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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: 6058

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: 2070

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: 2345

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: 830

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: 4439

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: 4439

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: 4439

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: 4439

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: 4439

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: 4439

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: 4439

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: 1056

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: 1056

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: 2027

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 8:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 6694

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

No, I said nothing about belief. Here’s my position on rebirth: I don’t know. Here’s what I do know: I know that if one sees that there is no self, no “I”, and if one sees that all things and the world, in all directions and times, are empty and without self-nature, then one knows it’s foolish to s...
by clyde
Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism
Replies: 29
Views: 2027

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 7:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 6694

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

Here’s what I do know: I know that if one sees that there is no self, no “I”, and if one sees that all things and the world, in all directions and times, are empty and without self-nature, then one knows it’s foolish to speak of rebirth. It would be foolish to speak of rebirth as an ultimate princi...
by clyde
Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 6694

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

I wrote that rebirth wasn’t the only explanation for so-called “former life memories”. So you believe in rebirth AND other explanations? No, I said nothing about belief. Here’s my position on rebirth: I don’t know. Here’s what I do know: I know that if one sees that there is no self, no “I”, and if...
by clyde
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 6694

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

Rebirth could be an explanation for those cases, but there are other explanations which are equally plausible. For example, it’s well known (and I’ve seen it with young children and adults suffering from dementia) that people will create stories (memories) to explain what they can’t remember or oth...
by clyde
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?
Replies: 181
Views: 6694

Re: Is Anatta incompatible with rebirth?

it’s well known (and I’ve seen it with young children and adults suffering from dementia) that people will create stories (memories) to explain what they can’t remember or otherwise explain. It’s self-comforting behavior. Do you think Ian Stevenson wasn’t aware of this? He created a lot of protocol...

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