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by seeker242
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Help on shamatha
Replies: 19
Views: 519

Re: Help on shamatha

MatthewAngby wrote:
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:45 pm
Also , what does Shamatha aim to achieve ultimately ?
Ultimately, the alleviation of suffering. Calmness allows for "seeing things as they actually are" and that's required for liberation.
by seeker242
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Vegetarian Diet Recommendations
Replies: 57
Views: 1181

Re: Vegetarian Diet Recommendations

Advice from The Vegan Society concerning B12: https://www.vegansociety.com/resources/nutrition-and-health/nutrients/vitamin-b12/what-every-vegan-should-know-about-vitamin-b12 Strange that they don't mention yeast based products at all, as sources of B12. That's included within fortified foods. The ...
by seeker242
Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Vegetarian Diet Recommendations
Replies: 57
Views: 1181

Re: Vegetarian Diet Recommendations

Name me a nutrient that one cannot get from a vegetable source. B12, if I'm not mistaken. This is why vegans and vegetarians are recommended to supplement for B12. Studies have also shown that vegans are more likely to have bone fractures, due to a lack of calcium in the diet. The point is that tho...
by seeker242
Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: How do buddhists find exercise motivation?
Replies: 21
Views: 556

Re: How do buddhists find exercise motivation?

By understanding that having a human body is a precious opportunity and you should keep your body in good health in order to take full advantage of this opportunity. Also, by recognizing that if you are able to live a long life with this body, then you can help more beings with it and alleviate more...
by seeker242
Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Vegetarian Diet Recommendations
Replies: 57
Views: 1181

Re: Vegetarian Diet Recommendations

If humans are natural omnivores, would we lack compassion for our fellow human beings by insisting for others to give up meat entirely? These are honest questions without easy answers. I don't think so because "omnivore" doesn't mean one is required to eat plants AND animals to get nutrients, it me...
by seeker242
Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Worship?
Replies: 14
Views: 460

Re: Worship?

Did the Buddha ever ask for worship? It is my understanding that the Buddha never asked for worship. Is worship a requirement for a practicing Buddhist? The Buddha never asked for worship but he did not dissuade people from venerating him. Veneration and reverance is not really the same as the chri...
by seeker242
Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why would people delay buddhahood?
Replies: 15
Views: 474

Re: Why would people delay buddhahood?

javier.espinoza.t wrote:
Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:59 pm


"in the end" what happens with altruistic intention? compounded intentions should dissapear but spontaneous altruism is some sort of agitation or not?

it is very interesting!
"In the end" as in Buddhahood? I can't imagine there would be any sort of agitation in Buddhahood. :smile:
by seeker242
Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why would people delay buddhahood?
Replies: 15
Views: 474

Re: Why would people delay buddhahood?

Can I ask why some of the people delay buddhahood until some of their vows are achieved? The Dalai Lama was asked a similar question and I though his response was pretty good. :smile: Question: When a practitioner of the Great Vehicle vows not to enter into nirvana until all beings are liberated, h...
by seeker242
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zazen and breathing
Replies: 38
Views: 1280

Re: Zazen and breathing

I have recently (re)learned to do so-called belly breathing, and now I would like to learn what I understand is called tanden breathing. How/where can you get instructions on this? From the zen teacher like Meido Roshi Thanks. However, I live in Europe.. Will any real zen master be able to give ins...
by seeker242
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Solo Retreat
Replies: 16
Views: 469

Re: Solo Retreat

I have done solo retreats at home over weekends. Solo retreats are great! However, they do require more discipline than group retreats, but that's what makes them good practice! It's best to have a prearranged schedule instead of just doing whatever. Essentially, you just take the temple retreat sch...
by seeker242
Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Discussion/debate/argument
Replies: 61
Views: 977

Re: Discussion/debate/argument

Chart should have this as an addendum or something. :tongue: https://www.logicallyfallacious.com
by seeker242
Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Lying; Is it Acceptable?
Replies: 21
Views: 589

Re: Lying; Is it Acceptable?

Depends on the particular situation. For example, if your wife asks you “Do these pants make me look fat?”, it’s acceptable to say no, even if they do make her look fat. :lol:
by seeker242
Fri Mar 02, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Can all beings ever be liberated? The motivation of the bodhisattva.
Replies: 55
Views: 1572

Re: Can all beings ever be liberated? The motivation of the bodhisattva.

one cannot ignore the relative in preference to the ultimate.
And it's equally wrong to ignore the ultimate in preference of the relative. The Heart Sutra and Diamond Sutra are not wrong...
The Buddha taught karma AND sunayta.
That's right, which is why the Heart Sutra is not wrong...
by seeker242
Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Can all beings ever be liberated? The motivation of the bodhisattva.
Replies: 55
Views: 1572

Re: Can all beings ever be liberated? The motivation of the bodhisattva.

So how is a BodhiSATTVA not a being then? I mean, at a relative level, since at the ultimate level there are no beings. I don't see "no beings" as being applicable to the relative level since it's an ultimate level statement to begin with. :smile: That doesn't answer my question. Because the questi...
by seeker242
Fri Mar 02, 2018 1:19 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Can all beings ever be liberated? The motivation of the bodhisattva.
Replies: 55
Views: 1572

Re: Can all beings ever be liberated? The motivation of the bodhisattva.

Yes, that's what he's referring to in the 2nd quote above. So how is a BodhiSATTVA not a being then? I mean, at a relative level, since at the ultimate level there are no beings. I don't see "no beings" as being applicable to the relative level since it's an ultimate level statement to begin with. ...
by seeker242
Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Can all beings ever be liberated? The motivation of the bodhisattva.
Replies: 55
Views: 1572

Re: Can all beings ever be liberated? The motivation of the bodhisattva.

No being means non-self, empty of self, anattā, etc. In which case none of us are beings, since we all lack self/atman. You could say yes or no depending on how you look at it. :smile: Yes because of how things actually are: "Mere suffering exists, no sufferer is found; The deeds are, but no doer o...
by seeker242
Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Can all beings ever be liberated? The motivation of the bodhisattva.
Replies: 55
Views: 1572

Re: Can all beings ever be liberated? The motivation of the bodhisattva.

Really? That's interesting. Have you ever heard of Shakyamuni Buddha (for example)? If Tathagata can't be defined as "a being", then no "being" has ever entered Nirvana. :smile: The Buddha had a career, a long and complicated one, but a career as a Bodhisattva none the less. So he was a being. A be...
by seeker242
Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Can all beings ever be liberated? The motivation of the bodhisattva.
Replies: 55
Views: 1572

Re: Can all beings ever be liberated? The motivation of the bodhisattva.

Grigoris wrote:
Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:24 pm
fuki wrote:
Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:26 pm
Since no being ever entered Nirvana...
Really? That's interesting. Have you ever heard of Shakyamuni Buddha (for example)?
If Tathagata can't be defined as "a being", then no "being" has ever entered Nirvana. :smile:
by seeker242
Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Can all beings ever be liberated? The motivation of the bodhisattva.
Replies: 55
Views: 1572

Re: Can all beings ever be liberated? The motivation of the bodhisattva.

A bodhisattva is motivated by compassion for suffering of sentient beings. :smile:
by seeker242
Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Natural Cognitive Enhancers?
Replies: 7
Views: 466

Re: Natural Cognitive Enhancers?

Meditation :meditate: :smile: