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by Wayfarer
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?
Replies: 22
Views: 414

Re: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?

Sorry if I was unclear, I will try and put it another way. To practice without a sense of personal gain, is not the same as practicing without any sense of purpose.
by Wayfarer
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: Language
Topic: idea to translate the word dharma
Replies: 2
Views: 40

Re: idea to translate the word dharma

Unfortunately, if you check the etymology of 'fundament' in English, I think you will find it also refers to the gluteus maximus, otherwise known as the buttock. :emb: It kind of stands to reason, but detracts from its overall usefulness as a word.
by Wayfarer
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: shake your nibutti
Replies: 4
Views: 85

Re: shake your nibutti

I think the important point is the perspective from which the equation of Nirvāṇa and Samsara is made. To say there is simply no difference might be mistaken. I take this to be the reason for the 'Two Truths' which Nāgārjuna gives as a major part of his teaching. The non-difference of Nirvāṇa and Sa...
by Wayfarer
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:59 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators
Replies: 11
Views: 296

Re: Democrats are compulsive self mutilators

I'm Aussie, but many of us are really hoping the Democrats do well at the polls in November as Trump is widely disliked here (aside from amongst our own alt-right types who do exist). I take the point about the democrats' many weaknesses, but it is also true that Bret Stephens in one of the NYT's to...
by Wayfarer
Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?
Replies: 22
Views: 414

Re: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?

It is worth recalling that 'sila-prajna-samadhi' are the three fundamental components of Buddhist practice and life, and that is pretty well universal across all schools. I think one of the unstated factors that skews modern discourse about the topic is that moderns have a very 'instrumental' view o...
by Wayfarer
Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What's the point of abusive gurus?
Replies: 105
Views: 5367

Re: What's the point of abusive gurus?

One thing that could be said is that traditional cultures of all kinds were often extremely harsh by modern standards. I mean, I am now in my sixties, but when I went to school I was a pretty rowdy student and I was regularly beaten with a cane for my impudence. Nowadays if that happened there would...
by Wayfarer
Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful
Replies: 68
Views: 1145

Re: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful

smcj wrote:
Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:30 am
Things could be better.
People are really trying.
The jury is still out.
:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas
Replies: 57
Views: 2022

Re: Joint Statement of the Two Karmapas

You have to allow for human error. Even here.
by Wayfarer
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Psychologists define the 'dark core of personality'
Replies: 26
Views: 511

Re: Psychologists define the 'dark core of personality'

It’s actually a sign of the fact that psychology is maturing, that it is starting to cover broader topics of ethical philosophy. One of the traditional formulations of Buddhist training is that the three poisons of hatred, greed and delusion are transformed into their opposites - compassion, renunci...
by Wayfarer
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: superstition and Nichiren's Teachings
Replies: 9
Views: 285

Re: superstition and Nichiren's Teachings

I would be careful applying labels like 'superstition'. To a lot of people, anything that can't be proven by science amounts to 'superstition'. On the other hand, some people are willing to believe anything. Scriptural texts need to be interpreted, as often they have symbolic meaning beyond their li...
by Wayfarer
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: NATURE
Replies: 19
Views: 418

Re: NATURE

Well, the web article says that is linked says that 'the bird's feathers never change color. It's the angle, not the feathers, that determine what color we see.' So that is unlike a chameleon in which the colour of the skin really does change. Nature is indeed amazing, but I remain dubious of the 'J...
by Wayfarer
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:46 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?
Replies: 27
Views: 453

Re: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?

As a general matter, atheism is a reaction to Judeo-Christian theism. One of the things to be mindful of, is that many of the arguments deployed by atheism against Christianity also apply to Buddhism. It used to be said that karma was 'scientific' like 'the law of cause and effect' but it's clearly...
by Wayfarer
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: NATURE
Replies: 19
Views: 418

Re: NATURE

Those articles are both about the iridescence of hummingbird plumage - neither of them suggest that hummingbirds can change color as is shown on that video. 'Chameleon skin has a superficial layer which contains pigments, and under the layer are cells with guanine crystals. Chameleons change colour ...
by Wayfarer
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: NATURE
Replies: 19
Views: 418

Re: NATURE

kalden yungdrung wrote:
Sun Oct 07, 2018 1:54 pm

This wonderful little bird was discovered recently somewhere in China.
...I would like to know for sure if this is real, it seems very much like video manipulation to me. Is there a source for it?
by Wayfarer
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:08 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?
Replies: 27
Views: 453

Re: Is there room in Nichiren Buddhism for an atheist?

Buddhism doesn't require belief in God or gods from anyone, full stop. Best to put it to one side - just do the practice and the study and suspend judgement about it. And, resist the urge to get involved in debates about it. That would be my advice.
by Wayfarer
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 17
Views: 465

Re: What is reborn after death?

So you're asking, 'how does it benefit me?' That is indeed a good question to contemplate.
by Wayfarer
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 19
Views: 479

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

Thanks. That is interesting indeed! There are many convergences between the Forest tradition and Zen tradition, and I've noticed a certain Zen-like sensibility in Ven. Sumedho's talks and writings. But I think you would agree, as Ajahn Chah's practice was rooted in the Thai forest tradition, then th...
by Wayfarer
Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are Buddhas formless or form?
Replies: 13
Views: 399

Re: Are Buddhas formless or form?

The original question has been addressed by the citations provided here. Speculation about what 'formless' means is not conducive to sound practice, so this thread is now locked. Please PM any objections.
by Wayfarer
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 19
Views: 479

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

JMGinPDX wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:49 pm
Ajahn Chah started out practicing Zen, as did his disciple Ajahn Sumedho...
Do you have a source for that? I don't think Ajahn Chah ever practiced outside Thailand, and Zen lineages are generally not represented there.
by Wayfarer
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is reborn after death?
Replies: 17
Views: 465

Re: What is reborn after death?

I've learned that according to Buddhism, personality consists of five elements (Five skandhas). And that our life it is a set of moments. Nothing is permanent. But I still can't get one thing. For example, a person, because of disease will lose feelings, will he not be a person or personality? He w...

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