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by Thus-gone
Sun Jan 06, 2013 2:39 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: "Zen is Going to Hell and It’s the Boomers’ Fault!"
Replies: 26
Views: 3285

Re: "Zen is Going to Hell and It’s the Boomers’ Fault!"

Megha wrote: Well, to be frank, the American Zen crowd aren't up to much, so you're not missing out on anything, and neither is anyone else.
And you know this how?
by Thus-gone
Sun Nov 25, 2012 2:06 am
Forum: Alternative Health
Topic: Purpose of modern medicine: no obstacle to economic growth
Replies: 30
Views: 9249

Re: Purpose of modern medicine: no obstacle to economic growth

If your understanding of preventative healthcare is limited to good diet, sleep and exercise, then you are not qualified to talk about preventative healthcare.
by Thus-gone
Sun Nov 18, 2012 3:16 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How exactly does meditation work?
Replies: 9
Views: 1136

Re: How exactly does meditation work?

You can only know whether your meditation is "successful" or not in the greater context of the technique itself and the student-teacher relationship. In some contexts, bliss is considered an obstruction to successful meditation. In other contexts, it's encouraged and sometimes even necessary. If you...
by Thus-gone
Sun Nov 11, 2012 2:02 pm
Forum: Seon
Topic: Question about Korean Zen
Replies: 12
Views: 4822

Re: Question about Korean Zen

Just as an aside, hua tou (Jp. wato) is also used extensively in Japanese Rinzai practice. Rinzai folks tend to say "koan practice", but this encompasses the use of wato whether they come from koan cases (e.g Mu) or not (e.g. "Who am I, Who is it who sees/feels/thinks" etc.). So I don't see this as...
by Thus-gone
Sun Nov 11, 2012 1:56 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Mondo Zen, Integral Zen (tm)
Replies: 56
Views: 7933

Re: Mondo Zen, Integral Zen (tm)

It is wrong if the motivation is not to spread the Dharma but instead to make money (which, if you are at all familiar with the Wilber crew, is obviously the case). In that case, the student will not be taken on his or her own terms, but will be fed whatever keeps them paying. Who can say, ultimatel...
by Thus-gone
Sat Nov 10, 2012 3:04 am
Forum: Alternative Health
Topic: Purpose of modern medicine: no obstacle to economic growth
Replies: 30
Views: 9249

Re: Purpose of modern medicine: no obstacle to economic growth

Disease can be caused by a number of things completely unrelated to healthy lifestyle... Yes, which is, again, irrelevant to the discussion at hand - to remind you: (1) Allopathic medicine is not useless, but it should be a secondary form of health care. (2) It is only the primary form of health ca...
by Thus-gone
Sat Nov 10, 2012 2:12 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Mondo Zen, Integral Zen (tm)
Replies: 56
Views: 7933

Re: Mondo Zen, Integral Zen (tm)

I'm sure it's helpful on a psychological level, and may even trigger some kind of opening experience, but I see no place for the deepening and integration of awakening that is the very essence of the Zen school.
by Thus-gone
Sat Nov 10, 2012 2:07 am
Forum: Alternative Health
Topic: Purpose of modern medicine: no obstacle to economic growth
Replies: 30
Views: 9249

Re: Purpose of modern medicine: no obstacle to economic growth

Yep, many feel just this way until they have been sick enough to need allopathic treatment, then you get to see it's redeeming values, all the sudden when your choices are to go with that medicine or die, not walk, face dialysis etc., and all alternative treatments have yielded no results, then the...
by Thus-gone
Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:25 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Mondo Zen, Integral Zen (tm)
Replies: 56
Views: 7933

Re: Mondo Zen, Integral Zen (tm)

This is just a bunch of commodified psychospiritual nonsense. Not to mention that the "teacher", Jun Po, is open about and proud of his own sexual misconduct.
by Thus-gone
Thu Oct 04, 2012 1:17 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?
Replies: 150
Views: 16631

Re: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?

Yes - materialism is completely baseless, groundless. However, I believe that it is not merely a philosophy or ideology, but an expression of our psychological condition in the contemporary world, in the same way that philosophies of the past were expressions of their own material and existential co...
by Thus-gone
Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:48 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?
Replies: 150
Views: 16631

Re: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?

Dechen Norbu wrote:Most people who think they'll attain Buddhahood in a single life time are day dreaming, whatever the school they follow. Sorry to spoil the party.
This is irrelevant - people with an affinity for direct paths to enlightenment are very likely not on their first life of Buddhist practice.
by Thus-gone
Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:45 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?
Replies: 150
Views: 16631

Re: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?

If you don't have any conviction in rebirth, then death means the utter cessation of all subjective existence and suffering. Death becomes your liberation and if your suffering becomes too unbearable death is an easy exit from it. This is a rational thought process, but death-anxiety is not rationa...
by Thus-gone
Tue Oct 02, 2012 11:27 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?
Replies: 150
Views: 16631

Re: Why is Tibetan Buddhism more popular?

That's true but in Zen Buddhism there are people who achieve some attainment in this lifetime. In Pure Land Buddhism there are people who shows signs of attainment after death. I don't deny that, but in Mahāyāna the idea of full buddhahood in a single lifetime is not generally part of the plan. Ear...
by Thus-gone
Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:16 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Is Eido Tai Shimano's lineage legitimate?
Replies: 63
Views: 8594

Re: Is Eido Tai Shimano's lineage legitimate?

No wonder Shimano got problems in this american protestant puristic surrounding :) I guess he was very kind to people :) maybe too kind... Shimano did not simply have sex with people - he used his influence to manipulate particularly sensitive people, ultimately putting a number of them in mental h...
by Thus-gone
Fri Sep 07, 2012 4:24 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can someone definitively explain to me the differences...?
Replies: 9
Views: 1786

Re: Can someone definitively explain to me the differences...?

Thank you for the clarification. Now technically isn't Anapanasati the same as Samatha in that they both focus on a specific object (the breath)? And isn't the goal of Zazen in the Rinzai tradition also just Anapanasati most of the time? I have never been given a koan (although I'm not too far alon...
by Thus-gone
Fri Sep 07, 2012 2:14 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Is Eido Tai Shimano's lineage legitimate?
Replies: 63
Views: 8594

Re: Is Eido Tai Shimano's lineage legitimate?

You will find that many, many Zen teachers are conversant in both the language of no-self and that of true-self. Zen is a school of mind-to-mind transmission that is not dependent on the Sutra, Sutta, or Tantra, or the language thereof. Furthermore, when Zen teachers speak in this way, they are not ...
by Thus-gone
Thu Sep 06, 2012 5:04 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can other religions lead to enlightenment?
Replies: 59
Views: 6269

Re: Can other religions lead to enlightenment?

After full enlightenment, one will have perfect awareness of Buddha-nature even amidst the deepest sleep. Only when one has reached this stage can one claim to see clearly, and thus cease all karmic outflows. While the practices of other religions may lead one to have a glimpse of Buddha-nature, it ...