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by steveb1
Sat May 18, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What would you buy?
Replies: 12
Views: 330

Re: What would you buy?

If one were given a chance to receive a Buddhist item, what should one get (that's affordable and not some exotic relic)? A mala? A prayer wheel? A damaru? A bell? Or what? Especially for teena and young adults. A nice (walnut?) mala. A nice wrap-around (sturdy!) wrist mala. A nice (sturdy!) bead n...
by steveb1
Sat May 18, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Reciting nembutsu with a distracted mind
Replies: 4
Views: 143

Re: Reciting nembutsu with a distracted mind

In the Jodo Shinshu/Shin school of Shinran, Amida Buddha himself invests our Nembutsu with the necessary gratitude to make it an expression of perfect faith, or Shinjin . So for Shin practitioners, even though the Nembutsu is obviously meant to be said with full alertness and gratitude, sometimes wh...
by steveb1
Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: proof of nirvana?
Replies: 47
Views: 2463

Re: proof of nirvana?

A friend of mine naively asked me the other day, "is there any proof of Nirvana? can you show it to me?" Before i tell you how i answered, i am curious to know your answers. Can we prove the existence of Nirvana, either through logic or sutras? it is a fair question after all. Btw, I answered in th...
by steveb1
Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'
Replies: 46
Views: 4468

Re: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'

... Since conversion, my mind has been free of the kind of concern that my post expressed.... So I no longer spend time speculating and/or worrying about my relationship with samsara, the Buddha and the Dharma. Shin seems to have simplified everything for me. Reading this I rejoice over the buddhis...
by steveb1
Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'
Replies: 46
Views: 4468

Re: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'

2) Ditto re: other sentient (non-) beings: why should I regard them any more highly or with any more reality than I regard myself? Like me, they are all illusions, empty of form/self-nature, temporary ciphers; how can a non-being spiritually assist or obstruct another non-being? So again the questi...
by steveb1
Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'
Replies: 46
Views: 4468

Re: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'

Thanks much for replying to my post, and for your kind words. You've come up with workable tactics, especially like those three that come at the end of your post. Since I wrote my comments I experienced a conversion to Jodo Shinshu/Shin Buddhism. For reasons not entirely clear even to me, the proble...
by steveb1
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shinshu forum
Replies: 19
Views: 781

Re: Jodo Shinshu forum

Admin_PC wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:12 pm
Don't think the registration emails are going out.
Sadly, I think that's true. I haven't received the certified email confirmation to officially register...
by steveb1
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shinshu forum
Replies: 19
Views: 781

Re: Jodo Shinshu forum

Hi,

I just now registered. Good luck to the new forum.
by steveb1
Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Worry and incarnational faith
Replies: 5
Views: 952

Re: Worry and incarnational faith

Interesting conversational topic. Yes, unlike Christianity, in the form Amidism I practice - Shinran's Jodo Shinshu/Shin Buddhism - there are no soteriological requirements in the sense of "Works". Nor did Amida Buddha - unlike Jesus -undergo a bloody sacrificial/"atoning" crucifixion and triumphant...
by steveb1
Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'
Replies: 46
Views: 4468

Re: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'

"Not self" is descriptive, not prescriptive, hence its open to interpretations, and the way you interpret it, says nothing about it, but more about the quality of your mind. This is why Kamma works! Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with an impure m...
by steveb1
Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'
Replies: 46
Views: 4468

Re: 'No Self' = 'Why Bother?'

(Sincere question and playing a bit of a Devil's Advocate here, but I keep running into this question and feel that I have to ask it:) That is, first you're nothing, a mere illusion, and then the patterns that "I" created will ripple through time to create a "reasonable facsimile" of "me" in some k...
by steveb1
Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Real Vs. Unreal
Replies: 10
Views: 1214

Re: Real Vs. Unreal

Sounds like whoever you're talking with can't defend their views so they vilify people who disagree with them. This modern idea that there's no such thing as Amida and it's just a keyword for something inside ourselves is very modern and has nothing to do with classical teachings in Chan. The idea ...
by steveb1
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: An interesting book...
Replies: 5
Views: 634

Re: An interesting book...

He was a nutjob: ".... Samael Aun Weor is my true name as a Boddhisattwa. Samael is the name of my Monad! I am perfectly cognizant of the dawn of life in this Solar System! I saw the dawning of Creation! I am here with this humanity, from the very first moment, since the heart of this solar system ...
by steveb1
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: An interesting book...
Replies: 5
Views: 634

Re: An interesting book...

Thank you for sharing this. Sounds interesting.

:)
by steveb1
Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:40 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: in the air
Replies: 9
Views: 841

Re: in the air

Sorry to hear of those difficulties, especially when they involve your child. Pollution is bad enough for adults to deal with, but kids and even non-human animals suffer, too...
by steveb1
Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: in the air
Replies: 9
Views: 841

Re: in the air

"I was in Eugene recently after the fires, it was surreal, as thick as fog in places."

Yes. A surreal, apocalypic kind of "tone" to everything...
by steveb1
Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: in the air
Replies: 9
Views: 841

Re: in the air

I know what you mean. My mental state is affected by the quality of the sky. When it is wide and clean, a big sky, I feel spacious. In Korea the Gobi sands blow in each spring bringing with them pollution from China. Some days the sky was literally yellow. Thankfully I'm no longer living there. I s...
by steveb1
Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amida-Ji: Stop using Zen Masters explanations when referring to Amida Buddha - an example
Replies: 7
Views: 1126

Re: Amida-Ji: Stop using Zen Masters explanations when referring to Amida Buddha - an example

But that's the whole point. When Amida just becomes some vague idea of an all-pervasive self/universe and "reliance" is redefined as manifesting Buddha qualities, then the entire teaching loses all meaning. If we were capable of manifesting Buddha qualities, aka "function through [one's] own body, ...
by steveb1
Tue Apr 03, 2018 4:40 am
Forum: Media
Topic: "Wild Wild Country" - Osho documentary on Netflix
Replies: 63
Views: 4199

Re: "Wild Wild Country" - Osho documentary on Netflix

I thought the producers did a fair and balanced job, especially when one considers the incredible wealth of media material available from that time from both the Rajneeshees and the secular press. I visited the Oregon commune in a one-day field trip, as part of an Oregon State University class title...
by steveb1
Tue Apr 03, 2018 4:05 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Worship?
Replies: 14
Views: 1102

Re: Worship?

Buddha didn't ask for worship, if by that is meant "adoration of a god or deva or heavenly being". In my reading, I have encountered the idea that folk worship of the Buddha began rather early, but was eschewed by "mainstream" Buddhist teachers. I can vouch for non-worship of Shakyamuni from what I'...

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