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by Dan74
Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Anyone Come Close to Enlightenment Yet?
Replies: 29
Views: 654

Re: Anyone Come Close to Enlightenment Yet?

In Zen Buddhism, kensho, or a taste of enlightenment, is quite common. It is referred to as 'entering the gate of Zen' which is then followed by much more challenging practices involving grounding and integrating this insight into every aspect of life. I think it is described by modern practitioners...
by Dan74
Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Letting go
Replies: 36
Views: 662

Re: Letting go

Right. The letting go is of the clutching. Clutching at the notions of 'me' and 'mine' and all that that entails, which is a lot. Letting go of the whole kit and caboodle. ok, i get it..but...how about..? not letting go..? holidng tight..? hold it tight, dont let it go..? remeber? c51b096a08f04c80b...
by Dan74
Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: DW Mind Would You Jog My Memory Please?
Replies: 16
Views: 494

Re: DW Mind Would You Jog My Memory Please?

Wayfarer pretty much said it. Perhaps one can add that Linchi was addressing monks who were practicing very hard but had too little faith in the power that was within them, casting outwards, as it were. With sufficient cultivation, turning inwards and realising that it is no different to outwards an...
by Dan74
Thu Oct 03, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: China Destroys
Replies: 51
Views: 1590

Re: China Destroys

Communism is one of Nicholas's bug bears, WeiHan, and he is not amenable to a rational argument when it comes to this subject. I guess we can all agree that China is authoritarian and the state retains a lot of control over the economy, both of these being a feature of Communist governments (but no...
by Dan74
Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:58 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from the UK
Replies: 19
Views: 448

Re: Hello from the UK

I don't see anything in what you just wrote above, LL, that matches to 'taking on someone's karma'. Great teachers give appropriate assistance, yes. They don't take on our karma.
by Dan74
Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello From Brazil
Replies: 6
Views: 209

Re: Hello From Brazil

http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/tree- ... enment.pdf

Welcome to the Forum!!!

It's hard to find an objective and accurate description of the different schools from one source (and I don't think David's link above quite puls it off) but Peter Della Santina's book comes as close as I have seen.
by Dan74
Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:44 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: China Destroys
Replies: 51
Views: 1590

Re: China Destroys

Dictionary definitions as an argument - brilliant. I bow to wordsmiths :zzz: Then, what do you understand by communism? Do businessmen in China these days need to hand in all their wealth to the state to be redistributed? Communism is one of Nicholas's bug bears, WeiHan, and he is not amenable to a...
by Dan74
Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:45 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from the UK
Replies: 19
Views: 448

Re: Hello from the UK

I don't know what it means for a "Sifu to take on your karma." Maybe that is specific to Hanmi teachings. It’s not! It’s a true teaching! Really? I thought it was fundamental to all Buddhist traditions that our karma is ours and no one can 'take on' anyone else's. Otherwise the Buddhas and Bodhistt...
by Dan74
Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Letting go
Replies: 36
Views: 662

Re: Letting go

My issue with "letting go" is that it can easily turn to "hiding from" or some way of actively ridding oneself of something, which I imagine is just as much an issue/problem/obstruction in Zen as in Tibetan traditions. There really is nothing to pick up or drop, rather, actually "letting go" is goi...
by Dan74
Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Indonesia bans extramarital sex
Replies: 12
Views: 506

Re: Indonesia bans extramarital sex

How exactly will it be policed? :popcorn: Not sure but it seems like they are getting close to Sharia. I wonder what the reaction would be like if something like this happened in a place like America or Australia. Indonesia is a democracy, like the US and Australia. Sometimes governments do pass la...
by Dan74
Sat Sep 28, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Indonesia bans extramarital sex
Replies: 12
Views: 506

Re: Indonesia bans extramarital sex

The thread title is misleading - this is only a proposal and not yet law.

There is a rise in conservative Islam in Indonesia and I suspect this is the Government's way to appease that movement.
by Dan74
Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Greta Thunberg
Replies: 91
Views: 2849

Re: Greta Thunberg

boda wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:56 pm
Simon E. wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 2:44 pm
Watching her address to the UN I worried for her personally.
I think that's kinda the point, it's young people, and future generations, that we should be worried about.
:good:
by Dan74
Fri Sep 27, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Angry and Bitter Unemployed Man-I can't continue this way
Replies: 15
Views: 618

Re: Angry and Bitter Unemployed Man-I can't continue this way

Hi Everyone, Thanks for all your replies and ideas and thoughts. It is much appreciated. I do agree 100% with you all the connection with others is key to feeling less isolated and doing some kind of volunteer work is important. I live on the smallest of Japan's 4 main island, thus, there are not t...
by Dan74
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Climate Change and Climate Skeptics/Deniers
Replies: 53
Views: 1082

Re: Climate Change and Climate Skeptics/Deniers

Might be relevant too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=104&v=8455KEDitpU https://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2014/jun/25/steve-doocy/foxs-doocy-nasa-fudged-data-make-case-global-warmi/ Also the quote from Edenhofer is taken out of context and completely misrepresents what h...
by Dan74
Thu Sep 26, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Greta Thunberg
Replies: 91
Views: 2849

Re: Greta Thunberg

When the link between smoking and lung cancer was being established, it also took much longer than necessary for it to become accepted and no diubt many lives were lost as the result. Partly because of the sabotage by the tobacco companies, but also because of contrarian characters like the eminent ...
by Dan74
Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Integrity and The Wild Things...
Replies: 42
Views: 1498

Re: Integrity and The Wild Things...

I appreciate many interesting and informative answers and people taking the trouble to engage. This is surely due to my failure to communicate more effectively, but what I was getting at is not really to 'beat that dead horse' of 'was such-and-such an example of crazy wisdom', or even how can we te...
by Dan74
Wed Sep 25, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Integrity and The Wild Things...
Replies: 42
Views: 1498

Re: Integrity and The Wild Things...

I appreciate many interesting and informative answers and people taking the trouble to engage. This is surely due to my failure to communicate more effectively, but what I was getting at is not really to 'beat that dead horse' of 'was such-and-such an example of crazy wisdom', or even how can we tel...
by Dan74
Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Greta Thunberg
Replies: 91
Views: 2849

Re: Greta Thunberg

Of course the tremendous pressure on Greta, the human being, is likely to cause her harm in the long term. And it is beyond disgraceful that after decades of solid science, we need a teen to tell us what to do. But it is an undeniable fact that she is greatly contributing to the momentum of some sol...
by Dan74
Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 47
Views: 1043

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

I didn't perceive any combativeness, Folks. I find the devotion of Shin practitioners, such as yourselves, truly inspirational. :bow: :bow: :bow:
by Dan74
Sat Sep 21, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Why Try At All In Life?
Replies: 23
Views: 483

Re: Why Try At All In Life?

Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far ...

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