have some understanding of how our senses work, but how does a body composed of air have eyes that see, ears that hear, etc? So, upon death, one’s mind separates from one’s physical body and instantly reappears in the gandharva. And then, upon conception, one’s mind leaves the gandharva and enter ...

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