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by anjali
Sun May 21, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Turning the light around (asraya-paravrtti)
Replies: 30
Views: 647

Re: Turning the light around (asraya-paravrtti)

I'm still left at a loss as to what a practice of "turning the light around" would look like. If it means to pay attention to that which knows as opposed to the known, this is something I've seen a lot in Advaita circles. Is it the same practice, interpreted differently after the fact? I'...
by anjali
Sun May 21, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Turning the light around (asraya-paravrtti)
Replies: 30
Views: 647

Re: Turning the light around (asraya-paravrtti)

For those interested in the perennial issue of what Perennialism or eternalism means, Advaita Vedanta vs Buddha Dharma, Ramana Maharshi and his state of realization, etc, feel free to start another thread. But before you do, please do a search for all the previous threads on the subject. It can be ...
by anjali
Sun May 21, 2017 6:42 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Confused about nature of mind introduction
Replies: 95
Views: 2652

Re: Confused about nature of mind introduction

Some personal attack posts removed. Spirited discussion doesn't have to get personal...
by anjali
Thu May 18, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Turning the light around (asraya-paravrtti)
Replies: 30
Views: 647

Re: Turning the light around (asraya-paravrtti)

For those interested in the perennial issue of what Perennialism or eternalism means, Advaita Vedanta vs Buddha Dharma, Ramana Maharshi and his state of realization, etc, feel free to start another thread. But before you do, please do a search for all the previous threads on the subject. It can be e...
by anjali
Thu May 18, 2017 5:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Turning the light around (asraya-paravrtti)
Replies: 30
Views: 647

Re: Turning the light around (asraya-paravrtti)

What's your understanding of suchness? My understanding of it, which is conceptual, is that what arises needs nothing added or changed. Ok, thanks. Here is a footnote that I didn't include as part of the Buswell quote, 109 As Chinul notes in his Pŏpchip pyŏrhaengnok chŏryo (translated in KAZ, p. 31...
by anjali
Thu May 18, 2017 5:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Turning the light around (asraya-paravrtti)
Replies: 30
Views: 647

Re: Turning the light around (asraya-paravrtti)

Anonymous X wrote:Profound as it is, I don't see the 'Suchness' that the Buddha spoke of present in this.

What's your understanding of suchness?
by anjali
Wed May 17, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Turning the light around (asraya-paravrtti)
Replies: 30
Views: 647

Re: Turning the light around (asraya-paravrtti)

Awareness, the light which makes experience known, is mostly ignored all of the time. But, when we can turn the light around A.K.A know that we are aware, this light which has no form of its own (it shines as the form of the current experience) is recognized to be always free of affliction. It soun...
by anjali
Wed May 17, 2017 4:09 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Turning the light around (asraya-paravrtti)
Replies: 30
Views: 647

Re: Turning the light around (asraya-paravrtti)

鐵觀音 wrote:...I have no idea what else could be meant by 迴光返照/"turn the light around and shine within".

Perhaps this will be of some help. It is a number of quotes by various masters someone collected about turning the light around.
by anjali
Tue May 16, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 1886

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

Dogen said: To know the self is to forget the self. There is no becoming one with any 'thing'. Language has a way of leading to trouble. I think we must choose carefully what we are putting forth especially if you are a teacher. Agreed. It's a loose poetic rendering for sure. Depending on your pref...
by anjali
Tue May 16, 2017 5:45 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 1886

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

( Reclaiming Enlightenment in Zen ) ... "The deepest thing is a collapsing of one’s sense of self and other and finding a place of radical openness." Regarding radical openness. I have no idea what Ford means by this, but one possible understanding is Dogen's comment about forgetting the ...
by anjali
Tue May 09, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A new fad: fidget spinners
Replies: 6
Views: 226

A new fad: fidget spinners

Here is a short news story on fidget spinners, something I just discovered yesterday, and seems to be a new fad. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPjyjuvuooI What's amusing about this is that I pointed a friend to a video of Garchen Rinpoche giving a recent teaching, and of course he was using a pray...
by anjali
Mon May 08, 2017 4:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to practice generosity in modern society
Replies: 50
Views: 1171

Re: How to practice generosity in modern society

If I were a renunciate I would not be giving up my plans because renunciation is a method being employed in my spiritual path. ... And again, renunciation is a method if I a renunciate. There are monk who won't even touch money, if I'm not mistaken. Are you saying that Vessantara was not a renuncia...
by anjali
Sun May 07, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to practice generosity in modern society
Replies: 50
Views: 1171

Re: How to practice generosity in modern society

My point is simply that the story is about renunciation and not generosity, or at least that's the only way it makes sense to me. Does it have to be an either-or proposition? It seems to me that it's both. I'm guessing at some point along the way, you've given up something for someone you care for....
by anjali
Fri May 05, 2017 6:05 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to practice generosity in modern society
Replies: 50
Views: 1171

Re: How to practice generosity in modern society

narhwal90 wrote:Back in 2005 I bought an old, dirty lathe from the children of the man who had built the house...

That's a really nice story. Thanks for sharing it.
by anjali
Tue May 02, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: Huatou in Daily Life
Replies: 9
Views: 318

Re: Huatou in Daily Life

In talking with some of the monks there, and one in particular, about continuing the practice in daily life, it became clear that they (or at least this monk) adjust the formulation of the huatou according to what is being experienced. This monk was saying that in investigating "Who is recitin...
by anjali
Tue May 02, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: "Self inquiry" in Zen, Chan, etc
Replies: 25
Views: 627

Re: "Self inquiry" in Zen, Chan, etc

I've seen it claimed, admittedly generally by modern teachers that are suspiciously eclectic if not outright new age, that "self inquiry" is a practice in the Zen/Chan/Seon tradition. Is this the case, and if so could you direct me to some relevant resources? If not, could you clarify? (M...
by anjali
Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:43 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The four contemplations and gampopa's mahamudra
Replies: 86
Views: 2437

Re: The four contemplations and gampopa's mahamudra

It seems to me that as one gains more stability in rigpa with fewer selfish emotions (and lessening of self-cherishing in general), then that in turn should lead to some tangible behavioral results. This is a function of cultivating knowledge of one's primordial state, not merely having a glimpse o...
by anjali
Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The four contemplations and gampopa's mahamudra
Replies: 86
Views: 2437

Re: The four contemplations and gampopa's mahamudra

Quite frankly, I think that for many people, the experience of Vidya likely does have a lasting effect on the individual's mind. Often, that effect is reflected in conceptual mind's solidification and abstraction of the experience. In this way, it becomes just another memory or life event, and as s...
by anjali
Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Shakyamuni/Menla wangs, Milarepa/Bodhisattva Practices teachings, etc. - Garchen in Seattle, April 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 376

Re: Shakyamuni/Menla wangs, Milarepa/Bodhisattva Practices teachings, etc. - Garchen in Seattle, April 2017

Was there commitment at Shakyamuni Buddha Empowerment? Yes. If you would like to hear what the samaya was, you can go here to a recording of a previous Shakyamuni Buddha empowerment and listen from 1:07:08--01:09:13. It was the same sayama as was given in Seattle. Will there be commitment at Menla ...

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