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by Jeff
Sat Nov 05, 2016 9:34 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Ultimate Truth
Replies: 245
Views: 14619

Re: Ultimate Truth

If an awakened person has jaundice, they will see conches as yellow, just like anyone else. Awakened people don't get jaundice, but they may appear to from our point of view. By awakened I assume you mean enlightened, not just liberated. The Nirmankaya exists at a level of manifestion and hence may...
by Jeff
Sat Nov 05, 2016 7:54 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Ultimate Truth
Replies: 245
Views: 14619

Re: Ultimate Truth

Buddhas manifest in accordance with our karma. They can emanate and give the appearance of sharing our perceptions because that's the most skilful way to help us. They don't actually have to see things the way we see them in order for them to be able to help us - in fact, it helps that they don't. ...
by Jeff
Sat Nov 05, 2016 3:51 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The importance of direct experience
Replies: 41
Views: 3363

Re: The importance of direct experience

I remember having no problem understanding "Form is emptiness" but scratching my head over "Emptiness is form." Maybe I was overthinking it (as I tend to do), but form seems to unravel nicely into emptiness while emptiness is kinda sorta no-thing to begin with ... so how could it "ravel" into form?...
by Jeff
Sat Nov 05, 2016 3:12 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The importance of direct experience
Replies: 41
Views: 3363

Re: The importance of direct experience

I've had reasonably intimate contact with the Heart Sutra for several years -- a sangha I belonged to recited it whenever they met -- but have never studied it. Very nice. Paraphrasing... The Heart sutra states that emptiness is the realization that form = emptiness and that emptiness = form and th...
by Jeff
Fri Nov 04, 2016 11:18 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The importance of direct experience
Replies: 41
Views: 3363

Re: The importance of direct experience

Which translation/commentary do you recommend? Your heart is open and can be felt. Trust your own heart on such things, you will find the right version for you. With the merging of heart and mind, natural bodhicitta is realized. But, a suggestion... Maybe think of the Lankavatara sutra as the detai...
by Jeff
Fri Nov 04, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The importance of direct experience
Replies: 41
Views: 3363

Re: The importance of direct experience

Also, if you are looking for a good overall logical breakdown in stages on it, I would suggest you take a look at the Lankavatara Sutra. The sutra is sublime in how it first defines the "mind" (or broader mind system) and then decomposes it into a detailed framework.... Will do, thanks again. :-) J...
by Jeff
Fri Nov 04, 2016 5:04 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The importance of direct experience
Replies: 41
Views: 3363

Re: The importance of direct experience

Also, if you are looking for a good overall logical breakdown in stages on it, I would suggest you take a look at the Lankavatara Sutra. The sutra is sublime in how it first defines the "mind" (or broader mind system) and then decomposes it into a detailed framework.... Then Mahamati asked the Bless...
by Jeff
Fri Nov 04, 2016 4:52 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The importance of direct experience
Replies: 41
Views: 3363

Re: The importance of direct experience

Thanks. I'm not familiar with two-fold emptiness. Feel like explaining it ... or gotta link? I don't really have any link for it, but as Malcolm stated, the concept is sort of breaking emptiness into two logical stages (which might help with how you are kind of looking at it). The first stage is th...
by Jeff
Fri Nov 04, 2016 3:18 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The importance of direct experience
Replies: 41
Views: 3363

Re: The importance of direct experience

Jeff, thanks. Your message made me realize that I'm conjuring up a pair of opposites, knowing and experiencing, and trying to divide everything that happens on the dharma path into one of these two categories. In fact, it's a continuum, knowingexperiencing, not a pair of opposites, knowing/experien...
by Jeff
Fri Nov 04, 2016 1:29 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The importance of direct experience
Replies: 41
Views: 3363

Re: The importance of direct experience

To me it is like the difference between "seeing/intellectual"and "being/knowing". As an example, the stages could be defined as...

