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by Wayfarer
Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 65
Views: 1279

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

Astus wrote:
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:21 pm
Meido wrote:
Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:03 am
Is this controversial?
No. Thank you for the clarification.
Second that.

Also agree with Lindama’s clarification on ordinary mind.

:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nothing further to seek...
Replies: 75
Views: 1378

Re: Nothing further to seek...

Thanks for that reference. I feel a definite affinity with the Tathagathagarba teachings. :anjali:
by Wayfarer
Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nothing further to seek...
Replies: 75
Views: 1378

Re: Nothing further to seek...

Way-Fun wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:31 am
On the other hand,
you have to try a certain amount
before you can fail comprehensively.
:twothumbsup:

That is just a great answer.
by Wayfarer
Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nothing further to seek...
Replies: 75
Views: 1378

Re: Nothing further to seek...

The energy of compassion is what? I don't know what! I just know that it is. It's like you tap into it. You certainly don't invent it, and I don't think you even generate it. It just seems to come through you, or that's how it's always seemed to me. But, that's OK, that clarifies the point I raised...
by Wayfarer
Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nothing further to seek...
Replies: 75
Views: 1378

Re: Nothing further to seek...

It’s rather easy to believe that as Nirvāṇa and samsara are not two, then we have nothing further to seek, that we are already enlightened. You hear that a lot in various forms of modernised Buddhism and other spiritual philosophies - you perfect as you are, there is no need to strive for anything....
by Wayfarer
Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Taisen Deshimaru's Books
Replies: 2
Views: 58

Re: Taisen Deshimaru's Books

Thanks. From what i read, definitely speaks to me. It makes me remember what drew me to Sōtō in the first place.
by Wayfarer
Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What happened to Buddhanet.net
Replies: 13
Views: 251

Re: What happened to Buddhanet.net

Buddhianet is working fine as far as I can see. It has nothing whatever to do with NKT. It was started and is run by a Australian Theravadin monk, Ven. Pannyavaro, from a retreat centre in Northern NSW. Buddhanet was one of the very first public websites, about any subject at all, to go live, in aro...
by Wayfarer
Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Taisen Deshimaru's Books
Replies: 2
Views: 58

Taisen Deshimaru's Books

I have just found an interesting-looking title on Amazon - Zen & Karma: Teachings of Roshi Taisen Deshimaru. I got the Kindle preview, and am tossing up whether to buy. Any of the members here familiar with this book?
by Wayfarer
Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: “My Three Years on the Soto Zen Buddhist Association Board: a Brief Reflection”
Replies: 6
Views: 267

Re: “My Three Years on the Soto Zen Buddhist Association Board: a Brief Reflection”

I read James' blog regularly. Really like it. And Dosho's also. Thinking of signing up on his online sangha.
by Wayfarer
Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to believe in rebirth
Replies: 134
Views: 9491

Re: How to believe in rebirth

My Indian Studies lecturer remarked, in the West people say that when you die you ‘give up the ghost’. In the East they say you ‘give up the body’. :smile:
by Wayfarer
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Cremated Remains of the 'Buddha' Discovered in Chinese Village
Replies: 1
Views: 100

Re: Cremated Remains of the 'Buddha' Discovered in Chinese Village

There are many more such remains than are physically possible. At one stage in the legendary history of Buddhism, the existing relics were miraculously multiplied 84,000 times, meaning that thousands of stupas could then be said to contain remains.
by Wayfarer
Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: THE UNIVERSE SHOULD NOT ACTUALLY EXIST, CERN SCIENTISTS DISCOVER
Replies: 35
Views: 709

Re: THE UNIVERSE SHOULD NOT ACTUALLY EXIST, CERN SCIENTISTS DISCOVER

I read Horgan's blog from time to time. I don't always agree with his take on Buddhism or mysticism, but at least he talks about them. Generally find him congenial. I think what is happening in the broader sense is that the contradictions within scientific materialism will become impossible to deny....
by Wayfarer
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:06 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 65
Views: 1279

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

Thank you Linda! Actually I did go see Susan Murphy once, but their group meets a long long way away from home. I've done the rounds of the Sydney Zen teachers. As it happens, I now have a family connection near Korinji in Wisconsin, so I'm hoping to be able to attend a residential retreat there som...
by Wayfarer
Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: THE UNIVERSE SHOULD NOT ACTUALLY EXIST, CERN SCIENTISTS DISCOVER
Replies: 35
Views: 709

Re: THE UNIVERSE SHOULD NOT ACTUALLY EXIST, CERN SCIENTISTS DISCOVER

I don't think that is the end of physics, though. There is still a lot of stuff to figure out within those limits. You familiar with John Horgan's The End of Science ? He's a journalist and blogger for Scientific American - I read his Cross Check blog from time to time. Anyway, his 1996 book of tha...
by Wayfarer
Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:58 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 65
Views: 1279

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

A very interesting point, and I hadn’t thought about it like that at all. In my case, I haven’t had a whole lot of experience with teachers and centres, for one reason or another. But my specific attraction to Sōtō Zen was because, of all the spiritual books I read, those made the most sense. To put...
by Wayfarer
Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The 18 Downfalls according to Ven Khenpo Kunzang Palden?
Replies: 2
Views: 160

Re: The 18 Downfalls according to Ven Khenpo Kunzang Palden?

General question: what are ‘the five sins of instant retribution’? (In first quotation.)
by Wayfarer
Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:28 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: THE UNIVERSE SHOULD NOT ACTUALLY EXIST, CERN SCIENTISTS DISCOVER
Replies: 35
Views: 709

Re: THE UNIVERSE SHOULD NOT ACTUALLY EXIST, CERN SCIENTISTS DISCOVER

if you think about, the whole point of philosophical naturalism is that nature is svabhava, self-originated. That is what I suspect is going to have to be let go of.
by Wayfarer
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: THE UNIVERSE SHOULD NOT ACTUALLY EXIST, CERN SCIENTISTS DISCOVER
Replies: 35
Views: 709

Re: THE UNIVERSE SHOULD NOT ACTUALLY EXIST, CERN SCIENTISTS DISCOVER

'"What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet." ~ Woody Allen. Actually, I think a more serious response to such discoveries is that perhaps the reason that the physical analysis of the cosmos ('physical' being 'the universe studied by phys...
by Wayfarer
Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to believe in rebirth
Replies: 134
Views: 9491

Re: How to believe in rebirth

To me, the idea of rebirth only seems a problem if, for some reason, you equate mind with a physical brain, as an emergent property of brain-matter. My interpretation is that the ‘self’ that is rejected, is ‘a self’ that is regarded as being like an unchangeable essence which migrates from life to ...
by Wayfarer
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to believe in rebirth
Replies: 134
Views: 9491

Re: How to believe in rebirth

But in practice, there’s a definite issue of agency and subject-hood. I mean, in the case of reincarnate lamas, an infant is shown the possessions they purportedly had in a previous life, as part of the means of ascertaining the genuineness of the re-birth. They will pick out those possessions from ...