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by dharmagoat
Sun May 21, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 123
Views: 13451

Re: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path

Unfortunately, you will never glimpse Buddhanature because it is not glimpsable(is that a word?). Who would be glimpsing it? I think this is a wrong notion. Recognition may also be the wrong word because it is not cognisable. This is the just the mind chattering away, repeating what you've read and...
by dharmagoat
Sun May 21, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 123
Views: 13451

Re: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path

I firmly believe that our first glimpses of Buddha nature are enough to lead us confidently to right intention. Anyone open to the idea of Buddha nature, and inviting any experience of it, I am sure will see it soon enough. Then the paramitas will be recognised for what they are: signposts along th...
by dharmagoat
Sun May 21, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 123
Views: 13451

Re: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path

What's interesting is that's a little different from what smcj said ... nothing to do with either of you, just something I've been wondering about lately, whether in fact either of those two goals are in fact possible, the bodhisattva goal or the goal of ahimsa (and/or the paramitas). I suppose I'm...
by dharmagoat
Sun May 21, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is it unskillful to find things pleasant or unpleasant?
Replies: 6
Views: 1929

Re: Is it unskillful to find things pleasant or unpleasant?

I think it is useful here to consider a close parallel: Tickling ourselves has nothing like the effect of being tickled by someone else. When we tickle ourselves we feel in control, there is no 'other' threatening us, making us feel vulnerable. The same happens if we depersonalise our pain, no longe...
by dharmagoat
Sun May 21, 2017 6:15 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 123
Views: 13451

Re: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path

What's interesting is that's a little different from what smcj said ... nothing to do with either of you, just something I've been wondering about lately, whether in fact either of those two goals are in fact possible, the bodhisattva goal or the goal of ahimsa (and/or the paramitas). I suppose I'm...
by dharmagoat
Sun May 21, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 17733

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

Let's be honest, when we repeat the words of others, we don't know the validity of the content, we just trust the source. So why do we trust the source when we don't know the validity of the content?
by dharmagoat
Sat May 20, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 17733

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

As I said, by it being internalised, by not having to make judgements. I suppose there will be some times when you still need to deliberate over some things, but I think, like anything else, right action is a learned behaviour; once you internalise it, then it is second nature. The benevolent behav...
by dharmagoat
Sat May 20, 2017 8:42 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: TOS wishful thinking
Replies: 13
Views: 3396

Re: TOS wishful thinking

smcj wrote:Wouldn't it be nice if we could put this in the TOS?
Meido wrote:A great deal of the value I get from forums like DW, aside from content, is examining my motivations for posting.
Seconded!
by dharmagoat
Sat May 20, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza
Replies: 131
Views: 24781

Re: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza

As I see it, the teachings of Mahamudra and Shikantaza are both maps of the same territory. Neither are useful as objects for examination unless one is on the ground finding their own way (with the help of a guide) and able to see the landmarks for themselves. To compare two maps when unfamiliar wit...
by dharmagoat
Sat May 20, 2017 6:42 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 17733

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

Yes. But before we get up and go to work we try to learn from others in that discussion :) It can be a discussion over breakfast, for sure. Something like "this tastes good, what is it?" But it is unfortunate to get sidetracked in discussions that have no basis in experience and you end up going hu...
by dharmagoat
Sat May 20, 2017 6:18 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 17733

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

Yes. But before we get up and go to work we try to learn from others in that discussion :) It can be a discussion over breakfast, for sure. Something like "this tastes good, what is it?" But it is unfortunate to get sidetracked in discussions that have no basis in experience and you end up going hu...
by dharmagoat
Sat May 20, 2017 5:04 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 17733

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

Picture this hypothetical scenario: I have been given a box of cereal and now sit at the breakfast table before opening it. I read on the packet how delicious and nutritious it is. I discuss it with my flatmate who is sitting with me, they read the packet too, agree with me that it must be very good...
by dharmagoat
Sat May 20, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Socialism & Communism
Replies: 231
Views: 26728

Re: Socialism & Communism

Nicholas Weeks wrote:The secular ideologues of much of the Left still prefer political so-called solutions to try and fix samsara.
We have brakes. Do we leave it to spin wildly?
by dharmagoat
Sat May 20, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 123
Views: 13451

Re: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path

There's a misconception in the West which reduces Buddhist practice to silent, seated meditation. In reality, the practice of meditation is for the purpose of cultivating wisdom and compassion. What really matters is the wisdom and compassion we develop in our daily life, not meditation in and of i...
by dharmagoat
Fri May 19, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If everyone has buddha nature...
Replies: 41
Views: 4409

Re: If everyone has buddha nature...

Buddhanature is not really something we have. I think it might be more appropriate to say Buddhanature is what we are. We are also the wind that dissipates it. Buddhanature is like warmth that rises in still air. I've often been frustrated because I can't look at the back of my head. It feels like ...
by dharmagoat
Fri May 19, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If everyone has buddha nature...
Replies: 41
Views: 4409

Re: If everyone has buddha nature...

Queequeg wrote:Buddhanature is not really something we have. I think it might be more appropriate to say Buddhanature is what we are.
We are also the wind that dissipates it.

Buddhanature is like warmth that rises in still air.
by dharmagoat
Fri May 19, 2017 3:32 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 3201
Views: 379285

Re: Music time

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by dharmagoat
Thu May 18, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 17733

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

"Seeing", however it is meant metaphorically, still pertains to experience. Not really. The third noble truth is the truth of cessation, the end of craving - that is not an experience. Seeing emptiness, the nature of phenomena, is the end of fabricating a self/substance, the cessation of conceptual...
by dharmagoat
Thu May 18, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 17733

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

Seeing the nature (kensho) is the essential requirement. Yes, I understood that is what we are discussing. Not a blank state, but one of openness. Enlightenment is not an experience, but seeing that all experiences are unestablished. "Seeing", however it is meant metaphorically, still pertains to e...
by dharmagoat
Thu May 18, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If everyone has buddha nature...
Replies: 41
Views: 4409

Re: If everyone has buddha nature...

Effort and learning are necessary in order to get to the point where buddha nature becomes self-evident. The rest follows on naturally.

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