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by zenkarma
Sun Dec 23, 2012 6:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What if they're right?
Replies: 5
Views: 809

Re: What if they're right?

This is it. Its happening right now we are in the middle of it. The internet is the new communal mind, much of the science fiction of only a few years ago has come true, as a species there is some historical evidence that we are wiser and kinder than we ever were. If we dont kill ourselves with carb...
by zenkarma
Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:29 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is the heart of Dhyana meditation as said by Hsuan Hua
Replies: 5
Views: 848

Re: What is the heart of Dhyana meditation as said by Hsuan Hua

Sitting is better than reading. Find a chan teacher and put that question to them and then follow their advice.
The internet is full of experts whose only qualification seems to be the possession of an opinion and the ability to use a keyboard.
by zenkarma
Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:42 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is the heart of Dhyana meditation as said by Hsuan Hua
Replies: 5
Views: 848

Re: What is the heart of Dhyana meditation as said by Hsuan Hua

I think that some might answer that seeing ones true nature is the heart and purpose of chan/zen meditation. Seeing a chan/zen teacher would be best, and he or she may start you with breath counting, samatha or silent illumination meditation or even a huatou such as "who is this?". It would depend o...
by zenkarma
Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:20 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How smart do you have to be to get it?
Replies: 55
Views: 6121

How smart do you have to be to get it?

How smart do you have to be to be enlightened? Can even a stupid person of low iq get it, and is it easier or harder for them? Also i read about the different "capacites" of different people. Do people of higher capacity need extra help? Because reading various buddhist bulletin boards, it seems tha...
by zenkarma
Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Are humans today dumber than those in the past?
Replies: 13
Views: 1627

Re: Are humans today dumber than those in the past?

Huseng wrote: Anyway, I believe our mental faculties are diminishing. Not too long ago people would memorize vast amounts of literature (and this was not considered unusual or remarkable). Now it seems almost nobody can do this.
I don't think im alone in this, google is my long term memory.
by zenkarma
Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:06 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: Holmes Welch the Chan Transmitter
Replies: 9
Views: 2410

Re: Holmes Welch the Chan Transmitter

Thank you for this thread. I have been attending at Cloudwater on and off for some years, since Rev. Ogui would occasionally come to speak or was present at functions, I guess that would make it almost 20 years ago, and have been positively impressed by the teaching and the students there. I'm inter...
by zenkarma
Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:53 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: questions about fear and "advancement"
Replies: 21
Views: 2640

Re: questions about fear and "advancement"

I would recommend some metta. Love is surrender and holding on in situations like you are experiencing, i think makes them more, not less threatening and painful. And i know this is the standard advice :) but i woud go check with a teacher in the tradition that you practice. My experience with such ...
by zenkarma
Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:56 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Altar in Bedroom
Replies: 50
Views: 6609

Re: Altar in Bedroom

I would suggest using a condom. You could put it over the buddhas head before you "do it" and that way he couldnt see you. In case he could hear you, i would suggest singing hymns while you get busy. Personally, i have always liked "Onward Christian Soldiers".
by zenkarma
Sun Nov 04, 2012 1:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Eating cats in China (not a joke).
Replies: 28
Views: 3229

Re: Eating cats in China (not a joke).

I gather the dish is called "Tiger and Dragon Locked in Battle" and that it also contains snake. Does anyone have the recipe?
by zenkarma
Wed Oct 24, 2012 4:48 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Bankei's "method" of abiding in the unborn
Replies: 43
Views: 6929

Re: Bankei's "method" of abiding in the unborn

Bankei gives a very simple method, the Unborn. The buddha-mind is the object of meditation, the basis, the method and the goal of the meditation. That's why clarifying first on the level of experience what the buddha-mind is is the most important thing in Zen. And thats no walk in the park for most...
by zenkarma
Wed Oct 24, 2012 4:41 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Bankei's "method" of abiding in the unborn
Replies: 43
Views: 6929

Re: Bankei's "method" of abiding in the unborn

Thank you very much for the article. Some points of practice that I've noticed: ...one needs to cease struggling entirely. ...If one is truly natural and innocently spontaneous, the Unborn will appear ...letting go of everything which is not the Unborn... ...it involves the total openness of one wh...
by zenkarma
Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:23 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Bankei's "method" of abiding in the unborn
Replies: 43
Views: 6929

Re: Bankei's "method" of abiding in the unborn

A good method imo for doing this would be to use mind as a meditation object. Turn the light around, as they say, and look inward to mind. Get some samadhi on what you are looking at and keep looking. Look with a sense of inquiry. Let thoughts come and go rather than grasping them or trying to avoid...