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by seeker242
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: My new neighbor
Replies: 24
Views: 539

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: 323

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:
by seeker242
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: rebirth the ultimate interconnection?
Replies: 12
Views: 323

Re: rebirth the ultimate interconnection?

Supramundane wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:12 am
So am i taking things a step too far if i posit that rebirth is a type of interconnection?
Definitely not. You could even go so far as to say that all beings have at one point been your mother. :smile:
by seeker242
Sun May 20, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Burn Buddha Burn
Replies: 44
Views: 1477

Re: Burn Buddha Burn

Myth can lack substance, and when that happens it's time to "Burn baby burn! - Burn that mother down" After all, if a tradition lacks efficacy then what good is it. A myth is only a problem for those that fail to delineate between the symbolic and the literal. That might be true if we humans were r...
by seeker242
Fri May 18, 2018 3:01 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Burn Buddha Burn
Replies: 44
Views: 1477

Re: Burn Buddha Burn

Supramundane wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 8:33 am
I wonder how many Zen masters are fed up getting slapped in the face when they present koans to novices, etc.
Probably none as they are generally delighted when someone can swing at them and actually not miss the mark. :smile:
by seeker242
Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Intro and a question
Replies: 15
Views: 477

Re: Intro and a question

Savoir wrote:
Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:26 pm

However is there negative karmic associations with doings so? I feel that it was justified because of what those images and books were an extension of and a corruption of pure Dharma.
No bad intention there so no bad karma either. :smile:
by seeker242
Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??
Replies: 45
Views: 1376

Re: How do you know you're not just making karma worse??

I am filled with doubt that maybe I've horribly misgauged my capacity. I don't see how that is relevant to what kind of karma you make. If you know what makes good and bad karma, and you always try to do the good and avoid the bad, this will always be better than not trying and just doing whatever....
by seeker242
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Help on shamatha
Replies: 30
Views: 1532

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: 1775

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: 1775

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: 808

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: 1775

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: 617

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: 678

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: 678

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: 2053

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: 629

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: 1372

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: 837

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: 58
Views: 2315

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...

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