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by Dan74
Thu Aug 06, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: TL;DR: We are screwed.
Replies: 33
Views: 846

Re: TL;DR: We are screwed.

Not a convincing model, though I doubt that any can be. The thing is that such forecasts are practically impossible to be made robust, i.e. for them to remain the same, irrespective of the choice of model and the uncertainties therein. So one model will yield one forecast and another will yield anot...
by Dan74
Mon Aug 03, 2020 6:43 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation makes a mind dull, insensitive?
Replies: 18
Views: 492

Re: Meditation makes a mind dull, insensitive?

If you observe seasoned practitioners, you find the opposite of dull, IME. Very fine, sensitive, creative and alert minds, light and often ready to laugh. I think one should learn a little about Buddhist rituals and meditation to understand why they are done, with what attitude they are done, etc. O...
by Dan74
Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Repetition in a Changing Reality
Replies: 12
Views: 303

Re: Repetition in a Changing Reality

Seems to me, the rituals are also about developing a keen awareness (mindfulness) of what one does - the body, the mind, the physical environment, the entire dance of it, within a consistent container of form. That way, they are never the same. The appearance of sameness is indicative that what one ...
by Dan74
Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists Have 'Woken Up' Microbes Trapped Under The Seafloor For 100 Million Years
Replies: 16
Views: 442

Re: Scientists Have 'Woken Up' Microbes Trapped Under The Seafloor For 100 Million Years

Kim O'Hara wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:51 am
I wasn't going to add to the silliness - truly! - but then I saw this and couldn't resist.

:coffee:
Kim


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by Dan74
Fri Jul 31, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists Have 'Woken Up' Microbes Trapped Under The Seafloor For 100 Million Years
Replies: 16
Views: 442

Re: Scientists Have 'Woken Up' Microbes Trapped Under The Seafloor For 100 Million Years

"...and were ready to eat" ?? These must be some hungry scientists. I usually prefer my food to be a bit fresher than 100 million years old. Though those McDonalds' burgers may well have been frozen that long, who knows.. :shrug:
by Dan74
Tue Jul 28, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Brief members bios - please contribute!
Replies: 117
Views: 63516

Re: Brief members bios - please contribute!

Hello! :namaste: It is a pleasure to greet you. My name is Sunny, I'm 36 yo and live in the quiet countryside of UK, Lincolnshire. I've moved to the UK from South Korea when I was in my teens and grew up here. The current situation with the isolation lockdown means that I've been able to dedicate m...
by Dan74
Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: in defense
Replies: 63
Views: 1246

Re: in defense

Peter, my experience, such as it is, has been largely with Seon. I have corresponded with, attended talks, short retreats and sat with Zen teachers, but not studied to any depth with them. And of course I don't have any data, but I am not the one making claims. As for the number of teachers, why com...
by Dan74
Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: in defense
Replies: 63
Views: 1246

Re: in defense

Matylda is delightfully grouchy and it is easy to file her views under "oh, the good ol' days" type of thing. I doubt she has the necessary data to conclude that "99% of Zen in the West is bunk" or whether that is bad. Maybe in the East it is 99.5%! What does it even mean? That 1 out of 100 authori...
by Dan74
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: in defense
Replies: 63
Views: 1246

Re: in defense

That was stated by Matylda, a Japanese woman raised in a Soto Zen family, and a translator who has translated for many Zen teachers in Japan. Not only does she think that Zen in West is 99% bunk, she thinks Japanese Zen is in late stage senescence. However, she hardly sounds happy about it. Matylda...
by Dan74
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: in defense
Replies: 63
Views: 1246

Re: in defense

There’s the criticism that Western Zen and Western Zen teachers aren’t as good (awakened, skillful, etc.) as the “good ole’ days” in the East and that these are the “Dharma-ending days”, etc. That was stated by Matylda, a Japanese woman raised in a Soto Zen family, and a translator who has translat...
by Dan74
Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: in defense
Replies: 63
Views: 1246

Re: in defense

Valid and constructive are good. I would also add "informed" and "well-intentioned". But even two out of these four would be welcomed I think. The trouble is that most criticism doesn't score even one of these points. Valid and constructive criticism is fodder for growth and development and not some...
by Dan74
Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 230
Views: 6606

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

If one completes a doctorate, then the supervisor is a significant factor. In maths when one talks about young researchers, one hears a lot of things like 'he was a student of....". So there is a lineage There are a number of crucial differences between saying that one has studied under this and th...
by Dan74
Tue Jul 07, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 230
Views: 6606

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

Texts also bemoan the scarcity of realised teachers, at times. And lineage is surely an indication at least, if not a guarantee. Do you have a better system in mind? The lineage system is not a commonly used way in education, not even in Buddhism. Just consider how both mundane (engineers, scientis...
by Dan74
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 230
Views: 6606

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

I think there are texts and there is reality on the ground. Texts are not apart from the reality on the ground, but one aspect of it. Such texts, teachings, views, etc. influence and define what and how people think of Zen and Zen teachers, and that in turn conditions expectations and behaviours. F...
by Dan74
Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 230
Views: 6606

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

I think there are texts and there is reality on the ground. The reality on the ground is that one has to look long and hard to find a fully-awakened master in any school. And whether Zen, Vajrayana or any other lineage, there are many sincere and dedicated teachers who are able to assist the student...
by Dan74
Sat Jul 04, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 230
Views: 6606

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

The problem I had with Western Zen teachers is that they were often frankly unaware of states of mind and how to navigate them. My last year or so with Zen I sat in dull or trance-like states. My teachers were unable to provide any guidance. When I had meditation problems, they were not familiar wi...
by Dan74
Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:24 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 230
Views: 6606

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

But haven't you made such judgments yourself here? Didn't you say that you had not met any Western Zen teacher who was awakened, or have I misunderstood? Or you don't class yourself as 'a student'? You are right. I am not a student or teacher. But I had to interpret for some years, not any more, an...
by Dan74
Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:23 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 230
Views: 6606

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

Indeed :D But then right from the beginning it is an invalid question. how 'student' may know if a teacher is or is not awakened??? if he knows, he/she does not need any teacher at all, since possess enough wisdom to go on his/her own. If one does not know, then there is no way for such person to d...
by Dan74
Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 230
Views: 6606

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

A reminder, this was the question asked of Zen students: This is a question for Zen students (not Zen teachers nor about other traditions, only those that follow from Bodhidharma). Is it your understanding that all Zen teachers have had an awakening (commonly expressed in Zen as “seeing one’s true ...
by Dan74
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 230
Views: 6606

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

Are you including Jundo and Brad Warner here, Dan? I am not in the position to judge really. Generally speaking, my understanding is that everyone who deserved the name 'Zen teacher' must have had a degree of awakening and some measure of stability in its functioning. This is really naive, no matte...

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