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by shel
Sun Mar 16, 2014 3:36 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Is Zen Buddhism?
Replies: 31
Views: 3520

Re: Is Zen Buddhism?

Is Zen Buddhism? How do Huangbo and Linji answer that question? Isn't Buddhism about cultivation? Didn't they consider gradual cultivation and attainment to be outside of the "true way"? For example Huangbo says in the The Chung-Ling Record: "If Dharma students are unable to let go of conditioned m...
by shel
Sat Mar 15, 2014 4:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: N.Y. Times: no definition for "life".
Replies: 26
Views: 2490

Re: N.Y. Times: no definition for "life".

Your vehemence and passion strongly suggest a lack of objectivity. 'Objectivity' is part of the problem. By all means, strive for detachment; but abandon objectivity as a philosophical maxim. It is useful in journalists and judges, but as a philosophical ideal, as in 'objectivism', It is invariably...
by shel
Fri Mar 14, 2014 4:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: N.Y. Times: no definition for "life".
Replies: 26
Views: 2490

Re: N.Y. Times: no definition for "life".

Just the kind of topic I often used to debate on Philosophy Forum before I signed out for good. From the article: Likewise, “life” is an idea. We find it useful to think of some things as alive and others as inanimate, but this division exists only in our heads. I vehemently and passionately disagr...
by shel
Sat Feb 22, 2014 5:18 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: I am no longer a Buddhist.
Replies: 65
Views: 6527

Re: I am no longer a Buddhist.

Simon E. wrote:Thanks you to all.
You're welcome. :cheers:
by shel
Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:00 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Is Zen Buddhism?
Replies: 31
Views: 3520

Re: Is Zen Buddhism?

Depends on how you define the word "zen". OK, I'll bite. How do you define the word Zen? For me personally? It depends on the context. It could mean "the uncreated, the deathless, ultimate truth, true nature, tao, emptiness, the void, etc, etc" or it could mean "set of practices that are traditiona...
by shel
Mon Feb 10, 2014 4:23 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Form is Emptiness and Emptiness is Form ?
Replies: 12
Views: 2101

Re: Form is Emptiness and Emptiness is Form ?

Well he certainly didn't have a Chan :quoteunquote: teacher.
by shel
Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:53 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Do You Still Get Angry?
Replies: 74
Views: 23335

Re: Do You Still Get Angry?

Hence the term holey man. :tongue:
by shel
Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:33 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Do You Still Get Angry?
Replies: 74
Views: 23335

Re: Do You Still Get Angry?

I wants to dance the pow wows 2. :rolling:
by shel
Tue Jan 21, 2014 5:50 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Do You Still Get Angry?
Replies: 74
Views: 23335

Re: Do You Still Get Angry?

Did I miss the posts that expressed anger? Can't allow that to be shown on a Buddhist forum. :tongue:
by shel
Tue Jan 21, 2014 5:46 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Friend or Foe.
Replies: 20
Views: 3057

Re: Friend or Foe.

Don't hate me cuz I'm always right. :tongue:
by shel
Sat Jan 18, 2014 6:48 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Green Smoothie Detox
Replies: 10
Views: 2714

Re: Green Smoothie Detox

I hate to break this to you but there's a lot of sugar in processed (juiced with fiber removed) fruit. With the fiber the sugar is metabolized at a naturally and health rate, but you may not get that "huge energy burst" from processing it and removing the beneficial fiber.
by shel
Thu Jan 16, 2014 5:29 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Yes or No ...
Replies: 1023
Views: 124129

Re: Yes or No ...

No.

Have you asked more that ____ questions today?
by shel
Thu Jan 16, 2014 4:41 am
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Do You Still Get Angry?
Replies: 74
Views: 23335

Re: Do You Still Get Angry?

I never get angry online. It's just so many words, most of which aren't true anyway. Nevertheless, people react to some of my words in anger and hit the report button. Go figure! :shrug:
by shel
Wed Jan 15, 2014 6:25 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Faith in Zen
Replies: 24
Views: 3181

Re: Faith in Zen

You speak in extremely broad terms, Smcj, and of course there is nothing wrong with that. According to Buddhism, suffering does indeed begin with ignorance. Are you suggesting that renunciation, if that's what you meant to say, is synonymous with faith? Faith in Zen is the title of this thread. I d...
by shel
Wed Jan 15, 2014 6:23 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Faith in Zen
Replies: 24
Views: 3181

Re: Faith in Zen

From my observations debating on philosophy forums, current culture puts a premium on the individual ego. The motto of most modern people really ought to be Nihil ultra sui , 'nothing beyond self'. They might be fine people, altruistic, but they reserve the right to be the sole arbiters of right an...
by shel
Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:59 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Faith in Zen
Replies: 24
Views: 3181

Re: Faith in Zen

In a TB context (not Zen, as this thread is oriented) I've heard it said that when one "Takes Refuge" one is taking refuge from one's own unawareness, refuge from one's own mistaken interpretation of life. Somebody else, in this case Shakyamuni, has found the correct answer, so one takes refuge in ...
by shel
Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:49 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Rude awakenings
Replies: 5
Views: 745

Re: Rude awakenings

Real life generally unfolds seamlessly, I find.
by shel
Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:37 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Faith in Zen
Replies: 24
Views: 3181

Re: Faith in Zen

Faith doesn't mean 'believe no matter what' in Christianity, or any other religion for that matter, and that's what Watts indicates. Watts is not saying to "let go" or don't cling, he is literally saying to "TRUST YOURSELF." We can rely on the Three Jewels in Buddhism, and that's all well and good,...
by shel
Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:33 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Faith in Zen
Replies: 24
Views: 3181

Re: Faith in Zen

Why did the chicken cross the road? Cuz she only knows one direction. :tongue:

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