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by Wayfarer
Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:06 am
Forum: Media
Topic: NeuroScientist has a stroke, experiences "nirvana"
Replies: 8
Views: 1836

Re: NeuroScientist has a stroke, experiences "nirvana"

This is not a new story, Jill Bolte Taylor has appeared on Oprah and written a book about her experience. And I think what she has to say is important and worthwhile, especially coming from a neuroscientist, who are often thought to be hardcore materialists.
by Wayfarer
Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:19 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Baloney! and Jundo Cohen
Replies: 172
Views: 27794

Re: Baloney! and Jundo Cohen

same thing happens in all manner of religious groups, also the armed services, politics, financial services, and so on. There is a long-running thread on ZFI about one of these two cases. And the Zen teachers in the US have signed on to an agreement of some kind (I can't remember the details) specif...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 06, 2012 6:09 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Questions regardin God and Nirvana
Replies: 45
Views: 4929

Re: Questions regardin God and Nirvana

aha that explains it I thought the milk was off......
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 06, 2012 3:41 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Questions regardin God and Nirvana
Replies: 45
Views: 4929

Re: Questions regardin God and Nirvana

How about - 'soul is a quality not an entity'?
by Wayfarer
Thu Jul 05, 2012 11:40 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Questions regardin God and Nirvana
Replies: 45
Views: 4929

Re: Questions regarding God and Nirvana

No. It sounds like nihilism . It is the end of suffering, not the end of everything. The risk one takes if approaching nirvana only through an apophatic discourse is that some people may take it as being a state of apathy of sorts. "So, it's the end of suffering. If emotions are pain, it's the end ...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jul 05, 2012 12:40 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Is Shikantaza......
Replies: 11
Views: 2324

Re: Is Shikantaza......

thanks! I read it somewhere a long while back and couldn't remember the details.
by Wayfarer
Thu Jul 05, 2012 12:17 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Questions regardin God and Nirvana
Replies: 45
Views: 4929

Re: Questions regardin God and Nirvana

Nosta wrote:I often find myself asking if there is a real "common ground" to all religions...
Have a look at the website for the publisher World Wisdom.
by Wayfarer
Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:08 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Questions regardin God and Nirvana
Replies: 45
Views: 4929

Re: Questions regardin God and Nirvana

Astus wrote: The love story is over. Does this sound like a mystical experience? Or a divine presence?
No. It sounds like nihilism.
by Wayfarer
Wed Jul 04, 2012 1:28 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Questions regardin God and Nirvana
Replies: 45
Views: 4929

Re: Questions regardin God and Nirvana

Quote from Soyen Shakyu's 'Sermons of a Buddhist Abbott', lectures which were given at the World Parliament of Religions, in the late 19th Century: Buddhism is not atheistic as the term is ordinarily understood. It has certainly a God, the highest reality and truth, through which and in which this u...
by Wayfarer
Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:01 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Is Shikantaza......
Replies: 11
Views: 2324

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: 2324

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: 2324

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: 26288

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: 27794

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: 1565

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: 2680

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: 17055

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: 11571

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: 2605

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: 6598

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.

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