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by dharmagoat
Tue May 30, 2017 4:02 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 1504
Views: 123227

Re: Music time

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by dharmagoat
Fri May 26, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Song Name Game
Replies: 373
Views: 24030

Re: Song Name Game

R.E.M. - It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

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Oh yeah!
by dharmagoat
Fri May 26, 2017 4:49 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: TOS wishful thinking
Replies: 13
Views: 1056

Re: TOS wishful thinking

Part of right speech is examining the motives for the thing's we say to others. So it really is in the TOS. Right speech is abstaining from lying, divisive speech, abusive speech, and from idle chatter. You don't need to examine your motivations in order to abstain from these things. You only need ...
by dharmagoat
Fri May 26, 2017 1:42 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: TOS wishful thinking
Replies: 13
Views: 1056

Re: TOS wishful thinking

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by dharmagoat
Thu May 25, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: How can I be sure its valid
Replies: 44
Views: 2152

Re: How can I be sure its valid

Hence my question, how do I know the relative ease in which I find I can 'just sit' is not some sort of self delusion and I am in fact wasting my time? A great question. From a Zen perspective, is there even an answer? I hope so! Otherwise thats more of a quandary that I am prepared to hold. At lea...
by dharmagoat
Thu May 25, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: How can I be sure its valid
Replies: 44
Views: 2152

Re: How can I be sure its valid

Zafutales wrote:Hence my question, how do I know the relative ease in which I find I can 'just sit' is not some sort of self delusion and I am in fact wasting my time?
A great question. From a Zen perspective, is there even an answer?
by dharmagoat
Wed May 24, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: How can I be sure its valid
Replies: 44
Views: 2152

Re: How can I be sure its valid

Meido is definitely the one to listen to here.
Meido wrote:If you are a Zen practitioner, you are certainly familiar with the Four Vows.
Could the aspiration to benefit beings be a result of our practice, serving to further reinforce it?
by dharmagoat
Wed May 24, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: How can I be sure its valid
Replies: 44
Views: 2152

Re: How can I be sure its valid

It may be useful to make a distiction between the concepts of 'reward' and 'result'. A reward brings personal fulfillment, whereas a result provides a broader benefit, even if just to indicate that our practice is valid. I think it is reasonable to expect results when we dedicate ourselves to a prac...
by dharmagoat
Tue May 23, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: How can I be sure its valid
Replies: 44
Views: 2152

Re: How can I be sure its valid

It takes 20-30 years of strenuous pratice without any results... common person cannot do it, that way. Please let's not go putting people off shikantaza practice with scary talk of how austere it is. I can vouch that it doesn't have to be strenuous and that results are forthcoming, and I am as comm...
by dharmagoat
Mon May 22, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: How can I be sure its valid
Replies: 44
Views: 2152

Re: How can I be sure its valid

Hello everyone First post here and I hope that you will be able to offer some assurances regarding my practice. I sit in Shikantaza, I have been practicing hard for some time now. I thought for a while that everything was going 'ok'. But I am now overwhelmed with doubts as to the validity of my pra...
by dharmagoat
Mon May 22, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 123
Views: 4722

Re: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path

I like these explanations of Buddha nature given by Nonin, a teacher on Zen Forum International some years ago: Buddha Nature is the true, original nature of all beings -- awake, open, and undefiled by greed, hatred, and delusion. It is not a thing, but an original condition of all existence. So, al...
by dharmagoat
Mon May 22, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 123
Views: 4722

Re: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path

that is exactly what I'm suggesting. Abandoning of hope can only be done when you see clearly that what you hope for IS the problem. It is a form of grasping, of making a concept into a reality by chasing it. When you see your own grasping, you will eventually see that it is causing you to feel ina...
by dharmagoat
Mon May 22, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 123
Views: 4722

Re: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path

At some point, you have let these glimpses go because they will only take you in circles, give you hope, and continue the delusion extraordinaire. I will choose hope over confusion and despondency any day. I know them too well. You are assuming that if you subtract hope, you are left with confusion...
by dharmagoat
Mon May 22, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 123
Views: 4722

Re: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path

why can't someone please just explain Buddha nature in terms that is simple. Some seem to imply they know something everyone else does not know and go on in debate whilst implying they know..without ever really even trying to explain it. It makes no sense to do this sort of thing. Here is the best ...
by dharmagoat
Mon May 22, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 123
Views: 4722

Re: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path

Anonymous X wrote:At some point, you have let these glimpses go because they will only take you in circles, give you hope, and continue the delusion extraordinaire.
I will choose hope over confusion and despondency any day. I know them too well.
by dharmagoat
Mon May 22, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Freedom From Buddha Nature by Thanissaro Bhikkhu & Zen Master Dogen
Replies: 52
Views: 2264

Re: Freedom From Buddha Nature by Thanissaro Bhikkhu & Zen Master Dogen

aflatun wrote:Thanks for clarifying, I thought you were objecting to aggregates arising and ceasing specifically as non zen
No, it was just another one of my unprimed thought-bombs thrown into a conversation.
by dharmagoat
Mon May 22, 2017 2:21 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Freedom From Buddha Nature by Thanissaro Bhikkhu & Zen Master Dogen
Replies: 52
Views: 2264

Re: Freedom From Buddha Nature by Thanissaro Bhikkhu & Zen Master Dogen

:popcorn: Funny how Zen becomes unrecognisable in its own neighbourhood. Could you explain what you mean, for my edification? Only that (in my humble opinion) the spirit of Zen as a unique practice tradition is lost in the clamour of pan-Buddhist ideation. Or something. On a subforum dedicated to Z...
by dharmagoat
Sun May 21, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la
Replies: 157
Views: 18322

Re: Illuminating Quotes by Malcolm Namdrol-la

When you've met a person, you can always spot them in a crowd. So it is with buddhanature.
https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f ... 20#p388988
by dharmagoat
Sun May 21, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Freedom From Buddha Nature by Thanissaro Bhikkhu & Zen Master Dogen
Replies: 52
Views: 2264

Re: Freedom From Buddha Nature by Thanissaro Bhikkhu & Zen Master Dogen

:popcorn:
Funny how Zen becomes unrecognisable in its own neighbourhood.