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by seeker242
Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Should we be generous to the ungrateful?
Replies: 36
Views: 727

Re: Should we be generous to the ungrateful?

Should we be generous to the ungrateful? Most certainly. The perfection of the dana paramita is characterized by unattached and unconditional generosity. "Them being grateful" is precisely a condition, the opposite of unconditional. Asking them to be grateful is "asking for something in return". Wi...
by seeker242
Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayers for the passed
Replies: 0
Views: 166

Prayers for the passed

Zen practitioner and Assistant Teacher Carole Kyodo Walsh passed peacefully on November 19, 2018 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Long time Zen practitioner Carole Walsh is the facilitator of the Broward Zen Group, the Florida extension of Lost Coin Zen. Carole first started meditating at...
by seeker242
Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 5 precepts
Replies: 24
Views: 822

Re: 5 precepts

On a scale of 1 to 10, their importance is 10. :meditate:
by seeker242
Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can Buddhism be Dangerous?
Replies: 19
Views: 864

Re: Can Buddhism be Dangerous?

Dangerous to what? Dangerous to ignorance and delusion? Most definitely. :twothumbsup:
by seeker242
Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 5 wordly desires
Replies: 3
Views: 179

Re: 5 wordly desires

Thanks! :smile:
by seeker242
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: 5 wordly desires
Replies: 3
Views: 179

5 wordly desires

So it's often said, by some, the human beings have 5 desires. Desire for food, sleep, sex, fame/reputation and wealth. Where does this come from? Some particular sutra?

:meditate:
by seeker242
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are good deeds useless except for creating merit?
Replies: 6
Views: 246

Re: Are good deeds useless except for creating merit?

Boomerang wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:49 am
isn’t the idea of making the world a better place futile from a Buddhist perspective?
No, alleviating suffering, no matter how small, is never futile from a Buddhist perspective.
by seeker242
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Doubts regarding Soto Zen
Replies: 15
Views: 725

Re: Doubts regarding Soto Zen

I don't know if I'm just looking for an easy way out, unwilling to stay where things are difficult, and if my Western attitude is getting in the way of a beautiful practice. It could easily be that. :bow: Doing things that make you uncomfortable can be very good practice. It counteracts the typical...
by seeker242
Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: New Member with a question about the 2nd of the four noble truths
Replies: 4
Views: 584

Re: New Member with a question about the 2nd of the four noble truths

I can understand some desire causing some suffering but how about suffering from pain? The desire to not feel the inevitable pain in life certainly causes additional unnecessary suffering. Who do you think suffers more? Person A with broken legs who says "Oh well my legs are broken and it's painful...
by seeker242
Sun Nov 04, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Denial of Memory and Imagination
Replies: 9
Views: 391

Re: Denial of Memory and Imagination

Modern day studies have indicated that mindfulness increases creativity. Although, "buddhist mindfulness" is a lot more than just "present moment", neither of them deny memory or imagination.
by seeker242
Sun Oct 28, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Do you believe in chakras (energetic centers in our body)?
Replies: 22
Views: 1466

Re: Do you believe in chakras (energetic centers in our body)?

Mirror wrote:
Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:40 pm
I don't see any differences between this and the belief in a God.
Chakras won't damm you to an eternal hell. That's a pretty big difference. :smile:
by seeker242
Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Generosity
Replies: 8
Views: 407

Re: Generosity

I don't think dana should demand anything in return, including the demand to use it they way we prefer it to be used.
by seeker242
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?
Replies: 37
Views: 2235

Re: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?

Naawoo wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:06 am

Therefore, as long as Zen practitioners keep in mind that Zen is a practice of ‘mind’ and not of body, no confusions or pros and cons about Sitting meditation will arise.
Someone once asked my teacher how long they should sit for each day. Like 20 min? 1/2 hour? 45 min? He said "24/7!" :lol:
by seeker242
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?
Replies: 37
Views: 2235

Re: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?

More often than not, people who insist it was never taught or practiced, are really just people looking for an excuse to not do it, because they don't like doing it. I would not put too much stock in what those people say.
by seeker242
Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: No end to samsara?
Replies: 67
Views: 3679

Re: No end to samsara?

How can samsara end without enlightenment? If it can't, then you could easily say it's endless.
by seeker242
Mon Oct 01, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Yun Men Master, Guo Gu Roshi, a simple question:
Replies: 23
Views: 984

Re: Yun Men Master, Guo Gu Roshi, a simple question:

Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:40 am

Actually, all I did was answer Bokki's reasonable question as best I could, you're the one who wanted to get clever.
And all I did was comment on that. I didn't think you would be offended by that but I guess I was wrong...
by seeker242
Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Yun Men Master, Guo Gu Roshi, a simple question:
Replies: 23
Views: 984

Re: Yun Men Master, Guo Gu Roshi, a simple question:

Aversion to concepts doesn't lead to the nonconceptual... it's much like trying to avoid thoughts in meditation. Zen masters don't decline conceptual answers to koans because they have aversion, it's because they miss the point. Nope, Zen masters don't, some practitioners on the other hand love to ...
by seeker242
Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:48 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Yun Men Master, Guo Gu Roshi, a simple question:
Replies: 23
Views: 984

Re: Yun Men Master, Guo Gu Roshi, a simple question:

this could go on forever, literally. Yes it could. Until one stops trying to provide explanations, then it doesn't! Aversion to concepts doesn't lead to the nonconceptual... it's much like trying to avoid thoughts in meditation. Zen masters don't decline conceptual answers to koans because they hav...
by seeker242
Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Yun Men Master, Guo Gu Roshi, a simple question:
Replies: 23
Views: 984

Re: Yun Men Master, Guo Gu Roshi, a simple question:

Johnny Dangerous wrote:
Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:45 am

this could go on forever, literally.
Yes it could. Until one stops trying to provide explanations, then it doesn't!
by seeker242
Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Yun Men Master, Guo Gu Roshi, a simple question:
Replies: 23
Views: 984

Re: Yun Men Master, Guo Gu Roshi, a simple question:

Very similar, if not identical to, CASE 18. TOZAN'S THREE POUNDS OF FLAX A monk asked Tozan, "What is the Buddha?" Tozan answered, "Three pounds of flax!" Mumon's Comment: Tozan's Zen is like a clam. When the two halves of the shell open, you can see the whole inside. However, now tell me, "What is ...

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