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by Wayfarer
Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 21
Views: 149

The Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path

Does Zen follow the Four Noble Truths? If so what texts do they get it from? Classically, Zen does not "follow" or posit any doctrines. Except maybe that it doesn't follow any doctrines. I think that's a bit of a misreading, because as is evident from the OP and some of the comments beneath, Zen (a...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:24 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 496

Re: original as misnomer

You’re welcome! It’s a great question to have raised.
by Wayfarer
Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 496

Re: original as misnomer

Is there an infinite consciousness or self that is shining everywhere? Well, there is the Pabhassara Sutta: "Luminous, monks, is the mind. And it is defiled by incoming defilements." "Luminous, monks, is the mind. And it is freed from incoming defilements." "Luminous, monks, is the mind. And it is ...
by Wayfarer
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Sarlo's Guru Rating Service
Replies: 8
Views: 191

Re: Sarlo's Guru Rating Service

Interesting to browse but he sure could use some basic web formatting skills, the site looks like all websites used to in 1996.
by Wayfarer
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 3953

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

Actually, it's a metaphysic. OK, that's a word which Buddhists generally don't much like - and indeed it's not metaphysics in the traditional sense of substance, essence and accident. But it's inexorably connected to a way of being, an understanding of the nature of lived reality, and also to radica...
by Wayfarer
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:21 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Help me with a difficult family conversation.
Replies: 19
Views: 301

Re: Help me with a difficult family conversation.

Has anyone ever had to have this conversation? Other way around! I used to take my boys fishing when they were little, but then for exactly the same reason I had to abandon fishing when they got to about high-school age, much to their annoyance. We had many vexed conversations, one of which was, yo...
by Wayfarer
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to learn to pronounce mantras?
Replies: 8
Views: 377

Re: How to learn to pronounce mantras?

in regard to Sanskrit (not Tibetan), I have found a very useful Youtube channel Buddhist Practice in Sanskrit.

There is also a wonderful resource site with Sanskrit Buddhist chants at www.bodhisvara.com.
by Wayfarer
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Meditate and grow your ego
Replies: 39
Views: 613

Re: Meditate and grow your ego

On a related note - I did notice very early in the first season of Billions, that both Bobby Axelrod and Chuck Rhoades were seen meditating with iPhone timers.
by Wayfarer
Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Meditate and grow your ego
Replies: 39
Views: 613

Re: Meditate and grow your ego

I remember a particular spiritual teacher [not Buddhist] always saying that practice or cultivation by self-discipline was like ‘pruning a bush’ which would only grow more vigorously as a consequence. The only way to realise truth was to cut it [the bush i.e. ego] at the root. Let’s not forget the ‘...
by Wayfarer
Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: original as misnomer
Replies: 26
Views: 496

Re: original as misnomer

just as the Buddha preferred the middle way, he avoided analogies or statements of fact that were 1) nihilistic and 2) idealistic. Actually, the two 'extremes' are not nihilism and idealism, but nihilism and eternalism . And eternalism is something like the belief that the aim of the spiritual life...
by Wayfarer
Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Western Monastic - reasons why she left
Replies: 40
Views: 1311

Re: Western Monastic - reasons why she left

There seems to be some confusion in this thread concerning the author and even gender of the blog article in question. The article itself is credited to Ayya Yeshe, about which it is said at the foot of the article: Ayya Yeshe is the Abbess of Dakini Bodhicitta Monastery, which is now forming in Aus...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Competitive meditators...
Replies: 26
Views: 752

Re: Competitive meditators...

Completely agree with that. But I have set myself this challenge this year and want to stick to it. Especially because in just under two weeks the year is half gone already. :smile:
by Wayfarer
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Competitive meditators...
Replies: 26
Views: 752

Re: Competitive meditators...

As Thinley Norbu Rinpoche said: If we really want to be sublime meditators, we should not set a time period for our meditation as is the modern meditator's style. I used to read krishnamurt, who was always insistent there was no method to meditation. “Meditation”, he would say, “is when there’s not...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Competitive meditators...
Replies: 26
Views: 752

Re: Competitive meditators...

I can’t help be reminded of a joke I heard some time back. A very learned and respected rebbe was on his death bed, and people came from far and wide to pay their respects. Towards the end, some very learned scholars were among those who visited, and they all spoke highly of the teacher’s great guid...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Competitive meditators...
Replies: 26
Views: 752

Re: Competitive meditators...

I've committed to sit every day in 2018. I'm not in a competition, but one thing that has definitely come into play is that every day I get a reminder from Insight Timer app 'you've completed 165 days straight' (or whatever the count is of today's date). So - if I miss a day, then it's going to take...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Humanity's decline
Replies: 13
Views: 382

Re: Humanity's decline

A key problem today is that being ignorant and celebrating ignorance has been made acceptable and also fun as well as marketable... I often have the mischievous thought that the whole purpose of modern liberal economics is ‘making the world a safe space for the ignorant’. (Although that is immediat...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: dependent co-arising and the cessation of suffering
Replies: 20
Views: 595

Re: dependent co-arising and the cessation of suffering

In researching “sankhara” I found this essay by Bhikkhu Bodhi, Anicca Vata Sankhara (“Impermanent, alas, are all formations!”) which defines and explores the term. Right. The Sanskrit is saṃskāra. When I first stayed on an ashram, decades back, chocolate bars and cigarettes [among other things] wer...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: dependent co-arising and the cessation of suffering
Replies: 20
Views: 595

Re: dependent co-arising and the cessation of suffering

I agree that “fabrications” are, as you wrote, “inconstant, subject to change, and are therefore dukkha”. Perhaps, “fabrications” as used in the suttas corresponds to “dharmas” in the sutras and the Buddha categorized them into body, speech, and mind. Comments? I like that the householder's name is...
by Wayfarer
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka
Replies: 153
Views: 3953

Re: Mipham: Gelug = Svatantrika Madhyamaka

Hi Tobes - Good to see you posting again. :hi:
by Wayfarer
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:05 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: dependent co-arising and the cessation of suffering
Replies: 20
Views: 595

Re: dependent co-arising and the cessation of suffering

The wording in that passage you mention doesn’t really spell out ‘bodily’ fabrications does it? It speaks of ‘cessation of speech’, then cessation of ‘directed thought and evaluation’. So I take that as a reference to a state of inner quietude, the cessation of mental chatter, and also of ‘vikalpa’,...

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