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by Wayfarer
Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:14 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Cleary on Cultish Zen
Replies: 60
Views: 7644

Re: Cleary on Cultish Zen

I guess anything can become corrupted - any spiritual movement, philosophy or practice, can be subjugated by politics or the military or the culture of the day. There are no guarantees to prevent that from happening, literally no silver bullet. It is up to every person who wants to understand the tr...
by Wayfarer
Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:29 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Cleary on Cultish Zen
Replies: 60
Views: 7644

Re: Cleary on Cultish Zen

I sit with a Soto group at Uni where I work. I like the teacher a lot and very happy to be able to participate, but what I still don't get is the worship of zazen. I can see it partly as their attempt to escape the conceit of attainment and the mirage of an external aim, but it still doesn't quite ...
by Wayfarer
Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:35 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Extraterrestrial Life
Replies: 13
Views: 1394

Re: Extraterrestrial Life

I think it's a fascinating topic, in fact I wrote a short story on this very topic once. (I'm not a published writer, just thought I'd mention it :smile: .) I have heard that there are references to 'all the life-bearing orbs of the Cosmos' in certain esoteric Buddhist texts. I haven't ever actually...
by Wayfarer
Thu Feb 28, 2013 4:50 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Sex Taboo's & applying Christianized thinking in Western Zen
Replies: 299
Views: 32227

Re: Sex Taboo's & applying Christianized thinking in Western

The elephant in the room here is the Sexual Revolution. This radically transformed attitudes towards sexual behaviours. I don't think many people get how radically. Those quotations above regarding the 'impurity of the body' are characteristic of the traditional Buddhist view, but would be echoed in...
by Wayfarer
Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: I need some life advice
Replies: 55
Views: 4272

Re: I need some life advice

I think unless you're in a monastic vocation of some kind the idea of 'full-time meditation' is unrealistic. Even then, few monastic orders (Buddhist, Christian or otherwise) are structured around 'full-time meditation'. So, it might be a false dichotomy. One of the limbs of the Eightfold Path is 'r...
by Wayfarer
Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:25 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Icke: How to Free Your Mind
Replies: 90
Views: 10528

Re: Icke: How to Free Your Mind

I think there was a genuine conspiracy in respect of the 9/11 events. That conspiracy was to convince a lot of well-meaning people that there was a conspiracy. And it was amazingly successful. David Icke has a ready-made defense against any kind of criticism. If you criticize -why, you're one of The...
by Wayfarer
Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:44 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: eternity: why isn't everybody awaken?
Replies: 22
Views: 2277

Re: eternity: why isn't everybody awaken?

As to whether 'the cosmos is eternal, or not', the following passage from the Cula-Malunkyovada Sutta might be helpful: Then, when it was evening, Ven. Malunkyaputta arose from seclusion and went to the Blessed One. On arrival, having bowed down, he sat to one side. As he was sitting there he said t...
by Wayfarer
Mon Feb 25, 2013 12:46 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Heart Sutra and Pali Sunna Sutta
Replies: 4
Views: 1259

Re: Heart Sutra and Pali Sunna Sutta

I don't think it is correct to say there is a 'dichotomy' between 'hinayana and Mahayana'. As Mahayana began to develop and emerge, many of the monasteries had monks from both Mahayana and other schools. They observed the same vinaya. Certainly there were always debates between the various schools, ...
by Wayfarer
Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:17 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Who gets to comment on what? Why should I listen?
Replies: 76
Views: 9095

Re: Who gets to comment on what? Why should I listen?

