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by boda
Fri May 26, 2017 4:11 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: TOS wishful thinking
Replies: 10
Views: 288

Re: TOS wishful thinking

Part of right speech is examining the motives for the thing's we say to others. So it really is in the TOS. Right speech is abstaining from lying, divisive speech, abusive speech, and from idle chatter. You don't need to examine your motivations in order to abstain from these things. You only need ...
by boda
Fri May 26, 2017 1:35 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Importance of the Body
Replies: 35
Views: 789

Re: The Importance of the Body

Irrelevant. I think Mr. Swolenormous may disagree with you, if not outright flip you off. Staying fit and exercise does improve mental function and reduce stress. That can't only help Buddhist practice. Who is Mr. Swolenormous? I don't blame you for not hitting the play button in the OP video, in f...
by boda
Thu May 25, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: How can I be sure its valid
Replies: 42
Views: 735

Re: How can I be sure its valid

Then I discovered Shikantaza. Wonderful, effortless and immediate in terms of benefits as Meido suggests. However, as it is so far from my experience and understanding of what the Buddha taught I am concerned that I might be lapsing into a self congratulatory sense of indifference and like I said, ...
by boda
Thu May 25, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Importance of the Body
Replies: 35
Views: 789

Re: The Importance of the Body

Irrelevant. I think Mr. Swolenormous may disagree with you, if not outright flip you off. Staying fit and exercise does improve mental function and reduce stress. That can't only help Buddhist practice. http://www.quickmeme.com/img/b6/b6771e9ae237479801b41cebf076f7a1e2b2feee2bec98634393c96bed71474d...
by boda
Thu May 25, 2017 1:30 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Importance of the Body
Replies: 35
Views: 789

Re: The Importance of the Body

Malcolm wrote:
boda wrote:Perhaps a more straightforward question would be: how often do you visit the gym?


Irrelevant.


I think Mr. Swolenormous may disagree with you, if not outright flip you off.

Staying fit and exercise does improve mental function and reduce stress. That can't only help Buddhist practice.
by boda
Wed May 24, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Importance of the Body
Replies: 35
Views: 789

Re: The Importance of the Body

Perhaps a more straightforward question would be: how often do you visit the gym?
by boda
Wed May 24, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Importance of the Body
Replies: 35
Views: 789

Re: The Importance of the Body

Is the idea of "Love it or leave it" integrated anywhere in Buddhist philosophy? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X31SjB0SwOI My oh my! It hurts sometimes Oh my oh my! It hurts sometimes I think I’m running out of time Before I’m gonna lose my mind Sounds kinda Buddhist. More so if you rep...
by boda
Tue May 23, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: How can I be sure its valid
Replies: 42
Views: 735

Re: How can I be sure its valid

Indeed there's a whole section of the Gaku Do Yojin Shu, linked to above, about having a gaining attitude. See:

4. Do not practice Gautama Buddha’s teachings with the intention of getting something.
by boda
Tue May 23, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: How can I be sure its valid
Replies: 42
Views: 735

Re: How can I be sure its valid

look for good examples.. like Oka Sotan.. all his disciples followed him unquestionably. Among them such famous like Ishizawa Ian - teacher of Shunryu Roshi, Gyokujun So-on, Eko Hashimoto, Sawaki Kōdō, Harada Sōgaku, and I met disciples of most of them, all were giving this example of total surrend...
by boda
Tue May 23, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: How can I be sure its valid
Replies: 42
Views: 735

Re: How can I be sure its valid

because genuine realisation depends on complete surrender to the teacher, entirely... As stated, this would appear to mean that shikan taza is superfluous to genuine realization. All anyone would need to do is completely surrender to a zen teacher. Maybe you would like to rephrase, or at least show...
by boda
Tue May 23, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: How can I be sure its valid
Replies: 42
Views: 735

Re: How can I be sure its valid

Since there is no point of reference, only teacher and shikan taza.. in many zen manuals it is clearly stated. So you can't explain why, it's just something you read in a manual. Fair enough. :namaste: because genuine realisation depends on complete surrender to the teacher, entirely... As stated, ...
by boda
Tue May 23, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: How can I be sure its valid
Replies: 42
Views: 735

Re: How can I be sure its valid

It is all about faith in shikan taza. Hello Matylda, If you know that Soto Zen is all about complete faith in the teacher & shikan taza I imagine that you should be able to explain why. Since there is no point of reference, only teacher and shikan taza.. in many zen manuals it is clearly stated...
by boda
Mon May 22, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: How can I be sure its valid
Replies: 42
Views: 735

Re: How can I be sure its valid

Matylda wrote:It is all about faith in shikan taza.


Hello Matylda,

If you know that Soto Zen is all about complete faith in the teacher & shikan taza I imagine that you should be able to explain why.
by boda
Sat May 20, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: TOS wishful thinking
Replies: 10
Views: 288

Re: TOS wishful thinking

Ayu wrote:It's actually there. :smile:


Actually it's not.


By the way, 100% of my posts have been approved this last week. Is something wrong? I'm starting to worry.
by boda
Sat May 20, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 1949

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

It means, rising above the need to make such judgements. It's not a matter of abandoning the understanding of right and wrong, but understanding it so well you don't have to think about it. It is called, in learning theory, 'unconscious competence'. This theory may apply well to leaning a new skill...
by boda
Sat May 20, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 1949

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

My Little Dharma History Hi Astus, At the end of this blogpost you write: "No buddha can make people enlightened. Everyone has to do it oneself." If I may ask, how exactly do you know this? There really is no sense in trying to argue this one way or another. It doesn't matter. Who's argui...
by boda
Sat May 20, 2017 1:08 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Donald Trump Impeached
Replies: 48
Views: 831

Re: Donald Trump Impeached

Nicholas Weeks wrote:For every single Rightest violent person, there are 50 Lefties.


That's only because Soros pays fifty times better than the Koch bros, cheap bastards.
by boda
Fri May 19, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 1949

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

Astus has studied with a number of Zen teachers, and couple of Kagyu ones too, if I am not mistaken. My Little Dharma History Hi Astus, At the end of this blogpost you write: "No buddha can make people enlightened. Everyone has to do it oneself." If I may ask, how exactly do you know this?
by boda
Fri May 19, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 1949

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

It means, rising above the need to make such judgements. It's not a matter of abandoning the understanding of right and wrong, but understanding it so well you don't have to think about it. It is called, in learning theory, 'unconscious competence'. This theory may apply well to leaning a new skill...
by boda
Thu May 18, 2017 4:57 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 1949

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

Kensho is the entrance gate to true Zen practice because the Zen path takes the recognition of kensho as its method. So yes, in that sense, we can say that the recognition of one's nature is the essential point of the Zen path. The essential point of Buddhism is the cessation of suffering. Good luc...

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