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by Anders
Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: My father died on Dec 2
Replies: 15
Views: 185

Re: My father died on Dec 2

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by Anders
Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is the difference between being kind and compassionate?
Replies: 12
Views: 174

Re: What is the difference between being kind and compassionate?

I think it is easy for us as Mahayana Buddhists to succumb to a kind of intellectual faux compassion, where we have thoughts of compassion and intention for it, but it's not really felt nor reflected in our being and actions. In the benign end of the scale, we intend for compassion on the way to it....
by Anders
Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do you respond to someone who likes to armchair psychoanalyze you out of arrogance?
Replies: 6
Views: 244

Re: How do you respond to someone who likes to armchair psychoanalyze you out of arrogance?

One of the first thing I learned in my psychotherapy studies was that it is quite easy to attempt analysis and interpretation, and generally the least useful thing to offer in therapy. To me, the alpha and omega of psychotherapy is empathetic listening, creating a safe relation for the client to ope...
by Anders
Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: Rinzai Zen and Physical Practice
Replies: 5
Views: 443

Re: Rinzai Zen and Physical Practice

But really I think the best way to learn all this is by osmosis, exposure to adepts, getting the feel for how they move and operate. What you can pick up from adepts with the senses is often more instructive than what you can pick up from explanations and understandings.
by Anders
Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: Rinzai Zen and Physical Practice
Replies: 5
Views: 443

Re: Rinzai Zen and Physical Practice

Ime the onus is less on physical fitness and more on connection with the body. Typical meditation practice proceeds much the way mundane body-mind relationships go - that there is a mind homunculus lodged somewhere in our brain area directing the body engaging with an outside environment. The lesson...
by Anders
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 102
Views: 4143

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

Thanks for the reply. It leaves me with a few more questions that I hope you can also help with. Skillful means. Can you give a top 5 list or something of what Vajrayana brings to the table in this regard? This is a very big question. The long and short of it however is that identifying oneself as a...
by Anders
Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 102
Views: 4143

A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

Hi, My name is Anders and I am a mahayanika for a goodly number of years now. I read much of the sutras quite literally, take the avatamsaka cosmology at face value, am an ekayanin who takes a fuzzy view on how long the path to buddhahood has to take, and either way think the whole "get there as fas...
by Anders
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do I stop feeling drawn back to the beliefs that I grew up with?
Replies: 7
Views: 297

Re: How do I stop feeling drawn back to the beliefs that I grew up with?

Every so often, I slip away from the practice of the Dharma and start to move back towards the faith that I grew up with, which I no longer believe and have a lot of issues and doubts with. This is constantly becoming an obstacle for me in my daily Buddhist practice and I'm just wondering, has anyo...
by Anders
Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Chenrezig/Avalokita - Buddha or Bodhisattva?
Replies: 16
Views: 606

Re: Chenrezig/Avalokita - Buddha or Bodhisattva?

Is Chenrezig/Avalokita a Buddha or a Bodhisattva? Depends who you ask. I believe in vajrayana he is considered a buddha. IMO the difference between avalokiteshvara being a buddha or 10th stage bodhisattva is negligible, at least as far as his relationship with people like us goes. He's pretty aweso...
by Anders
Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Long meditation session
Replies: 11
Views: 645

Re: Long meditation session

Hello, I'm new to meditation (only practically, theoretically I know a lot of informations about it). I realised that many things what I was doing are useless and waste of time. So I decided to meditate as long as I could. Coz I have a lot of free time I would like to spend that time in meditation....
by Anders
Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Doubts regarding Soto Zen
Replies: 15
Views: 710

Re: Doubts regarding Soto Zen

I doubt there are many who do sesshin because they like it. You do sesshin because there is something more important in your life to resolve that outweighs the difficulties and questions of personal preference. I much prefer the Chinese style of retreat myself. But it's the Japanese one I end up doi...
by Anders
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?
Replies: 31
Views: 1711

Re: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?

Separate topic, perhaps: what is in TienTai that is not in Nagarjuna? The third truth stands out. A broader range of practices and somewhat broader range of texts being relied upon. Zhi Yi held up the lotus and avatamsaka sutras as the perfected teachings, Nagarjuna more or less explained away the ...
by Anders
Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?
Replies: 31
Views: 1711

Re: How is enlightenment achieved in madhamaka and tiantai?

So I've been reading about nagarjuna and emptiness and see that he is always trying to negate the systems of his contemporaries whilst offering no system of his own. My question is: did nagarjuna ever categorically offer a positive means or ANYTHING at all about what enlightenment is or how to get ...
by Anders
Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Is there a Tibetan translation of The awakening of faith
Replies: 8
Views: 798

Re: Is there a Tibetan translation of The awakening of faith

There is not. Which is why some scholars have posited that it was authored by Paramartha, rather than simply translated.
by Anders
Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Psychoanalysis
Replies: 107
Views: 4133

Re: Psychoanalysis

There are very few exclusive practitioners of Psychoanalysis anymore,the trend has moved away from exclusive practices anyway, but last I looked Pyschoanalytic practitioners are the literally the smallest part of the pie. More than anything else, the mental health world has moved into a time where ...
by Anders
Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Psychoanalysis
Replies: 107
Views: 4133

Re: Psychoanalysis

Malcolm wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:57 pm

Nope.

Nope. But it is nice to blame our parents.

Talk therapy is useless.

Mere proliferation. And, it is not as free as you might think.

Probably not.

It's all bollocks, just another way to separate fools from their money.
Cool story bro
by Anders
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Psychoanalysis
Replies: 107
Views: 4133

Re: Psychoanalysis

Yeah. Sure there are not as many Freudian practitioners of psychoanalysis as there used to be (though they are not as extinct as one might think either) but the fundamentals of psychoanalysis are as current as ever. Psychoanalysis is bollocks. It is not scientific, it is based on the fantasies of o...
by Anders
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Psychoanalysis
Replies: 107
Views: 4133

Re: Psychoanalysis

Psychoanalysis is not taken very seriously any more That's like saying the bible is not taken very seriously any more, because all it contains are fairy tales. Well, quite the opposite, many people take the bible very, very seriously. Any many, many Western therapists are so familiar with so many f...
by Anders
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful
Replies: 79
Views: 3569

Re: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful

I wonder if Zen is doing well because it was popularised back in the hippy days and has had more time to establish. I was maybe more typical in finding it through martial arts - we created a Dojo with a Zendo above it back in the 1990's. I didn't have time to get into it properly though as work too...
by Anders
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful
Replies: 79
Views: 3569

Re: This Western Dharma experiment has been unsuccessful

We need a strong subculture of Western Buddhist nomads. You're talking about tumbleweed yogis. They depend on the settled communities for their support. They've always been a counter-culture. You need the community householders to support that. Horse before the cart. Ajahn Chah once asked Ajahn sum...

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