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by LastLegend
Mon Aug 26, 2019 2:25 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen Bug
Replies: 2
Views: 61

Re: Zen Bug

Interesting but not in line with what I was taught
by LastLegend
Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen Bug
Replies: 2
Views: 61

Zen Bug

Why is cicada Zen bug?
by LastLegend
Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:35 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: How do you know when a friendship is over?
Replies: 4
Views: 251

Re: How do you know when a friendship is over?

Don’t have any lol
by LastLegend
Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Conceptual vs. Non Conceptual meditation discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 339

Re: Conceptual vs. Non Conceptual meditation discussion

Ideally, nature should be able to use intention and consciousness.
by LastLegend
Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Conceptual vs. Non Conceptual meditation discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 339

Re: Conceptual vs. Non Conceptual meditation discussion

Nature is super clear, even of intention, and consciousness. Consciousness is differentiation. Intention follows consciousness. The problem lies in not being clear.
by LastLegend
Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Conceptual vs. Non Conceptual meditation discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 339

Re: Conceptual vs. Non Conceptual meditation discussion

The path of sweats and tears okay. 😃
by LastLegend
Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Conceptual vs. Non Conceptual meditation discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 339

Re: Conceptual vs. Non Conceptual meditation discussion

Don’t be discouraged. There is always a way out! :lol:
by LastLegend
Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Conceptual vs. Non Conceptual meditation discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 339

Re: Conceptual vs. Non Conceptual meditation discussion

The basic ignorance is conceptual, hence the remedy is conceptual. As Kamalashila put it (Stages of Meditation, p 134, 135): 'Those who do not meditate with wisdom by analyzing the entity of things specifically, but merely meditate on the elimination of mental activity, cannot avert conceptual thou...
by LastLegend
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Conceptual vs. Non Conceptual meditation discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 339

Re: Conceptual vs. Non Conceptual meditation discussion

I don't see how analysis excludes direct experience. When I practiced Theravada, for instance, the analysis was done in direct experience. A common practice involved calming the mind with focusing on the breath, then sweeping through the body noting the three characteristics. I think the better dis...
by LastLegend
Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:51 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Does meditating on emptiness directly lead to compassion?
Replies: 15
Views: 304

Re: Does meditating on emptiness directly lead to compassion?

I frequently think about the sections of the Vimalakīrti Nirdeśa that beautifully connect the knowledge of emptiness with compassion, and a direct cause for bodhicitta. Have any of you found that contemplating on the emptiness of sentient beings makes you more compassionate? If you relax your mind ...
by LastLegend
Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Buddha Nature in Zen
Replies: 14
Views: 712

Re: Buddha Nature in Zen

Apart from the above two points, a common and quite central concept in most Zen teachings is that the "mind is buddha", that is, that the nature of mind is identical to the nature of buddha. This forms the basis of the sudden awakening style, that one simply has to recognise one's own mind to be or...
by LastLegend
Tue Aug 20, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Buddha Nature in Zen
Replies: 14
Views: 712

Re: Buddha Nature in Zen

Tathāgatagarbha in Zen more than likely involves a debate between (1) and (2), negation vs. luminosity. If mind is not luminous, what is? Zen is simply letting thoughts, etc. come and go. Allow the mind to settle and calm, yet while attending to it as totally as possible. You could take a short cou...
by LastLegend
Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Buddha Nature in Zen
Replies: 14
Views: 712

Re: Buddha Nature in Zen

My own guess based on personal experience with Chan / Zen practices: The Buddha nature is like the un-defiled clear mind, with no fetters; no attachment nor aversion, just pure clarity and focused without any delusional thoughts. So the various forms of meditation practices helps a lot to catch gli...
by LastLegend
Tue Aug 20, 2019 5:15 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 6082

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

Those who have balls to make Great Vows are walking the Bodhisattva path.
by LastLegend
Tue Aug 20, 2019 5:10 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 6082

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

puts me off when reading Zen texts in particular is the anti-Hinayana (e.g. Theravada) bias present in much of the literature. Since Zen has never coexisted with Hinayana before the 20th century meeting in Western countries, this is all rather rhetorical. Plus Mahayana had almost no contact with Th...
by LastLegend
Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: 'Zen: The Art of Simple Living': Habits, Ideas and Hints for Living A Happy Life
Replies: 5
Views: 464

Re: 'Zen: The Art of Simple Living': Habits, Ideas and Hints for Living A Happy Life

JMGinPDX wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:03 pm
Thank you! Got this book in my Amazon cart now..... ;)
:lol:
by LastLegend
Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:51 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen Practice
Replies: 13
Views: 715

Re: Zen Practice

That said, I am curious as to what Zen "practice" typically looks like. The concept of "practice" feels almost forced - in other words, trying to grasp by "doing". Thus, I am curious if anyone has any input as to what practice typically looks like and perhaps resources to start with to approach thi...
by LastLegend
Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Does zen have anything similar to dream yoga?
Replies: 10
Views: 296

Re: Does zen have anything similar to dream yoga?

Seongcheol, a former head of the Jogye Order, had the view that hwadu practice should continue during sleep. See this summary on Wikipedia . You can also read about it in his talk On Meditation . The same idea is found in Jogye's handbook for Ganhwaseon in the chapter: What are the Three Stages of ...
by LastLegend
Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:30 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Does zen have anything similar to dream yoga?
Replies: 10
Views: 296

Re: Does zen have anything similar to dream yoga?

From what I gather "dream yoga" in Tibetan Buddhism is something that involves learning to lucid dream so that you can practice in your sleep as well as while you're awake. This seems like a pretty useful thing, but I'm a zen practitioner and I don't want to have to deal with all the vows, empowerm...
by LastLegend
Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Shushogi
Replies: 19
Views: 516

Re: Shushogi

Meido sir, Please forgive me for stirring the pot today. I’ll repent for this later. Correct the quote is correct. Also true that a lifetime of rigorous efforts and practice cannot guarantee that one will pass the gate of samsara. Why? “It is relatively easy to accomplish the important matter of ins...

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