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by Wayfarer
Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:01 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Is Shikantaza......
Replies: 11
Views: 2295

Re: Is Shikantaza......

It's more like 'the mixing pot' of the modern world. All these traditions were barely aware of each other for millenia in the ancient world. Now they're all sharing stages at conferences and having articles and books published alongside each other. Not that this is a bad thing. I am reminded of an a...
by Wayfarer
Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:16 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Is Shikantaza......
Replies: 11
Views: 2295

Re: Is Shikantaza......

well, to be pedantic, the word 'vipassana' is a Pali term, and is associated particularly with the Theravadin 'forest meditation' tradition. The Mahayana version of the term would be Sanskrit, i.e. 'vipaśyanā', which, while it means the same thing (namely insight) is much less encountered in Mahayan...
by Wayfarer
Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:12 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Is Shikantaza......
Replies: 11
Views: 2295

Re: Is Shikantaza......

If you ask that question on a Zen forum the teachers there will usually say 'definitely not'. They will distinguish between the vipassana approach of being 'mindful of sensations and breathing' and the Zen approach of 'watching thoughts come and go'. Conversely, if you ask about Zen on a Vipassana f...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:41 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Questioning Alayavijnana
Replies: 184
Views: 26058

Re: Questioning Alayavijnana

If alayavijnana is a part/mode of consciousness, why are we not aware of it? If we can't be aware of it, what makes it part of the consciousness? / If there can be a part of consciousness one is not aware of, what makes it consciousness? There are subconscious and unconscious aspects of consciousne...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:44 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Baloney! and Jundo Cohen
Replies: 172
Views: 27611

Re: Baloney! and Jundo Cohen

Now if only someone could tell me that, with no-self/anatta/anatman in mind, what survives death to occasion rebirth? A consciousness? A cosmic bit of dust? A semi-soul? A wisp of smoke that follows an extinguished candle? It's not a 'what'! It is more like information propagating through a medium ...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jun 22, 2012 11:11 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Two truths, not the same not different.
Replies: 10
Views: 1557

Re: Two truths, not the same not different.

I don't think it is a question of ontology. It is not a matter of saying that 'the two truths refer to the same or different domains' but of understanding the limitations of conventional thinking. Then you can say there is only one domain of truth, but diverse ways of perceiving it. Then you can say...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jun 21, 2012 3:54 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Mahayana sutras and woman
Replies: 24
Views: 2634

Re: Mahayana sutras and woman

My advice is, always start with clear present awareness of your current state of being. Learn to be patient enough to sit in meditation consistently for some time. Then be aware of how your mind works, what the issues are in life, means of livelihood, relationships, and all of those things. That is ...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:22 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is sex considered vulgar to Buddhists?
Replies: 140
Views: 16878

Re: Is sex considered vulgar to Buddhists?

I have heard quite a few people remark over the years, in connection with Buddhist meditation, that they would be interested in learning about 'Tantric Buddhism', because it means they can continue having sex. There was even a porno star who used to talk about 'tantric orgasms'. I would call all of ...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:42 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism about spirit guides
Replies: 66
Views: 11444

Re: Buddhism about spirit guides

Known in the olden days as 'guardian angels' in the West. I don't know if you get a choice as to which one you get. :smile:
by Wayfarer
Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Source of famous guru rinpoche quote
Replies: 8
Views: 2558

Re: Source of famous guru rinpoche quote

Actually, I think I might have read it in W Y Evanz-Wentz 'The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation' which was published in 1954. Not absolutely certain, but I'm pretty sure that was where I first encountered it.
by Wayfarer
Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist or not - poll
Replies: 51
Views: 6540

Re: Buddhist or not - poll

If asked, I say I am a student of Buddhism and practicing meditation in accordance with Buddhist teachings.

//edit// although I still retain some aspects of my Christian background, and also have an affinity with Platonist philosophy.
by Wayfarer
Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:43 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Source of famous guru rinpoche quote
Replies: 8
Views: 2558

Re: Source of famous guru rinpoche quote

I believe the quote is attributed to Padmasambhava, 8th Century. I don't have a source but that is the standard attribution.
by Wayfarer
Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:49 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is a klesha? - found it as a word in a Buddhist book.
Replies: 5
Views: 526

Re: What is a klesha? - found it as a word in a Buddhist book.

Klesha (Pali Kilesa) is 'defilement' or 'obstruction' - that which prevents one from 'seeing things as they truly are' by distorting your understanding of the nature of reality and manifest as unskillful actions. It is an important term in Buddhist ethics. It is somewhat equivalent to a now disused ...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jun 16, 2012 3:03 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Baloney! and Jundo Cohen
Replies: 172
Views: 27611

Re: Baloney! and Jundo Cohen

Many people don't respond to 'the first noble truth of suffering', because, basically, they don't think that anything is the matter, they can't see anything wrong with life as it is. You know the saying 'the young think they're immortal?' That is why I am very wary of all the various forms of teachi...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jun 16, 2012 1:48 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Baloney! and Jundo Cohen
Replies: 172
Views: 27611

Re: Baloney! and Jundo Cohen

IMO, the issue is one of correct interpretation, given that the truth in these matters is often difficult to discern, and given that the default condition of the ordinary mind is delusional, which makes such discernment very difficult. It is highly possible that there is something the matter with th...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:12 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: @DalaiLama
Replies: 18
Views: 2132

Re: @DalaiLama

Yes, I agree. I think it is clinging to ideas, or imposing views on others, or engaging in controversies to prove your own righteousness, that causes many of the problems in this area of life.
by Wayfarer
Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:03 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Master Seung Sahn's Enlightenment & Poem
Replies: 14
Views: 1995

Re: 'Don't Know Mind'

The idea of 'don't know' is not a confession that you can't find you're way home or know how to cook a meal. It is basically an acknowledgement of the uselessness of knowledge in the face of the mystery of life. Normally we know many things about all kinds of matters, and, as far as that goes, it is...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jun 15, 2012 7:21 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?
Replies: 240
Views: 24733

Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

Great advice. I have been studying, reading and meditating on this subject for more than 30 years now, and the question of 'whether to believe in a deity' has never even come up for me. The imagination has incredible ability to project things - and then get scared of its own projections! Best to sta...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jun 15, 2012 4:04 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: @DalaiLama
Replies: 18
Views: 2132

Re: @DalaiLama

That doesn't really come to terms with why the Dalai Lama wants to move beyond religion, or why there is so much controversy over religious ideas in the modern world, though.

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