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by seeker242
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?
Replies: 24
Views: 561

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: 34
Views: 1083

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: 20
Views: 468

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: 20
Views: 468

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: 20
Views: 468

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: 20
Views: 468

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: 20
Views: 468

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 ...
by seeker242
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Jobs that serve alcohol?
Replies: 6
Views: 400

Re: Jobs that serve alcohol?

The ethical concern is that these well paying part time jobs would all include serving people alcohol along with food. What do people think about the ethics in this? That it's a non-issue, just as long as you are not actively pushing it, making sales pitches for it, etc. For example, if you try and...
by seeker242
Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: "Mercy" killing of a dying animal - moral doubts
Replies: 78
Views: 2093

Re: "Mercy" killing of a dying animal - moral doubts

Allowing a rabid dog to be confined to a cage for 2 weeks, while it sits there and dies a "natural death", meanwhile it's eating it's own legs, is animal cruelty plain and simple.
by seeker242
Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Do Nichiren Buddhists believe in God?
Replies: 29
Views: 858

Re: Do Nichiren Buddhists believe in God?

Do Nichiren Buddhists believe in God? No, not in the typical way. But there is belief in a being who think of themselves as God, but that's just because he is deluded. The Lotus sutra describes a "Great Brahma Heavenly King", who claims he is "the All-Seeing, the All-Powerful, the Lord, the Maker a...
by seeker242
Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: "Mercy" killing of a dying animal - moral doubts
Replies: 78
Views: 2093

Re: "Mercy" killing of a dying animal - moral doubts

I would not do it myself but I would allow a veterinarian to do it if that is what they decided was best for the animal. If it is to be done it should be done humanely. Ordinary non-medical people do not have a method to perform it humanely. It should only be done by a medical professional in the ap...
by seeker242
Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 154
Views: 3838

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

PeterC wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:56 am
So is it agreed that it is a Chinese innovation, and we are just arguing about the plausibility of that innovation in the light of preceding tathagatagharba doctrine? Just wanted to make sure I’d correctly understood the discussion.
It appears so. :offtopic: :lol:
by seeker242
Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What's the meaning of "life is duhhka"?
Replies: 14
Views: 693

Re: What's the meaning of "life is duhhka"?

I can never be contented and happy. I can never be 100% relaxed and be truly at peace. That's only true if you look for satisfaction in things that are impermanent. "Life is dukka" could be said means "reliance on the impermanent is dukkha" The five aggregates, monks, are anicca, impermanent; whate...
by seeker242
Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: mental habits
Replies: 31
Views: 1002

Re: mental habits

Dhammapada Verse 282: Indeed, wisdom is born of meditation; without meditation wisdom is lost. Knowing this twofold path of gain and loss of wisdom, one should conduct oneself so that wisdom may increase.
by seeker242
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Reliance on a master
Replies: 5
Views: 417

Re: Reliance on a master

According to the Jataka Stories, Gautama in his previous lives, relied upon and learned from the previous Buddha Dīpankara. So if that is the case, then there's not much contradiction. :smile:
by seeker242
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition
Replies: 28
Views: 753

Re: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition

You introduced a qualifier..i.e. 'complete'. I made no mention of one. Neither did I talk in terms of a problem. Nor did I mention beliefs. All those are constructs introduced into the discussion by you. Ok. There aren’t any “huge implications” because no one actually thinks dietary purity is possi...
by seeker242
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition
Replies: 28
Views: 753

Re: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition

Worth recalling that the very simplest of organisms are worlds more complex than anything in the inorganic realm. The fundamental attribute of any organism is to seek homeostasis - which nothing in inorganic nature does. I believe that anything living is, on that grounds, ontologically distinct fro...
by seeker242
Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Non Buddhist enlightenment
Replies: 36
Views: 1048

Re: Non Buddhist enlightenment

True nature is no nature and the true self is no self. Sounds paradoxical but you already know it’s true but again This may be me seeing a totlly unrelated idea through my own dharmagoggles because from the posts I read nothing is said of Buddhism. To be fair I didnt read much and am guilty of skim...
by seeker242
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Non Buddhist enlightenment
Replies: 36
Views: 1048

Re: Non Buddhist enlightenment

Found an interesting blog. The authors seem to be talking about familiar concepts but do not actually mention Buddhism at all. Seems a bit like Zen to me but that may be me seeing a secular thing through religious lenses. https://youarealreadyenlightened.com . So apparently we have a 'true self'? T...
by seeker242
Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayers for children and rescurers in Thailand cave
Replies: 11
Views: 425

Prayers for children and rescurers in Thailand cave

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2018/jul/08/thailand-cave-rescue-operation-divers-trapped-boys-live Please say a prayer for them. They have started the rescue of the children trapped in the cave in Thailand. It a very risky situation as they have to bring them out via scuba diving and none of...

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