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by Simon E.
Thu Jul 19, 2012 4:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: what kind of tea is best for meditation?
Replies: 17
Views: 2183

Re: what kind of tea is best for meditation?

Their naughty cakes are good too. :smile:
by Simon E.
Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:32 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation
Replies: 128
Views: 21755

Re: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation

My qualms are about any group voicing claims for phenomena that they have no personal consciousness or knowledge of simply because it fits a belief system to which they subscribe. I think its...unseemly. How about people's common conviction in the big bang? Nobody personally witnessed it and most o...
by Simon E.
Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:26 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation
Replies: 128
Views: 21755

Re: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation

You are quite right Blue Garuda. We are using entirely different modalities, and can therefore arrive at no common agreement concerning what constitutes objective fact. I have no right to question other peoples belief systems, particularly when those systems are important constituents to them in the...
by Simon E.
Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: what kind of tea is best for meditation?
Replies: 17
Views: 2183

Re: what kind of tea is best for meditation?

[quote="/johnny\"] Yorkshire Gold from Bettys of Harrogate. 4 bags to a pot and brewed for 5 minutes. It will put hairs on yer chest lad. i will be looking this up lol! thanks.[/quote] Its the real British tea deal.... :smile: Rich and powerful , with a dash of milk it turns brick red.... Not like i...
by Simon E.
Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:49 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation
Replies: 128
Views: 21755

Re: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation

I have no premise. I have no opinion. I dont actually even think its a very serious question. Yes, well, it seems that you do have some interest in voicing qualms and doubts about issues related to post-mortem continuum, etc. My qualms are about any group voicing claims for phenomena that they have...
by Simon E.
Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:07 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation
Replies: 128
Views: 21755

Re: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation

I certainly think that one who approaches Dzogchen from a Buddhist perspective may experience dissonance if they depart from a Buddhist framework. I am sure that is an experience known to more than one DC member.
by Simon E.
Wed Jul 18, 2012 4:45 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation
Replies: 128
Views: 21755

Re: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation

" That remains somewhat unclear "Is what the present Dalai Lama actually said . I suspect no one was consciously lying, and there are no indications of hallucination. There are though extremely good reasons for any given group to see what it wants to see and hear what it wants to hear. I have no pre...
by Simon E.
Wed Jul 18, 2012 4:09 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation
Replies: 128
Views: 21755

Re: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation

No I have no written testimony's, ( although I believe both Situ Rinpoche and the D.L. have written that they have no such memories. ) I was there present. In the deep South of the US you have the phenomenon of child preachers, five and six year olds in little suits preaching the bible. They are oft...
by Simon E.
Wed Jul 18, 2012 3:48 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation
Replies: 128
Views: 21755

Re: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation

I have never heard anyone reply that way . And I have heard the question put to many lamas including the Dalai Lama. They include... Situ Rinpoche, Thrangu Rinpoche, Chime Rinpoche, Ato Rinpoche, Sogyal Rinpoche and my first teacher Trungpa Rinpoche. All of them ( and it is a question lamas get aske...
by Simon E.
Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:38 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation
Replies: 128
Views: 21755

Re: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation

Would you believe me if I said yes ? Oh, I would take your word for it. You shouldnt. You dont know me. You know nothing about me. People believe all sorts of things and disbelieve all sorts of things for comfort. In a Buddhist culture, such as the meat world ones, and forums like this, there is en...
by Simon E.
Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:06 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation
Replies: 128
Views: 21755

Re: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation

The "bias " is against piss-poor science.
If your religious belief includes a belief in things not personally experienced consciously like reincarnation, so be it.
Thats everyone's right.
At least in the west it is.
But dont fall back on bad science to justify it.
by Simon E.
Wed Jul 18, 2012 1:41 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation
Replies: 128
Views: 21755

Re: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation

Ah..the Emperors New Cloths Gambit variation 27... " Any honest person " I consider myself an honest person, and I am familiar with the research in question and could easily ( and honestly ) drive a coach and horses through its protocols and methodology. Also, there are a range of possibilities in a...
by Simon E.
Wed Jul 18, 2012 1:28 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation
Replies: 128
Views: 21755

Re: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation

No, I have no personal knowledge of those states.
by Simon E.
Wed Jul 18, 2012 1:10 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation
Replies: 128
Views: 21755

Re: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation

Would you believe me if I said yes ?
by Simon E.
Wed Jul 18, 2012 1:00 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation
Replies: 128
Views: 21755

Re: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation

It's cool, but this is outside of the scope of human experience or knowledge.... I can't speak for Bahnsen's views, but according to the Mahāyāna teachings knowledge of past lives and knowledge of the passing away and reappearance of beings are not considered to be outside the scope of human experi...
by Simon E.
Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: what kind of tea is best for meditation?
Replies: 17
Views: 2183

Re: what kind of tea is best for meditation?

Yorkshire Gold from Bettys of Harrogate.
4 bags to a pot and brewed for 5 minutes.
It will put hairs on yer chest lad.
by Simon E.
Fri Jul 13, 2012 12:59 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation
Replies: 128
Views: 21755

Re: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation

I have it on the very best authority that Simon E. does not, and has never, existed.
Simon E. is a dream figure who is dreaming that he has created a cyberperson with whom he identifies for reasons of convention.

:namaste:
by Simon E.
Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:46 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation
Replies: 128
Views: 21755

Re: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation

Or is reevaluated with learning and experience. :smile: 25 years ago I had a very different and more literal view than I now have. I did not lose that faith...it just became less of an issue. And then an irrelevance to me. Incidentally there are many non-gweilos who interpret Dogen in a non Sutric w...
by Simon E.
Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:47 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
Replies: 6338
Views: 581098

Re: Dzogchen Community of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Many a true word...
by Simon E.
Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:31 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation
Replies: 128
Views: 21755

Re: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation

There is also the point that although we know what Dogen taught the Interpretation of that teaching has been a matter of debate and division ever since, and that continues. No matter how many dogmatic statements are made by those who are sure that they represent the truth of the matter. Each group w...

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