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by Dan74
Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Father has cancer.
Replies: 13
Views: 362

Re: Father has cancer.

Oh, Jesse, I can't even begin to imagine how this.must feel for you. Even though my father is 82, and might be in the same place in just a few months.

May Roger be free from suffering. May you both be well. Take care of yourself, Jesse. Maybe that's the best you can do for your old man.

_/|\_
by Dan74
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Notre Dame Paris on fire
Replies: 15
Views: 392

Re: Notre Dame Paris on fire

So sad to see this monument to human history destroyed...
by Dan74
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: First Ever Black Hole Image Released
Replies: 16
Views: 368

Re: First Ever Black Hole Image Released

I've always found black holes fascinating. An object at the center of every galaxy which has almost inconceivable mass, which can never be seen, but which shoots out crushed particles at about the speed of light. It's fundamental to the composition of the universe, yet totally unobservable. Would p...
by Dan74
Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: First Ever Black Hole Image Released
Replies: 16
Views: 368

Re: First Ever Black Hole Image Released

I've always found black holes fascinating. An object at the center of every galaxy which has almost inconceivable mass, which can never be seen, but which shoots out crushed particles at about the speed of light. It's fundamental to the composition of the universe, yet totally unobservable. Would p...
by Dan74
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: time traveling?
Replies: 65
Views: 1847

Re: time traveling?

I think many of us suffer from mild forms of paranoid ideation of the 'secret world government' type. This is no joke and certainly not intended as an insult. It seems to me to be what theistic impulses often morph into, sadly. So rather than an Almighty in charge of it all, there is now some secret...
by Dan74
Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Hello. I'm looking for Zen teachings in .Mobi for my e-book reader.
Replies: 2
Views: 166

Re: Hello. I'm looking for Zen teachings in .Mobi for my e-book reader.

Email sent.

There is also a free app called Calibre for managing ebooks that convert between formats.
by Dan74
Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Seon
Topic: Kwan Um School of Zen
Replies: 14
Views: 964

Re: Kwan Um School of Zen

Probably depends who you ask. I've practiced with a traditional Jogye teacher and read Seung Sahn's books as well as listening to some teachers. I think to some extent Seung Sahn did his own thing, but was still a product of Jogye. And as anywhere, there are different teachers and personalities.
by Dan74
Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto Practice At Home
Replies: 9
Views: 939

Re: Soto Practice At Home

Aren't there groups you could visit occasionally where you are? (where are you located actually?)

To meet a teacher in real life and sit a retreat every now and then can be really really helpful.

Of course sitting with an online group can be very good too and motivate one to sit regularly.
by Dan74
Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Dilemma of Privilege
Replies: 30
Views: 746

Re: The Dilemma of Privilege

If you have a knack for teaching maths, this is a rare and wonderful thing! And I am telling you this as a maths teacher, likely less talented at teaching and more jaded than you. But most of all, I sense, it is important to get grounded, feel the earth under your feet, maybe even take the shoes off...
by Dan74
Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: If all is mind then how is Zen not monistic?
Replies: 22
Views: 933

Re: If all is mind then how is Zen not monistic?

CASE 30: Mind is Buddha Case: Daibai asked Baso in all earnestness, “What is Buddha?” Baso answered, “Mind is Buddha.” Mumon's Commentary: If you grasp it on the spot, you wear Buddha's clothes, eat Buddha's food, speak Buddha's words, do Buddha's deeds; you are Buddha himself. Though this may be so...
by Dan74
Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Encountering Zen Buddhism
Replies: 3
Views: 213

Re: Encountering Zen Buddhism

Hi LoveFromColorado :hi: There is a Zen teacher who posts here. His name is Meido and he has a centre in Wisconsin. You might want to look his posts up, they are usually very informative: https://dharmawheel.net/search.php?keywords=&terms=all&author=Meido&sc=1&sf=all&sr=posts&sk=t&sd=d&st=0&ch=300&t...
by Dan74
Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Rebirth as AI 'organism'
Replies: 63
Views: 1292

Re: Rebirth as AI 'organism'

I suppose lurking behind the counterarguments here is a kind of an animism, isn't there? Does the chair I am sitting on, experience? If you think it might, then I don't really have much to say except that I thought it didn't fit the Buddhist definition of sentient being. Experience may indeed close...
by Dan74
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Rebirth as AI 'organism'
Replies: 63
Views: 1292

Re: Rebirth as AI 'organism'

I suppose lurking behind the counterarguments here is a kind of an animism, isn't there? Does the chair I am sitting on, experience? If you think it might, then I don't really have much to say except that I thought it didn't fit the Buddhist definition of sentient being. Experience may indeed closel...
by Dan74
Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Rebirth as AI 'organism'
Replies: 63
Views: 1292

Re: Rebirth as AI 'organism'

We are aware I have a very hard time with that statement. It just seems like one of those broad, ambiguous statements that serves as a repository for all kinds of observations, inferences, conclusions, speculations. To work with that, we need to simply accept it as an irreducible value. and experie...
by Dan74
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Rebirth as AI 'organism'
Replies: 63
Views: 1292

Re: Rebirth as AI 'organism'

Rick wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:41 pm
Maybe there is no ghost in the machine?
We are aware and experience. AI, so far, is basically a bunch of outputs on the basis of inputs, ie a relay device.
by Dan74
Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is anyone home?
Replies: 35
Views: 1029

Re: Is anyone home?

Yeah, I find it essential, especially for us "intellectual" types. Otherwise we keep bringing the Dharma back into this domain of thought and away from embodied experience. And that just leads to papanca, IMO, not to any actual insight. So you think body oriented practices are a good antidote to pa...
by Dan74
Fri Feb 01, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is anyone home?
Replies: 35
Views: 1029

Re: Is anyone home?

I have done, but not for quite a while. <Outside of the occasional 'checking in' of what's up body/mind-wise.> You? Yeah, I find it essential, especially for us "intellectual" types. Otherwise we keep bringing the Dharma back into this domain of thought and away from embodied experience. And that j...
by Dan74
Thu Jan 31, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is anyone home?
Replies: 35
Views: 1029

Re: Is anyone home?

When I ask myself "Who is asking?" I sometimes <not always> feel like I'm in an infinite regression hall of mirrors kinda thing. Like a brain short-circuit! You ever get this, Dan? Not really, because I listen to the inner voice and to the 'space' where it happens, rather than following thoughts. G...
by Dan74
Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is anyone home?
Replies: 35
Views: 1029

Re: Is anyone home?

Oi! Talk about an infinite regression ... Who is asking? Who is asking who is asking? Who is asking who is asking who is asking? Repeat until enlightened or insane, whatever comes first. I guess this is why Dharma practice is primarily an experiential rather than an intellectual endeavour. When I a...
by Dan74
Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Which traditions revere vegetarianism the most?
Replies: 12
Views: 455

Re: Which traditions revere vegetarianism the most?

I don't want to imply that this is the only way to do it or to put it up above the teachers who enthusiastically plunge into a steak and down wine like the best of them. They may well have their reasons. In any case, I think it's best to attend to one's own motivations and avoid judging.

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