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by seeker242
Mon Mar 16, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The essence of the Buddhist schools in one sentence
Replies: 10
Views: 871

Re: The essence of the Buddhist schools in one sentence

Seon: Who are you? What is this?

:smile:
by seeker242
Tue Mar 03, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Merit
Replies: 30
Views: 1427

Re: Merit

It depends on why you are doing things to earn merit to begin with. Are you earning merit just so that you can avoid an unpleasant rebirth just for yourself? Or, are you earning merit because that is what's needed in order to become more like a Buddha and alleviate beings suffering? The latter would...
by seeker242
Mon Feb 17, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Buddhism's class "problem"
Replies: 44
Views: 3272

Re: Buddhism's class "problem"

Buddhism doesn't have a class problem as there are no buddhist teachings that discriminate on the basis of class. True. But Buddhists do. Individuals bring all their issues with them to the meditation cushion. Since classism exists in society at large, it exists in the meditation hall. Om mani padm...
by seeker242
Sun Feb 16, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Buddhism's class "problem"
Replies: 44
Views: 3272

Re: Buddhism's class "problem"

Buddhism doesn't have a class problem as there are no buddhist teachings that discriminate on the basis of class.
by seeker242
Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:07 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: On being fearful of Shikantaza
Replies: 35
Views: 2735

Re: On being fearful of Shikantaza

How can I not want to free myself from such an illusion? Nothing wrong with that but it's not something you need to bring onto the cushion with you. And obviously, that isn't working so. It's perfectly fine to set that aside when you actually go to sit down for a 1/2 hour or whatever. In fact, one ...
by seeker242
Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: On being fearful of Shikantaza
Replies: 35
Views: 2735

Re: On being fearful of Shikantaza

Zafutales wrote:
Tue Feb 04, 2020 4:56 pm
I sit and I am there....with nowhere else to go and its worrying.
I would look at why there is a need to go "somewhere else" to begin with. If there was no need to go somewhere else, would it still be worrying?
by seeker242
Tue Feb 04, 2020 3:42 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Unconditioned existence vs pureland vows as condition - contradiction?
Replies: 11
Views: 944

Re: Unconditioned existence vs pureland vows as condition - contradiction?

I was thinking about some Buddhists topics that lead to contradiction , that seems to be impossible to be solved by logic / conventional wisdom alone: 1. Nirvana... leads to UNCONDITIONED existence. According to who? According to Nagarjuna, it seems. However keep in mind that these information came...
by seeker242
Mon Feb 03, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Unconditioned existence vs pureland vows as condition - contradiction?
Replies: 11
Views: 944

Re: Unconditioned existence vs pureland vows as condition - contradiction?

well wisher wrote:
Sat Jan 25, 2020 1:13 am
I was thinking about some Buddhists topics that lead to contradiction , that seems to be impossible to be solved by logic / conventional wisdom alone:

1. Nirvana... leads to UNCONDITIONED existence.
According to who?
by seeker242
Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 176
Views: 8155

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

Yes you did. And I never “stereotyped” anyone. Do you even know what the word “stereotype” means? From your perspective you would probably describe an anthropologist as “stereotyping” people. No I didn’t say that. What I said is that a small group of select people cannot be accurately used to chara...
by seeker242
Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Help Required
Topic: Vegan retreat center in USA
Replies: 7
Views: 429

Re: Vegan retreat center in USA

Kwan Um zen retreats accommodate vegans just fine. Although, retreats don't exactly capture normal everyday life at the monastery. They are special intensive training periods that differ from normal everyday stuff.
by seeker242
Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 176
Views: 8155

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

dharmapdx wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:46 am
But thanks for letting me know that my experience means nothing….
Good thing no one ever said that. But, regardless of that, it's always not reasonable to stereotype whole groups of people or whole religions.
by seeker242
Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 176
Views: 8155

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

Alright, fair enough. However, that would mean that instead of 0.0000002% of total Buddhists, it would be 0.00002% of total Buddhists. Maybe even less than that. Still an extraordinarily small amount of people to make generalizations about. So small that it means nothing in the context of Buddhism ...
by seeker242
Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 176
Views: 8155

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

Just something I’ve come to accept about Buddhism for the last few years: most Buddhists I’ve met have not at all been humble, loving, and non-judgmental. Quite the opposite actually. (Oh, and don’t forget all the anger and defensiveness.) People you have met personally is not exactly an accurate g...
by seeker242
Thu Jan 23, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?
Replies: 176
Views: 8155

Re: Why is Buddhism so elitist and cliquey?

Just something I’ve come to accept about Buddhism for the last few years: most Buddhists I’ve met have not at all been humble, loving, and non-judgmental. Quite the opposite actually. (Oh, and don’t forget all the anger and defensiveness.) People you have met personally is not exactly an accurate g...
by seeker242
Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?
Replies: 56
Views: 6296

Re: Why not more Farms and Soup kitchens for Buddhist dharma centers, instead of money?

Probably because a bank is not going to accept cucumbers as a mortgage payment for the temple buildings? Nor will the electric company or water company. And monastics are not supposed to be running a business that sells the cucumbers to get money that is needed for the above.
by seeker242
Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Our Anti-War President
Replies: 97
Views: 9346

Re: Our Anti-War President

The last anti war president was Jimmy Carter, there have been none since then.
by seeker242
Sat Jan 04, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 620
Views: 48027

Re: Great Vegan Debate

There is no solution. Lots of people will die. The only issue is how. So if that's then case, then it's quite pointless to just ignore things that can be done and just continue talking about how there are too many people. AKA "Don't bother with that, there's just too many people". As if somehow eff...
by seeker242
Sat Jan 04, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 620
Views: 48027

Re: Great Vegan Debate

The idea that this can all be avoided if we take fewer flights and eat fewer steaks is fantasy, unfortunately. Sure, the world does and will have too many people. But what is the solution? Convince the people of the world to stop having babies? One could argue that convincing the people of the worl...
by seeker242
Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 620
Views: 48027

Re: Great Vegan Debate

Ethical veganism is a belief protected by law, tribunal rules https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/jan/03/ethical-veganism-is-a-belief-protected-by-law-tribunal-rules "An employment tribunal has ruled that ethical veganism is a philosophical belief and is therefore protected by law." Appare...
by seeker242
Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Great Vegan Debate
Replies: 620
Views: 48027

Re: Great Vegan Debate

Call for recognizing veganism as a protected religion: https://www.rt.com/op-ed/477196-vegan-uk-religion-protected/ "‘Protected beliefs’ dilute the idea of what’s sacred" Yes, the imaginary man in the sky is sacred as are his statues that are sprinkled with dirty water, but the lives of actual livi...

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