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by dharmagoat
Fri May 19, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If everyone has buddha nature...
Replies: 41
Views: 2363

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: 1954
Views: 158638

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: 8019

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: 8019

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: 2363

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.
by dharmagoat
Thu May 18, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 8019

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

Thank you for your feedback, Astus. An experience is meaningless without an explanation. But is meaningfulness a necessary pursuit in the case of "radical openness"? Does it add anything useful to the experience, which in itself is very clear? Since "radical openness" is posited as the very goal and...
by dharmagoat
Thu May 18, 2017 7:49 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 8019

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

Wayfarer wrote:Hi DharmaGoat, hope you're well. :hi:
Hello Wayfarer!

I am very well and happy to be back.
by dharmagoat
Thu May 18, 2017 5:29 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 8019

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

Malcolm wrote:The person whom I am addressing has no relationship with the Buddhist tradition, much less Zen.
Feel free to engage him on a general or non-Zen subforum.
by dharmagoat
Thu May 18, 2017 5:13 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 8019

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

So? You just don"t get it. Lack of a proper teacher is likely the root of it. Don't forget Malcolm, you are in Zen territory here. This subforum is populated by members that do not uphold the Vajrayana or Dzogchen view, and are generally willing only to accept the guidance of fellow Zen practitione...
by dharmagoat
Thu May 18, 2017 4:59 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 8019

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

With a bit of application in meditation we eventually recognise the essential nature within, and nothing else is then required to support and maintain a basic practice of mindful presence. Further explanations or aspirations serve no purpose.

It all gets very simple.
by dharmagoat
Thu May 18, 2017 4:37 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is this not Advaita?
Replies: 52
Views: 3447

Re: How is this not Advaita?

smcj wrote:Thanks Malcolm for your contribution to DW. This place would have much less of value without your posts. I don't agree with you on many points but I quite often learn from what you have to say.
Six posts ago you do offer a similar gratitude (which I noticed only after I posted). Seconded.
by dharmagoat
Thu May 18, 2017 2:40 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Presence and Awareness
Replies: 9
Views: 848

Re: Presence and Awareness

If you are a student of ChNN, you have three main jobs: 1) Guru Yoga as a means of finding and then sustaining knowledge of your own state (rig pa). 2) Being present and aware, i.e. mindful and aware. 3) Working with circumstances. Hello Malcolm. How would you describe what "working with circumstan...
by dharmagoat
Thu May 18, 2017 12:57 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 8019

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

Astus wrote: What is "radical openness"?
If I may take a page from the now infamous black book of oneupmanship plays for a moment...

"Radical openness" describes an experience, it serves as a description rather than an explanation. The explanation is found in the experience.
by dharmagoat
Thu May 18, 2017 12:07 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How is this not Advaita?
Replies: 52
Views: 3447

Re: How is this not Advaita?

I have just hit upon a great way to enjoy reading seemingly combative threads such as this (quite by accident, because I am still not sure of the mood and intention of the players): Just imagine that everyone is being lightheartedly ironic with each other. It works a treat. Maybe this could even be ...
by dharmagoat
Mon May 15, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: Language
Topic: My Dharma name
Replies: 8
Views: 1484

Re: My Dharma name

ལྷོ་ (lho) will be an abbreviation of ལྷ་མོ་ (lha mo) meaning "goddess". Dharmagoat, where did you learn this? I've never heard of an abbreviation of ལྷ་མོ་ ( lha mo )... It was a guess based on the pattern of other abbreviations. I really should have made it clearer it was an uneducated guess. Oops.
by dharmagoat
Mon Apr 18, 2016 11:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dunning-Kruger Effect
Replies: 72
Views: 5695

Re: Dunning-Kruger Effect

Evolutionarily speaking, gators aint goin' nowhere.
by dharmagoat
Sun Apr 17, 2016 11:28 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Rebirth
Replies: 65
Views: 4196

Re: Rebirth

Sherab Dorje wrote:Yes, he was. I was just trying to be (semi) humorous.
I was, and you were. True to form. :smile:

I am pleased that you limit your murderous rampages to online discussions.
by dharmagoat
Sun Apr 17, 2016 7:58 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Sexism (from POTUS 2016)
Replies: 242
Views: 12544

Re: Sexism (from POTUS 2016)

No, friend, the wording was accurate. Men and women respectively have differing physical and psychological make-ups and strengths. They are unequal in crucially complimentary ways. Equality refers to quantity. Men and women on average may be unequal in height , for example, but it would be meaningl...
by dharmagoat
Sun Apr 17, 2016 6:38 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Rebirth
Replies: 65
Views: 4196

Re: Rebirth

Specifically: What gets reborn? The decisive question. That is why I do not believe in rebirth. Wouldn't it be unfortunate if, instead of me being reborn, some unrelated being, bearing mere traces of my experience (both positive and negative), were to be born subsequent to my death? What if I were ...
by dharmagoat
Sun Apr 17, 2016 5:59 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dunning-Kruger Effect
Replies: 72
Views: 5695

Re: Dunning-Kruger Effect

Sohei wrote:
DGA wrote:I can verify that the OP is, indeed, an ignorant lout.
Me too! So fortunate to find such good company.
Me too.

If only wisdom was as simple as admitting our own ignorance.

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