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by Quiet Heart
Wed Jun 06, 2012 4:28 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is 'Wholesome Conduct' in Sex a good Karma?
Replies: 65
Views: 11232

Re: Is 'Wholesome Conduct' in Sex a good Karma?

Is 'Wholesome Conduct' in Sex a good Karma? thanks. :smile: Well, I would think that "Wholeseome Conduct" would be beneficial in everything a perosn did in life, wouldn't it? And, if that person was involved in a loving marriage or relationship....which let's just say includes Sex....then "Wholesom...
by Quiet Heart
Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:36 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Alan Watts - fear of enlightenment
Replies: 5
Views: 1312

Re: Alan Watts - fear of enlightenment

:twothumbsup: Ghost1 Thanks again for posting that. I found the You-Tube source of those talks and have been listening to them for a few hours now (didn't realise it was that long!) You made my day by posting that. There's really some deep points made in those talks....well worth listening to and th...
by Quiet Heart
Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:31 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Alan Watts - fear of enlightenment
Replies: 5
Views: 1312

Re: Alan Watts - fear of enlightenment

:smile:
Amazing stuff!
Will need to listen to that many times.
Thanks so much for posting that.
:smile:
by Quiet Heart
Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:39 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism and Eternalism
Replies: 44
Views: 7462

Re: Buddhism and Eternalism

:smile: As long as you let go of everything in the end, it isn't all it's cooked up to be along the way, imo. The great Chan master Mazu, who taught all kinds of eternalistic Tathagatagarbha stuff was asked: "Why do you teach that Mind is Buddha?" "to stop little children from crying." "What about a...
by Quiet Heart
Sat Jun 02, 2012 12:38 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What are common mistakes that beginners make?
Replies: 30
Views: 2997

Re: What are common mistakes that beginners make?

:smile: You can tell the beginners because they are so deadly serious about their new-found "Buddhisim". (joke) A lot of the things mentioned already come ....in my opinion....from one source. That is the "I am" ego attitude they show. Like "I am": + meditating a whole (insert number here) hours eve...
by Quiet Heart
Thu May 31, 2012 5:53 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: avijja (ignorance) as root cause of all evils
Replies: 5
Views: 1035

Re: avijja (ignorance) as root cause of all evils

It is said that avijja (ignorance) is the root cause of all evils. Is this correct? And also 'miccba dittbi' = false views. :smile: Yes, but in English the term "ignorance" might be taken as something that a person might be faulted for or blamed for. So I would prefer the English term "delusion"......
by Quiet Heart
Wed May 23, 2012 3:28 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightened Beings Choosing to Reincarnate
Replies: 35
Views: 5675

Re: Enlightened Beings Choosing to Reincarnate

:smile: Son....you said How is it possible that a being, upon attaining Enlightenment and reaching nirvana, could actually "choose" to be reborn again? Because infants are obviously not Enlightened, and they obviously experience suffering and pain which indicated an absence of nirvana. I could under...
by Quiet Heart
Sun May 20, 2012 5:40 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Need info regarding Zen and Pratityasamutpada
Replies: 17
Views: 2518

Re: Need info regarding Zen and Pratityasamutpada

:smile: Just a suggestion.....don't try it as a straight forward lecture to the group. Rather approach it as a discussion of what you understand from your background on that topic. Then ask the group what THEIR OPINION is from their perspective on what you have told them. In other words do not make ...
by Quiet Heart
Tue May 15, 2012 11:49 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can someone living in great luxury truly understand Dharma?
Replies: 38
Views: 4438

Re: Can someone living in great luxury truly understand Dharma?

