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by Wayfarer
Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Source of famous guru rinpoche quote
Replies: 8
Views: 2633

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: 6654

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: 2633

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: 536

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: 28017

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: 28017

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: 2181

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: 2022

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: 25171

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: 2181

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.
by Wayfarer
Fri Jun 15, 2012 1:24 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: @DalaiLama
Replies: 18
Views: 2181

Re: @DalaiLama

That's the hard question. There is not an exact 1:1 correspondence between 'dharma' and 'religion' in my view. They correspond in some respects and differ in others. The problem is the 'culture wars' in the West have become so divisive and so emotive that you can't see the flame for the smoke. As so...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism
Replies: 87
Views: 11695

Re: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism

Saved, according to who? From what? What does it even mean? The ideal of perfect enlightenment - obviously false What about a lesser enlightenment? The plain vanilla kind? The kind nobody got famous for, that didn't come with being a Universally Revered Teacher? How about that? Also obviously false?
by Wayfarer
Thu Jun 14, 2012 6:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism
Replies: 87
Views: 11695

Re: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism

"a man of his culture and times". I don't know how far I would agree with that. I do understand there are many things we have discovered about the natural world that the ancients had no way of knowing. (The Dalai Lama has wrestled with many of these questions, too.) But the problem is, what criteria...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jun 14, 2012 5:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism
Replies: 87
Views: 11695

Re: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism

I suppose ethical relativism is a hard thing to avoid in the current situation, but I detect a certain irony insofar as you are the one representing a lineage and wearing the vestements and accoutrements of the tradition, yet at the same time the one saying the Buddha 'makes mistakes'. I could never...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism
Replies: 87
Views: 11695

Re: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism

But, good sir, the facts of the matter in this case are amply documented. Whether or not one believes in re-birth I just don't think the claim that 'the Buddha didn't really teach re-birth' stacks up. Nor do I think that considering what it means amounts to blindly swallowing the dogma, either. I th...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jun 14, 2012 3:41 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism
Replies: 87
Views: 11695

Re: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism

I had read several of Bachelor's books and thought highly of them, particularly his account of Buddhism coming to the West. I have also gone to a lecture by him. But I parted ways with his Buddhism Without Belief and then with his latest on Buddhist Atheism. I am currently enrolled in postgraduate s...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:42 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Individuality of beings after enlightenment
Replies: 8
Views: 859

Re: Individuality of beings after enlightenment

It isn't impossible. It has already been carefully explained in countless tomes of Buddhist literature and translated into numerous languages. What I was referring to in my second paragraph was understanding the way the Buddha exists after 'pari-nirvana', that is, after death. What I said was one o...
by Wayfarer
Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:28 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?
Replies: 240
Views: 25171

Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

You might find this an interesting essay: Dharma and Religion. It is not a scholarly work but an opinion piece on a site about 'Vedic sciences'. I don't agree with everything in it but I think the basic distinction it makes is a good one.
by Wayfarer
Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:31 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Individuality of beings after enlightenment
Replies: 8
Views: 859

Re: Individuality of beings after enlightenment

My advice is that it is futile to speculate about such topics as 'whether beings exist after enlightenment'. I don't believe it is something that can ever be figured out. Maybe it can be understood on an intuitive level, if you are very dedicated to the teachings, but trying to get a picture of it o...

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