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by Anders
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 135
Views: 2128

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

PeterC wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:56 am
which itself is a slightly apocryphal text.
What does that even mean?
by Anders
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Post-awakening cultivation in Zen
Replies: 11
Views: 412

Re: Post-awakening cultivation in Zen

many Tang dynasty Zen texts emphasize sudden awakening and suggest that it is totally realized in an instant I am not sure I agree with that. The Sudden/Gradual dichotomy is not so much about whether you cross the finishing line immediately, as it is about how you do it. The sudden path is about ta...
by Anders
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 135
Views: 2128

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

The thesis originated with Jizang, one of the seminal masters of the Sanlun/Madhyamika tradition, who originally wrote of it: “Not only sentient beings have buddha-nature; grasses and trees also have buddha-nature” Perhaps the most striking thing here is not so much positing that "grasses and trees ...
by Anders
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: Koans and Kensho
Replies: 12
Views: 377

Re: Koans and Kensho

My question is about Koans and Kensho. I have solved a few Koans and received verification from a Zen master that because of distance I currently don't have access to. After solving these Koans, I discovered that I also knew the solutions to a lot of other related Koans. Although, there are many mo...
by Anders
Fri Jul 27, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Masters in whose presence peace is experienced?
Replies: 7
Views: 395

Re: Masters in whose presence peace is experienced?

I experienced it frequently, and saw it frequently happen to lots of people as well, around Ajahn Pannavado. He's dead now though. But it is very much a thing. Have heard similar stories from others in the presence of other teachers.
by Anders
Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Practise to recall past incarnations
Replies: 24
Views: 837

Re: Practise to recall past incarnations

I don't know why past life recall gets such a bad rep in modern Buddhism. I think the book referenced above by ajahn brahm gives good advice: These recollections of past lives qualify as deep insight for four reasons. First, the Buddha called them the first of the “threefold knowledges” (tevijjā) (M...
by Anders
Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why is Oral Sex Considered Sexual Misconduct?
Replies: 71
Views: 8942

Re: Why is Oral Sex Considered Sexual Misconduct?

I think this fails the test on the five precepts being common sense practices, who have a distinct moral character whose harmfulness when broken are readily observable. I am not inherently opposed to practices with magic assumptions, but the five precepts follow a more fundamental and universal stan...
by Anders
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: doctrinal unity
Replies: 18
Views: 719

Re: doctrinal unity

While there are differences in doctrinal emphasis (and practices) between the lineages, I think there is a fair degree of doctrinal unity. What I meant is the absence of a requirement to comply with a specific set of doctrines within the various organisations. It can be said that there is a fair de...
by Anders
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Non Buddhist enlightenment
Replies: 36
Views: 865

Re: Non Buddhist enlightenment

I can see the utilitarian argument, that when talk of a Self helps, then use it, but when it obscures don't..but I wonder whether that whole line of thought arose before mass communication and the subsequent opportunities for reification and concretisation of such concepts and if so..whether there ...
by Anders
Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Non Buddhist enlightenment
Replies: 36
Views: 865

Re: Non Buddhist enlightenment

Well bear with me..as I say I have very little knowledge of Zen or far Eastern Buddhism generally.. But I would ask you and Anders how the use of a term which is used by the Buddha in the Suttas to denote a series of wrong concepts came to be used to mean its apparent opposite? I ask in a spirit of...
by Anders
Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Non Buddhist enlightenment
Replies: 36
Views: 865

Re: Non Buddhist enlightenment

Which raises the question of provenance and (deep breath) authenticity in terms of mainstream Buddhadharma. Or even in mainstream Zen. I don't think it is controversial to say that 'true self' as a term has seen widespread provisional, and often casual, usage in east-asian Buddhism. I don't see it ...
by Anders
Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Accuracy of internet koans
Replies: 20
Views: 661

Re: Accuracy of internet koans

There is no Buddhist centers in where I live. I am thinking of moving to a place where there may be some Buddhist community. Moving has been on my mind for a long time because where I live I view myself as being treated as a second class citizen, and subhuman. What's your general area? Maybe we can...
by Anders
Sat Jun 30, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Accuracy of internet koans
Replies: 20
Views: 661

Re: Accuracy of internet koans

Can someone give me a koan from one of those books? I think the best way to receive a koan is face to face with a teacher who can point out to you how the koan reflects your own present situation and together you work with it through that. Reading about koans, to my mind, is just brain play really....
by Anders
Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza
Replies: 15
Views: 437

Re: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza

You may want to take a look at Sheng-yen's teachings on silent illumination. He has some techniques for easing into silent illumination that are very satipatthana-like, but gradually become less object oriented. You may want to take a look at Ajahn Munindo's teachings as well, whom I feel does a goo...
by Anders
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: ahimsa and pest control
Replies: 28
Views: 1777

Re: ahimsa and pest control

deserving of reaping the karma Karma is not a justice system. No one is deserving of the karma they reap. What all beings deserve, regardless of their actions, is to enjoy the fruits of their own innate Buddhahood. What they get is, sadly, karma due to their ignorance. If your view of harmlessness ...
by Anders
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Competitive meditators...
Replies: 26
Views: 1007

Re: Competitive meditators...

dzogchungpa wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:48 am
All modesty aside, I am almost certainly one of the least competitive meditators in the world.
BS! I am less competitive than you and I have the total lack of any attainment to back it up.
by Anders
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Have you tried Holotropic Breathwork?
Replies: 47
Views: 1298

Re: Have you tried Holotropic Breathwork?

From where I am sitting, Boda is asking reasonable questions and is getting nothing but ad hominem in return.
by Anders
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Competitive meditators...
Replies: 26
Views: 1007

Re: Competitive meditators...

A bit of friendly competitiveness can lead to great things On one occasion the Blessed One was wandering on a tour among the Kosalans with a large community of monks. As he was going along a road, he saw a large sala forest in a certain place. Going down from the road, he went to the sala forest. On...
by Anders
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zazen and breathing
Replies: 38
Views: 2405

Re: Zazen and breathing

Would you say the same of other beliefs, like the five elements and the forces of yin and yang? Then Zou Yan might be that "some dude". But there are several other "energy" views out there, so just as combination with Chinese concepts can be acceptable, we might as well integrate readily available ...
by Anders
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zazen and breathing
Replies: 38
Views: 2405

Re: Zazen and breathing

Tradition is no proof, otherwise the Vedas should be accepted as well. Tradition and living lineage is not the same thing. At least not in the sense that the pali canon uses the term. Some did, some did not, and some rejected them. So, instead of relying on one's choice of great masters, why not on...

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