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by Dan74
Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: If all is mind then how is Zen not monistic?
Replies: 18
Views: 249

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: 2
Views: 72

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: 866

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: 866

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: 866

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: 866

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: 692

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: 692

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: 692

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: 692

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: 317

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.
by Dan74
Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Which traditions revere vegetarianism the most?
Replies: 12
Views: 317

Re: Which traditions revere vegetarianism the most?

One anecdote I heard from an attendant was when Kusan Sunim, a great contemporary Korean teacher came to the US, many people had no idea about him being vegetarian or not drinking alcohol. He also made no mention of it and just quietly picked some rice and veggies. At one stage he was even poured a ...
by Dan74
Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is anyone home?
Replies: 35
Views: 692

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.
by Dan74
Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is anyone home?
Replies: 35
Views: 692

Re: Is anyone home?

Quite honestly I don't know the first cause or how the primordial ignorance began. Scriptures appear to say that it stretches out into the infinite past, AFAIK. All intellectual answers to the OP are traps though. We have to bring our awareness to it and experience it. Who is asking? Who is asking? ...
by Dan74
Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Which traditions revere vegetarianism the most?
Replies: 12
Views: 317

Re: Which traditions revere vegetarianism the most?

Korean monastics I've met have been vegetarian. Though whether they are stricter than the Chinese, I have no idea.
by Dan74
Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is anyone home?
Replies: 35
Views: 692

Re: Is anyone home?

Causes and conditions.
by Dan74
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Announcement about the Closing of Sweeping Zen
Replies: 33
Views: 588

Re: Zen Forum International status

Speaking of Zen teachers and Zen Forum International (now zen1.space), I just read that they don't allow Zen teachers there now. What are we to make of that??? :shrug: New owner...new owner's rules. It's not been a popular move, but time will tell if it was a good one or not. What thought process c...
by Dan74
Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Mathematics in China
Replies: 8
Views: 399

Re: Mathematics in China

As a former research mathematician, now teacher, I don't know whether the formal systematic approach as developed in Euclid's Elements is what defines mathematics, but it's definitely important. Maths traditionally has been largely about ideas, posing interesting questions, solving problems in out-o...
by Dan74
Sat Jan 26, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Madhyamaka school practices
Replies: 10
Views: 448

Re: Madhyamaka school practices

Many Zen koans address applied Madhyamaka, as well as Dogen's writings.
by Dan74
Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Can you see the A?
Replies: 30
Views: 813

Re: Can you see the A?

yes

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