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by Luke
Sun Oct 09, 2016 11:41 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: My first Zen retreat
Replies: 8
Views: 1000

Re: My first Zen retreat

Another thing my Zen teacher said is that there are 3 essential things to do at any Zen retreat: 1) to maintain the posture (keep a straight spine whenever possible, not just when doing zazen) 2) to follow the rules 3) to be totally free (on the surface, this seems to contradict #2, but perhaps he m...
by Luke
Sun Oct 09, 2016 11:18 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: bacteria and oriyoki?
Replies: 6
Views: 835

Re: bacteria and oriyoki?

Thanks for your replies, everyone! :) :namaste: Also related, there is now considerable evidence that over- sterilization of dishes etc. Not only does little to prevent disease, but might actually be bad on immune system. Short answer: probably nothing to worry about in terms of oriyoki and health. ...
by Luke
Sat Oct 08, 2016 11:45 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: bacteria and oriyoki?
Replies: 6
Views: 835

bacteria and oriyoki?

I have had a really bad cold/flu/throat infection since that Soto Zen meditation retreat I went to, and I have been wondering if I got some bacteria from the oriyoki set I used at the retreat. While the oriyoki procedure makes the bowls and utensils visibly clean, it definitely does not sterilize th...
by Luke
Fri Oct 07, 2016 6:02 am
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: The structure of Rinzai retreats?
Replies: 10
Views: 1718

The structure of Rinzai retreats?

I was curious if anyone could describe to me the typical daily schedule of a Rinzai Zen retreat? Is it similar to the daily schedule of the Soto Zen retreat I described in this thread of mine? http://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=69&t=23853 And do Rinzai Zen Buddhists do oriyoki in their retre...
by Luke
Fri Oct 07, 2016 5:49 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: My first Zen retreat
Replies: 8
Views: 1000

Re: My first Zen retreat

So they didn't hit you with a stick? Aww, that's too bad! :smile: No, they didn't. My Zen teacher walked around with the kyosaku only once during one morning meditation session. In Soto Zen, it is often difficult for a new person to know what is going on because we all sit facing away from each oth...
by Luke
Wed Oct 05, 2016 10:23 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: My first Zen retreat
Replies: 8
Views: 1000

My first Zen retreat

Hello everyone, After a few years of cowardice, excuses, and obstacles, I finally attended my first Soto Zen retreat! :D Although I only was able to be there for two nights, the entire day in between, and the half day after, it was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life! The daily sch...
by Luke
Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:22 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: A Dhammapada translation I really like
Replies: 1
Views: 607

A Dhammapada translation I really like

Lately, I have been reading "A Dhammapada For Contemplation" which is a translation of the Dhammapada by Ajahn Munindo, and I really enjoy his very clear and modern translation. It is also available online for free. Have a look yourselves! :D :anjali: http://www.holybooks.com/wp-content/uploads/A-Dh...
by Luke
Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Organizing another Tibetan Freedom concert?
Replies: 0
Views: 378

Organizing another Tibetan Freedom concert?

I was just looking at some great videos from the first Tibetan Freedom Concert in 1996 the other day, and I was thinking how great it would be to organize such a large-scale concert dedicated to the cause of Tibetan freedom again! As I look at the details of the later Tibetan Freedom concerts, they ...
by Luke
Tue Aug 30, 2016 10:18 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: recovered my health by weight training
Replies: 22
Views: 2882

Re: recovered my health by weight training

I like the clean and jerk, but mostly do leg presses and bench press. The squat, dead-lift and some other techniques are too hard on the back, at least for me. You might like some of the squat variations that force you to use lighter weight, such as the front squat (which a lot of people say is gre...
by Luke
Tue Aug 30, 2016 10:09 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: recovered my health by weight training
Replies: 22
Views: 2882

