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by White Lotus
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Mahabheriharakaparivarta sutra
Replies: 2
Views: 92

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: 196

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: 92

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: 669

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: 941

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: 669

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: 671

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: 376

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: 426

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: 370

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: 426

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: 7662

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: 1179

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...
by White Lotus
Wed Dec 27, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: All is One
Replies: 136
Views: 7662

Re: All is One

That's sharp Bokki! Have you cracked Mu? :smile:
by White Lotus
Tue Dec 26, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Needed: Buddhist Terminology
Replies: 6
Views: 702

Re: Needed: Buddhist Terminology

"Ananda". Like cool aid it rotts you'r spiritual teeth. It is a source of attachment and is ultimately suffering. No joy: no sorrow. No pleasure: no pain. :smile:
by White Lotus
Mon Dec 25, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: All is One
Replies: 136
Views: 7662

Re: All is One

The Enlightened One. No self to be enlightened. No enlightenment to be attained. No One to be attached to. Where buddhahood 'attained' there would be no craving, no fear and no blemish? I'm not a buddha.
by White Lotus
Sun Dec 24, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: All is One
Replies: 136
Views: 7662

Re: All is One

If the Buddha was no longer dreaming then perhaps everything was real to him. I don't know. I'm not a buddha.
by White Lotus
Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:48 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Upside Down Thinking
Replies: 16
Views: 1297

Re: Upside Down Thinking

It is important to feel feelings if we are to gradually let go of them. Expressing a feeling is different from feeling it. Expressing anger upon a person it will continue to come back later; perhaps even worse. You can save for later and process/feel negative feelings later on when you are alone. Th...
by White Lotus
Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:48 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Upside Down Thinking
Replies: 16
Views: 1297

Re: Upside Down Thinking

Sounds like good advice. Ordinary mind, begginers mind is just as special as experts mind they are both fundamentally 1 mind. Clouds come and clouds go. If we can gently observe our reactions and feelings without punishing ourselves. That helps. It's fine to be impatient or irritated. Just watch the...
by White Lotus
Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:17 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: All is One
Replies: 136
Views: 7662

Re: All is One

Dan, i've been smiling all evening about you'r little frog. Had to tell you! :smile:

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