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by Dharmakara
Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:32 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Warning Issued Against New Buddhist Center in Israel
Replies: 11
Views: 1558

Re: Warning Issued Against New Buddhist Center in Israel

In many ways it seems like a double standard though, getting worked up about such behavior when it happens to occur against Buddhists, yet find no problem when Buddhists do the same thing in regard to other faiths when they start popping up in Buddhist nations. A good example is Sri Lanka. But this ...
by Dharmakara
Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:59 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Warning Issued Against New Buddhist Center in Israel
Replies: 11
Views: 1558

Warning Issued Against New Buddhist Center in Israel

The anti-missionary organization Yad L'Achim has issued a warning against a new Buddhist center which is set to open in Israel’s Arava region. According to the warning, an agreement was recently signed by the Central Arava Regional Council and a non-profit organization by the name ‘Wisdom and Intell...
by Dharmakara
Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:44 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pre-Buddhist Chan
Replies: 35
Views: 3822

Re: Pre-Buddhist Chan

Ven. Huifeng: Very true, not only different, but sometimes more difficult than regular conversation.... like the saying goes, once a bell is rung it can't be unrung, so care should always be taken. Astus: The T'ien T'ai tradition has always resonated with me, especially the commentary on the ten pra...
by Dharmakara
Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:59 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Alleged religious discrimination against Zen Center
Replies: 7
Views: 1079

Re: Alleged religious discrimination against Zen Center

Came across this on the Buddhist Channel last week, not discrimination per se, but still a little concerned: County officials meet with Buddhist monks Bolivia, NC (USA) -- The news that the Wat Carolina Buddhist monastery in Bolivia would be hosting a conference of about 100 monks in June apparently...
by Dharmakara
Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:45 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pre-Buddhist Chan
Replies: 35
Views: 3822

Re: Pre-Buddhist Chan

As mentioned earlier, I should have chosen a better statement at the time, like "pre-existing elements that distinguish Ch'an from other schools of Buddhism", as this was what I was actually referring to. Certainly need to be more diligent when it comes to my choice words, especially when I've been ...
by Dharmakara
Thu Jan 13, 2011 4:26 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pre-Buddhist Chan
Replies: 35
Views: 3822

Re: Pre-Buddhist Chan

The monumental task of communicating Indian ideas to a Chinese audience was in inevitably informed by indigenous social, political, philosophical, and religious beliefs. Henry Maspero showed long ago that the earliest Chinese translations of Buddhist text were so heavily laden with Taoist terminolo...
by Dharmakara
Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:09 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pre-Buddhist Chan
Replies: 35
Views: 3822

Re: Pre-Buddhist Chan

Please read over my comment again because I certainly did not say that. In the early phases of its entry, Buddhism did not find many adherents in China, but Ch'an succeeded to do just that, agreeing with you in regard to the prestige and honor it commanded.
by Dharmakara
Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:51 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Krishnamurti and Buddhism
Replies: 107
Views: 9139

Re: Krishnamurti and Buddhism

I wonder what JK's thoughts were in regard to the Kalama Sutta and the Atta Dipa, about whether such a discussion or dialogue ever occured in comparison. Just checked and BuddhaNet seems to have quite a bit on this and other subjects related to him: http://www.buddhanet.net/bvk_study/bvk_preface.htm...
by Dharmakara
Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:47 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pre-Buddhist Chan
Replies: 35
Views: 3822

Re: Pre-Buddhist Chan

And yet when Buddhism first entered China it struggled... it was only after the establishment of Ch'an as an institutionalized form of Buddhism that this seemed to change.
by Dharmakara
Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:21 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Alleged religious discrimination against Zen Center
Replies: 7
Views: 1079

Re: Alleged religious discrimination against Zen Center

Very true... it's rarely ever a case of "equal discrimation under the law", so to speak.
by Dharmakara
Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:51 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Krishnamurti and Buddhism
Replies: 107
Views: 9139

