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by Anonymous X
Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:51 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: NOT another Jhana Thread
Replies: 25
Views: 638

Re: NOT another Jhana Thread

...well........ I have seen reference at times to Shikantaza being likened to the Fourth Jhana - can someone elucidate the rationale for this please? My understanding is that the Fourth Jhana is really a rather lofty aspiration. Thanks, :namaste: To have a clear understanding of how one goes about ...
by Anonymous X
Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:40 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: NOT another Jhana Thread
Replies: 25
Views: 638

Re: NOT another Jhana Thread

Without the wisdom factor and its supports, the conditions for release don't come through jhana. The fundamental thing in realization, is realizing its not about you (me) - that self is a mentally constructed illusion, that it is kept in play by a series of misunderstandings, chiefly attachment and...
by Anonymous X
Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:37 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: NOT another Jhana Thread
Replies: 25
Views: 638

Re: NOT another Jhana Thread

Another concern I have about this game is why the fourth jhana or beyond are considered to be so much more important than jhana 1-3. Maybe that's why its viewed as being difficult, because the most accessable jhanas are looked down upon. I'm not seeing the wisdom of that. Especially given that most...
by Anonymous X
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: NOT another Jhana Thread
Replies: 25
Views: 638

Re: NOT another Jhana Thread

Another concern I have about this game is why the fourth jhana or beyond are considered to be so much more important than jhana 1-3. Maybe that's why its viewed as being difficult, because the most accessable jhanas are looked down upon. I'm not seeing the wisdom of that. Especially given that most...
by Anonymous X
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Source of Indra's Net?
Replies: 42
Views: 586

Re: Source of Indra's Net?

What is the source of the teachings on Indra's Net of the Huayan school? It doesn't appear to feature in the Avataṃsakasūtra, their definitive text. Is it a product of the insights of the teachers in that tradition? I believe it is Paul Swanson who includes this in the apochryphal texts of Chinese ...
by Anonymous X
Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 62
Views: 1228

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

I will completely cop to being the sort of practitioner who sees the teacher in the "good friend" model, not an infallible person worthy of selfless devotion. I always found total Surrender to my teacher very useful. But, generally speaking, not without dangers. I guess I was young, naive & lucky. ...
by Anonymous X
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment success rate
Replies: 247
Views: 10091

Re: Enlightenment success rate

This statement is quite true. The fact is to become Buddha, one must remove all taints and obstructions. That is how Buddha was able to see the universe, karma, rebirth etc so clearly. The reason why some humans, heavenly beings, Arahat and above have supernatural powers is because they have remove...
by Anonymous X
Mon Nov 13, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 62
Views: 1228

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

Suzuki Roshi was the first teacher I had ever met as a young man. DT Suzuki's books ignited an interest in Zen in me and Suzuki Roshi's Zendo was the only one I heard about in my area. So, I went and met with Suzuki Roshi. I found him a very charming and warm fellow, likable and with a noticeable sp...
by Anonymous X
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:34 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment success rate
Replies: 247
Views: 10091

Re: Enlightenment success rate

AND, especially in the Pali Sutta, the Buddha continuously refers to "taints" and "stains" that need to be removed. This statement is quite true. The fact is to become Buddha, one must remove all taints and obstructions. That is how Buddha was able to see the universe, karma, rebirth etc so clearly...
by Anonymous X
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:00 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment success rate
Replies: 247
Views: 10091

Re: Enlightenment success rate

"Attaining" means you have to get something. The reason that "nothing to be attained" is because it is always there all along. We don't actually attain enlightenment or become Buddha. Buddha is already in us or that we are buddha, all we have to do is clean the mirror to see ourselves. "This Heart ...
by Anonymous X
Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment success rate
Replies: 247
Views: 10091

Re: Enlightenment success rate

This teaching of "nothing to be attained" is in many sutras, even in the Heart Sutra. "Attaining" means you have to get something. The reason that "nothing to be attained" is because it is always there all along. We don't actually attain enlightenment or become Buddha. Buddha is already in us or th...
by Anonymous X
Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: By way of welcome: Let's drink some tea!
Replies: 41
Views: 680

Re: By way of welcome: Let's drink some tea!

Do you find that to be a good description? Reading that, I would say that the best description is "moldy tea". I tried it once. Yes, that would be an accurate description! :tongue: A nice Darjeeling (= Dorje Ling) for me, please. Om mani padme hum Kathy No, this is not an accurate description for t...
by Anonymous X
Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nothing further to seek...
Replies: 73
Views: 1351

Re: Nothing further to seek...

I'm saying a world that is impermanent, dissatisfying, and insubstantial can be considered complete, not lacking anything when you don't desire it to be some other way. "Originally there being no moving and nothing to be obtained is called the Buddha-Dharma, the Buddha’s truth. The Buddha- Dharma l...
by Anonymous X
Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:10 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can buddha nature be proved?
Replies: 74
Views: 2009

Re: Can buddha nature be proved?

There two pramanas: cognition by senses and correct syllogism. You just emasculated the anatma-theory down to the yoke with pronouns and vague philosophical terms. This is not good. Anatma\sunyata has a direct relationship to the fact that it does not matter what I think or what you think. There is...
by Anonymous X
Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:57 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nothing further to seek...
Replies: 73
Views: 1351

Re: Nothing further to seek...

Everywhere! If samsara is nirvana and nirvana is perfect, then it must follow that samsara is perfect also. This is a common misunderstanding, similar to saying that we are already enlightened so there is no need to practise. Samsara and nirvana refer to the same reality. It is called nirvana when ...
by Anonymous X
Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation remedy sought
Replies: 48
Views: 795

Re: Meditation remedy sought

Anything you can conceive of, observe rising and falling, is therefore not mind because mind is unbound. Saying that "mind is unbound" sounds like a reification to me. Per the middle way view, wouldn't this be true: Mind is neither bound, nor unbound, nor both, nor neither. ? That would certainly b...
by Anonymous X
Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Vajrasattva More Effective?
Replies: 65
Views: 1615

Re: Vajrasattva More Effective?

Is this sutra part of the Pali Canon as well, and also accepted by Theravada? I am interested in sutra where there is no dispute between sects. There is a sutta in the Pali canon that approaches this very subject, the Salt Crystal Sutta . thanks for the link, but this sutta talks about acts in the ...
by Anonymous X
Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nothing further to seek...
Replies: 73
Views: 1351

Re: Nothing further to seek...

Are you saying that samsara can be described as stable, pleasurable, and not lacking anything? Those would be the very opposites of impermanent, dissatisfying, and insubstantial. I'm saying a world that is impermanent, dissatisfying, and insubstantial can be considered complete, not lacking anythin...
by Anonymous X
Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Nothing further to seek...
Replies: 73
Views: 1351

Re: Nothing further to seek...

Everywhere! If samsara is nirvana and nirvana is perfect, then it must follow that samsara is perfect also. This is a common misunderstanding, similar to saying that we are already enlightened so there is no need to practise. Samsara and nirvana refer to the same reality. It is called nirvana when ...
by Anonymous X
Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:27 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: enlightment in one life
Replies: 45
Views: 1795

Re: enlightment in one life

You might do well to read Malcolm's translation. http://www.wisdompubs.org/book/buddhahood-life +1 !!! The Buddha recommended relinquishing all cravings, desire, becoming, attachment, to what we call 'our experience'. This also means relinquishing the desire for enlightenment and the belief in any ...