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by Dan74
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Children and the 5 Elements
Replies: 4
Views: 359

Re: Children and the 5 Elements

I don't know why this hasn't occurred to me on my travels, but I was shown a video of kids in India attending a puja and it suddently struck me - children in the UK may not ever have been in contact with the Elements in any meaningful way, in a celebratory and joyful way. Water? Sure, they will exp...
by Dan74
Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?
Replies: 37
Views: 2206

Re: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?

At what point did your friend say that it was that every surviving Zen lineage in China, Japan and Korea, went off the rails and began doing sitting meditation and what's more, placing an inordinate emphasis on it?
by Dan74
Sat Sep 29, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Politics and Toxicity
Replies: 90
Views: 3325

Re: Politics and Toxicity

Ok.. it seems we talked past each other... no aggression was intended, passive or otherwise.. also no interest in fighting here or moral high ground.. i am sorry if that's how I came across.. No you misunderstood my point and responded by drawing conclusions about me. You make a point about not jud...
by Dan74
Sat Sep 29, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Politics and Toxicity
Replies: 90
Views: 3325

Re: Politics and Toxicity

Bundokji, I think Hamlet's dilemma was pretty serious and relevant for us. He saw the corruption everywhere he looked and didn't see the way out. What is one to do when every action one take is likely to only make matters worse? The problem arise when we try to have a categorical answer to apply to...
by Dan74
Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Politics and Toxicity
Replies: 90
Views: 3325

Re: Politics and Toxicity

Ok.. it seems we talked past each other... no aggression was intended, passive or otherwise.. also no interest in fighting here or moral high ground.. i am sorry if that's how I came across..
by Dan74
Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Politics and Toxicity
Replies: 90
Views: 3325

Re: Politics and Toxicity

no one can be really certain that theirs is the right view Whoa. There are plenty of views that are wrong. As Buddhists, we have a list of 64. Beyond that, we can safely judge that If a view is inflected with malice, or holds that people are inferior and therefore not entitled to fair treatment, th...
by Dan74
Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Politics and Toxicity
Replies: 90
Views: 3325

Re: Politics and Toxicity

That said, sometimes we can be just too damn tolerant. I see it in some students of mine who are good at seeing and understanding multiple perspectives. Then why speak up, why protest - it's all perfectly understandable and valid in some sense... Hello Dan74 :namaste: Understandable and valid are t...
by Dan74
Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Politics and Toxicity
Replies: 90
Views: 3325

Re: Politics and Toxicity

I'm posting this because I want a Buddhist perspective. How do you all manage it? Something inside me tells me this is an opportunity for development, and I want it to be. But how? I suppose the Buddhist perspective is based is equanimity. I sit every day for at least a half-hour, and I believe it ...
by Dan74
Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Politics and Toxicity
Replies: 90
Views: 3325

Re: Politics and Toxicity

Sorry if I am butting in, Folks, but it seems that the issue is not intelligence as in the IQ, but rather emotional intelligence, a certain level of maturity, that protects us a bit better against manipulation. But for how long, I wonder? With the Big Data smarting up, it is only a matter of time un...
by Dan74
Sat Sep 22, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Decline and Fall of Chinese Buddhism
Replies: 10
Views: 769

Re: The Decline and Fall of Chinese Buddhism

"Amoungst White Clouds" is like a companion movie to Porter's book. But the article in the OP was talking about prominent Chinese mainland Buddhist leaders and bemoaning that there really aren't any. The movie also makes that point since most/all of the people in that are relatively unknown people....
by Dan74
Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: The Decline and Fall of Chinese Buddhism
Replies: 10
Views: 769

Re: The Decline and Fall of Chinese Buddhism

What about this?

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by Dan74
Fri Sep 21, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Dealing With Demons
Replies: 34
Views: 1623

Re: Dealing With Demons

I was curious about what different traditions of Buddhism say about "demonic" entities and how to deal with them. Always been interested in learning about the various types of beings mentioned in the sutras, but how does one deal with the nastier ones? In fact, knowing that Dharma protectors often ...
by Dan74
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:29 am
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: Oct 27-28 Zen Practice Weekend in CT
Replies: 2
Views: 345

Re: Oct 27-28 Zen Practice Weekend in CT

joy&peace wrote:
Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:27 am
who is teaching?
Was that meant in a "zennie" way, or a simple oversight?
by Dan74
Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'
Replies: 91
Views: 4108

Re: Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'

Of course, if European identity is even 'a thing', it is an extremely heterogenous diffuse 'thing'. And yet, there are such things like German cinema, Irish music, Greek cuisine, English humour, etc. There are within and between the nations, a diversity of cultural heritage that is surely worth pres...
by Dan74
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'
Replies: 91
Views: 4108

Re: Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'

I think what HH the Dalai Lama is saying is not quite realistic. When is this 'ultimately' he refers to? When their children are born in Europe, go to European schools, speak the local language better than the language of their parents, when the war in their country of origin is over, their should ...
by Dan74
Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'
Replies: 91
Views: 4108

Re: Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'

I think what HH the Dalai Lama is saying is not quite realistic. When is this 'ultimately' he refers to? When their children are born in Europe, go to European schools, speak the local language better than the language of their parents, when the war in their country of origin is over, their should j...
by Dan74
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Hofstadter
Replies: 11
Views: 481

Re: Hofstadter

I remember that book and remember finding it fun. Not sure how much it has to do with Buddhism. Lots of cool logical puzzles, patterns and self-references. Dennett's philosophy is rather dry though, from memory..
by Dan74
Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Is lineage enough?
Replies: 40
Views: 3383

Re: Is lineage enough?

I've been following the dicussion about Nakpa International on another thread and the role of lineage. I, probably like most people here, would want to know that a teacher belongs to a bona fide lineage before seeking teachings from them. And I think this holds true for the major orthodox forms of ...
by Dan74
Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche
Replies: 83
Views: 6195

Re: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche

I don't remember hearing anyone claiming Harvey Weinstein was displaying crazy wisdom.. his victims may have been silenced/stayed silent for various reasons but I doubt any of them felt his exploitation was a display of kindness for their benefit. That to me differentiates cult vs. not. (Of course ...
by Dan74
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Caodong vs. Soto
Replies: 27
Views: 1628

Re: Caodong vs. Soto

I've sat with Soto groups and recently did a short Rinzai sesshin. So that makes me no kind of an expert. :D Firstly, my impression is that lineages matter. So Soto is not the same as Soto. And teachers matter too. Some teachers know little and share less, no matter how well meaning. But that's anot...

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