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by Daizan
Tue Aug 18, 2020 1:38 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Feeling Emotions
Replies: 59
Views: 2020

Re: Feeling Emotions

I have a question about feelings. I wanted to know what Buddhism says about it. I heard it said that we don’t genuinely feel anything during meditation. Does this mean that how we feel about events and things that happen to us is not real? Another person told me that we don’t genuinely feel things ...
by Daizan
Thu Jul 09, 2020 3:24 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: in defense
Replies: 63
Views: 2128

Re: in defense

Yes, that was my attempted exit from this discussion. Well, no, if that were the case you'd have written something like " see ya later, alligator " and I'd have wittily retorted " in a while, crocodile ", but alas, we're not so chummy. You wrote several things, some of them false things, unrelated ...
by Daizan
Thu Jul 09, 2020 2:55 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: in defense
Replies: 63
Views: 2128

Re: in defense

only an awakened or clairvoyant person can tell for sure what another person’s experience is. You appear to be suggesting that a simple kenshō experience makes a person practically clairvoyant. Perhaps you've gotten carried away. That's understandable. More reasonably, clearly a kenshō experience d...
by Daizan
Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:36 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: in defense
Replies: 63
Views: 2128

Re: in defense

only an awakened or clairvoyant person can tell for sure what another person’s experience is. You appear to be suggesting that a simple kenshō experience makes a person practically clairvoyant. Perhaps you've gotten carried away. That's understandable. More reasonably, clearly a kenshō experience d...
by Daizan
Thu Jul 09, 2020 12:30 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: in defense
Replies: 63
Views: 2128

Re: in defense

I thought she defended them just fine. Of course, I did hold the same opinion as Matylda prior to this thread. She claimed: Generally I do not think so.. In the West I never met anyone. In Japan there are only a few probably. Do you also believe that there are "probably" only 3 Zen masters in Japan...
by Daizan
Thu Jul 09, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: in defense
Replies: 63
Views: 2128

Re: in defense

Do you also believe that there are "probably" only 3 Zen masters in Japan that have had some degree of awakening? According to what Matylda later claims, you would have to be awakened in order to know this, and also know that none of the Westerners you've met have any degree of awakening. in this c...
by Daizan
Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: in defense
Replies: 63
Views: 2128

Re: in defense

The question was very simple and straight - Are zen teachers awakened? Isn't it? I gave the answer - NO. Then in the course of the discussion i gave the reason why I think NO. There were many yes/no other posts. In the meantime I got a few private massages, some pretty abusive. Probably I have offe...
by Daizan
Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: in defense
Replies: 63
Views: 2128

Re: in defense

The question was very simple and straight - Are zen teachers awakened? Isn't it? I gave the answer - NO. Then in the course of the discussion i gave the reason why I think NO. There were many yes/no other posts. In the meantime I got a few private massages, some pretty abusive. Probably I have offe...
by Daizan
Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 230
Views: 9485

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

What I think you're trying to say is that Eastern culture tends to be more holistic and Western culture tends to be more individualistic. Buddhism could be seen as being more holistic than individualistic, and therefore more easily integrated into a culture that tends to value holism. On the other ...
by Daizan
Sat Jul 04, 2020 2:29 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 230
Views: 9485

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

Well, without the ability to prove the claim you can only give reasons for why it might be true. It is rather simple, but difficult to apprehend perhaps. In the West people tend to think too much, and this thinking is pretty sophisticated and very valued. Over thinking and overtalking are its marks...
by Daizan
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 230
Views: 9485

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

I see the great difficulty in transferring zen or dharma in general and any Buddhist tradition to the hemisphere which was under completely different religious or culture influence for thousands of years. Every culture has a tendency to believe it's superior to all others. That's perfectly natural....
by Daizan
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 230
Views: 9485

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

I see the great difficulty in transferring zen or dharma in general and any Buddhist tradition to the hemisphere which was under completely different religious or culture influence for thousands of years. Every culture has a tendency to believe it's superior to all others. That's perfectly natural....
by Daizan
Fri May 08, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Uploading the ego to the cloud
Replies: 72
Views: 2988

Re: Uploading the ego to the cloud

I think the basic premise of the show - that the ego/personality could be uploaded to a cloud-based computer system and enjoy a simulated existence, is forever impossible. And why? Because everything in ‘the cloud’ is digitised - it is represented by strings of binary digits comprising one’s and ze...
by Daizan
Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Emotions = suffering?
Replies: 59
Views: 4412

Re: Emotions = suffering?

Emotions = suffering is just a really bad way of saying that grasping and aversion result in suffering. Analogously, it's like saying that all colors are white. That may be true in a sense, but it doesn't explain anything and may only prove to be misleading. Blue is not white, and happiness is not s...
by Daizan
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 9073

Re: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)

Human birth and the chance it offers to escape the wheel of life and death is precious. Not all human life is precious, according to the teachings. A precious human birth is a specific type of human birth. Actually I think you will find that most humans use their lives to generate demerit and the c...
by Daizan
Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 9073

Re: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)

I take it that you are organic vegan then. I'm not even strictly vegetarian, truth be told. The whole truth is, I'm pro-choice. I was merely taking a position, a political position I suppose, that was opposed to my own. I am sorry if you cannot see the value of empathizing with a different view tha...
by Daizan
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 9073

Re: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)

Johnny Dangerous wrote: Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:28 pm your ignorance of what it means to force someone to have a child is really a large blind spot to have in a discussion like this.
I want to force people into having children? Next you'll be claiming that I want to force people into being vegan.

You are too emotional. I'm out.
by Daizan
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 9073

Re: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)

What is your view on livestock slaughter? Do you think, as Buddhists, that we should be opposed to it, given how many sentient beings lose their lives? Keep in mind that the first precept is about killing sentient beings, not just about killing humans. Similarly to what I've suggested about abortio...
by Daizan
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 9073

Re: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)

On which planet is that exactly? Buddhism is the third largest religion globally. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_religious_populations You will find that Buddhists engage in termination of pregnancy too. I don't see how that makes sense, given the karmic consequences. Taking an innocent life...
by Daizan
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)
Replies: 133
Views: 9073

Re: Abortion (as an example of problems caused by the common mindset in our society)

One argument frequently made by supporters of legal abortion is that the incidence of abortion is not affected by its legal status. As such, proponents of legal abortion maintain that legalizing abortion will not result in more abortions, but will instead improve the safety of abortions – ensuring ...

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