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by seeker242
Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Saving all beings, ultimate or conventional goal?
Replies: 8
Views: 179

Saving all beings, ultimate or conventional goal?

So, saving all beings from suffering is the goal of practicing. :smile: However, is this the goal in an ultimate sense? Or, just a conventional or relative one? If it is an ultimate goal then why does that even need to be done to begin with? Given that all things, including ignorant perceptions, and...
by seeker242
Thu Oct 15, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: The Veggie Enthusiast Corner
Replies: 44
Views: 2097

Re: The Veggie Enthusiast Corner

Thanks for the handy tip about B12 - I think that's the only thing missing right now. I found vegan drops you put on your food; was thinking of trying those. I guess there's no really easy way to check if your levels are low or not. I find the easiest/most convenient to take is sublingual liquid. L...
by seeker242
Thu Oct 15, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: What is zen to you?
Replies: 15
Views: 382

Re: What is zen to you?

If you can't answer the questions, why are you attempting to? That's just misleading people... Why are you even asking the questions? Do you actually want to know or do you just want to play internet dharma combat, which is a fools game? Seem to me it's just the latter. Am I supposed to just blindl...
by seeker242
Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: What is zen to you?
Replies: 15
Views: 382

Re: What is zen to you?

When the monk related this to Mazu, Mazu said, “Zhizang’s head is white; Baizhang’s head is black.” What does that mean? Why does it need to mean something other than what it says? It means Zhizang’s head is white and Baizhang’s head is black. Maybe Baizhang was out in the sun a lot and had a reall...
by seeker242
Wed Oct 14, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: What is zen to you?
Replies: 15
Views: 382

Re: What is zen to you?

Zen is what's right here in front of you. All the rest is just a bunch of ideas. Zen is what's left when ideas are dispensed with.
by seeker242
Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is the exact correlation between Nirvana and Buddhahood?
Replies: 22
Views: 452

Re: What is the exact correlation between Nirvana and Buddhahood?

but how can one even become an Arhat without being a Bodhisattva? Here, if you read this definition of Arhat from the SGI Dictionary it says that the term was originally synonymous with the Buddha, and also, I have read a book called The Teaching of Buddha where "Arhat" was used as a term to praise...
by seeker242
Mon Oct 12, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is the exact correlation between Nirvana and Buddhahood?
Replies: 22
Views: 452

Re: What is the exact correlation between Nirvana and Buddhahood?

So in a sense Nirvana is an Expedient Means doctrine that leads to Buddhahood. But in what way? Nirvana is a step towards Buddhahood, but what has to be realized inbetween? Seems Chapter 2 is referring to previous teachings of Nirvana, AKA nirvana of an arhat or specifically hinayana nirvana. What ...
by seeker242
Fri Oct 09, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do you make sound a 'neutral' experience (vs. noise)?
Replies: 7
Views: 368

Re: How do you make sound a 'neutral' experience (vs. noise)?

How do you make sound a 'neutral' experience (vs. noise)? Just by practicing not pushing it away. The only thing that causes sound to be noise is the wish to not hear it. If the dog is barking just practice allowing the dog to bark. When you fully allow the dog to bark and stop wanting to push it a...
by seeker242
Thu Oct 08, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Looking for Buddhist logical statements that disprove the idea that "All is one"
Replies: 19
Views: 552

Re: Looking for Buddhist logical statements that disprove the idea that "All is one"

Dgj wrote: Thu Oct 01, 2020 5:27 pm The reasoning was something like: "All is one" is incorrect because it implies that there is a one in the all.
I don't think that's true at all, because that implication is added by oneself. If one does not add it, then there isn't any implication.
by seeker242
Tue Oct 06, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What's the best advice you've been given?
Replies: 20
Views: 529

Re: What's the best advice you've been given?

Not exactly advice per say but the single most helpful think my zen teacher said to me was "Nothing I can say can help you!" :rolling:
by seeker242
Sun Oct 04, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Help Required
Topic: dad just passed away
Replies: 8
Views: 174

Re: dad just passed away

I hope your dad has a fortunate future. Prayers for your dad.

