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by dharmagoat
Fri Apr 08, 2016 10:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Words on nihilism
Replies: 48
Views: 3565

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: 10722

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
Mon Apr 04, 2016 4:00 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Sexism (from POTUS 2016)
Replies: 242
Views: 12525

Re: Sexism (from POTUS 2016)

frankc wrote:Isn't the current narrative that men are bogus (white men) and women are super cool?
Like on the cartoons?
by dharmagoat
Fri Apr 01, 2016 1:17 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Yes or No ...
Replies: 1014
Views: 92922

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: 5158

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: 1335

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: 1335

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: 28613

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: 1014
Views: 92922

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?
by dharmagoat
Tue Mar 29, 2016 4:58 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Yes or No ...
Replies: 1014
Views: 92922

Re: Yes or No ...

sattva wrote:
Kunga Lhadzom wrote:Do you prefer sound or silence ?
I can't answer this as a yes or no question! :smile: :D
True.

Do you like silence?
by dharmagoat
Tue Mar 29, 2016 4:32 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Song Name Game
Replies: 376
Views: 28613

Re: Song Name Game

Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit ('cos it's Easter)

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by dharmagoat
Mon Mar 28, 2016 2:33 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Gradual enlightenment
Replies: 34
Views: 2829

Re: Gradual enlightenment

rachmiel wrote:You can see how enlightened you are by your score.
Others can too. We will then finally know who to idolize and who to scorn.
by dharmagoat
Mon Mar 28, 2016 1:22 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Gradual enlightenment
Replies: 34
Views: 2829

Re: Gradual enlightenment

rachmiel wrote:How about measuring your progress by how content you are? How happy. How equanimous. How whole feeling.
How reasonable, moderate, peaceful and generous in spirit too. :smile:
by dharmagoat
Sat Mar 26, 2016 4:59 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: New Zealand Flag Referendum
Replies: 11
Views: 1235

Re: New Zealand Flag Referendum

pothigai wrote:The union jack is seen by a lot of people as a symbol of British colonialism, I think that is in part why some people do not like a flag with such a symbol on it.
That is why I think it is better to change the whole flag, rather than just the bit many would rather forget.
by dharmagoat
Fri Mar 25, 2016 11:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: New Zealand Flag Referendum
Replies: 11
Views: 1235

Re: New Zealand Flag Referendum

The Ponga is not the symbol for the All-Blacks, it is an integral part of Maori art and symbolism (as the koru), that has been adopted as the symbol for the All-Blacks (and others). New Zealand's Maori heritage stretches back a little (a lot) further than it's British heritage and including the sym...
by dharmagoat
Thu Mar 24, 2016 2:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: New Zealand Flag Referendum
Replies: 11
Views: 1235

Re: New Zealand Flag Referendum

This is a great topic. It seems to me that critics of the old and current NZ standard have some legitimate criticisms to make. It really is difficult to distinguish the NZ flag from Australia's, even for many Kiwis. If I were to vote in this referendum, however, I would have voted against the propo...
by dharmagoat
Thu Mar 24, 2016 12:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: New Zealand Flag Referendum
Replies: 11
Views: 1235

New Zealand Flag Referendum

New Zealand has voted to retain its existing flag, so the proposed new flag is now history. John Key and his government spent $26 million trying to persuade us to rebrand ourselves under a new corporate logo:
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by dharmagoat
Thu Mar 24, 2016 6:44 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: POTUS 2016
Replies: 884
Views: 60556

Re: POTUS 2016

:thumbsup:
by dharmagoat
Wed Mar 23, 2016 4:46 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Buddha is an Ordinary Fellow
Replies: 333
Views: 22554

Re: Buddha is an Ordinary Fellow

DGA wrote:There is a longstanding and rich history of debate in Zen. For one example, see: Enlightenment in Dispute: The Reinvention of Chan Buddhism in Seventeenth-Century China, by Jiang Wu, Oxford University Press, 2011.
I stand corrected, and a little more knowledgeable for it. :smile:
by dharmagoat
Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Thoughts and Commentary
Replies: 5
Views: 695

Re: Thoughts and Commentary

I don't know much about Bodhidharma. I know very little about him myself. I know that he is a patriarch of Zen and that legend states he cut off his eyelids during a long period of meditation in order to remain awake. I like this classic image: http://www.onelittleangel.com/common/images/auteur/Bod...

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