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by White Lotus
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Existence
Replies: 74
Views: 3682

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: 74
Views: 3682

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: 74
Views: 3682

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: 74
Views: 3682

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: 74
Views: 3682

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: 74
Views: 3682

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: 74
Views: 3682

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: 135

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: 246

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: 135

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: 705

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: 1059

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: 705

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: 723

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: 396

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 ...
by White Lotus
Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: No worries
Replies: 5
Views: 447

Re: No worries

What are your views on karma, cause and effect? if you harm another you will be subject to retribution. even a buddha should not resist physical violence with physical violence (he shames himself). yet we are told that zen's second patriarch disrobed and lived a mundane life. im not worried about c...
by White Lotus
Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Non Identification and then freedom.
Replies: 1
Views: 402

Non Identification and then freedom.

once you have stopped identifying yourself with anything, be free to enter into the market-place and take up any identification you want. i am a layman, i am a monk, i am a buddha, i am a god etc. it doesn't really matter; you won't be able to attach to any of these labels. Zen master Huike took on ...
by White Lotus
Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: No worries
Replies: 5
Views: 447

No worries

is the ultimate tathata or emptiness or One? no worries. is truth relative or objective? is there truth? no worries. am i a buddha or deluded? no worries. am i liberated or bound? no worries. am i perfect just as i am, or a mess? no worries. have i entered the market place and am free to buy and sel...
by White Lotus
Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: All is One
Replies: 136
Views: 8093

Re: All is One

Hinduism/new age doesnt reach it, nor does Parmenides and Plato's account of his teaching, nor does Plotinus' Aneads. Platonism and Neoplatonism doesnt reach it. best to stick with the Dharma of Seng Tsan. you can happily forget everything i have said about 1 and just get on with making your tea, do...
by White Lotus
Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: words enter the intellect: one is known.
Replies: 15
Views: 1236

Re: words enter the intellect: one is known.

to be attached to 1 is to miss the point. buddhism is learning something new and then letting go of it. beyond 1 is mysterious emptiness and this is beyond all grasping, beyond emptiness is tathata. the spiral turns in my case again and again visiting old concepts or ways of seeing. emptiness, tatha...

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