Re: recovered my health by weight training

Interesting results, I think I should try it out myself. I'm not one of those weird western Buddhists with yellow fever that you talk about. In that case, I will describe my simple little weight routine which helped me improve my health, in case anyone else can benefit from it. I will write a routi...
by Luke
Sun Aug 28, 2016 3:02 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist way to counteract depression/sadness
Replies: 22
Views: 2515

Re: Buddhist way to counteract depression/sadness

I am of limited knowledge, but I think that reflecting on the impermanence of bad situations can be helpful. Because, as Buddhism points out, all compound phenomena are impermanent. For example, lots of people had bad childhoods, but now have much better lives than they could have imagined previousl...
by Luke
Sun Aug 28, 2016 2:46 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: recovered my health by weight training
Replies: 22
Views: 2882

Re: recovered my health by weight training

It's extreme only in terms on weight, but that doesn't disqualify weightlifting, strongman, and powerlifting from one's training. The average person in a gym doesn't know what the hell they're doing, in terms of exercises, routine, and diet. Doing things in a qualified and systematic way is key to ...
by Luke
Sun Aug 28, 2016 1:53 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: recovered my health by weight training
Replies: 22
Views: 2882

Re: recovered my health by weight training

MiphamFan wrote:I train Olympic lifting regularly.
That's cool. Do you have incredible jumping ability as a result? :D

I once tried some Olympic-style movements on my own, but then I realized that I was just going to hurt myself without a coach to show me how to do it properly.
by Luke
Sun Aug 28, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: recovered my health by weight training
Replies: 22
Views: 2882

Re: recovered my health by weight training

Yes lad. You just posted very extreme examples of Olympic weightlifting and of power lifting. They have little to do with the average person who lifts medium-heavy weights a few times a week at the gym. However, one thing that both the recreational lifter and the profession weight lifters and power...
by Luke
Sun Aug 28, 2016 1:39 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: recovered my health by weight training
Replies: 22
Views: 2882

Re: recovered my health by weight training

and here's a short article about the benefits of weight training:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/1 ... 32632.html
by Luke
Sun Aug 28, 2016 1:28 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: recovered my health by weight training
Replies: 22
Views: 2882

recovered my health by weight training

I know that in most Buddhist/yoga/eastern religion or culture groups, there seems to be a negative perception of weight training: that it's only for very vain, self-centered people who are constantly flexing their muscles in the mirror, but this is not always the case. Last spring, I had high blood ...
by Luke
Sun Aug 28, 2016 1:00 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: "Running into Meditation"
Replies: 0
Views: 505

"Running into Meditation"

Here is a nice article by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche about the relationship between meditation and running. http://www.lionsroar.com/running-into-meditation-may-2012/ I really like the conclusion: "Ideally, our daily routine will include both exercise and meditation. Mind training can help us be undist...
by Luke
Wed May 18, 2016 5:09 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: From little things big things grow
Replies: 53
Views: 17697

Re: From little things big things grow

Dharma Wheel now has 7005 members! :buddha2: :applause: :group: :buddha1: :cheers: :buddha1: :group: :applause: :buddha2: #Dharma Wheel members + #Dhamma Wheel members = 7005 + 10235 = 17240! Dharma Wheel is finally starting to catch up to its "big sister" hehe :D May both forums experience continu...
by Luke
Wed May 18, 2016 5:02 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: special DW event when 6000+/10000+ members?
Replies: 11
Views: 4355

Re: special DW event when 6000+/10000+ members?

Well, this goal has now been achieved! :twothumbsup:

If any of you have ideas how to celebrate, we are all ears, but I probably won't be online during the weekend.
by Luke
Wed May 18, 2016 4:42 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen events and small children?
Replies: 4
Views: 863

Zen events and small children?

In my limited experience with one Soto group, it seems to me that most Zen rituals and meditations have an extremely serious atmosphere and are places where small children would not be welcome. In contrast, it seems to me that Tibetan Buddhist sanghas have many more "easy-going" rituals (Tara pujas,...

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