:bow: :buddha1:
by seeker242
Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: is masturbation sexual misconduct?
Replies: 14
Views: 1234

Re: is masturbation sexual misconduct?

For a monk, yes. For a layperson, no. However, that doesn't mean it's good. I just means it's not bad enough to be called a broken precept.
by seeker242
Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: This simply doesn't make any sense.....
Replies: 36
Views: 1339

Re: This simply doesn't make any sense.....

Its frustrating to hear the following: "...you are already enlightened but just ignorant to the fact. There is nowhere to go and nothing to do but equally Zazen needs to be done in order for you to experience the fact that you are enlightened..." It's not fundamentally flawed simply because it has ...
by seeker242
Thu Sep 03, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What are your thoughts on this comment regarding the Lotus Sutra?
Replies: 40
Views: 812

Re: What are your thoughts on this comment regarding the Lotus Sutra?

Not quite. If it presents the Perfect teachings mixed with provisional teachings, then those teachings are not equal. Ok, so does the heart sutra, diamond sutra teach provisional teachings? According to Tiantai classifications, it presents both. There are so-called "Five Flavors" of teachings in th...
by seeker242
Thu Sep 03, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What are your thoughts on this comment regarding the Lotus Sutra?
Replies: 40
Views: 812

Re: What are your thoughts on this comment regarding the Lotus Sutra?

Queequeg wrote: Tue Sep 01, 2020 12:53 pm Not quite. If it presents the Perfect teachings mixed with provisional teachings, then those teachings are not equal.
Ok, so does the heart sutra, diamond sutra teach provisional teachings?
by seeker242
Tue Sep 01, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What are your thoughts on this comment regarding the Lotus Sutra?
Replies: 40
Views: 812

Re: What are your thoughts on this comment regarding the Lotus Sutra?

bcol01 wrote: Wed Aug 26, 2020 8:32 pm Thus, by your logic, it declares the Lotus Sutra provisional.
Not if it teaches the same things.
by seeker242
Sun Aug 23, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: The Veggie Enthusiast Corner
Replies: 44
Views: 2097

Re: The Veggie Enthusiast Corner

What is your favourite meal? Don't have a favorite. :) What is your favourite treat? That changes every couple weeks! Currently, it's red grapes. Previously, it's been bananas, peanuts, cashews, mixed nuts, apples, cantaloupe, celery w hummus, fruit smoothies and probably some other things. What ma...
by seeker242
Mon Aug 17, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How is it possible that Enlightened beings can have no siddhis but obscured beings can?
Replies: 46
Views: 2156

Re: How is it possible that Enlightened beings can have no siddhis but obscured beings can?

Who says every enlightened being is a Buddha? The question is asking about enlightened beings, not just Buddhas. The OP doesn't even mention Buddha or Buddhas. How exactly are you defining an enlightened being? Arhats? Bodhisattvas? This is a Mahayana Buddhist forum, so I'll assume OP is asking abo...
by seeker242
Sat Aug 15, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How is it possible that Enlightened beings can have no siddhis but obscured beings can?
Replies: 46
Views: 2156

Re: How is it possible that Enlightened beings can have no siddhis but obscured beings can?

How is this possible? It's possible when siddhis don't really have much to do with enlightenment to begin with. The claim above was that every Buddha has siddhis. To me this implies that siddhis have a lot to do with enlightenment. Unless above claims are wrong that all Buddhas have siddhis. Or, it...
by seeker242
Tue Aug 11, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How is it possible that Enlightened beings can have no siddhis but obscured beings can?
Replies: 46
Views: 2156

Re: How is it possible that Enlightened beings can have no siddhis but obscured beings can?

RiceCake wrote: Wed Aug 05, 2020 11:58 pm How is this possible?
It's possible when siddhis don't really have much to do with enlightenment to begin with.

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