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by Dan74
Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:59 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Nestle CEO: “Water is not a human right”
Replies: 13
Views: 2570

Re: Nestle CEO: “Water is not a human right”

Wow! I hope this gets circulated far and wide and people think twice about buying Nestle products...

I am surprised their PR people did not muzzle him though.
by Dan74
Sun Apr 21, 2013 4:06 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: University of Sydney Un-invites Dalai Lama
Replies: 13
Views: 2169

Re: University of Sydney Un-invites Dalai Lama

Australlia has an enormous ammount of trade it depends on China for. Especially mining exports. It's almost dangerous how much they depend on one source like that for nearly the sole buyer of their major exports. Other than the US that is. They really need to diverify their trade portfolio, otherwi...
by Dan74
Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:59 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Zen and daimoku
Replies: 13
Views: 3117

Re: Zen and daimoku

Are there any Zen Buddhists who chant the daimoku of Nichiren? I realize that if there are, there's not many, but I was wondering if there were any at all who did. I couldn't find much doing a Google search of it, so I thought I'd ask here and see if anyone had an answer. There are a lot more who c...
by Dan74
Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Was Osho Enlightened?
Replies: 36
Views: 8442

Re: Was Osho Enlightened?

I know very little about Osho, but having been an ex-professor of philosophy, a strong and charismatic personality, it really doesn't take being awakened to be able to talk well about these things. A lot of intelligent people fell under his spell (and the spell or much worse cult-leaders) due to bei...
by Dan74
Mon Mar 18, 2013 1:49 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 102072

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

Alex: I will debate you - and anyone else So what do you have to say about those pictures that I've posted? Alex, I took 20 seconds to check your first statement and it is completely bogus, out of context. Pierce Forster, far from being a Global Warming denier, is an author of one of the recent stu...
by Dan74
Sat Mar 16, 2013 5:55 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Ven. Huifeng appointed Vice Abbot of FGS
Replies: 20
Views: 4672

Re: Ven. Huifeng appointed Vice Abbot of FGS

Congratulations, Ven Huifeng! A great opportunity for a Bodhisattva. :bow: :bow: :bow:
by Dan74
Sat Mar 09, 2013 9:29 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: American "Zen"
Replies: 169
Views: 23677

Re: American "Zen"

I think there may have been something about how Zen was initially presented to the west that made it particularly vulnerable to the rise of "Zen", and we're seeing the results.Zen ^^^This. Absolutely. The anti-intellectualism and authoritarian tendencies of Japanese Zen led to this kind of culture,...
by Dan74
Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:01 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: What's all this nonsense about sitting still?
Replies: 84
Views: 12938

Re: What's all this nonsense about sitting still?

All great masters when speaking of awakened conduct do not deviate from the Buddhas early teachings - liberation from delusion, from the eight worldly winds, from being swayed by the comings and goings, complete freedom. If you are still caught up in your habits and swayed by the circumstance, this...
by Dan74
Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:40 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: What's all this nonsense about sitting still?
Replies: 84
Views: 12938

Re: What's all this nonsense about sitting still?

To quote the Bodhidharma anthology: understanding such as this is also wrong Who is conceptualizing? I surmise that if I am conceptualizing, then I am giving rise to the "I" entity in relation to object of my mental attentions, establishing a firmament between "the earth and the heavens", but if th...
by Dan74
Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:18 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: What's all this nonsense about sitting still?
Replies: 84
Views: 12938

Re: What's all this nonsense about sitting still?

If you are conceptualizing something, you are adding a mental construct on top of the "raw experience" of reality, an extra filter for your brain to have to process before responding to any given situation. As your raw experience is nothing more than your own mind, you are obstructing your mind wit...
by Dan74
Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:01 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: What's all this nonsense about sitting still?
Replies: 84
Views: 12938

Re: What's all this nonsense about sitting still?

