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by White Lotus
Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 177
Views: 6711

Re: Existence

Thank you Muni, for challenging ''this'', you have shown me the limits of awareness. The limits of Mind. reality will exist whether or not there is a mind to observe it. whether or not there is awareness. reality is shared by all of us, unless we are caught in emptiness. it is the natural state. per...
by White Lotus
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 177
Views: 6711

Re: Existence

Dear Muni, I hope you won't mind if I ask you some more questions about non dual awareness. first of all, the word "awareness" is a label, should we drop it? the words ''non dual'' are a label, should we drop them? is awake and asleep the same non dual awareness? how can I be aware in deep sleep? is...
by White Lotus
Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 177
Views: 6711

Re: Existence

I will try not to get scattered, and am in dialogue here with Muni so I cant get involved in the wider debate about nature or essence. Muni, its perhaps beyond human ability to know, but it seems to me that awareness is not everything. I know that contradicts the mind only stance. when things are se...
by White Lotus
Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 177
Views: 6711

Re: Existence

You can't get away from this basic awareness as the root of everything else I think Muni that I begin to understand your argument, you believe in Mind only? is that it? if there is only mind or basic awareness we can say that all this we see is a mirage, a delusion. it is only the fabrication of mi...
by White Lotus
Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 177
Views: 6711

Re: Existence

When no discrimination is made between this and that How can a one-sided and prejudiced view arise?" :meditate: Third Patriarch. agreed, no distinction is made between this and that. they are one sameness, and yet they are distinct. You can't get away from this basic awareness as the root of everyt...
by White Lotus
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 177
Views: 6711

Re: Existence

Self and other are wholly positive, affirmation and negation are positive. Within the wholly positive expanse, self, other, affirmation, and negation have never existed. I see no self to call positive, however I would say that this here now is positive. all is positive is an attitude with enlighten...
by White Lotus
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 177
Views: 6711

Re: Existence

Labeling takes place in confusion, for what is nonexistent is taken to exist. it is the words that are taken to exist, but infact they are a mirage, a delusion. the time comes however that things do actually exist. this computer is real, completely real. the mind is empty, this is why it is recepti...
by White Lotus
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 177
Views: 6711

Re: Existence

We live in illusion and the appearance of things. I would say that we emerge from illusion into the reality of things. it is no longer a dream. it is real. visual objects can be grasped by the eye, when before they couldn't be. There is a reality. We are that reality. there is a reality. this reali...
by White Lotus
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 177
Views: 6711

Re: Existence

Analysing has its temporary place in Buddhism to help us What is going to analyse what? Analysing means using words and concepts, which point towards reality, but don't grasp it. reality can't be grasped, only seen, heard, felt, tasted, touched. but all this is using words as a pointer towards real...
by White Lotus
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 177
Views: 6711

Re: Existence

Keep your mind silent and watch the ending of all worlds. so to not rely on words/thought but to directly experience the universe. silence? but if you have experience of no self you cannot abide in words or in silence. you cannot abide anywhere for long, not even in reality which is seen, or in emp...
by White Lotus
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 177
Views: 6711

Re: Existence

Neither this nor that can be explained in a variety as all things I guess. "All things", yes, Muni, thank you. 'this' is the universe, 'here'... in Zen, 'this' is used to talk about "all things", though strictly speaking it could be seen as a subjective experience of the objective universe. if we t...
by White Lotus
Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 177
Views: 6711

Re: Existence

this here now, not me here now... this here now. reality is completely real and yet completely empty. cant separate emptiness from reality. to start with 'this' is it, then if you want this is here, this is there. 1 and yet 1 is consumed. only emptiness and yet totally real. Muni, you have said... "...
by White Lotus
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Mahabheriharakaparivarta sutra
Replies: 2
Views: 155

Re: Mahabheriharakaparivarta sutra

thank you Astus, this is much appreciated. Tom. :anjali:
by White Lotus
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Are the 4 noble truths about death
Replies: 3
Views: 270

Re: Are the 4 noble truths about death

make yourself a cup of tea.

:tongue:
by White Lotus
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Mahabheriharakaparivarta sutra
Replies: 2
Views: 155

Mahabheriharakaparivarta sutra

Does anyone here know where i can get an English translation of the Great Drum Sutra. would much appreciate any help. i hear that it teaches that all mention of the unreal is the incomplete teaching.
rgds Tom.
by White Lotus
Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: the six consciousnesses (vijnanas)
Replies: 14
Views: 796

Re: the six consciousnesses (vijnanas)

Thank you Orgyen, that's nice and clear. knowledge is key to the formation of thoughts. knowledge comes from trying (will) to understand (through manas) our direct experience of life (through the five sensory vijnanas) or memory. thought itself seeks to understand and know and understanding leads to...
by White Lotus
Sat Nov 24, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Yun Men Master, Guo Gu Roshi, a simple question:
Replies: 23
Views: 1165

Re: Yun Men Master, Guo Gu Roshi, a simple question:

It is nothing special, Nor is it everyday tea and meals. The ordinary mind is deluded; Original mind is truly ordinary. it is because it is nothing special that it is so special. not only is it everyday tea and meals. it is also a piece of dried shit. it is all things and yet no thing. dharmakaya. ...
by White Lotus
Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: the six consciousnesses (vijnanas)
Replies: 14
Views: 796

Re: the six consciousnesses (vijnanas)

how do thoughts arise? it may have something to do with will and memory. I want/will to access my memory. this also involves knowledge which abides in memory. complicated stuff. I don't know the formal Buddhist approach towards this. how do thoughts arise? I don't know, nor would I be able to abide ...
by White Lotus
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: reading Dogen's Shobogenzo
Replies: 5
Views: 763

Re: reading Dogen's Shobogenzo

Yasutani's "Flowers Fall" is a commentary on the Genjokoan and well worth reading. discusses "absolute manifest reality" (Genjokoan). my perspective sees things as totally empty and yet totally real. for another book on reality Gudo Nishijima's selection of Dogen's koans (Shobogenzo) is very clear. ...
by White Lotus
Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Return to Reality
Replies: 0
Views: 419

Return to Reality

die completely spiritually. become like ashes, or dead wood... then seeing and yet blind, conscious and yet unconscious. consciously unconscious. this is with the help of Lord Yama. after a while reality emerges and objects can be seen once again and focused upon. without a knowledge of prajna this ...

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