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by Dan74
Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: The ‘feel-good’ horror of late-stage capitalism
Replies: 13
Views: 424

Re: The ‘feel-good’ horror of late-stage capitalism

Well, yes and no. Sure the system sucks in many ways and can and should be improved. At the same time, people buckling down and doing their best under the circumstances, rather than delegating all responsibility for their fate to the unjust system is an inspirational thing. It has become de rigeur t...
by Dan74
Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Observation = Ego?
Replies: 47
Views: 735

Re: Observation = Ego?

Prakṛtiśūnyatā corresponds to Avyakta Prakṛti https://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/prakritishunyata No it does not. Prakṛtiśūnyatā refers to the emptiness (dependently arisen nature) of form. Avyakta Prakṛti rfers to form that has yet to be manifested. You are way off-topic and not addressing the O...
by Dan74
Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Observation = Ego?
Replies: 47
Views: 735

Re: Observation = Ego?

If I undestand you correctly, you're wondering about the observer. In meditation, at least in the first few years, most people have this observer watching what they experience, looking behind, looking ahead, and the quality of the actual experience is kinda subdued, dull. The observer is a fiction, ...
by Dan74
Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Does zen have anything similar to dream yoga?
Replies: 10
Views: 259

Re: Does zen have anything similar to dream yoga?

From memory there is a koan (or a mondo) where this comes up. A student claims that he has it and the teacher asks whether he has it when he dreams and even in dreamless sleep. Perhaps someone can supply the reference. Is your practice already so solid in waking hours that sleep is now the issue? Or...
by Dan74
Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Trans surgery on children
Replies: 15
Views: 495

Re: Trans surgery on children

What worries me is the binary thinking that one must be this or that, the labeling and the need to 'fix'.

There are a lot of assumptions behind this that imo dont get questioned enough.
by Dan74
Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Admin comings and goings
Replies: 28
Views: 1469

Re: Admin comings and goings

The First Commandment of Forum Admins: Back up thy database daily.
by Dan74
Fri Jun 21, 2019 5:30 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Mother has entered hospice
Replies: 12
Views: 499

Re: Mother has entered hospice

May she be free from suffering. May she know peace.

_/|\_
by Dan74
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Eclectic Buddhism
Replies: 31
Views: 978

Re: Eclectic Buddhism

It just seems an incredibly long and ambitious list, Stephan.

Personally, I like to keep things simple, so that I can focus and do my best.
by Dan74
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Continuing to Meditate after experiencing the Eternal Now
Replies: 21
Views: 914

Re: Continuing to Meditate after experiencing the Eternal Now

Hi ZenGuitar :hi: It's cool that you meditated and had this experience. You didn't mention how you meditated, what did you do exactly? I had some similar things happen years back. One thing I've learned is that the mind is a very subtle thing and operates on many levels. So for instance one can expe...
by Dan74
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: "Never an Institutionally Separate Chan School..."
Replies: 26
Views: 753

Re: "Never an Institutionally Separate Chan School..."

I don't believe the Chan tradition is a fraud. What do you understand the Chan tradition to be? Is it an unbroken lineage of mind-to-mind transmission directly from teacher to disciple? Or is it something else? If it is something else, something sublime beyond historical events, then it has little ...
by Dan74
Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Marxism and Buddhism
Replies: 53
Views: 1641

Re: Marxism and Buddhism

Okay, so I researched the writer of this book, Wilhelm Reich, but I must say, this entire orgone idea is rather bizarre, more so than libidos and so forth. Still, I'll give it a try for the other parts of the book. The orgone theory stuff came much later. After he was forced to flee Germany to the ...
by Dan74
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: "Never an Institutionally Separate Chan School..."
Replies: 26
Views: 753

Re: "Never an Institutionally Separate Chan School..."

Some of this seems a giant overreach. Firstly, as far as I can tell (and I am an outsider) historical-textual analysis is far from an exact science and relies on the currently available evidence and tools. Therefore its conclusions should all come with the proviso 'as far as we can tell with the mod...
by Dan74
Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 5902

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

A discussion forum is open to everyone and the standards upheld here are not very high which has the side effect of putting off knowledgeable and interesting contributors. But then again, the other alternative, of a much tighter moderation comes with its own set of problems. I just hope that people ...
by Dan74
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:11 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 229
Views: 16693

Re: Socialism & Communism

The main trouble with Communism as it has been practiced by various states (actually it has not been practiced, even in the USSR, the system was always called Socialism moving towards Communism) stems from a very powerful state without proper checks and balances. Such concentration of power is bound...
by Dan74
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:06 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 5902

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

But it is interesting observing the resistance to any suggestion to giving up term hīnayāna as an appropriate epithet for the Theravāda. Because you're essentially asking people to deny their feelings, and ignore the fundamental problems they see in "Hinayana" ideology, problems which are, themselv...
by Dan74
Thu May 30, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 5902

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

I have heard sectarian comments both on- and off-line, by students and teachers of Mahayana and Theravada. It is actually rather interesting to see/hear that sort of thing in terms of, at times, how utterly ignorant the criticisms from either side can be, but then I have seen criticism by some Ther...
by Dan74
Wed May 29, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 5902

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

I have heard sectarian comments both on- and off-line, by students and teachers of Mahayana and Theravada. I think it is good fodder for practice to reflect on this human need to compare and rank, even when we ourselves are totally underqualified for the task. And on the one hand I think it is fair ...
by Dan74
Sat May 25, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The teaching of Buddha.
Replies: 7
Views: 426

Re: The teaching of Buddha.

Dear tellyontellyon I am sorry about your father.. May he be at peace and find a fortunate rebirth. From what I can gather, this organisation considers themselves non-sectarian, but have some connection with the Shin sect in Japan. It was founded by Dr. Yehan Numata who built the Mitutoyo Corporatio...
by Dan74
Mon May 20, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Trauma and the public mind
Replies: 67
Views: 1835

Re: Trauma and the public mind

A very interesting question, JD, at least for me, and hints at the answer in your OP, too, as you situate it squarely within the cultural matrix. One aspect that suggests itself to me at the first look is the position of the individual vis-à-vis the world. So for instance, you can see yourself an ac...
by Dan74
Fri May 17, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 76
Views: 2799

Re: Questioning My Compatibility With Theravada Buddhism

Renunciation as generally understood carries the implication that by giving something up or pursuing an ahedonistic lifestyle insight will arise spontaneously. I see no evidence that this is the case. Renunciation in Vajrayana /Dzogchen is more about undermining the idea of the person who enjoys/su...

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