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by Zafutales
Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Nagarjuna in China
Replies: 4
Views: 908

Re: Nagarjuna in China

Bocking was my tutor at University. Not got around to reading this yet. What were your thoughts?
by Zafutales
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Realisation and its down side?
Replies: 19
Views: 1786

Re: Realisation and its down side?

thanks Bristollad, FCKW, Punnya and Fortyeightvows for taking the time to help.

:namaste:
by Zafutales
Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Realisation and its down side?
Replies: 19
Views: 1786

Re: Realisation and its down side?

BTW...in case anyone is curious - I am posting this in the Geluk section as despite being a Soto practitioner, most of what I understand as 'Buddhist Psychology' is derived from my understanding of this particular tradition.
by Zafutales
Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Realisation and its down side?
Replies: 19
Views: 1786

Re: Realisation and its down side?

You've already been offered some good suggestions, but maybe you can also challenge your current response, at least intellectually, with some positive thoughts about impermanence. For example, when you encounter difficult circumstances you can always rely on them changing. There is also joy in ephe...
by Zafutales
Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Realisation and its down side?
Replies: 19
Views: 1786

Re: Realisation and its down side?

Who did you receive the practice from? Hi, not sure I received 'the practice' from any one person inparticular.....many I guess over the years. This gives rise to two questions: 1. What is the practice. 2. Who is your teacher? Blimey...so many questions but no help advice...... However, I have had ...
by Zafutales
Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Realisation and its down side?
Replies: 19
Views: 1786

Re: Realisation and its down side?

Hi, Has anyone experienced a negative outcome after meditating on Impermanence? I have been experiencing a palpable dread and sense of futility as a result. I guess the realisation is there, but n0ow it seems to have sapped some of the enjoyment and pleasure I would normally have experienced from t...
by Zafutales
Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Zazen and liberation
Replies: 11
Views: 2060

Re: Zazen and liberation

Fu Ri Shin wrote:
Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:49 pm
I noticed the title mentions zazen while the discussion regards shikantaza. Nota bene: zazen and shikantaza are not synonymous. The former is seated meditation in general and the latter is a specific practice.
The topic has developed into discussing Shikantaza.
by Zafutales
Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Zazen and liberation
Replies: 11
Views: 2060

Zazen and liberation

Hi there, Can someone help me understand how ‘Silent Illumination’ (Shikantaza) can help bring about an end to suffering? Forgive me for bringing in a separate teacher but my understanding of what Eckhart Tolle teaches is that if we can sit quietly allowing thoughts to drop away then we will experie...
by Zafutales
Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: Silent Illumination and Liberation?
Replies: 1
Views: 508

Silent Illumination and Liberation?

Hi there, Can someone help me understand how ‘Silent Illumination’ (Shikantaza) can help bring about an end to suffering? Forgive me for bringing in a separate teacher but my understanding of what Eckhart Tolle teaches is that if we can sit quietly allowing thoughts to drop away then we will experie...
by Zafutales
Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Realisation and its down side?
Replies: 19
Views: 1786

Realisation and its down side?

Hi, Has anyone experienced a negative outcome after meditating on Impermanence? I have been experiencing a palpable dread and sense of futility as a result. I guess the realisation is there, but n0ow it seems to have sapped some of the enjoyment and pleasure I would normally have experienced from th...
by Zafutales
Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Gelug
Topic: On and Off the cushion...
Replies: 6
Views: 867

On and Off the cushion...

Hi, I enjoy my morning practice. Its often a time when I feel closer to the guru and also experience a real sense of perspective with regards to life in general. When I sit, the Dharma seems to envelope my life and everything in it rather than the Dharma being a part of my life. However, almost as s...
by Zafutales
Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: NOT another Jhana Thread
Replies: 65
Views: 5018

Re: NOT another Jhana Thread

There can be three reasons for that assumption: not understanding shikantaza, not understanding dhyanas, not understanding either. If it's the first one, then one mistakes a stable and calm mind as the proper mental state of zazen. In other words, the ghost cave of liberation. If it's the second on...
by Zafutales
Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: NOT another Jhana Thread
Replies: 65
Views: 5018

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: What do you mean by the fourth jhana? I suspect its ...
by Zafutales
Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: NOT another Jhana Thread
Replies: 65
Views: 5018

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:
by Zafutales
Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: How can I be sure its valid
Replies: 44
Views: 4065

Re: How can I be sure its valid

If you cannot verify for yourself, who can? "Put down the four elements, do not cling to anything; In this Nirvanic nature, feel free to eat and drink. All phenomena are impermanent; all are empty. This is the complete enlightenment of the Tathagata." ... "The mind is a sense organ; dharmas are its...
by Zafutales
Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: How can I be sure its valid
Replies: 44
Views: 4065

Re: How can I be sure its valid

I don't think I have articulated my question well. My experience over the years in other traditions has meant that Shikantaza is a tangential in terms of a meditation MO. Be it Anapanasati or Mahasi noting etc... there has always been a focus of sorts with a result or aim (Jhana or Insight). My tim...
by Zafutales
Thu May 25, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: How can I be sure its valid
Replies: 44
Views: 4065

Re: How can I be sure its valid

Hence my question, how do I know the relative ease in which I find I can 'just sit' is not some sort of self delusion and I am in fact wasting my time? A great question. From a Zen perspective, is there even an answer? I hope so! Otherwise thats more of a quandary that I am prepared to hold. At lea...
by Zafutales
Thu May 25, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: How can I be sure its valid
Replies: 44
Views: 4065

Re: How can I be sure its valid

I don't think I have articulated my question well. My experience over the years in other traditions has meant that Shikantaza is a tangential in terms of a meditation MO. Be it Anapanasati or Mahasi noting etc... there has always been a focus of sorts with a result or aim (Jhana or Insight). My time...
by Zafutales
Thu May 25, 2017 5:54 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: How can I be sure its valid
Replies: 44
Views: 4065

Re: How can I be sure its valid

To put it another way then. Do you think it's a little pedantic re the difference between benefit and gain? The Four Vows are said despite also having no agenda...how? You may ask where I get these impressions from? It's all over Zen literature. "We sit with no aims or agenda" "Zen is good for nothi...
by Zafutales
Wed May 24, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: How can I be sure its valid
Replies: 44
Views: 4065

Re: How can I be sure its valid

It may be useful to make a distiction between the concepts of 'reward' and 'result'. A reward brings personal fulfillment, whereas a result provides a broader benefit, even if just to indicate that our practice is valid. I think it is reasonable to expect results when we dedicate ourselves to a pra...

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