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by Astus
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Anyone knows Vinītaruci or his zen practice?
Replies: 32
Views: 427

Re: Anyone knows Vinītaruci or his zen practice?

Temicco wrote:
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:52 am
The early Thien tradition has a particularly bad track record as far as blatant fraud is concerned
Do you know any tradition with a good record?
by Astus
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 58
Views: 1098

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

Meido wrote:
Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:03 am
Is this controversial?
No. Thank you for the clarification.
by Astus
Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 58
Views: 1098

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

I think the importance of the relationship with a qualified teacher is that 1. He/she can identify where a student is stuck and given the students karmic package, how best to deal with this 'stuckness' - which practice/teaching is appropriate 2. Can act as a mirror to the student in which he/she ca...
by Astus
Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 58
Views: 1098

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

Who has done this? How do you read then Meido's words? "In Zen this ties into what is meant by "transmission outside the scriptures, not dependent on words and letters": the lifeblood of the path is realized within face to face human relationship, that is, within the ba ("field") of the teacher. .....
by Astus
Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 58
Views: 1098

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

You apparently missed the word "qualified." That word was not used in that post. Still, even if it goes without saying that only qualified teachers are meant, why focus on the individual rather than the message? For instance, what qualifies a teacher in PP8000 (tr Conze) is the teaching: Subhuti: W...
by Astus
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 58
Views: 1098

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

It doesn't make sense to seek out lineages, methods, styles and so on, and certainly not to choose a teacher based on them. This is because the path is actualized within human relationship with a teacher with whom one shares affinity. One should therefore just seek one's shisho , the teacher (of an...
by Astus
Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: By way of welcome: Let's drink some tea!
Replies: 36
Views: 623

Re: By way of welcome: Let's drink some tea!

Tea washes the mouth. "Meditation was a labour, all night long, but When you brewed tea, I felt infinitely glad. Just one cup of tea, and the dark clouds were banished, Feeling cool to my very bones, all worry vanished." (Muuija: With Thanks for the Tea and an Answer to the Questions, in Collected W...
by Astus
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: Yunmen Wenyan
Replies: 4
Views: 135

Re: Yunmen Wenyan

Yunmen is , was, will, be..one of the most important moments in chan/zen history... How so? Why are his words not used, explained, understood, and so on.. Shenxiu and Shenhui were verifiably important historical teachers, however, their teachings were abandoned and forgotten almost completely in a ...
by Astus
Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Void
Replies: 9
Views: 243

Re: The Void

In truth, any given 'particular thing' (for example, a 'tree') exists in a state of constant change, which is to say that 'the tree' is in fact a 'process' rather than a 'thing'. A process is no less an illusion than a thing. For something to be a process you need past, present, and future. For a p...
by Astus
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is the Mind-Body Problem Treated in Buddhism?
Replies: 12
Views: 239

Re: How is the Mind-Body Problem Treated in Buddhism?

This relationship between body and mind is what falls under the so called unanswered questions regarding the identity of sarira (body) and jiva (soul). The short answer is that Buddhism has an experiential view, as shown in the teachings on the five aggregates and six sensory domains, where physical...
by Astus
Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nothing further to seek...
Replies: 60
Views: 1181

Re: Nothing further to seek...

I'm saying a world that is impermanent, dissatisfying, and insubstantial can be considered complete, not lacking anything when you don't desire it to be some other way. "Originally there being no moving and nothing to be obtained is called the Buddha-Dharma, the Buddha’s truth. The Buddha- Dharma l...
by Astus
Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The concept of the teacher’s “blessings”
Replies: 104
Views: 2604

Re: The concept of the teacher’s “blessings”

There is no Dharma called "blessing", no magical force called "blessing". If there was, the Buddha, being compassionate, would have blessed us all into nirvana long ago. Buddhas are neither omnipotent or capable of unilateral action. The request/receptivity must be initiated by sentient being. Bles...
by Astus
Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The concept of the teacher’s “blessings”
Replies: 104
Views: 2604

Re: The concept of the teacher’s “blessings”

"So when you supplicate them, even though, like your root guru, they cannot hand you attainment. or fruition; yet, like your root guru, they can influence and help you. It is not panicularly that by supplicating them they are pleased and therefore decide to share their spiritual wealth with you. It ...
by Astus
Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: Zen Community Round Table
Topic: Looking ahead...(split from ZFI topic)
Replies: 141
Views: 1409

Re: Zen Forum International

jake wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:41 pm
Why do you think people prefer FB?
A number of logical reasons have already been given here by Passel and Kim. Or we could just say that nowadays discussion boards are not trending as much as social networks.
by Astus
Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: Zen Community Round Table
Topic: Looking ahead...(split from ZFI topic)
Replies: 141
Views: 1409

Re: Zen Forum International

anjali wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:02 pm
Also, maybe the Zen community is utilizing other online platforms like facebook more effectively. :shrug:
For one, the "Soto Zen Buddhism" group on facebook is quite active.
by Astus
Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nothing further to seek...
Replies: 60
Views: 1181

Re: Nothing further to seek...

It could mean "stability, pleasure, etc." like in the previous examples. It could also mean "complete, not lacking anything, etc.". In this context, I think the latter is more appropriate. Are you saying that samsara can be described as stable, pleasurable, and not lacking anything? Those would be ...
by Astus
Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nothing further to seek...
Replies: 60
Views: 1181

Re: Nothing further to seek...

seeker242 wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 2:45 am
Everywhere! If samsara is nirvana and nirvana is perfect, then it must follow that samsara is perfect also.
What does it mean to be perfect then?