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by Shii
Sun May 05, 2013 6:32 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Order of Buddhist Contemplatives
Replies: 154
Views: 17548

Re: Order of Buddhist Contemplatives

Wow. Some of the comments on this board are just plain rude and small/narrow minded. Really, is it really truly impossible that anyone has ever had past lives and visions come up while training deeply? I think not. It does not really matter who has had these things happen (and it matters less about ...
by Shii
Fri Mar 01, 2013 3:53 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Who gets to comment on what? Why should I listen?
Replies: 76
Views: 8201

Re: Who gets to comment on what? Why should I listen?

Jikan~ Ah, well I will not presume to tell you how you feel. They are, after all, your emotions. However they do play an important role in what you are trying to get across. As someone once said, who was more familiar with politics, and therefore experienced in the art of communication, A spoonful o...
by Shii
Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:19 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Who gets to comment on what? Why should I listen?
Replies: 76
Views: 8201

Re: Who gets to comment on what? Why should I listen?

Criticism is one of those things that can be used to tear down and destroy. Is it any wonder then that some try to insulate themselves from such a weapon? It is a natural reaction, out of fear of pain that is observed in these groups. Perhaps even a justifiable reaction. One must take care with crit...
by Shii
Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:18 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Who gets to comment on what? Why should I listen?
Replies: 76
Views: 8201

Re: Who gets to comment on what? Why should I listen?

We can agree to disagree with others and still have compassion for them. I would like for you to define "compassion" as you keep using this word, but to quote the Venerable Rev. Master Inigo Montoya: "You keep using that word but I do not think it means what you think it means." Name calling and co...
by Shii
Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:41 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Sex Taboo's & applying Christianized thinking in Western Zen
Replies: 299
Views: 27553

Re: Sex Taboo's & applying Christianized thinking in Western

Should we have compassion for anyone who makes mistakes - including teachers, Zen priests, and murderers? Of course. Does this mean that we ought to abandon the act of making moral judgements? Of course not. The prajna of Zen does not imply the absence of discrimination. It implies a form of discri...
by Shii
Sat Feb 16, 2013 10:15 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Sex Taboo's & applying Christianized thinking in Western Zen
Replies: 299
Views: 27553

Re: Sex Taboo's & applying Christianized thinking in Western

Sexuality is a natural human function. It is a part of every human being and has been for as long as we have called ourselves humans. And, for just as long people have tried to control this deeply primal need in various ways. Our history is full of what to do regarding sex and what not to do, what i...
by Shii
Sun Jan 06, 2013 9:50 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is ignorance just the dimness of awareness?
Replies: 13
Views: 1532

Re: Is ignorance just the dimness of awareness?

Ignorance is a term used when someone is unknowing of something. For instance an old man may look at a child and say ignorance is bliss. This implies that the child does not yet know about life. It is also used when someone is perceived to be less educated or less intelligent than someone else. What...
by Shii
Sun Jan 06, 2013 9:18 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Relationship between mind and brain
Replies: 9
Views: 1376

Re: Relationship between mind and brain

The brain is a light bulb. The electricity that runs through it is the mind.
by Shii
Sun Jan 06, 2013 9:08 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Meeting spirits in real life
Replies: 12
Views: 1528

Re: Meeting spirits in real life

In the Lankavatara, the spirits are apparently Buddhas. This should be taken literally from what I can tell. “Then, Mahamati, sustained by the power of the Buddhas, the Bodhisattva-Mahasattvas at their first stage will attain the Bodhisattva-Samadhi, known as the Light of Mahayana, which belongs to...
by Shii
Sun Jan 06, 2013 8:47 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Meeting spirits in real life
Replies: 12
Views: 1528

Re: Meeting spirits in real life

It is possible that there are Buddhist spirits. However I would take whatever a spirit says to you with a grain of salt. They can be extremely helpful or they can lead you into quite a lot of trouble. Usually it is the latter of the two. Be careful and try not to get into some kind of spirit worship...
by Shii
Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:49 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Falling asleep
Replies: 5
Views: 1592

Re: Falling asleep

Are you getting to bed at a reasonable time? How about going to bed a bit early? Sometimes our bodies are stressed, and it is a good idea to make sure your body is getting the rest it needs. Also take a look at what you put into your body. How you eat directly relates to it's performance including h...
by Shii
Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:09 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 5
Views: 846

Hello

I am new here and I have been curious for quite some time about this web site and after watching for a while I decided to join. Not really much to say but I think I will enjoy being a presence on this site and providing input every once in a while.