I think it is also helpful to focus on ideas and principles rather than people and schools. Certainly the various schools think about things very differently but surely the point of debate and discussion is to focus on the teachings and ideas themselves. I like to think of it as 'the marketplace of ...
by Wayfarer
Sat Feb 23, 2013 1:08 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Test Your Enlightenment
Replies: 44
Views: 6997

Re: Test Your Enlightenment

So, if one were to answer 'yes' to any or all of the ten questions, wouldn't such arrogance then disqualify you? Perhaps such questions are not really awaiting an answer, but are intended to serve as grounds for reflection on whether you really do understand the teaching. (Incidentally I read a sayi...
by Wayfarer
Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:28 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Test Your Enlightenment
Replies: 44
Views: 6997

Re: Test Your Enlightenment

That is a formidable and very exacting list. As a generally self-directed, long-term, secular devotee of meditation, my response is: no, I have not attained all of those capabilities. But I do, at least, recognize quite a few of them, and have some understanding, and even some experience, of what so...
by Wayfarer
Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:19 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: American "Zen"
Replies: 169
Views: 21277

Re: American "Zen"

I am very skeptical of 'modern zen' generally. Too much play-acting, theatre and props. A lot of people involved take themselves way too seriously, which is ironic, considering the iconoclastic nature of Zen. I think this is why I prefer to just contemplate the ideas from the sidelines and not get ...
by Wayfarer
Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:46 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do bodhisattvas help people ?
Replies: 15
Views: 3288

Re: How do bodhisattvas help people ?

Good observation on Will's part - my interpretation was very 'naturalistic', that is, interpreting the Bodhisattva idea in naturalistic terms as 'altrusitic action' exemplified in many different types of people and ways of life. However the traditional teachings do of course interpret it more formal...
by Wayfarer
Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:55 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do bodhisattvas help people ?
Replies: 15
Views: 3288

Re: How do bodhisattvas help people ?

Well, you could answer in many ways. I daresay a lot of people would talk in terms of heroic tasks and selfless deeds, which is certainly true. But another answer would be, by doing what needs to be done, on behalf of anyone who needs help, at that time, and in that place. The problem with romantici...
by Wayfarer
Wed Feb 20, 2013 12:45 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Sex Taboo's & applying Christianized thinking in Western Zen
Replies: 299
Views: 32227

Re: Sex Taboo's & applying Christianized thinking in Western

The thread also depends on a particular interpretation of what constitutes 'Christianized Thinking'. I think this was made more explicit in Sara H's post below: When I say Buddhism is not Christianity, what I mean is we don't have things that we close our heart to. Wheras Christianity does. That's s...
by Wayfarer
Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:54 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: American "Zen"
Replies: 169
Views: 21277

Re: American "Zen"

I am very skeptical of 'modern zen' generally. Too much play-acting, theatre and props. A lot of people involved take themselves way too seriously, which is ironic, considering the iconoclastic nature of Zen. I think this is why I prefer to just contemplate the ideas from the sidelines and not get t...
by Wayfarer
Tue Feb 19, 2013 4:39 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Sex Taboo's & applying Christianized thinking in Western Zen
Replies: 299
Views: 32227

Re: Sex Taboo's & applying Christianized thinking in Western

I take your point about not closing your heart off to people who have done harm Which is also one of the most recognizable Christian teachings, from the Sermon on the Mount: You have heard that it has been said, You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemie...
by Wayfarer
Mon Feb 18, 2013 10:23 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Sex Taboo's & applying Christianized thinking in Western Zen
Replies: 299
Views: 32227

Re: Sex Taboo's & applying Christianized thinking in Western

does it apply to buddha as well??? Clearly not. He has crossed the river, reached the farther shore. Who amongst us can say that? Speaking of Christianized thinking - there is a famous Biblical episode where Jesus intervenes in the case of a woman who is to be stoned for adultery (which still happe...
by Wayfarer
Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:33 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Sex Taboo's & applying Christianized thinking in Western Zen
Replies: 299
Views: 32227

Re: Sex Taboo's & applying Christianized thinking in Western

"On the Ten Causes and Six Effects in the Realm of Hells" Ānanda, these (retributions) come from the karmic acts of living beings who create ten karmic causes by their vicious habits and so suffer from six kinds of retribution. The Habit of Sexual Desire Ānanda, what are these ten causes? Lust grows...

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