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by Anders
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: doctrinal unity
Replies: 12
Views: 435

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: 689

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: 689

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: 689

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: 573

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: 573

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: 362

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: 27
Views: 1625

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: 908

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: 1183

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: 908

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: 2201

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: 2201

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...
by Anders
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zazen and breathing
Replies: 38
Views: 2201

Re: Zazen and breathing

Scholars have their motivations of course. But other people seem largely motivated by their own affinities/aversions. For example, people who study Zen for some years but never learned or heard about such practices are hesitant to admit that perhaps their lineages lost something , or didn't preserv...
by Anders
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Media
Topic: "Wild Wild Country" - Osho documentary on Netflix
Replies: 63
Views: 2710

Re: "Wild Wild Country" - Osho documentary on Netflix

I think Osho has some sort of spiritual awakening, then made the cardinal sin of thinking this was the end of the matter and that all actions of his from there on out were enlightened actions. His own carte Blanche for complete spiritual bypass and utter lack of morality. Quite sad really.
by Anders
Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Everybody speaks about samaya, but nobody knows what it is.
Replies: 139
Views: 19476

Re: Everybody speaks about samaya, but nobody knows what it is.

It is a set of commitments one makes to the guru, one's vajra siblings, and the path in general. Though they are in fact secret, they are openly discussed by many people here all the time. karma-mechanically speaking, it is more than that though, right? What role do they play as an essential compon...
by Anders
Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Everybody speaks about samaya, but nobody knows what it is.
Replies: 139
Views: 19476

Re: Everybody speaks about samaya, but nobody knows what it is.

I do wonder why it is so difficult to give a straightforward explanation of it. It seems like something that ought to be taken on with clear comprehension. The samaya vows are actually secret and technically, should only be explained during or after the empowerment. M Ok, so that's the content of S...
by Anders
Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Everybody speaks about samaya, but nobody knows what it is.
Replies: 139
Views: 19476

Re: Everybody speaks about samaya, but nobody knows what it is.

Frankly, the only way to understand samaya is to receive empowerment and practice assiduously . Just as an example, in Sarma practices one recites the various aspects and vows of Samaya during "self-empowerment" rituals, and these are the same as those given during the empowerment. One of the commo...
by Anders
Fri Mar 02, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: The Mahayana Is Not Diluted Theravada.
Replies: 100
Views: 5700

Re: The Mahayana Is Not Diluted Theravada.

It is quite unlikely that the Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra is a composition of Nāgārjuna. See Bronkhorst, Language and Reality: On an Episode in Indian Thought , from page 56 on. Apologies. I was simply going with a traditional attribution. We can call him Pseudo-Nāgārjuna until there is consensus on w...
by Anders
Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: New Zen Forum invitation
Replies: 72
Views: 3787

Re: New Zen Forum invitation

Unannounced maintenance window? Doesn't sound like they know what they are doing.

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