Re: Krishnamurti and Buddhism

Dharmakara is ordained in both Theravadin and Mahayana traditions and probably has a clearer idea of this than most of the people on this forum. :smile: Really? Then best of luck to Ven. Dharmakara and his discussion. :namaste: Please, no "venerable" is necessary, as there are certainly monastics w...
by Dharmakara
Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:45 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Krishnamurti and Buddhism
Replies: 107
Views: 9139

Re: Krishnamurti and Buddhism

This was posted earlier on the thread, an excerpt from the book "Questioning Krishnamurti", which contained an exchange between JK and the Ven. Prof Walpola Sri Rahula Mahathera (1907–1997), a respected Buddhist scholar and author of "What the Buddha Taught": Walpola Rahula: I have been following yo...
by Dharmakara
Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:04 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pre-Buddhist Chan
Replies: 35
Views: 3822

Re: Pre-Buddhist Chan

Well, I'm quite certain the source for the Baisc Blocks is going to be well received (LOL) by anyone looking to punch at the opinion put forward , but it came from a website that specializes in travel: http://www.imperialtours.net/chan_buddhism.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Give...
by Dharmakara
Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:42 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pre-Buddhist Chan
Replies: 35
Views: 3822

Re: Pre-Buddhist Chan

True, though I've always been of the opinion that this was more related to the various teaching techniques, the influences that came to shape the understanding of particular teachers as they began over-shadowing doctrinal substance of the Ch'an tradition. This is an excerpt from The Building Blocks ...
by Dharmakara
Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:24 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Krishnamurti and Buddhism
Replies: 107
Views: 9139

Re: Krishnamurti and Buddhism

Came across a PDF entitled "An Instance of Dependent Origination"... it's described as a terse summary of Krishnamurti's teachings, though not sure how many pages as I don't have a PDF reader on this computer: http://www.shin-ibs.edu/documents/pwj3-9/06Rodrigues39.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href...
by Dharmakara
Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:02 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pre-Buddhist Chan
Replies: 35
Views: 3822

Re: Pre-Buddhist Chan

The point is, there is not just any pre-Buddhist Chan but there isn't even a clear cut Chan as represented by the tradition. Frankly, there isn't such Chan even now. Yes, but let's not forget the circumstance from which this thread began, so it isn't taken out of context, that I was replying to a c...
by Dharmakara
Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:40 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pre-Buddhist Chan
Replies: 35
Views: 3822

Re: Pre-Buddhist Chan

The very foundations which set Ch'an apart from all other branches of Buddhism clearly existed prior to the establishment of the tradition, hence not originating with them, but grafted on in the same manner as one does with a tree in agriculture, where the tissues of one plant are encouraged to fuse...
by Dharmakara
Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:43 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pre-Buddhist Chan
Replies: 35
Views: 3822

Re: Pre-Buddhist Chan

Can you actually provide any sources for your argument? I mean cite some scholars or show some texts that support your argument. If you can show me Chan practises from the Qin or Warring States period, you will prove your point. However, such things will not be found. Otherwise what you're saying i...
by Dharmakara
Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:24 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pre-Buddhist Chan
Replies: 35
Views: 3822

Re: Pre-Buddhist Chan

Let's see, we start with this at the beginning (the coat): ‘Just as the ocean slopes away gradually, tends down gradually without any abrupt precipice, even so this Dhamma and discipline is a gradual doing, a gradual training, a gradual practice. There is no sudden penetration of knowledge’ (Udana 5...
by Dharmakara
Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:53 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pre-Buddhist Chan
Replies: 35
Views: 3822

Re: Pre-Buddhist Chan

Let's try it this way: You walk out of the door with just your coat and while walking down the street you find scarf that someone unrelated to you has dropped, a scarf that compliments the color of your coat, so you pick it up and wrap it around your neck. You continue walking down the street, weari...

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