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by seeker242
Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: How do I go deeper into Zen practice?
Replies: 28
Views: 519

Re: How do I go deeper into Zen practice?

"I want to go deeper..." is a big hindrance. To steal a friend's words: practice ane see what happens. My 2 cents, spend or discard, as you please. _/|\_ Keith A hindrance to what? If there's nothing to gain, then there's nothing to hinder. There can be when "what there is to gain" is actually losi...
by seeker242
Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Question about removing christian/etc. baptism
Replies: 41
Views: 567

Re: Question about removing christian/etc. baptism

I mean to remove this "empowerment", if you forgive me the expression. Stop believing in the power of baptism and it will have no power of you. Not that simple I find it to be just that simple. I was baptized and it has no power over me and I didn't need to do anything in particular to "remove it"....
by seeker242
Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: How do I go deeper into Zen practice?
Replies: 28
Views: 519

Re: How do I go deeper into Zen practice?

Retreats take you deeper into the practice. Sometimes way deeper than any book or philosophy ever could. That's their whole purpose! Plenty of zen centers hold retreats.

:meditate:
by seeker242
Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What is the purpose of chanting?
Replies: 40
Views: 869

Re: What is the purpose of chanting?

and suggested that the chanting might be a form of meditation. Chanting has always been a form of meditation! Korean style zen has entire retreats comprised primarily of chanting. Kusan Sunim, a popular teacher, started his "career" in Buddhism with a 100 day chanting retreat. The purpose is the sa...
by seeker242
Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "Forgiveness Is Not Buddhist" Article by McLeod in Tricycle
Replies: 27
Views: 823

Re: "Forgiveness Is Not Buddhist" Article by McLeod in Tricycle

I haven't got time to do more than skim the article, though I'd agree that Ken is generally a decent enough bloke. I was, however, quite disconcerted by the headline: Buddhist teachings do not advise asking others to absolve us from our misdeeds. Instead, they outline a path to purification that wi...
by seeker242
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Siddhis/Methods for Fixing Scoliosis
Replies: 53
Views: 1330

Re: Siddhis/Methods for Fixing Scoliosis

I had a yoga teacher in college who cured himself of severe scoliosis just by doing yoga. :smile: And I almost destroyed my knees doing yoga. That's the problem with anecdotal evidence: it's anecdotal. :smile: You can destroy your knees doing meditation too. :smile: But it's not entirely anecdotal....
by seeker242
Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Siddhis/Methods for Fixing Scoliosis
Replies: 53
Views: 1330

Re: Siddhis/Methods for Fixing Scoliosis

I had a yoga teacher in college who cured himself of severe scoliosis just by doing yoga. :smile:
by seeker242
Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Upside Down Thinking
Replies: 16
Views: 447

Re: Upside Down Thinking

Buddhism is not about attaining some state of mind. Buddhism is about being clear about the mind that you have.

Yet, you could also say it is about attaining some state of mind, and that state is a clear state. :smile:
by seeker242
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Zen Community Round Table
Topic: i need a better zafu
Replies: 15
Views: 563

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: 702

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: 1442

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: 520

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: 717

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: 4360

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: 1342

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: 3271

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: 2432

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: 749

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: 2432

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: 2432

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...