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by steveb1
Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Real Vs. Unreal
Replies: 10
Views: 618

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: 399

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: 399

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: 499

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: 499

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: 499

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: 647

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: 2698

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: 674

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'...
by steveb1
Fri Mar 16, 2018 3:04 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Honen's Last Momemts And The Apperance of Amitabha Buddha
Replies: 3
Views: 364

Re: Honen's Last Momemts And The Apperance of Amitabha Buddha

Beautiful. I had not read this before. Thanks for contributing.
by steveb1
Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Your Spiritual Youth
Replies: 23
Views: 1280

Re: Your Spiritual Youth

At that age I was a devoted Catholic - raised Catholic, 12 years of Catholic schooling, cousin who was a priest, aunt who was a nun. I didn't leave the Church until the age of 28 because the "truths" seemed relative at best. I began studying comparative religion, Carl Jung, Alan Watts, critical New ...
by steveb1
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 54
Views: 2489

Re: what do we mean by faith?

Thanks for the nice reply - some new info for me to contemplate.

:)
by steveb1
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 54
Views: 2489

Re: what do we mean by faith?

I can only submit an opinion based on my Jodo Shinshu practice. In Shin, faith is a sheer gift from Amida Buddha, and it is called "Shinjin" - perfect, adamantine faith. Because it is a gift, and is received as such, the Shin adherent claims no responsibility for it, and does no boasting about it. G...
by steveb1
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what is your approach to Dharma?
Replies: 42
Views: 2144

Re: what is your approach to Dharma?

Probably not the most nuanced language, but I approach the Dharma from experience and devotion. As a convert to Jodo Shinshu/Shin Buddhism, I have received the experience of Shinjin, the gift of Amida Buddha which has been described as "a raft from the Other Shore". The devotional aspect is the resp...
by steveb1
Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Dharmakaya in Mahayana
Replies: 64
Views: 2594

Re: Dharmakaya in Mahayana

The point of sunyata is nothing can be inherent. if it was there can never be change. and we all know change is evident. Because of this ,the Buddha can use The Buddha's Dharmakaya Body to work , or influence samsara , whose nature in empty of inherent existance. this is why Buddha can say this is ...
by steveb1
Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Dharmakaya in Mahayana
Replies: 64
Views: 2594

Re: Dharmakaya in Mahayana

there is gravity and the laws of gravity..the law of gravity is not dharmakaya but the because there can be gravity ,is due to Dharmakaya . All sorts of natural laws go into healing a cut in your skin...those forces that are put in play in order for the process to heal are not Dharmakaya but becaus...
by steveb1
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Dharmakaya in Mahayana
Replies: 64
Views: 2594

Re: Dharmakaya in Mahayana

there is gravity and the laws of gravity..the law of gravity is not dharmakaya but the because there can be gravity ,is due to Dharmakaya . All sorts of natural laws go into healing a cut in your skin...those forces that are put in play in order for the process to heal are not Dharmakaya but becaus...
by steveb1
Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Dharmakaya in Mahayana
Replies: 64
Views: 2594

Re: Dharmakaya in Mahayana

Here is a collection of excerpts on dharmakāya I assembled some time ago. I wasn't going to post it because it is somewhat overkill, but so far in this thread the definition of dharmakāya has been a bit vague, and the following does help address some of the questions in the original post. Hopefully...
by steveb1
Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Dharmakaya in Mahayana
Replies: 64
Views: 2594

Re: Dharmakaya in Mahayana

Now how the Dharma Kaya relates to or 'contains' samsara is an interesting question and not something I've seen specifically answered exactly. This is just a thought, so see what you think. Thrangu Rinpoche says: All illusory appearances of condition existence are only an illusion they are only the...
by steveb1
Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Dharmakaya in Mahayana
Replies: 64
Views: 2594

Re: Dharmakaya in Mahayana

Karma from a previous universe, avidya..ignorance is what 'created' samsara, so samsara is a unbroken chain until enlightenment, with no true beginning by my understanding. Now how the Dharma Kaya relates to or 'contains' samsara is an interesting question and not something I've seen specifically a...

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