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by Dharma Flower
Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:15 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Buddhahood in one lifetime
Replies: 76
Views: 3053

Re: Buddhahood in one lifetime

After learning the influence the Lotus Sutra has had on the Zen doctrine of sudden enlightenment, I've re-thought the opinions that I previously expressed in this thread. I was just honestly confused when I started it.
by Dharma Flower
Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Upcoming TV Show with Buddhist Main Character
Replies: 9
Views: 239

Re: Upcoming TV Show with Buddhist Main Character

Queequeg wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:22 pm
Almost as bad as a terrible actor destroying any chance of suspending disbelief. ie. Keanu Reeves in Dangerous Liaisons and Sophia Coppola in Godfather III. :rolling:
What about Keanu Reeves in Little Buddha?
by Dharma Flower
Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Questions on Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path by Takamaro Shigariki
Replies: 4
Views: 262

Re: Questions on Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path by Takamaro Shigariki

Please also keep in mind that Rev. Shigariki's book never specifically denies the existence of a Pure Land after death. Instead, he says that it's unknowable what happens after death until we actually experience it, and therefore we should focus on the here and now. The is relevant to Rev. Shigariki...
by Dharma Flower
Wed Jan 17, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 43
Views: 2132

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

From the perspective of the dual practice of Ch'an and Pure Land, Amida and the One Mind are one and the same. In reciting the name, we come to the realization that the One Mind is also our true nature.
by Dharma Flower
Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Alan Watts on Amida Buddha
Replies: 0
Views: 48

Alan Watts on Amida Buddha

Popularly, Amitabha is somebody else. He is some great compassionate being who looks after you. Esoterically, Amitabha is your own nature; Amitabha is your real self, the inmost boundless light that is the root and ground of your own consciousness. You don’t need to do anything to be that. You are ...
by Dharma Flower
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:13 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 43
Views: 2132

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

A ginormous can of worms... edit: and nothing to do with Zen The "One Mind" or "Big Mind" is a term used in Ch'an/Zen for Dharma-body or Buddha-nature: All Buddhas and All Living Beings are Just This One Mind Teachings of the Buddhas and Zen Ancestors on Mind-Only, Buddha Nature, and Nonduality col...
by Dharma Flower
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:52 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 43
Views: 2132

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

Thank you for the suggestions for different texts and teachings. The more I learned about Ch'an/Zen, the more appreciation I developed for the Nembutsu. The Buddha’s last words were to be a lamp unto yourself, seeking no external refuge. How do we square this with the Nembutsu, since Namu-Amida-Buts...
by Dharma Flower
Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:37 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ichiro Suzuki: Buddhist Baseball Player
Replies: 6
Views: 135

Re: Ichiro Suzuki: Buddhist Baseball Player

Now that he's a free agent, what if he went back to Japan and played there if an American team won't sign him? I don't know if it would be good or bad.
by Dharma Flower
Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Job help!
Replies: 15
Views: 284

Re: Job help!

When you are young and inexperienced in life, you might have high ideals. Now that I am in my thirties with a wife and three children, I am happy just to be able to support my family. I don't care too much now about what my job is, just as long as the people I work for aren't abusive. With the job I...
by Dharma Flower
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ichiro Suzuki: Buddhist Baseball Player
Replies: 6
Views: 135

Re: Ichiro Suzuki: Buddhist Baseball Player

Ichiro said in an interview, after surpassing Pete Rose's record for career hits in professional baseball, that he would be a fool to brag about his achievements. The 2001 Mariners still have the record for most wins in a season, largely thanks to Ichiro, and his hits record of 262 in 2004 is also u...
by Dharma Flower
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ichiro Suzuki: Buddhist Baseball Player
Replies: 6
Views: 135

Re: Ichiro Suzuki: Buddhist Baseball Player

Ichiro naming his dog after Zen master Ikkyu is cool too.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikkyū

Does a dog have Buddha-nature?
by Dharma Flower
Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ichiro Suzuki: Buddhist Baseball Player
Replies: 6
Views: 135

Re: Ichiro Suzuki: Buddhist Baseball Player

In an era of home run hitters literally on steroids, Ichiro was a high achiever with a humble heart who put his team before himself. That seems Buddhist to me.
by Dharma Flower
Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ichiro Suzuki: Buddhist Baseball Player
Replies: 6
Views: 135

Ichiro Suzuki: Buddhist Baseball Player

Combining his years in Japan and America, Ichiro has the most all-time career hits of any professional baseball player. Could his discipline and playing style be due to his Buddhist background?
by Dharma Flower
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 43
Views: 2132

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

While Zen is more well-known in the West, Jodo Shinshu is the largest sect of Buddhism in Japan. Jodo Shinshu traditionally teaches that we are “saved” just as we are, needing only to recite the Nembutsu, the name of Amida Buddha, with a sincere heart. This makes perfect sense if, as Zen traditional...
by Dharma Flower
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Questions on Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path by Takamaro Shigariki
Replies: 4
Views: 262

Re: Questions on Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path by Takamaro Shigariki

For what it's worth, saying there is no Buddha and there is no Pure Land was explicitly pointed out by Shinran as an understanding that falls outside the bounds of the 18th Vow. Hopefully people will read Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path for themselves, and compare it to writings of Shinran like the...
by Dharma Flower
Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:51 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Diets are dumb
Replies: 54
Views: 2397

Re: Diets are dumb

It's interesting that, other than fish, all the foods on this list are vegetarian: 11 Foods To Eat If You're Constantly Hungry That Are Healthy & Filling https://www.bustle.com/articles/171601-11-foods-to-eat-if-youre-constantly-hungry-that-are-healthy-filling I used to think that diets were dumb, u...
by Dharma Flower
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Is Coconut Oil Overrated?
Replies: 40
Views: 1767

Re: Is Coconut Oil Overrated?

Does anyone here eat avocados? Are they a healthy source of dietary fat? I realize that they are high in fat content, but I've cut fat almost entirely from my diet.
by Dharma Flower
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: What is Mixed Practice?
Replies: 61
Views: 3492

Re: What is Mixed Practice?

In this case it seemed like you were referring to our approach to the 5 precepts as licentiousnous. If you take time to clarify beforehand that you are bringing up a completely different point or view, or whatever it is at the moment then you wouldn't have these frequent minor disagreements. If you...
by Dharma Flower
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Veganism is an Eating Disorder
Replies: 158
Views: 6821

Re: Veganism is an Eating Disorder

Sometimes I try to buy unusual things when I go grocery shopping. You know, to mix it up, get out of a rut. I got some Kimchi flavored instant ramen-type noodles. I was so resistant to trying them that they sat in the pantry for maybe two or three months. Finally I tried them. Delicious! I also got...
by Dharma Flower
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Veganism is an Eating Disorder
Replies: 158
Views: 6821

Re: Veganism is an Eating Disorder

Thoughts? While I don't judge others for eating meat, I would like to be as honest as possible about what the Buddha taught. I prepare and serve meat to my wife and children, because that's what they eat. I don't judge them for it. I've never claimed that the Buddha required vegetarianism. I'm sorr...