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by clyde
Sun Aug 09, 2020 6:43 am
Forum: Language
Topic: Tibetan incense stick holder?
Replies: 1
Views: 164

Re: Tibetan incense stick holder?

I did some more research. I still don’t know what the characters/symbols are, but I learned the object isn’t an incense stick holder; it’s an incense tower for burning stick incense. I knew the top came off, but I had been reluctant to pull/twist too hard at the bottom piece. Now, with that knowledg...
by clyde
Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Can a lazy person awaken?
Replies: 19
Views: 646

Re: Can a lazy person awaken?

According to Bankei, Generally speaking, Zen teachers nowadays instruct people by setting up rules or using devices. Believing that without devices they can't manage, behaving as if without them it's impossible to instruct anyone, they're unable to teach by simply pointing things out directly. To te...
by clyde
Wed Aug 05, 2020 4:15 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Can a lazy person awaken?
Replies: 19
Views: 646

Re: Can a lazy person awaken?

Johnny Dangerous wrote: Wed Aug 05, 2020 3:22 am I just explained it.
I’m sorry for being dull-witted; I think I was confused by the term “yogic”.
by clyde
Wed Aug 05, 2020 3:16 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Can a lazy person awaken?
Replies: 19
Views: 646

Re: Can a lazy person awaken?

Johnny Dangerous wrote: Wed Aug 05, 2020 2:51 am The thing with this kind of path though is that it is essentially yogic - and yes that includes Zen in my opinion.
What does that mean?
by clyde
Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Can a lazy person awaken?
Replies: 19
Views: 646

Can a lazy person awaken?

I was reading in the Bloodstream Sermon from The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma, translated by Red Pine, A buddha is an idle person. He doesn’t run around after fortune and fame. What good are such things in the end? People who don’t see their nature and think reading sutras, invoking buddhas, studying...
by clyde
Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Emptiness and the Heart Sutra
Replies: 3
Views: 180

Re: Emptiness and the Heart Sutra

Ted Biringer wrote: Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:32 pm Nonduality denotes unity, not uniformity; emptiness and form are interdependent not indistinguishable.
But what is distinguishable is an illusion.

And what does the distinguishing?
by clyde
Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Tibetan incense stick holder?
Replies: 1
Views: 164

Tibetan incense stick holder?

I bought this piece years ago at an antique shop. I believe it may be a Tibetan incense stick holder. The brass piece is 12 inches tall and the top comes off. Two sides are decorative and two sides have what I believe are Chinese characters/symbols. Can anyone tell me if this is an incense stick hol...
by clyde
Wed Jul 22, 2020 4:33 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Existence-Time
Replies: 98
Views: 1858

Re: Existence-Time

"Convention" means "appears to function." “Convention” appears to function as a ‘rabbit-hole’ into which all dharmas, all phenomena, all arisings and ceasings, space and time fall, leaving . . . solely the Unconditioned? Not even that. As Nāgārjuna pointed out: Since arising, abiding, and cessation...
by clyde
Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Existence-Time
Replies: 98
Views: 1858

Re: Existence-Time

PadmaVonSamba wrote: Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:52 am Nothing arises that is “cat”,
What is it that arises?
by clyde
Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:00 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Existence-Time
Replies: 98
Views: 1858

Re: Existence-Time

Malcolm wrote: Mon Jul 20, 2020 7:29 pm "Convention" means "appears to function."
“Convention” appears to function as a ‘rabbit-hole’ into which all dharmas, all phenomena, all arisings and ceasings, space and time fall, leaving . . . solely the Unconditioned?
by clyde
Mon Jul 20, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Existence-Time
Replies: 98
Views: 1858

Re: Existence-Time

Since Nāgārjuna effectively refutes time as a being anything more than a convention, and effectively refutes cause and condition as being anything more than a convention, I fail to see how your phenomena existing independently of one's projections is also anything more than a convention, which cann...
by clyde
Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Existence-Time
Replies: 98
Views: 1858

Re: Existence-Time

This still does not deal with the issue. Changing the name "cause" to "effect" does not address the fundamental problem of causality in time. Imagining an "eternal" now also does not address the issue. Negating the existence of the past does not work. Collapsing time into the present does not work....
by clyde
Fri Jul 17, 2020 5:34 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Existence-Time
Replies: 98
Views: 1858

Re: Existence-Time

Ted Biringer wrote: Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:35 pm the past and future do exist in and as the present.
:bow:
by clyde
Fri Jul 17, 2020 3:58 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Existence-Time
Replies: 98
Views: 1858

Re: Existence-Time

The (past) baby ‘clyde’ doesn’t exist, yet here I am. The Buddha taught the dependent co-arising of dharmas, “When this is, that is, From the arising of this comes the arising of that. When this isn’t, that isn’t. From the stopping of this comes the stopping go that.” It’s not some non-existent past...
by clyde
Fri Jul 17, 2020 12:33 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Existence-Time
Replies: 98
Views: 1858

Re: Existence-Time

I didn’t say there was no past. I said it doesn’t exist.
by clyde
Thu Jul 16, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Existence-Time
Replies: 98
Views: 1858

Re: Existence-Time

If I understand what was written in the OP, there is no “sandwich” and no “three times”. The past doesn’t exist and the future doesn’t exist. There is only one time-existence, the present suchness. But it’s equally likely I’ve misunderstood. p.s: Uji , the combining of two terms to form one coherent...
by clyde
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: "practice in daily life"
Replies: 12
Views: 468

Re: "practice in daily life"

Substituting “fitting” for “adjusting” doesn’t make the meaning any clearer. Perhaps you could elaborate on what you mean. How would that apply to everyday activities for lay practitioners?
by clyde
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: "practice in daily life"
Replies: 12
Views: 468

"practice in daily life"

Elsewhere, Meido posted this: In the modern era there is an increasingly common conceit (not just in Zen) that "practice in daily life" means that one can adjust practice to fit one's life, instead of adjusting one's life to fit practice. There is also a common conceit that one need not practice a l...
by clyde
Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:31 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: in defense
Replies: 63
Views: 1264

Re: in defense

The issue that seems to complicate matters here is dialogue across traditions. Can a member of Tradition Y criticize as fundamentally wrong the ideas of Tradition X without violating Right Speech? You seem to say the answer is "no". Is that right? You raise a good point. As it applies to the forum,...
by clyde
Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:47 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 230
Views: 6636

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

The question was very simple and straight - Are zen teachers awakened? Isn't it? I gave the answer - NO. Then in the course of the discussion i gave the reason why I think NO. There were many yes/no other posts. In the meantime I got a few private massages, some pretty abusive. Probably I have offe...

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