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by Dan74
Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Express your Zen in 10 words.
Replies: 68
Views: 5307

Re: Express your Zen in 10 words.

el gatito wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 5:45 pm
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Dan74 wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 4:09 pm
I have no Zen to express
Just this and this
:D
by Dan74
Sun Nov 24, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Express your Zen in 10 words.
Replies: 68
Views: 5307

Re: Express your Zen in 10 words.

I have no Zen to express
Just this and this
by Dan74
Sun Nov 24, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism in a secularised world
Replies: 35
Views: 3260

Re: Buddhism in a secularised world

Not a comment on the above discussion but the article itself, fwiw. The point for me was that we bring unspoken and unconscious assumptions to our practice that mould it and more or less determine the outcomes. Even on the cushion, we tend to think we know what's going on and what's likely/supposed...
by Dan74
Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism in a secularised world
Replies: 35
Views: 3260

Re: Buddhism in a secularised world

Not a comment on the above discussion but the article itself, fwiw. The point for me was that we bring unspoken and unconscious assumptions to our practice that mould it and more or less determine the outcomes. Even on the cushion, we tend to think we know what's going on and what's likely/supposed ...
by Dan74
Sat Nov 16, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Visualizing Infinity
Replies: 5
Views: 414

Re: Visualizing Infinity

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEy7ujp6Dng&feature=youtu.be Great explanation of infinity This is a very nice video, but the title is misleading. It doesn't help one visualise infinity at all, but rather the very large numbers that come up when one discusses cosmology. Infinity is not a very large...
by Dan74
Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Secular Buddhism
Replies: 74
Views: 5802

Re: Secular Buddhism

This is a beautiful thread. Putting our money where our mouth is. Mahayana Buddhists at the very least, should put our own little concerns behind those of others. Especially those genuinely suffering, with no succour from the Dharma.
by Dan74
Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen Community Round Table Sub-Forum Status
Replies: 8
Views: 1304

Re: Zen Community Round Table Sub-Forum Status

KeithA wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 3:43 pm
Dan74 wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:41 am
el gatito wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:32 am
Yep, but it would be nice if together with the zenspace site. To the trash can.
Coincidentally Zen Space is down. In the trash can?
#irony
indeed...

by Dan74
Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen Community Round Table Sub-Forum Status
Replies: 8
Views: 1304

Re: Zen Community Round Table Sub-Forum Status

el gatito wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:32 am
Yep, but it would be nice if together with the zenspace site. To the trash can.
Coincidentally Zen Space is down. In the trash can?
by Dan74
Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: "Buddhism Without Merit"
Replies: 8
Views: 573

Re: "Buddhism Without Merit"

I'd also add that it might also be partially caused by the kind of people dharma draws. At least here where I am from it is still mostly the alternative folks who are either in college or in some way try to escape capitalism, which often equals low income. ... And there's also the idea that "Dharma...
by Dan74
Mon Oct 28, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Rejoicing
Replies: 19
Views: 1336

Re: Rejoicing

I think people mistake it with defeating the ISIS ideology. If through open and widely watched debates, ISIS ideology was truly defeated and millions of followers and sympathisers renounced it, saying "we were mistaken, but not we see our error", that would be an occasion to rejoice. As it stands, s...
by Dan74
Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: is the tathagatagarbha true? Opinions?
Replies: 157
Views: 6992

Re: is the tathagatagarbha true? Opinions?

Whatever position one likes to adopt on the Ultimate is basically going to be wrong - how else can it be from our deluded perspective? One thing is clear - we should be wary of grasping any kind of notion of the Ultimate. Best to focus on practice.
by Dan74
Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much
Replies: 103
Views: 5243

Re: Buddhist Hell seems a bit much

Hi all- I have been tinkering with Buddhism for years, meaning taking little bits of pieces and now I am diving in deep and really imersing myself in the Mahayana tradition. Looking at the Hell realms, and it seems incomphrehensible to me that someone could do enough bad things in one lifetime to w...
by Dan74
Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Distinguishing between consciousness and mental events
Replies: 18
Views: 2083

Re: Distinguishing between consciousness and mental events

I don't thing there is anything like an established consciousness or underlying awareness apart from the Buddha nature, but inquiring after this distinction is good practice, IMO. In ordinary functioning we separate ourselves from mental events through the medium of the fictional self and many habit...
by Dan74
Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Anyone Come Close to Enlightenment Yet?
Replies: 34
Views: 2422

Re: Anyone Come Close to Enlightenment Yet?

In Zen Buddhism, kensho, or a taste of enlightenment, is quite common. It is referred to as 'entering the gate of Zen' which is then followed by much more challenging practices involving grounding and integrating this insight into every aspect of life. I think it is described by modern practitioners...
by Dan74
Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Letting go
Replies: 41
Views: 3131

Re: Letting go

Right. The letting go is of the clutching. Clutching at the notions of 'me' and 'mine' and all that that entails, which is a lot. Letting go of the whole kit and caboodle. ok, i get it..but...how about..? not letting go..? holidng tight..? hold it tight, dont let it go..? remeber? c51b096a08f04c80b...
by Dan74
Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: DW Mind Would You Jog My Memory Please?
Replies: 16
Views: 934

Re: DW Mind Would You Jog My Memory Please?

Wayfarer pretty much said it. Perhaps one can add that Linchi was addressing monks who were practicing very hard but had too little faith in the power that was within them, casting outwards, as it were. With sufficient cultivation, turning inwards and realising that it is no different to outwards an...
by Dan74
Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:58 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from the UK
Replies: 19
Views: 1262

Re: Hello from the UK

I don't see anything in what you just wrote above, LL, that matches to 'taking on someone's karma'. Great teachers give appropriate assistance, yes. They don't take on our karma.
by Dan74
Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello From Brazil
Replies: 6
Views: 656

Re: Hello From Brazil

http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/tree- ... enment.pdf

Welcome to the Forum!!!

It's hard to find an objective and accurate description of the different schools from one source (and I don't think David's link above quite puls it off) but Peter Della Santina's book comes as close as I have seen.
by Dan74
Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:45 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from the UK
Replies: 19
Views: 1262

Re: Hello from the UK

I don't know what it means for a "Sifu to take on your karma." Maybe that is specific to Hanmi teachings. It’s not! It’s a true teaching! Really? I thought it was fundamental to all Buddhist traditions that our karma is ours and no one can 'take on' anyone else's. Otherwise the Buddhas and Bodhistt...
by Dan74
Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Letting go
Replies: 41
Views: 3131

Re: Letting go

My issue with "letting go" is that it can easily turn to "hiding from" or some way of actively ridding oneself of something, which I imagine is just as much an issue/problem/obstruction in Zen as in Tibetan traditions. There really is nothing to pick up or drop, rather, actually "letting go" is goi...

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