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by Meido
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dog thread
Replies: 37
Views: 458

Re: Dog thread

Interesting mix. We had a Border Collie and he was a handful and a half! Never had a Lab but they seem very mellow. It is interesting. Seems to combine the best of both breeds: intelligence and energy of the collie, though dialed down a few clicks (and no herding behaviors). Affectionate, bonded na...
by Meido
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dog thread
Replies: 37
Views: 458

Re: Dog thread

Interesting mix. We had a Border Collie and he was a handful and a half! Never had a Lab but they seem very mellow. It is interesting. Seems to combine the best of both breeds: intelligence and energy of the collie, though dialed down a few clicks (and no herding behaviors). Affectionate, bonded na...
by Meido
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dog thread
Replies: 37
Views: 458

Re: Dog thread

I noticed that. I'm partial to black dogs...

This one is half-Lab, half-Border Collie.

~ Meido
by Meido
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Traces of scholasticism in (Zen) Buddhism
Replies: 6
Views: 176

Re: Traces of scholasticism in (Zen) Buddhism

Nice replies in this topic. To add to suggestions RE a companion text for basic (minimal) conceptual foundation, assuming one is practicing with guidance from a qualified teacher: a nice short text that might be sufficient for this is Torei's Spur for a Good Horse (Legget's translation, found in his...
by Meido
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought
Replies: 74
Views: 1361

Re: "One Mind" in Hua Yen thought

There was at one time a now defunct Zen forum. I dipped into it a couple of times and a large proportion of its western members seemed to have swallowed the 'vedantic one mind' interpretation hook, line and sinker. I suspect that was why a number of them failed to see that well known traditional Ve...
by Meido
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dog thread
Replies: 37
Views: 458

Re: Dog thread

Dog show and tell. Love it.

Behold, the oxytocin-addled eyes of the (soon-to-be) Korinji watchdog.

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by Meido
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 116
Views: 4048

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

While I do not have a formal Zen teacher and I have not undertaken Zen training, I try to follow the advice of Master Hakuin for lay people, to recite the Nembutsu for realizing Amida as our true nature, as exemplified in this story: Reflections on “The Old Woman’s Enlightenment” https://www.lionsr...
by Meido
Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 116
Views: 4048

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

What I meant is that, if I were to believe that the Pure Land is a literal place billions of galaxies away, with lotus flowers the size of carriage wheels, clear ponds, jeweled trees, etc., then it might cause me to have a sense of anxiety over whether or not that belief is true and real. I would r...
by Meido
Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:48 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 116
Views: 4048

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

Here's the full bit from Inexhaustible Lamp : Torei discussing vehicles and "schools," complete with a bit of Zen (or at least, Ekayana As Understood By Zen) triumphalism. But yes, one of my favorites. I take it as an apt scolding, and it does tend to shut me up. Nowadays there is much talk about th...
by Meido
Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 116
Views: 4048

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

Insisting that Amida either exists or does not exist, when seen in light of the Lankavatara Sutra, is an unnecessary dualistic distinction. The One Mind in all things just is, no matter what name or form we ascribe to it. The part in bold is an unnecessary dualistic distinction. I would rather seek...
by Meido
Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:12 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Koryu Shugendo
Replies: 10
Views: 220

Re: Koryu Shugendo

DGA wrote:
Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:08 am
"Tendai and Pretend-ai."
FWIW, I always thought that coining the term "Pretend-ai" was a stroke of genius.
by Meido
Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Koryu Shugendo
Replies: 10
Views: 220

Re: Koryu Shugendo

One assumes that the Tendai and Shugendo training detailed starting on pg. 58 of that article was considered sufficient to revive the specific rituals recorded in the family materials. In regard to Shinto elements, I have no idea if "transmission" is viewed in the manner to which we are accustomed i...
by Meido
Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Koryu Shugendo
Replies: 10
Views: 220

Re: Koryu Shugendo

Gaynor Sekimori did some research on the post-war rebirth/revival of various Shugendo traditions that I have found interesting. Among others it has examined the one in question, which apparently was a family tradition able to preserve an archive of ritual manuals and other documents: For example: ht...
by Meido
Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Zen Community Round Table
Topic: Zen Space Forum down hard?
Replies: 22
Views: 543

Re: Zen Space Forum down hard?

The problem with that idea is that everybody is an expert, including those who have no actual experience and those of other traditions who are looking to enhance their "expert of all things buddhist and all round internet buddhist saint" rep. Well, TBH you've just described things from which no Zen...
by Meido
Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Visualizing numbers during breath counting
Replies: 5
Views: 146

Re: Visualizing numbers during breath counting

I assume that the instructions you received didn't include doing this visualization of the count. It's not uncommon for beginners to do so, especially since most people are fixated on the visual sense more than others. If you are using your eyes properly - that is, an encompassing activation of the ...
by Meido
Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Visualizing numbers during breath counting
Replies: 5
Views: 146

Re: Visualizing numbers during breath counting

Your eyes are closed?
by Meido
Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: New Zen Forum invitation
Replies: 72
Views: 2212

Re: New Zen Forum invitation

fuki wrote:
Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:36 pm
No, no one could do Meido's mod job better then Meido.
I see what you did there.
by Meido
Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: New Zen Forum invitation
Replies: 72
Views: 2212

Re: New Zen Forum invitation

You don't really mean that do you? Sure, if they observe TOS. So whatever we try to do might be for the best intention but let us just stay detached and trust in universal functioning, it's all good. Nah, that kind of detachment is useless. But when you take over my mod job you can do what you like...
by Meido
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: New Zen Forum invitation
Replies: 72
Views: 2212

Re: New Zen Forum invitation

I tried to register with 3 different browsers, but didn't make it past the captcha. There have been some bugs, but slowly things are getting ironed out. If you care to, please try again and let me know if it's still a problem. At a glance, I notice the inevitable 'rebirth' topic locked after only 1...
by Meido
Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Seeking enlightenment (satori/bodhi)
Replies: 17
Views: 481

Re: Seeking enlightenment (satori/bodhi)

I don't know what Zen Buddhists or Buddhists in general think about Kabat-Zinn and his mission. You'll find plenty of opinions here if you search. Inasmuch as someone might benefit from what's being taught under the banner "mindfulness", wonderful...no need to worry about Buddhism unless it interes...