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by DGA
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:21 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: how much does chicago style change?
Replies: 4
Views: 119

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: 69
Views: 1020

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: 471

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: 37
Views: 1591

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: 656

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
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Who is a slanderer of the Lotus Sutra?
Replies: 4
Views: 174

Who is a slanderer of the Lotus Sutra?

I wanted to follow up on some themes that emerged in a recent discussion on the topic of "shakubuku." You can find that here for context: https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=26934 The discussion concerned the question of whether and how one can convince others to practice the Dharma of Shak...
by DGA
Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 58
Views: 1107

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: 1107

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: 1413

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: 1107

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: 1413

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...
by DGA
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:37 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 58
Views: 1107

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

I will completely cop to being the sort of practitioner who sees the teacher in the "good friend" model, not an infallible person worthy of selfless devotion. I always found total Surrender to my teacher very useful. But, generally speaking, not without dangers. I guess I was young, naive & lucky. ...
by DGA
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Lineage in Nichiren
Replies: 43
Views: 683

Re: Lineage in Nichiren

Also i did a five year intense stretch with a Rinpoche whom i am very fond of and very grateful to... unfortunately i cannot even mention on this site what became of him...which i see nothing wrong with for i know the guy...some inter sect stuff...begins with S I want to thank you for this post. Wh...
by DGA
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakabuku Woes
Replies: 104
Views: 1304

Re: Shakabuku Woes

You know how enlightened you really are malcolm...be honest with yourself...you are waiting to die to see... What is this supposed to mean? Kevin ahh brought in your budeh malcolm...roflmao... when asked about enlightenment he guarantees it 100% at death if you practice dzogchen... this to me is de...
by DGA
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakabuku Woes
Replies: 104
Views: 1304

Re: Shakabuku Woes

All Malcolm is saying, "If the time is right, the time is right." Says nothing about the particular circumstances of the time. Our progress on the path is both prompting from without and from within. Nothing that Malcolm proposes has any definitive say on what prompting from without out looks like....
by DGA
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Zen Community Round Table
Topic: Looking ahead...(split from ZFI topic)
Replies: 141
Views: 1413

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...
by DGA
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shakabuku Woes
Replies: 104
Views: 1304

Re: Shakabuku Woes

Queequeg wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:17 pm
No, that still doesn't offer a definitive answer. We can go back and forth on this all day.
It would be worthwhile, perhaps, to consider what it is about Malcolm's response that is, from your perspective, inadequate or provisional.

Any takers?
by DGA
Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: By way of welcome: Let's drink some tea!
Replies: 36
Views: 627

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

White Lotus wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:17 pm
What do you do after the cup of tea?
Take a piss.
by DGA
Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 687
Views: 16958

Re: The DJKR Topic

But it doesn't alter the fact that what we see is a crude and silly attempt to justify the unjustifiable wrapped in religious patter and accompanied by folkloric anecdotes that are, frankly, only valid currency among the credulous. For goodness sake! If all we can come up with after half a century ...
by DGA
Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:42 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The DJKR Topic
Replies: 687
Views: 16958

Re: The DJKR Topic

Reoccurring themes in Rinpoche's recent teachings are his concerns about political correctness and the dominance of leftist views in western Buddhism. But no-one needs to take my word for this, there are plenty of opportunities to listen to what he has to say online. What counts as political correc...