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by lawrence
Mon Aug 19, 2013 3:32 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Chinese mahayana meditation
Replies: 16
Views: 2674

Re: Chinese mahayana meditation

in the Mahayanasradhotpadasastra, two types of meditation are reccommended. Shamatha and Vipashyana. sometimes called tranquilization or absorption and insight. Shamatha is just to sit or lie down and to watch your breath, or to watch nothing at all. keeping a clear mind. keeping a clear mind is ve...
by lawrence
Sun Aug 18, 2013 5:51 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 11
Views: 1240

Re: Hello

I'm more Nyingma than Kagyu (these are Tibetan traditions BTW), but I always find the books by Kagyu master Thrangu Rinpoche to be really clear and helpful too. I'll second that. His "An Ocean of the Ultimate Meaning" is quite good "The Compass of Zen" by Master Seung Sahn is also quite good. Gassh...
by lawrence
Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:43 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Emptiness and Nothingness
Replies: 62
Views: 6041

Re: Emptiness and Nothingness

It seems reasonable to say that "nothingness is at least a concept. Emptiness in Buddhist terms on the other hand (right or left your choice) refers to the fact that nothing is existent on it's own , you can't break something down to a final something that is a unique "it". Reality tho is all around...
by lawrence
Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:38 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 11
Views: 1240

Re: Hello

Gassho,
You might start by simply watching your thoughts and how they flow in and out of conscious awareness. No book needed for that. Experience calmness then confuse yourself with ideas, HaHa
Lawrence
by lawrence
Fri Aug 16, 2013 6:08 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: I Don't Know What I'm Doing Here
Replies: 13
Views: 1908

Re: I Don't Know What I'm Doing Here

Gassho,
Knowing that you don't know is a great first step, you acknowledge your preconceptions and misconceptions and can begin again.
lawrence
by lawrence
Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:26 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: I just want to hear your opinion. No offenses please,
Replies: 54
Views: 5975

Re: I just want to hear your opinion. No offenses please,

If indeed all forms are emptiness and emptiness is indeed form, where do you place your thoughts and reflections?
by lawrence
Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:17 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 5
Views: 817

Re: Hello

plwk wrote:Am I a Buddhist? Only when I think about it.
:hi: I know! Sometimes I think I am human, other days, a feline....
Our cat has it totally together, we're just here to serve her
by lawrence
Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:14 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 5
Views: 817

Re: Hello

lobster wrote::smile:

looking forward to the insights :popcorn:
Yeah me to. To paraphrase Ram Das, Sometimes I speak foolishness and sometimes with a little wisdom I just never know which is which :smile:
by lawrence
Fri Aug 16, 2013 3:25 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 5
Views: 817

Hello

Hi there,My name is Lawrence and I have followed a number of Buddhist forums off and on through the years, have learned a bit and questioned some,I suppose working through our own experience we sometimes do that. Am I a Buddhist? Only when I think about it. Look forward to what you have to share, an...

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