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by dharmagoat
Tue Apr 12, 2016 1:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: The practice as an obstacle
Replies: 54
Views: 7353

Re: The practice as an obstacle

Kelwin wrote:Sounds familiar? Anyone?
Absolutely. It got so bad that I had to abandon Vajrayana.
by dharmagoat
Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:00 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Intellectualization
Replies: 89
Views: 13797

Re: Intellectualization

:good:
It is good to know that this is not just a Zen perspective.

I wont be jumping through your hoops, Johnny.
by dharmagoat
Mon Apr 11, 2016 2:21 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Intellectualization
Replies: 89
Views: 13797

Re: Intellectualization

This does not mean Zen practitioners must become scholars (I certainly am not). But I would say that a teacher who does not at some point "dissect the path" - or who is unable to have an intelligent conversation about it - is pretty useless. It is important though to make a distinction between incl...
by dharmagoat
Mon Apr 11, 2016 2:01 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Intellectualization
Replies: 89
Views: 13797

Re: Intellectualization

Johnny Dangerous wrote:... with Zazen you sit without any preoccupation or expectations whatever...
This is exactly the point. When there is preoccupation of mind, what form does it take?
by dharmagoat
Mon Apr 11, 2016 1:46 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Essence of Chan
Replies: 22
Views: 4769

Re: Essence of Chan

"Rest in the moment between thoughts."
by dharmagoat
Mon Apr 11, 2016 12:51 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Intellectualization
Replies: 89
Views: 13797

Re: Intellectualization

Let me ask this question: What preoccupies your mind when you sit in zazen?
by dharmagoat
Mon Apr 11, 2016 12:32 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Essence of Chan
Replies: 22
Views: 4769

Re: Essence of Chan

I doubt that is the "essence of Chan", so much as invoking a moment of bliss. But there is already a thread on that.
by dharmagoat
Sun Apr 10, 2016 11:33 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Intellectualization
Replies: 89
Views: 13797

Re: Intellectualization

I wonder how many native to the Zen subforum are even interested in this intellectualization of intellectualization at all. Enough to keep posting in them, evidently. Enough to indicate the level of disinterest. Also what qualifies someone as a "Zen native" anyway? Someone who practices Zen and doe...
by dharmagoat
Sun Apr 10, 2016 11:27 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Intellectualization
Replies: 89
Views: 13797

Re: Intellectualization

I wonder how many native to the Zen subforum are interested in this intellectualization of intellectualization at all.
by dharmagoat
Sun Apr 10, 2016 10:25 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Bliss in Zen (sukha)
Replies: 113
Views: 17953

Re: Bliss in Zen (sukha)

What moon?
by dharmagoat
Sun Apr 10, 2016 10:12 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Bliss in Zen (sukha)
Replies: 113
Views: 17953

Re: Bliss in Zen (sukha)

The language of Zen
Is the finger pointing at the moon.
How rude to point!
by dharmagoat
Sat Apr 09, 2016 9:37 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Bliss in Zen (sukha)
Replies: 113
Views: 17953

Re: Bliss in Zen (sukha)

Some wonderful quotes, Jundo.
:anjali:

Johnny, make him post more.
by dharmagoat
Fri Apr 08, 2016 10:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Words on nihilism
Replies: 48
Views: 5985

Re: Words on nihilism

  • Nihilism is certainty of nothingness, the extreme view that all is desolate. It is as much a feeling as it is a thought. Avoid certainty and you wont go wrong.

    - Some opinionated goat
by dharmagoat
Thu Apr 07, 2016 6:48 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Bliss in Zen (sukha)
Replies: 113
Views: 17953

Re: Bliss in Zen (sukha)

As Kodo Sawaki says ... In the world, it’s always about winning or losing, plus or minus. Yet in Zazen, it’s about nothing. It’s good for nothing. That’s why it is the greatest and most all-inclusive thing there is. ... When I’m asked what is the purpose of zazen, I have to say no purpose. As I’ve ...
by dharmagoat
Fri Apr 01, 2016 1:17 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Yes or No ...
Replies: 1023
Views: 139184

Re: Yes or No ...

Kunga Lhadzom wrote:Do you collect anything ?
Yes, regrets.
But now that I have the full set, I am looking at developing another hobby.

Does anyone have any use for regrets?
by dharmagoat
Wed Mar 30, 2016 3:02 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: A Tale of Two (Not Two) Nagarjunas
Replies: 55
Views: 9580

Re: A Tale of Two (Not Two) Nagarjunas

I don't think its a matter of resonance but a matter of capacity. Personally, I think Zen is actually high capacity stuff--- but high teachings require students with high capacity to receive it. So if you don't have the capacity, it seems the message is to find another tradition. Despite what I may...
by dharmagoat
Tue Mar 29, 2016 9:03 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Should I go to a temple?
Replies: 20
Views: 2196

Re: Should I go to a temple?

seacat wrote:I was just under the impression that it was not necessarily to believe in anything to be a Buddhist.
I think ultimately this is true, but requires a special kind of understanding.
by dharmagoat
Tue Mar 29, 2016 8:23 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Should I go to a temple?
Replies: 20
Views: 2196

Re: Should I go to a temple?

I like everything except for belief in rebirth and gods. You are certainly not alone. There are traditions within Buddhism (such as Zen) that place much less emphasis on rebirth than other traditions. But as others have said, it is best to maintain an open mind. I would suggest that you investigate...
by dharmagoat
Tue Mar 29, 2016 7:57 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Song Name Game
Replies: 376
Views: 54685

Re: Song Name Game

A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harum ('cos it's Christmas)

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by dharmagoat
Tue Mar 29, 2016 6:42 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Yes or No ...
Replies: 1023
Views: 139184

Re: Yes or No ...

sattva wrote:Yes (I also like sounds up to a point)

It has been a long time since we have chatted. Are you well and happy?
Yes, thank you. Things are working out.

Are you well and happy?

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