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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: 7062

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: 7062

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: 7062

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: 1162

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: 7062

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: 8949

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
Sun May 21, 2017 1:44 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: ISIL in the Caribbean
Replies: 9
Views: 848

Re: ISIL in the Caribbean

Severe marginalization is the reason why so many Belgians became ISIS recruits. Most of these came from Wallonia but apparently some from Flanders. Almost all shared a petty criminal background that they had fallen into (or been conditioned into) during adolescence. Most of them were excluded from ...
by dharmagoat
Sat May 20, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Donald Trump Impeached
Replies: 75
Views: 4716

Re: Donald Trump Impeached

...then that will be checkmate. Not until his base turns on him. Elected officials all look forward to winning their next election. They're not going to shoot themselves in their own fee just because a civics teacher might say they could or should. Dear ol' 45 is becoming more of a liability each d...
by dharmagoat
Sat May 20, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 8949

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: 1773

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 8:33 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Donald Trump Impeached
Replies: 75
Views: 4716

Re: Donald Trump Impeached

Er...
by dharmagoat
Sat May 20, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza
Replies: 131
Views: 13075

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: 8949

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: 8949

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: 8949

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: 164
Views: 10649

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 12:49 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Donald Trump Impeached
Replies: 75
Views: 4716

Re: Donald Trump Impeached

It is probably best not to get into partisan bickering here.

Otherwise this thread will go the way of Trump's presidency...
by dharmagoat
Sat May 20, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Six Paramitas and the Eightfold Path
Replies: 123
Views: 7062

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 11:08 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Donald Trump Impeached
Replies: 75
Views: 4716

Re: Donald Trump Impeached

Basically Republicans aren't going to put up with four years of Trump's scandals, something has to give. Impeachment is increasingly likely, but not inevitable.

Even in New Zealand we are watching this story closely.
by dharmagoat
Fri May 19, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If everyone has buddha nature...
Replies: 41
Views: 2544

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 ...

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