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by hermitseb
Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:10 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Can you see the A?
Replies: 30
Views: 1020

Re: Can you see the A?

I don't see an A, but I will comment on how this reminds me of a teaching, wherein the teacher draws a bird on a whiteboard, and asks: what do you see? And people say.. a bird! But, what we are seeing is a white background with a little scribble on it. We forget about this, which is the majority of ...
by hermitseb
Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Veganism is an Eating Disorder
Replies: 211
Views: 17371

Re: Veganism is an Eating Disorder

I am a vegetarian cook by profession, often preparing fully vegan meals, and some for some people, this is a necessity, whereas for others, it is a choice. Who am I to make judgement upon others in this way? Do we have a disorder because we prefer brown rice to white rice? Soya sauce as opposed to k...
by hermitseb
Sun Jan 20, 2019 2:43 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New Moderators
Replies: 10
Views: 669

Re: New Moderators

Thank you for your service. Karma Yoga is a nice yoga to practice :)

:namaste:
by hermitseb
Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Question on using multiple mantras
Replies: 12
Views: 1083

Re: Question on using multiple mantras

This may perhaps be helpful - I have every now and then heard teachers say that just saying a mantra is not useful, just making mouth sounds - one also has to do the visualizations and so on that go with the mantra.. I can only imagine that unless one has been doing it for quite a long time, doing t...
by hermitseb
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Question on using multiple mantras
Replies: 12
Views: 1083

Re: Question on using multiple mantras

The kind elder kagyu monk who lives near me practices all sorts of mantras throughout the day, almost nonstop, some of which were given as practice by Tai Situ Rimpoche, so this would suggest to me that on an official basis, at least in some lineages, there is no problem. Mostly, I agree with the ab...
by hermitseb
Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Donate to the center or to the teacher?
Replies: 6
Views: 395

Re: Donate to the center or to the teacher?

At the retreat center I am involved with, the teachers teach purely for Dana, they receive no other funding, so donations to them are their livelihood, so to speak. We also put out envelopes for folk who which to donate to the center itself, beyond the basic food and accommodation costs, but the cen...
by hermitseb
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:05 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Shamatha as a toy vipashyana
Replies: 5
Views: 493

Re: Shamatha as a toy vipashyana

it comes down to first turning inward to Emptiness (or however you wish to call that state), and then turning outward to open awareness meditation, and then the stages beyond. Turning off the Light, then turning it on again and examining it, and it's relation to the previous state.. :thinking: hmmm...
by hermitseb
Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:52 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Chan Texts: Translations & Studies
Replies: 12
Views: 8379

Re: Chan Texts: Translations & Studies

Curious, is The Bodhidharma Anthology considered to be a definitive account of Bodhidharma and his teachings? I read that previously Bodhidharma actual teaching and life, etc. were somewhat suspect of being genuine Bodhidharma. Does the finding of this text settle the matter once and for all? Old p...
by hermitseb
Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Compared to other Buddhist sects, why is Nichiren Buddhism the best path?
Replies: 39
Views: 1386

Re: Compared to other Buddhist sects, why is Nichiren Buddhism the best path?

From my learnings, it is seems pretty clear that there is not a "Best Path", there is only "Best Path for MY particular needs". The Buddha taught many different ways to many different people in his lifetime(s), as well as the teachers that came after, as suitable for the audience of that sermon or d...
by hermitseb
Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:11 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Shamatha as a toy vipashyana
Replies: 5
Views: 493

Re: Shamatha as a toy vipashyana

Shamatha is, according to my teachers, the first part of a multi-part practice, the second part being Insight Meditation. These together come down to the same process as the Vipassana practice, which comes down to the same process as various other kinds of meditation, and the only difference is in t...
by hermitseb
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:34 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Brief members bios - please contribute!
Replies: 98
Views: 32632

Re: Brief members bios - please contribute!

Hello there, I am Seb, from Canada. I'm a lay resident at a monastic retreat center in Canada, and thought I would come and join this forum once again. I used to post here occasionally, a long time ago, but I dont recall what name or email I might have used, and besides, I was probably a child, in t...
by hermitseb
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?
Replies: 26
Views: 1615

Re: Why is compassion central to Buddhism?

In my view, ultimately there is no difference between them and you, as everything you "perceive" of them is entirely internal to yourself, an interpretation, a fabrication, a projection. By being compassionate to this and all things, which are also like this, you are really being compassionate with ...

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