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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: 542

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: 13
Views: 455

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: 344

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: 602

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: 602

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: 840

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: 840

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: 340

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...
by seeker242
Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 105
Views: 5427

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

Ultimately without teacher there is no zen practice ... "I just believe that this matter can’t be transmitted and can’t be learned. You must realize on your own, awaken on your own, affirm on your own, stop-to-rest on your own, and then you will for the first time get to the end of things." (Letter...
by seeker242
Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 105
Views: 5427

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

people don't understand well that the central point and the source of the practice is our own heart, not "the teacher". It is deep mistake for people who just start zen practice. And one is beginner mostly for a few decades... our own heart is simply only common stream of thoughts, good and bad.. t...
by seeker242
Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Accuracy of internet koans
Replies: 20
Views: 647

Re: Accuracy of internet koans

There is no Buddhist centers in where I live. I am thinking of moving to a place where there may be some Buddhist community. Moving has been on my mind for a long time because where I live I view myself as being treated as a second class citizen, and subhuman. Even just traveling to a center once i...
by seeker242
Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Accuracy of internet koans
Replies: 20
Views: 647

Re: Accuracy of internet koans

shanyin wrote:
Sat Jun 30, 2018 2:55 pm
I'm not asking to read about koans I'm asking to use them.
Koan practice is normally done with a teacher. It's near impossible to do it without a teacher because you'll never know if you understand some particular koan if you have no one to go to to verify it.
by seeker242
Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A question on raising reptiles and the first precept of no killing.
Replies: 31
Views: 646

Re: A question on raising reptiles and the first precept of no killing.

Iguanas! Total vegetarians and make good pets. And there is usually plenty of them available for adoptions, as they are a commonly discarded pet...
by seeker242
Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is everything "one" or are we just inter-connected without a center?
Replies: 68
Views: 2071

Re: Is everything "one" or are we just inter-connected without a center?

there is at least some connection between all beings as taught in Mahayana.both in terms of 'mother sentient beings' and the fact that the clothes on our back, food on our plate, technology were using and so on is due to the kindness and/or efforts of others. Contemplating that samsara has no begin...
by seeker242
Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: US diplomats fall sick in Cuba, China. A new weapon?
Replies: 21
Views: 634

Re: US diplomats fall sick in Cuba, China. A new weapon?

Reportage of "sonic attacks" on USA embassies is ancient news going back decades. This one has the aroma of fake news, I wonder what FOX News or Alex Jones has to say about it? Not really fake news. My friend is a US diplomat in Beijing right now and confirmed people have actually been getting sick...
by seeker242
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 48
Views: 1762

Re: Chan Texts: Translations & Studies

I am pretty sure he does too. No doubt about it. Kind of paradoxical to have a master of nothing though, isn't it? So quite obviously there is something there. I asked him a similar question once, along the lines of what are you a master of? He picked up a cup of tea and drank some. So there is som...
by seeker242
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 48
Views: 1762

Re: Chan Texts: Translations & Studies

Is no doctrine a doctrine? "What are your doctrines." "None. We don't have any." "Is that doctrine?" "No." AKA Diamond sutra chapter 7, which is a very popular sutra in zen :) I wonder what the Platform Sutra (more Zen doctrine) would have to say about this issue? I'm sure it says plenty of things,...
by seeker242
Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 48
Views: 1762

Re: Chan Texts: Translations & Studies

Coëmgenu wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:31 pm
Grigoris wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:26 pm
[talking about someone else's position] the Zen doctrine is no doctrine, which is still a doctrine.
Is no doctrine a doctrine?

"What are your doctrines."
"None. We don't have any."
"Is that doctrine?"
"No."
AKA Diamond sutra chapter 7, which is a very popular sutra in zen :)
by seeker242
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: My new neighbor
Replies: 32
Views: 1265

Re: My new neighbor

Verse 50 of the Dhammapada comes to mind: " Focus, not on the rudenesses of others, not on what they've done or left undone, but on what you have & haven't done yourself ." translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu " Let none find fault with others; let none see the omissions and commissions of...
by seeker242
Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: rebirth the ultimate interconnection?
Replies: 12
Views: 543

Re: rebirth the ultimate interconnection?

Kunga Lhadzom wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:21 am
Virgo wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:34 am
All beings are interconnected in this web.

Kevin...
Who's the spider :spy:
Everyone has been both the spider and the fly. :smile:

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