:smile: Interesting topic. Now I like to qoute stories...teaching stories I guess you could call them....so here's one relevant to this topic. It's called: The Stingy Artist Gessen was an artist monk. Before he would start a drawing or painting he always insisted upon being paid in advance, and his ...
by Quiet Heart
Mon May 07, 2012 3:46 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Publishing the Sutras
Replies: 4
Views: 1608

Re: Publishing the Sutras

very moving story -------------- :smile: I like it. And not to belabor the obvious....but the story's meaning is that the most influential things that we can do as Buddhists is not those things we do in the glare of publicity....but those quiet and almost unseen things that are barely noticed. Such...
by Quiet Heart
Thu Apr 26, 2012 7:16 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Publishing the Sutras
Replies: 4
Views: 1608

Publishing the Sutras

:smile: Publishing the Sutras (The Third Edition) Tetsugen, a devotee of Zen in Japan, decided to publish the sutras; which at that time were available only in Chinese. Only a few Japanese then could read Chinese characters. Therefore Tetsugen wanted them to be in Japanese In those days books were p...
by Quiet Heart
Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:21 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The permanence of enlightenment
Replies: 25
Views: 5397

Re: The permanence of enlightenment

:shrug: Well, I don't want to get involved in a debate about whether "enlightenment" (whatever that is) is permanent or not. So I'll just ask this question: If you DO reach an "enlightenment" and find Nirvana/Nibanna...then where/when/what are you? And more importantly, once you are "enlightened"......
by Quiet Heart
Mon Apr 16, 2012 3:15 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Question about Zen School
Replies: 31
Views: 4273

Re: Question about Zen School

I do think it will be interesting to try and incorporate the art of Zen buddha into my Christian prayer life. :shrug: If you're interested do some research on the net about Thomas Merton. Trappist monk I believe...but I might be wrong however on that. Well known in Zen circles...now long deceased h...
by Quiet Heart
Mon Apr 16, 2012 3:08 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Question about Zen School
Replies: 31
Views: 4273

Re: Question about Zen School

Do you have to be invited to learn & study Zen [/u] or can you do that on your own? thanks. :smile: That is something that generates a lot of debate among those who "study Zen"....whatever that term means in reality. There are some people who say you can't be a "real" Zen student without joining an...
by Quiet Heart
Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:26 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is there such a thing as almost pure evil?
Replies: 32
Views: 3234

Re: Is there such a thing as almost pure evil?

Is there such a thing as almost pure evil? Are there beings of almost pure evil? I saw this show on the discovery channel where this investigator wanted to see what was going on in this haunted house. There was a lot of creepy evil things going on. The investigator opened the door to the basement o...
by Quiet Heart
Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:13 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Demonic Possession?
Replies: 17
Views: 3027

Re: Demonic Possession?

:smile: Well, there are Buddhist traditions who seriously believe in casting out demons and have practices to do that. It's not my thing or style of Buddhisim, but I'll readily admit I just don't know myself, so I can't say it isn't true. What I would acknowledge is that those who do believe they ar...
by Quiet Heart
Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:18 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: buddhahood
Replies: 54
Views: 7185

Re: buddhahood

:smile: this causes me to wonder what is the difference between being enlightened and not being enlightened. were doing the same practice, whats the difference? ------------------------- Well, I guess if I was enlightened and I could answer that question I would really be enlightened. Since I can't ...
by Quiet Heart
Sun Mar 25, 2012 5:05 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhism and Anger
Replies: 14
Views: 1571

Re: Buddhism and Anger

:smile: A couple of things. First of all...anger management. I've been there and it put me in the hospital. I had to learn how to deal with that from a Buddhist perspective. I'll tell you a technique to deal with that anger later...but first a small aside. Point 1...YOU were never a "failure". Some ...
by Quiet Heart
Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Cupness
Replies: 20
Views: 4077

Re: Cupness

Plato was discoursing on his theory of ideas and, pointing to the cups on the table before him, said while there are many cups in the world, there is only one `idea' of a cup, and this cupness precedes the existence of all particular cups. "I can see the cup on the table," interupted Diogenes, "but...
by Quiet Heart
Wed Mar 21, 2012 3:36 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Bee Hive in my house
Replies: 5
Views: 600

Re: Bee Hive in my house

:smile: Assuming these are really honeybees find a local bee keeper. He or She can safely remove the Queen bee, and transfer that Queen to a hive. That usually requires calming the bees down by smoke, but done correctly, it doesn't harm them. Just puts them to sleep temporarily. The rest of the swar...

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