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by steveb1
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: what do we mean by faith?
Replies: 42
Views: 876

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: 42
Views: 876

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: 1528

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: 1545

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: 1545

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: 1545

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: 1545

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: 1545

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: 1545

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...
by steveb1
Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Dharmakaya in Mahayana
Replies: 64
Views: 1545

Re: Dharmakaya in Mahayana

Hi Steve - here is an OP on this question that might be a bit controversial but I really relate to https://brightwayzen.org/resources/kyogen-carlson-cosmic-buddha/ I think the origin of Dharmakaya is the teaching ‘He that sees the Dharma sees Me.’ Thank you so very much - I will apply my attention ...
by steveb1
Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:31 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Dharmakaya in Mahayana
Replies: 64
Views: 1545

Dharmakaya in Mahayana

I have kind of skimmed scattered Dharmakaya references in various books, the "richest" of which was one volume by D.T. Suzuki. The notion continues to be mysterious to me, and I was hoping that some readers on here could refine a few points that are puzzling me. My understanding is that the Dharmaka...
by steveb1
Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Paul Roberts
Replies: 6
Views: 301

Re: Paul Roberts

jaidyncasey wrote:
Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:25 pm
Yes, unfortunately the news is indeed true. I'm a member of his Yahoo Shin Buddhist group, and it has been the primary discussion for the past couple days.
Thanks for that information from the source. My heartfelt sympathies to you and all the others in the Yahoo group.
by steveb1
Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is convincing to you?
Replies: 18
Views: 715

Re: What is convincing to you?

Not trying to be flippant, but what most convinces me is personal experience. I might give my intellectual allegiance to any number of attractive conceptions so long as they do not contradict reason, logic and common sense. But the beauty of spiritual aspiration is that some of these propositions ca...
by steveb1
Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Physiological suffering and implications for Buddhist path?
Replies: 22
Views: 675

Re: Physiological suffering and implications for Buddhist path?

My own trivial, tiny contribution might be to consult a memory of having read that there is, in Buddhism, a distinction between bodily pain and suffering. We might not be able to control or end physical pain, but suffering - as a kind of attitude - does not necessarily always accrue to pain. In that...
by steveb1
Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Paul Roberts
Replies: 6
Views: 301

Re: Paul Roberts

Yes, I too read it on Jodo Adrian Cirlea's Facebook post. I was unable, however, to find anything at all on Google, no matter how I phrased my inquiry ("Paul Roberts Buddhist teacher death", etc., brought up nothing). Assuming the report is true, it is sad news. Paul endured many sufferings and trag...
by steveb1
Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Unkindness at dharmawheel
Replies: 137
Views: 6251

Re: Unkindness at dharmawheel

Is there any? If so, why? I suppose that, as "a Buddhist discussion forum", DW posters should _try_ to keep to some standard of compassion and openness to understanding opposing points of view. However, as another poster said, still, it's just the Internet. So I suppose a balance should be aimed fo...
by steveb1
Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:44 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Paul Roberts
Replies: 17
Views: 830

Re: Paul Roberts

I think that Paul Roberts is a genuine teacher of the Shin way. Not a cult leader. He refers everything back to Honen, Shinran and Rennyo, not to his own thinking. He doesn't invalidate Shin, but he does point out when people's words and ideas stray from "true Shin Buddhism".
by steveb1
Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:12 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Benefits of Nembutsu In This Very Life
Replies: 88
Views: 8545

Re: Benefits of Nembutsu In This Very Life

Yes, we are lucky and blessed indeed. Shinjin is a pure, unearned gift from the Other Shore.
by steveb1
Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Grievances, real and fictional
Replies: 49
Views: 1721

Re: Grievances, real and fictional

The current radical left is as much of a tyranny as the right. X2 I live in a rebel state. There's really no space for conversation. You doubt the liberals, you get fired and lose all of your friends. This is what they thought progressive means. Amen to that. The problem isn't confined to the right...
by steveb1
Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Power
Replies: 16
Views: 576

Re: Buddhism and Power

Just a layman's guess, but would not the Dharma's universalism mitigate against power and uneven power relationships? I just cannot associate power hierarchies and "pecking order" with any Buddhist teaching, although I cannot supply any "anti-power" citations...