Search found 5746 matches

by DGA
Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:50 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Preparing for Ordination
Replies: 2
Views: 54

Re: Preparing for Ordination

Dharmasherab wrote:
Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:22 am
how to best prepare as a lay Buddhist
Find a trustworthy teacher.

Listen with care to that teacher's instruction.

Follow the guidance you are given to the very best of your ability.

Go on like this.

Keep going...
by DGA
Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:47 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: A Critique of Engaged Buddhism
Replies: 1
Views: 50

Re: A Critique of Engaged Buddhism

"Engaged Buddhism" appears to be a strawman in this post. With whom do you disagree, specifically? On what grounds ?
by DGA
Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:45 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakubuku and shoju a few thoughts
Replies: 10
Views: 103

Re: Shakubuku and shoju a few thoughts

The competition in Japan, if anything, was more intense than in China. A lot of pressure to invent some new way to frame something. It leads to brilliant insights occasionally, this pressure for Imperial patronage and funding, but it also leads to some BS being pedalled, if I am not out of bounds t...
by DGA
Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:43 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakubuku and shoju a few thoughts
Replies: 10
Views: 103

Re: Shakubuku and shoju a few thoughts

I think I may have just thought of a potential application of shōju by the Zen Master Dōgen in his Shōbōgenzō. National Teacher Enkan Saian in Kangshū Province was an esteemed Master under Baso. He once pointed out to his assembly, “All sentient beings are possessed of Buddha Nature.” Right away, w...
by DGA
Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:37 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakubuku and shoju a few thoughts
Replies: 10
Views: 103

Re: Shakubuku and shoju a few thoughts

What qualifies a person to undertake such practices as shakubuku and shoju? Does this vary by sect or person-to-person or context?

I'm sorry if this question has already been covered in this thread. I've had a hard time following some of it. Thanks.
by DGA
Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:35 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakubuku and shoju a few thoughts
Replies: 10
Views: 103

Re: Shakubuku and shoju a few thoughts

yeah but we are on a total Buddhist site...we are debating with long term buddhists... Nichiren was trained in Tendai debate techniques, perhaps he is making his argument to others similarly qualified. This is an interesting topic. I'd like to know more about it. Was Nichiren addressing the Tendai ...
by DGA
Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:28 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rabbit's Horns
Replies: 84
Views: 1387

Re: Rabbit's Horns

it's incoherent and it doesn't mean a damned thing 2+2=4. There's nothing incoherent about a rabbit having horns. 1. the "it" I was referring to was the totality of incoherent and meaningless experiences we refer to as samsara. 2. if your claim is correct, then you should be able to show me a rabbi...
by DGA
Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:25 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rabbit's Horns
Replies: 84
Views: 1387

Re: Rabbit's Horns

From the Gelug POV: “The horns of a rabbit do not inherently exist because they do not exist at all. The mere realization of their non-existence reveals that the horns of a rabbit do not inherently exist; therefore, the non-inherent existence of the horns of a rabbit is not an emptiness. An emptine...
by DGA
Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma Wheel Heavy Weights
Replies: 42
Views: 972

Re: Dharma Wheel Heavy Weights

CedarTree wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:55 pm
DGA wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:29 pm
CedarTree wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:37 pm
I proposed this before but there was some hesitation I think maybe now might be a good time on the forum for it.

Astus

Malcolm

Coëmgenu

...
thankful I didn't make this list
The periods implied you.... Start talking...
But I'm not really a heavyweight, am I? BMI of 27.
by DGA
Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma Wheel Heavy Weights
Replies: 42
Views: 972

Re: Dharma Wheel Heavy Weights

CedarTree wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:37 pm
I proposed this before but there was some hesitation I think maybe now might be a good time on the forum for it.

Astus

Malcolm

Coëmgenu

...
thankful I didn't make this list
by DGA
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:21 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: how much does chicago style change?
Replies: 4
Views: 134

Re: how much does chicago style change?

chicago style is more or less inedible

more like a casserole than a pizza, really

Da Bearsssss
by DGA
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:18 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Rabbit's Horns
Replies: 84
Views: 1387

Re: Rabbit's Horns

From the Gelug POV: “The horns of a rabbit do not inherently exist because they do not exist at all. The mere realization of their non-existence reveals that the horns of a rabbit do not inherently exist; therefore, the non-inherent existence of the horns of a rabbit is not an emptiness. An emptine...
by DGA
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:13 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Winter festivities
Replies: 35
Views: 478

Re: Winter festivities

I'm a year-round drinker but no one asked about spring, summer, or fall winter is time for bourbon and rye. Or well-aged, fruity reds. I like the booze that gives teenagers the worst hangovers I'm partial to the ryes - year round. These days my go to is Michters. I don't even need to go out of my w...
by DGA
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:12 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 38
Views: 1628

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

As many have pointed out in the past, when Zen monks silently meditate and perform various austerities, and when Pure Land grandmothers with no knowledge of sutras or meditation recite the Nianfo, they are really working toward the same goal, since Amida and Big Mind are just different ways of desc...
by DGA
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:11 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The Dog's Tooth.
Replies: 41
Views: 714

Re: The Dog's Tooth.

Anyone who has been around the Vajrayana for a while will know the story of the dog's tooth that was treated as a relic and eventually began to glow. We have heard it many times. Yesterday it was mentioned again and I was reflecting on it as if it was new to me..and I realised that I didn't really ...
by DGA
Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 58
Views: 1131

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 DGA
Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 58
Views: 1131

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? Who has done this? The point is that you need a relationship with a living teacher to a...
by DGA
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Zen Community Round Table
Topic: Looking ahead...(split from ZFI topic)
Replies: 141
Views: 1449

Re: Looking ahead...(split from ZFI topic)

That's all very useful, thanks. I've only interacted with Lisa as a co-tenant in a practice space shared by other Dharma groups, and as a source for the young trees our neighborhood association distributes. It would be worthwhile to follow up on the claim of teaching authorization. I should add tha...
by DGA
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 58
Views: 1131

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

Oh Dear! I knew I'd put my foot in it sooner or later :smile: It was something I intuitively felt at the time. Over 35 years ago. Not something that was demanded. And I did say I was young, naive & lucky. In retrospect, I'm glad I took that approach. And, yes, it was outside standard Buddhist pract...
by DGA
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Zen Community Round Table
Topic: Looking ahead...(split from ZFI topic)
Replies: 141
Views: 1449

Re: Looking ahead...(split from ZFI topic)

Not to be nit-picking (okay, I am nit-picking), but I didn't find the Kwan Um connection with Earth Sangha. I did see a Chogye reference, but they are distant cousins, so to speak. The founder of Kwan Um was a Chogye monk, but the tradition is decidedly Western. It is a very interesting organizatio...