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by Dan74
Fri Oct 09, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Coming to terms with Homosexuality
Replies: 39
Views: 769

Re: Coming to terms with Homosexuality

Really good replies above, I think. Whether gay or straight, most of us have issues with accepting who we are and just feeling we deserve to be here, deserve to take the space we do. Often, we think it's because of a particular trait or attribute but I think it's the deeper existential angst. Perhap...
by Dan74
Sun Sep 20, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Some Questions I have about Buddhism
Replies: 24
Views: 575

Re: Some Questions I have about Buddhism

Most of the biological, physical, seismological and cosmological assertions don't measure up. Even if the Big Bang theory is correct, it doesn't prove anything about time having a beginning. I'm not sure what you're talking about when you mention other categories of assertions. Whether there were p...
by Dan74
Sun Sep 20, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Some Questions I have about Buddhism
Replies: 24
Views: 575

Re: Some Questions I have about Buddhism

The Big Bang implies a beginning of time. At least, as you say, for this universe. Whether there were prior universes is a different question, I think, since they would not have a clear causal connection to this one, as far as I can tell. All that is very interesting stuff for cosmologists and phil...
by Dan74
Sun Sep 20, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Some Questions I have about Buddhism
Replies: 24
Views: 575

Re: Some Questions I have about Buddhism

The trouble with that is there is very strong cosmological evidence that time does not stretch into the infinite past. Not quite. There is strong evidence for time stretching back until a specific finite moment in the past. Beyond that, it is true, there is no evidence. But, as they say, absence of...
by Dan74
Sun Sep 20, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Some Questions I have about Buddhism
Replies: 24
Views: 575

Re: Some Questions I have about Buddhism

1.an infinity can never be reached and it cannot be reached in the past. It is true that infinity cannot be reached. That is the point. If you go back in the past, you just keep on going back. there has to be a starting point to every causal chain like rebirth and karma. Why? If there is a starting...
by Dan74
Sun Sep 20, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Some Questions I have about Buddhism
Replies: 24
Views: 575

Re: Some Questions I have about Buddhism

that the Buddha and all people who have written or edited Buddhist texts must be perfectly omniscient I don't know anyone who holds this view. The Buddha is viewed as omniscient in texts like the one I cited above. Editors and authors may not have been enlightened. reinterpret the teachings to make...
by Dan74
Sun Sep 20, 2020 6:51 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Some Questions I have about Buddhism
Replies: 24
Views: 575

Re: Some Questions I have about Buddhism

If you start from a premise that the Buddha and all people who have written or edited Buddhist texts must be perfectly omniscient, then there maybe some factual issues. But if you start from a premise that the texts are spiritual guides and the authors, while qualified to guide us on a spiritual pat...
by Dan74
Sat Sep 19, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: This simply doesn't make any sense.....
Replies: 36
Views: 1336

Re: This simply doesn't make any sense.....

I really am not trying to be provocative, but I am finding the lack of a coherent and rationale explanation to this without ambiguity hugely frustrating, to the extent that I am on the verge of abandoning this practice altogether. Thanks for your time all clarification welcomed! :namaste: The probl...
by Dan74
Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is meant by no self?
Replies: 50
Views: 1159

Re: What is meant by no self?

Can someone explain to me "not self"? I saw someone post this on it: "Let it be seen that you are nothing. And in knowing that you are nothing... there is nothing to lose, there is nothing to gain. What can happen to you? Something can happen to the body, but it will either heal or it won't. What's...
by Dan74
Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Practice advice please
Replies: 39
Views: 2307

Re: Practice advice please

The Agamas are virtually identical to the Pali canon, so to say that the former are authoritative while the latter is not, is kinda splitting hairs, it seems to me.

Theravada is a beautiful tradition in itself and if you feel drawn to it, why not study it?
by Dan74
Tue Sep 08, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: This simply doesn't make any sense.....
Replies: 36
Views: 1336

Re: This simply doesn't make any sense.....

Plus, drinking heavily, or taking drugs and anti-depressants can also make some people feel better.....they could 'resonate' with that - doesn't mean its right or helpful? Depends on what your priorities are. These things may be more helpful in the short term. But I don't know if Buddhadharma is pr...
by Dan74
Tue Sep 08, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: This simply doesn't make any sense.....
Replies: 36
Views: 1336

Re: This simply doesn't make any sense.....

They say there are 84000 dharma doors. No point to keep banging your head against one of them, while other ones open more easily for you. In another lifetime, perhaps. As to missing something fundamental, we all miss something. The key question to me is whether one has enough to begin practicing in ...
by Dan74
Tue Sep 08, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: This simply doesn't make any sense.....
Replies: 36
Views: 1336

Re: This simply doesn't make any sense.....

I would avoid tying myself in knots. If the teaching doesn't resonate with you, why do you keep hacking at it? Makes more sense to practice what works for you. On the other hand, if you do have faith in what Master Dogen taught, and take this on as a koan, that's a different story. But I don't get a...
by Dan74
Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: African Boy Exhibited at Bronx Zoo
Replies: 2
Views: 234

Re: African Boy Exhibited at Bronx Zoo

This is an amazing story, amanitamusc. Thanks for posting it.
by Dan74
Wed Aug 19, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Gender & Buddhism
Replies: 24
Views: 866

Re: Gender & Buddhism

I don't see Dharma practice as being about "shoulds" and "shouldn'ts". Identity is a big thing in our lives and we work with it, practice with it. I think it is not a big deal in Buddhism, since it is not about what you are allowed to be, or supposed to be, or not to be, it is not about moralising o...
by Dan74
Wed Aug 12, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: TL;DR: We are screwed.
Replies: 43
Views: 1913

Re: TL;DR: We are screwed.

Those songs are probably better. All the class war stuff seems so dated these days, though. I guess - to paraphrase another song - the war is ended and the good guys lost FDR ended the class war by instituting the New Deal, etc. he is the single reason there was no socialist revolution in the US. B...
by Dan74
Wed Aug 12, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Good beginner's overview
Replies: 27
Views: 1017

Re: Good beginner's overview

Peter Della Santina's Tree of Enlightenment is a pretty good overview of various Buddhist schools.

One big but though.... reading is very different to doing. Best way to learn about a practice is to do it - find a centre, then go there.
by Dan74
Thu Aug 06, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: TL;DR: We are screwed.
Replies: 43
Views: 1913

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: 19
Views: 1000

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: 497

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 ...

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