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by Matylda
Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Mind consciousness, ignorance, and nature
Replies: 34
Views: 604

Re: Mind consciousness, ignorance, and nature

If one heard or was told of some zen dharma one does not talk about it. Keeps for oneself. If one is not a realized zen teacher who is asked it is always good to stop giving others advices. Even if they sound very wise and lofty. Otherwise one shows only own ignorance and harms himslef or others as ...
by Matylda
Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Strange times
Replies: 23
Views: 1257

Re: Strange times

seriously, once I have seen buddha figure pretty big, and it had on the top of head an ashtray, with button to press and the bottom of ash.t. would spin and go down... so cigarettes could drop inside.. an adult sitting on a chair could drop ash on it easily.. so it had about 60 cm height buddhist fi...
by Matylda
Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Doubts regarding Soto Zen
Replies: 15
Views: 710

Re: Doubts regarding Soto Zen

These two views don't fit well together. If someone wants to practice soto with a "qualified teacher", and 99% of teachers don't know what they are doing, how is that going to work? Without a teacher who can point out the nature of mind, the student will just get hung up on form and ritual. This ca...
by Matylda
Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Doubts regarding Soto Zen
Replies: 15
Views: 710

Re: Doubts regarding Soto Zen

if you have doubts, then give it up.. it is as simple as this. less traditionally Japanese sect would suit me more - indeed, it is problem for you. anyway if you do not know as you wrote, then who is going to know? if you like Goldstein why not to go there? you have many options.. and give up zen i...
by Matylda
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Doubts regarding Soto Zen
Replies: 15
Views: 710

Re: Doubts regarding Soto Zen

The thing about sesshin is that the training forms are essentially monastic in origin. So they certainly can seem intimidating or harsh at first to someone who is not accustomed to that environment. But when one understands the function of the forms to help one integrate samadhi with activity (amon...
by Matylda
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Doubts regarding Soto Zen
Replies: 15
Views: 710

Re: Doubts regarding Soto Zen

Hello, I previously practised in a Theravada tradition for a long time, and started sitting with a Soto Zen group 6 months ago. I recently attended my first sesshin and found it incredibly tough, 'small-self' stuff mainly, but some of the ritual felt harsh and unnecessary as well, and I'm doubting ...
by Matylda
Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Prayers before reading dharma texts
Replies: 11
Views: 696

Re: Prayers before reading dharma texts

The supreme, profound, and sublime dharma is difficult to meet even in a billion eons. But now I have been fortunate enough to have seen it, heard it, received it and kept it. I vow to attain the true meaning of the Tathagata. Something similar to the above is common. This is prayer which authorshi...
by Matylda
Fri Oct 26, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Multiple teachers, Tibetan and Tendai, is that ok?
Replies: 23
Views: 1086

Re: Multiple teachers, Tibetan and Tendai, is that ok?

Hello, I have been practicing in Tibetan Buddhist lineage for some time now. I was heavily involved with Shambhala, for many reasons that you may be able to guess, I am leaving this Sangha. I received transmission within the Dzogchen lineage of Namkhai Norbu but was not heavily involved in the comm...
by Matylda
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?
Replies: 37
Views: 2211

Re: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?

Do you know sutras that discuss physical practice? Or is it discussed only in Rinzai works? Not in terms of specifics. There are sutra passages that - in Zen oral instruction - are used to point out specific body usage, yes. But that is not in the sutra itself...it's just Zen. This is not the case ...
by Matylda
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 19
Views: 832

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

For sake of context, when I began my Buddhist practice, I took the time to research the various traditions and history to see which lineage might be a good fit for the way I tend to operate - I settled on the Theravada Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah, and still practice within it. However, I ha...
by Matylda
Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Monks and Tigers
Replies: 11
Views: 427

Re: Monks and Tigers

amanitamusc wrote:
Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:12 pm

I would not consider the ones involved as monks or even Buddhist.
well there are many business oriented monks in Asia... and many misguided buddhists in the west.. both funny just different type of dellusion.
by Matylda
Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Monks and Tigers
Replies: 11
Views: 427

Re: Monks and Tigers

Yeah, there is also long time allegations, that they simply drug the animals, since it is not natural behavior for tigers.. Westerners naive in their thinking often fantasize about this romantic connection 'buddhist monks and tigers' thinking how wonderful buddhism is.. and how peaceful mind is tran...
by Matylda
Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Monks and Tigers
Replies: 11
Views: 427

Re: Monks and Tigers

Tashi delek, Amazing these monks. They have the power to walk with tigers, feed them and ride even on them. The most tigers are rescued. The Chinese like the medicine of the tiger paws for some "medical" reasons / applications. Like we know , Chinese are very cruel to animals and they don´t care if...
by Matylda
Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Has Attained Parinirvana
Replies: 134
Views: 12237

Re: Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Has Attained Parinirvana

Who is left in this modern world now? One of the great masters has gone off. We have Lama Tsultrim and Garchen Rinpoche left of the modern world from what I know, and perhaps his successor. Is there anyone else out there left of this era? Khenpo Namdrol. This one? http://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php...
by Matylda
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Caodong vs. Soto
Replies: 27
Views: 1637

Re: Caodong vs. Soto

This article by Robert Sharf, who was mentioned earlier, has just been uploaded, and while it is not directly about the thread topic, it contains some incidental material on the Sanbokyodan and related topics. https://www.academia.edu/37431629/Why_Buddhists_Taught_Zen_Meditation_to_Christians_1 Yea...
by Matylda
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Caodong vs. Soto
Replies: 27
Views: 1637

Re: Caodong vs. Soto

Madam, thank you very very much again. in a few posts, i have learned so much. Madam, this thread has made me question a few things, and your knowledge makes me want ask you. please excuse me if im out of line. 1. so, the teachings of mahamudra, dzogchen, silent illumination, shikantaza meditation ...
by Matylda
Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Caodong vs. Soto
Replies: 27
Views: 1637

Re: Caodong vs. Soto

Madam, may i ask? Have not Daiun Sogaku Harada Roshi, and his students, Yasutani, Ban Tetsugyu, and others made the spine of american zen? kaplau? Madam, who cares about scol\ars? let them twirt or twerk but, the facts u show,,hhmmm...yes , a rereading is now in place anyway, may i just say a few, ...
by Matylda
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Caodong vs. Soto
Replies: 27
Views: 1637

Re: Caodong vs. Soto

Valid criticisms to raise. I think the main value of that paper is the perspective it provides regarding Sheng-Yen's experiences and evolving intent...written by his former attendant and an accomplished heir, who was in a position to have intimate knowledge of his thinking. But yes, as you know the...

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