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by seeker242
Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: proof of nirvana?
Replies: 7
Views: 267

Re: proof of nirvana?

No, Nirvana is not a thing that can be shown. It's an absence of defilement. How are you going to prove the absence of greed or hate in someones mind? Although, it's quite logical to conclude that if hate can be reduced some, then it can be reduced more. If it can be reduced more, then it can be red...
by seeker242
Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is love an attachment?
Replies: 6
Views: 217

Re: Is love an attachment?

How to resolve this? :namaste: He went to get enlightenment and he did thereby ending all of their suffering. I would not consider that to be "causing harm", quite the opposite! Is there a problem with a father leaving to go abroad and get money to send back to his family? Most people do not consid...
by seeker242
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How does the Buddha eat?
Replies: 52
Views: 858

Re: How does the Buddha eat?

Queequeg wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:13 pm
Any suggestions on how to answer that question?
Pick up some rice and put it in your mouth. :smile:
by seeker242
Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Why Should We Love?
Replies: 8
Views: 372

Re: Why Should We Love?

Because it alleviates suffering of yourself and others. :bow:
by seeker242
Sat Dec 22, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is there no contradiction here?
Replies: 15
Views: 579

Re: Is there no contradiction here?

Viach wrote:
Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:55 am
And then he preached it to the five cool yogis, his fellow yoga practitioners.
And then to everyone else for the next 40 years. 4NT being taught to whoever, is just a continuation of that. There's no contradiction.
by seeker242
Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Should we be generous to the ungrateful?
Replies: 38
Views: 930

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: 181

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: 866

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: 912

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: 189

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: 189

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: 263

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: 767

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: 599

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: 400

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: 1557

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: 435

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: 2355

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: 2355

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: 3814

Re: No end to samsara?

How can samsara end without enlightenment? If it can't, then you could easily say it's endless.

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