Recognizing the freedom from the self is a long way from the skillful functioning of the original mind. Long before, or after? Beside this, you didn't make a comment on my previous post and quotes it contains. We are walking into some weird ground of "awakening is not the same as awakening". "Regar...
by Dan74
Wed Mar 06, 2013 2:36 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: What's all this nonsense about sitting still?
Replies: 84
Views: 12938

Re: What's all this nonsense about sitting still?

Did I say that? No, I did. I extended your statement further, explaining that self continues to do, whatever it did, and Buddha is detached from the person. You views seems to imply that the self changes and becomes free from "inappropriate" behaviors. But since married laymen don’t give up sex, ho...
by Dan74
Wed Mar 06, 2013 2:15 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: What's all this nonsense about sitting still?
Replies: 84
Views: 12938

Re: What's all this nonsense about sitting still?

If I may ask, what does that have to do with enlightenment? Awakened ones stay always sober, restrain from having sex, and live long... or what? Awakened ones are free from grasping and the delusion of self and all its needs and fears. So, the self continues... Buddha is free from being moved by th...
by Dan74
Wed Mar 06, 2013 2:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is it possible to get a religious vaccine exemption?
Replies: 124
Views: 33116

Re: Is it possible to get a religious vaccine exemption?

I don't know what can be gained by a pissing contest of Western vs Eastern medicine. On the other hand it could be valuable if a practitioner of Tibetan Medicine or Ayurveda started a thread on what Western medicine could learn from these systems and what we as laypeople could take on board. In hosp...
by Dan74
Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:55 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: What's all this nonsense about sitting still?
Replies: 84
Views: 12938

Re: What's all this nonsense about sitting still?

Well, seems like it wasn't so easy with Watts either for all his intellectual brilliance. He died prematurely, an alcoholic and a compulsive womaniser. If I may ask, what does that have to do with enlightenment? Awakened ones stay always sober, restrain from having sex, and live long... or what? Aw...
by Dan74
Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:34 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: What's all this nonsense about sitting still?
Replies: 84
Views: 12938

Re: What's all this nonsense about sitting still?

Why do people struggle so with enlightenment? Once you understand it intellectually you can have it. All this wishy-washy business about sitting still and discipline, is it just an alternate route? Is it just a way to crack the ego's defenses? :shrug: To quote Alan Watts, "If you have a thin shell ...
by Dan74
Tue Mar 05, 2013 2:25 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is it possible to get a religious vaccine exemption?
Replies: 124
Views: 33116

Re: Is it possible to get a religious vaccine exemption?

Touche! Whoops. Did that deadpan a little too well... I meant to convey that multiple anecdotes is definitely not data. You're correct, there's nothing convincing or evidence-constituting in testimonies. No, the oops is mine! I thought you were kidding, but couldn't resist the rant regardless! :foc...
by Dan74
Tue Mar 05, 2013 2:10 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is it possible to get a religious vaccine exemption?
Replies: 124
Views: 33116

Re: Is it possible to get a religious vaccine exemption?

We have a sample of two people who have not contracted flu without the vaccine. I have no idea how useful the flu vaccine is, but I know that the above is not a proof that it's useless. But Dan, don't you know that the plural of anecdote is "data"? :coffee: Touche! But a whole lot of anecdotes is a...
by Dan74
Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is it possible to get a religious vaccine exemption?
Replies: 124
Views: 33116

Re: Is it possible to get a religious vaccine exemption?

I haven't had a flu shot in probably 20+ years (I'm 30) and I can't remember the last time I had the flu, probably when I was very young. My son is now 4 and he's never had a flu shot either, and no flu. It's unnecessary in my opinion. We have a sample of two people who have not contracted flu with...
by Dan74
Sun Mar 03, 2013 1:34 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: American "Zen"
Replies: 169
Views: 23677

Re: American "Zen"

Zen realization is shallow and easily overcome by the habits of our mind. As a result we have to keep practicing. There may be some deeply enlightened people in Zen now who have gone beyond this but they are not the people defiling the zendo. I hope you are wrong and it's certainly not what was tau...

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