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by Emmet
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Are humans forever?
Replies: 11
Views: 1224

Re: Are humans forever?

Nothing is forever. Astrophysicists estimate that there are probably 40 billion planets in habitable zones orbiting sun-like stars similar to ours which might support life in our galaxy alone. Simply because homo sapiens chooses to drive themselves extinct or our sun inevitably super-novas, that doe...
by Emmet
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: How to REALLY Relax
Replies: 21
Views: 2335

Re: How to REALLY Relax

Every day, priests minutely examine the Law And endlessly chant complicated sutras. Before doing that, though, they should learn How to read the love letters sent by the wind and rain, the snow and moon. Ikkyu Different strokes; but if I were you, I'd avoid getting too tangled up in "exaggerated bel...
by Emmet
Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: my vision shines and wobbles when I concentrate? Is that normal?
Replies: 3
Views: 645

Re: my vision shines and wobbles when I concentrate? Is that normal?

If it occurs only during meditation (i.e., you can usually bring it on at will), it's probably makyo ; a meaningless trick of the mind. Pay no attention to it, but as Miroku suggested, you might consider lightening up. The Buddha observed that a lute string sounds best when it's neither too loose, n...
by Emmet
Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Travelling to heavens and pure realms
Replies: 34
Views: 2908

Re: Travelling to heavens and pure realms

The only heavens and hells which I am aware of are those which we create within our own minds, believe to be true, and then proceed to inflict upon ourselves and each other.

The ground where we stand is the Pure Lotus Land
And this very body, the body of Buddha.
Hakuin
by Emmet
Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Question about homosexuality & life's experience...
Replies: 44
Views: 3834

Re: Question about homosexuality & life's experience...

I think if one's focus is on the worldly and mundane one detracts from the work at hand. Those who think that everyday life is a hindrance to their Dharma practice haven't discovered that there is no Dharma outside of everyday life. Eihei Dogen A woman is enlightenment when you’re with her and the ...
by Emmet
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Question about homosexuality & life's experience...
Replies: 44
Views: 3834

Re: Question about homosexuality & life's experience...

The Third Precept (at least, as I received them) reads; "I resolve not to engage in improper sexuality, but to be caring and responsible." What is "improper"? Buddhism is founded upon the principle of ahimsa; "non-harming"; ubiquitous to the sutras are admonitions to refrain from harming any living ...
by Emmet
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: End of suffering
Replies: 27
Views: 2482

Re: End of suffering

Shanyin, I am not a psychiatrist, so I will try to limit my comments to these few observations. It's readily apparent that you're suffering greatly, and that much of your suffering is self-inflicted; you have developed a wide array of behaviors which are all various ways of "punching yourself in the...
by Emmet
Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: One path or two
Replies: 19
Views: 1895

Re: One path or two

Emmet...what is Buddhisms viww on evolution as exwmplified by lifd on earth for thw last 3 billion years? I certainly can't speak on behalf of some global, monolithic Buddhism. However, if you're referring to the sutras, the Agganna Sutta said that “there was just one mass of water, and all was dar...
by Emmet
Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: One path or two
Replies: 19
Views: 1895

Re: One path or two

One unified whole. "‘Dharma’ means this very world of Reality in which we actually are living, as well as the Buddha’s teachings about this real world. Early in our conversation, I pointed out that Buddhism is a religion which reveres an affirmation of the real world. ‘Dharma’ is this real world. Th...
by Emmet
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Quote of my day
Replies: 26
Views: 2305

Re: Quote of my day

"Without the precepts as guidelines, Zen Buddhism tends to become a hobby, made to fit the needs of the ego."
Robert Aitken roshi
by Emmet
Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Zazen
Replies: 19
Views: 3359

Re: Zazen

What Keith said.
There is nothing on-line or in books which will help you more than joining a real sangha and working with a teacher. The community of faith, the Sangha, is one of the Three Treasures of Buddhism; Buddhism was never intended to be practiced in isolation.
by Emmet
Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Zazen
Replies: 19
Views: 3359

Re: Zazen

I sit Burmese; this is essentially how I was taught:
Zazen instructions
And this was the instruction manual:
Fukanzazengi
by Emmet
Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Advice about right speech.
Replies: 5
Views: 729

Re: Advice about right speech.

First & Second Precept; how many ways can my speech kill or steal from someone's happiness, reputation, self esteem, trust, and relationships? Third Precept; how many ways can my speech shame or hurt someone simply because of their gender or sexuality? Fourth Precept; "I resolve not to lie but to sp...
by Emmet
Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do Bodhisattvas such as Avalokiteshvara, live in our realm, or do they live outside of samsara?
Replies: 23
Views: 1831

Re: Do Bodhisattvas such as Avalokiteshvara, live in our realm, or do they live outside of samsara?

Are you sure? No, I'm not sure of anything. Everything I believe is merely a hypothesis; a mental construct subject to revision based upon new information. Shunryu Suzuki roshi once said that strictly speaking, there are no enlightened individuals; only enlightened activity. Empirically, I believe ...
by Emmet
Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do Bodhisattvas such as Avalokiteshvara, live in our realm, or do they live outside of samsara?
Replies: 23
Views: 1831

Re: Do Bodhisattvas such as Avalokiteshvara, live in our realm, or do they live outside of samsara?

Bodhisattvas such as Avalokitesvara are archetypes; exemplars of a particular virtue. They exist only in your mind.
by Emmet
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Brief members bios - please contribute!
Replies: 111
Views: 48658

Re: Brief members bios - please contribute!

I'm 59, happily married, a former firefighter/paramedic and social worker, and have been quite fortunate to live within 3 miles of a Zen Center where I practiced for many years, and a Plum Village sangha as well, in a large and very diverse urban area. The Zen Center was very much my home, although ...
by Emmet
Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: How do you feel about Buddhists getting involved in politics?
Replies: 66
Views: 13410

Re: How do you feel about Buddhists getting involved in politics?

How do you feel about Buddhists getting involved in politics? I wish more of them would. The Buddha said that the world is burning. I feel that any Buddhism that confines itself to idly contemplating one's own navel while cocooned within the warm fuzzy safety of the practice hall isn't worth a buck...
by Emmet
Sun Aug 26, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Worship of Donald Trump
Replies: 91
Views: 4540

Re: The Worship of Donald Trump

https://youtu.be/vAEP-FhFGmA What's the reason for this? Do many celebrities get this treatment in India or is reverence for "the God Emperor" something unique? I'm eternally grateful that none of my neighbors read this forum, lest they take inspiration from the video and formalize their cult. "Sat...
by Emmet
Sun Aug 26, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation timer app?
Replies: 18
Views: 1930

Re: Meditation timer app?

I'd practiced for years with some very strong brick-and-mortar sanghas. When I became ill, we moved to a small rural village to be closer to family. Insight Timer is programmable; I was able to select a chime which sounded very much like the inkin bell at my "home temple", and set the sequence and i...
by Emmet
Sun Aug 26, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Shrine Room
Topic: Our Zendo
Replies: 1
Views: 520

Our Zendo

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Our zendo; Chatuge Village.

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