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by seeker242
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Zen Community Round Table
Topic: i need a better zafu
Replies: 11
Views: 204

Re: i need a better zafu

SunWuKong wrote:
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:20 am
It was from SFZC?
If so, they sell cushions in their bookstore shop. :smile:
by seeker242
Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:09 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Recently, a family member told me that "without God, we are nothing".
Replies: 30
Views: 521

Re: Recently, a family member told me that "without God, we are nothing".

bcol01 wrote:
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:22 pm
I wondered what my Buddhist friends here might say to that line of thinking. :namaste: :popcorn:
I would say the person definitely believes in God. :twothumbsup:
by seeker242
Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: "Believe nothing unless..." quote
Replies: 44
Views: 1122

Re: "Believe nothing unless..." quote

"it's a bad translation that contradicts the message of the sutta in the sense that reason and common sense are not sufficient for ascertaining the truth" I would not say it's a "bad translation" but an very inaccurate paraphrasing of the translation of the Kalama Sutta. No actual translator would ...
by seeker242
Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:25 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: If our honesty is hurtful to some, should we remain silent?
Replies: 12
Views: 410

Re: If our honesty is hurtful to some, should we remain silent?

The criteria for deciding what is worth saying [1] "In the case of words that the Tathagata knows to be unfactual, untrue, unbeneficial (or: not connected with the goal), unendearing & disagreeable to others, he does not say them. [2] "In the case of words that the Tathagata knows to be factual, tru...
by seeker242
Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Turkey practices?
Replies: 21
Views: 569

Re: Turkey practices?

Eat tofu turkey instead of real turkeys. :smile:
by seeker242
Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen Forum International status
Replies: 62
Views: 3748

Re: Zen Forum International status

michaeljc wrote:
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:10 am


Maybe we should encourage Jundo to begin his proposed site. I would look forward to that


https://www.treeleaf.org is Jundo's site.
by seeker242
Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: By way of welcome: Let's drink some tea!
Replies: 45
Views: 1019

Re: By way of welcome: Let's drink some tea!

Korean Barley Tea, Boricha, or Japanese Mugicha. :smile:

Good hot or cold and no caffeine. :smile:

https://mykoreankitchen.com/korean-barley-tea-boricha/
by seeker242
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:21 am
Forum: Zen Community Round Table
Topic: Looking ahead...(split from ZFI topic)
Replies: 152
Views: 2430

Re: Looking ahead...(split from ZFI topic)

Visiting someone else's house, I'm on my best behaviour :smile: Navigating the other areas of the forum can be tricky, but definitely with the Zen subforums we're trying to create a place for Zen folks to share their thoughts freely, without fear of reprisal (unless of course it violates more gener...
by seeker242
Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:45 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nothing further to seek...
Replies: 75
Views: 1778

Re: Nothing further to seek...

I'm saying a world that is impermanent, dissatisfying, and insubstantial can be considered complete, not lacking anything when you don't desire it to be some other way. "Originally there being no moving and nothing to be obtained is called the Buddha-Dharma, the Buddha’s truth. The Buddha- Dharma l...
by seeker242
Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen Practice Forms
Replies: 15
Views: 613

Re: Zen Practice Forms

Chapter 7 of the Diamond Sutra basically says the same thing. :smile:
by seeker242
Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nothing further to seek...
Replies: 75
Views: 1778

Re: Nothing further to seek...

Everywhere! If samsara is nirvana and nirvana is perfect, then it must follow that samsara is perfect also. This is a common misunderstanding, similar to saying that we are already enlightened so there is no need to practise. Samsara and nirvana refer to the same reality. It is called nirvana when ...
by seeker242
Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nothing further to seek...
Replies: 75
Views: 1778

Re: Nothing further to seek...

Are you saying that samsara can be described as stable, pleasurable, and not lacking anything? Those would be the very opposites of impermanent, dissatisfying, and insubstantial. I'm saying a world that is impermanent, dissatisfying, and insubstantial can be considered complete, not lacking anythin...
by seeker242
Sun Oct 29, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nothing further to seek...
Replies: 75
Views: 1778

Re: Nothing further to seek...

Astus wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:34 am
What does it mean to be perfect then?
It could mean "stability, pleasure, etc." like in the previous examples. It could also mean "complete, not lacking anything, etc.". In this context, I think the latter is more appropriate.
by seeker242
Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:17 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nothing further to seek...
Replies: 75
Views: 1778

Re: Nothing further to seek...

Malcolm wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:15 am
seeker242 wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 2:45 am
Astus wrote:
Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:04 pm


Remains where?
Everywhere! If samsara is nirvana and nirvana is perfect, then it must follow that samsara is perfect also.

In which case eating meat is also perfect.
If you regard going to hell as no problem, then yea.
by seeker242
Sun Oct 29, 2017 2:45 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nothing further to seek...
Replies: 75
Views: 1778

Re: Nothing further to seek...

Astus wrote:
Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:04 pm
Wayfarer wrote:
Sat Oct 28, 2017 2:51 am
there remains a quality of perfection
Remains where?
Everywhere! If samsara is nirvana and nirvana is perfect, then it must follow that samsara is perfect also.
by seeker242
Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nothing further to seek...
Replies: 75
Views: 1778

Re: Nothing further to seek...

Wayfarer wrote:
Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:59 am

But what is the difference between that attitude, and plain old narcissism, which is being in love with yourself?
The latter involves craving, and thus suffering, and the other is the relinquishing of craving.
by seeker242
Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:56 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Shakyamuni and bodhisattva vow
Replies: 32
Views: 887

Re: Shakyamuni and bodhisattva vow

My understanding is that a bodhisattva vows to continue suffering and taking rebirth in samsara until samsara has been emptied of all beings. My understanding of budhahood is that buddhas do not suffer anymore. They vow to save others but they do not vow to continue suffering. The Dalai Lama spoke ...
by seeker242
Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Lust, is it ok, not ok, kind of ok?
Replies: 54
Views: 1368

Re: Buddhism and Lust, is it ok, not ok, kind of ok?

Dan74 wrote:
Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:59 pm
Many folks in Mahayana (incl Zen) and Vajrayana basically think it's ok for teachers to sleep with their students, even in secret, even when one of both are married.
I've never heard anyone say that.
by seeker242
Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:04 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Shakyamuni and bodhisattva vow
Replies: 32
Views: 887

Re: Shakyamuni and bodhisattva vow

By recognizing that complete enlightenment allows one to fulfill the bodhisattva vow to it's fullest.
by seeker242
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:28 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Why and how did karma come into existence?
Replies: 19
Views: 686

Re: Why and how did karma come into existence?

It doesn't matter because even if a beginning could be known, that won't help you put an end to being stuck in it. :meditate: