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by Anders
Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The nature of European monarchies
Replies: 22
Views: 399

Re: The nature of European monarchies

Greg's arguments so far: Arguing that European royal families are not in power (originally "rule entire nations") makes you a royalist. The British monarchy is filthy rich and so are petroleum companies who perform extensive lobbying. Ergo Royal families stil in power. Detailed arguments that Royal ...
by Anders
Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 263
Views: 2957

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

I have never seen this in Sravakayana teaching...except maybe reading Ajahn Chah, and i'm not sure his view is any kind of Thervada doctrinal thing, maybe someone else knows. The kammathana movement founded by Ajahn Mun (that Ajahn Chan is also a part of) is considered unorthodox at best by the wid...
by Anders
Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?
Replies: 263
Views: 2957

Re: Why is consciousness seen as something impermanent?

I am sympathetic to the OPs arguments. From an experiential PoV, they are quite sensible and easy to recognise. Consciousness is a subtle mofo and to be in a place in practice where one has a sense of working directly with it is an excellent platform. It's also the no 1 candidate for attaching the f...
by Anders
Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: BERNIE! BERNIE! BERNIE!
Replies: 28
Views: 484

Re: BERNIE! BERNIE! BERNIE!

From an outside observer, Bernie Sanders seems at best a quixotic choice. He is too old, for starters. That's not ageism, it actuarial - the odds of a guy at his age enduring the rigours of office for a full term. And he's never going to impress the business-oriented voters. So to me, he represents...
by Anders
Sat Jan 26, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Does Zen Buddhism need Four Noble Truths? If so, why?
Replies: 20
Views: 685

Re: Does Zen Buddhism need Four Noble Truths? If so, why?

Does Zen Buddhism need Four Noble Truths? If so, why? If you mean whether Zen can be taught without mentioning the term "four noble truths", then yes, it can be. If you mean whether Zen teaches something independent from the meaning of the four noble truths, then no. In a nutshell. The chapter on t...
by Anders
Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Denial and defense mechanism - Western Pysch perspective
Replies: 16
Views: 560

Re: How to face false accusation

TharpaChodron wrote:
Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:18 am
Sounds a little Gestalt like, no? What is your therapeutic school?
A mixture of gestalt, existential, client-based and body focused with a few Danish influences on the side.
by Anders
Thu Dec 27, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Denial and defense mechanism - Western Pysch perspective
Replies: 16
Views: 560

Re: How to face false accusation

Isn't this the truth. So many times I get told how the job I chose to do for low pay I am actually doing because I want to "make money off of them"...if they only knew. I once had someone accuse me of being in league with the prosecutors office...this when working in conjunction with an alternative...
by Anders
Thu Dec 27, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Unrestricted Chenrezig Sadhana
Replies: 49
Views: 1329

Re: Unrestricted Chenrezig Sadhana

Grigoris wrote:
Thu Dec 27, 2018 12:05 pm
Garchen Rinpoche regularly gives Chenrezig empowerments via live streams, it would be a good idea for the OP to get some info about the next one.
Anyone?
by Anders
Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: My father died on Dec 2
Replies: 24
Views: 605

Re: My father died on Dec 2

_/|\_
by Anders
Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is the difference between being kind and compassionate?
Replies: 12
Views: 319

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: 303

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: 1249

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: 1249

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: 4874

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: 4874

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: 344

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: 735

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: 765

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: 886

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: 1945

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 ...

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