- Seeing the moon with your naked eye
- Seeing the moon with a telescope
- Walking on the moon
- Being the moon
by Jeff
Thu Oct 20, 2016 1:53 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Demonic Possession in Buddhism
Replies: 42
Views: 9747

Re: Demonic Possession in Buddhism

This is an example why Buddhism must be applied instead of keep feeding our ego. We are used to try to slay all obstacles. But ego itself is the main obstacle, by which 'we' are weak! When ego is ruling, we automatically identify with it and we are defenceless for so called demons in whatever which...
by Jeff
Thu Oct 06, 2016 6:09 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: "transmission outside the scriptures"
Replies: 125
Views: 12624

Re: "transmission outside the scriptures"

What good is a mute teacher? The insentient constantly teach the Dharma. Words can be used, but a good teacher can say things that make no sense, but use other methods to show you what they mean. Not that a good teacher would speak nonsense, unless the situation called for it. Yes, the key is that ...
by Jeff
Tue Oct 04, 2016 6:37 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: "transmission outside the scriptures"
Replies: 125
Views: 12624

Re: "transmission outside the scriptures"

What method is that? See the following definitions. Again, you are getting the result confused with the cause. The transmission is and has always been a type of teaching. It is just that word "transmission" that everyone was disagreeing on. That is what my posts have been trying to clarify. As for ...
by Jeff
Tue Oct 04, 2016 1:38 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: "transmission outside the scriptures"
Replies: 125
Views: 12624

Re: "transmission outside the scriptures"

Sounds like a very impressive teacher and lineage. Is there any more that you can say about it related to the transmission topic? Sure. Heart-to-heart transmission is the transmission of knowledge, skills or whatever teaching materials from the heart of the teacher to the heart of the student. It i...
by Jeff
Sun Oct 02, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: "transmission outside the scriptures"
Replies: 125
Views: 12624

Re: "transmission outside the scriptures"

What sources do you base that on? Because his description of transmission perfectly describes the way my teacher teaches. And the way his certified instructors teach. And although I am only allowed to teach at a much lower level to friends and family, that is how I teach. It's how his teacher taugh...
by Jeff
Fri Sep 30, 2016 8:55 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: "transmission outside the scriptures"
Replies: 125
Views: 12624

Re: "transmission outside the scriptures"

Sure they do. What canonical sources confirm your assumption about that transmission? And I'm not asking for some symbolic story, but explicit statements in sutras and treatises. The problem is that for most it is temporary unless the obstructions are actually let go by the receiver. Buddhas could ...
by Jeff
Fri Sep 30, 2016 7:18 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: "transmission outside the scriptures"
Replies: 125
Views: 12624

Re: "transmission outside the scriptures"

Such a mind to mind transmission is effectively the bypassing (or removal) of a perceived obstruction be the person receiving the transmission. Effectively since the emptiness is truly "known" by the transmitter, that knowledge can be temporarily extended (or shared). If there were such a thing, bu...
by Jeff
Fri Sep 30, 2016 3:44 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: "transmission outside the scriptures"
Replies: 125
Views: 12624

Re: "transmission outside the scriptures"

... It should also be understood that the mind-to-mind transmission is beyond all words. That applies not only to written, but also to spoken words as well. Such transmission is not some secret code or mystical energy, but seeing the truth of the Dharma in one's personal experience. And that truth ...
by Jeff
Fri Sep 30, 2016 1:27 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: "transmission outside the scriptures"
Replies: 125
Views: 12624

Re: "transmission outside the scriptures"

You should use some newer translations for the Lotus Sutra. Regarding directly pointing/direct transmission outside of scriptures, these problems aren’t. It is always fresh from the timeless "source". It would sound funny to say give me a newer version. Agreed. :) All books and texts are translated...
by Jeff
Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:55 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: "transmission outside the scriptures"
Replies: 125
Views: 12624

Re: "transmission outside the scriptures"

Hopefully, we can agree that the Lankavatara sutra is pretty universally accepted in Zen. From the second chapter on the point... The quoted section confirms one of the four reliances , namely "rely on the meaning, not just on the words". That is standard Mahayana. It does not negate the importance...

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