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by Anders
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 164
Views: 12274

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

It doesn't matter if she is innocent. The accused should never sit on their own judging panel. This is basic stuff. If this thread has its facts right, she is not sitting on her own judgment. She is helping with the transition. Under ideal circumstances, who would you nominate to manage the transit...
by Anders
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 164
Views: 12274

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

It doesn't matter if she is innocent. The accused should never sit on their own judging panel. This is basic stuff. It is not a judging panel. It is not illegal to say: "I don't believe you". Especially to a person who, according to a personal account of a member here, has made false accusations in...
by Anders
Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 164
Views: 12274

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

It doesn't matter if she is innocent. The accused should never sit on their own judging panel. This is basic stuff.
by Anders
Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.
Replies: 164
Views: 12274

Re: Latest report on Shambala abuse just released.

Going back now the the actual point of discussion raised now that it has been established, with much thunder, that it is not libellous nor unfounded to ask this question: What do folks think about the comments related to Pema Chodron, that she victim-shamed an abuse victim and is also on the so-call...
by Anders
Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation timer app?
Replies: 18
Views: 1292

Re: Meditation timer app?

I use the zazen meditation app. I like the feature of it having multiple rounds.
by Anders
Sun Aug 26, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Emanations in East Asian Buddhism
Replies: 15
Views: 1333

Re: Emanations in East Asian Buddhism

Hanshan deqing is by many seen as having been an emanation of manjushri.
by Anders
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 154
Views: 6515

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

PeterC wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:56 am
which itself is a slightly apocryphal text.
What does that even mean?
by Anders
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Post-awakening cultivation in Zen
Replies: 11
Views: 1152

Re: Post-awakening cultivation in Zen

many Tang dynasty Zen texts emphasize sudden awakening and suggest that it is totally realized in an instant I am not sure I agree with that. The Sudden/Gradual dichotomy is not so much about whether you cross the finishing line immediately, as it is about how you do it. The sudden path is about ta...
by Anders
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?
Replies: 154
Views: 6515

Re: Buddhahood of Insentient Beings Exclusively East-Asian?

The thesis originated with Jizang, one of the seminal masters of the Sanlun/Madhyamika tradition, who originally wrote of it: “Not only sentient beings have buddha-nature; grasses and trees also have buddha-nature” Perhaps the most striking thing here is not so much positing that "grasses and trees ...
by Anders
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: Koans and Kensho
Replies: 12
Views: 1199

Re: Koans and Kensho

My question is about Koans and Kensho. I have solved a few Koans and received verification from a Zen master that because of distance I currently don't have access to. After solving these Koans, I discovered that I also knew the solutions to a lot of other related Koans. Although, there are many mo...
by Anders
Fri Jul 27, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Masters in whose presence peace is experienced?
Replies: 7
Views: 606

Re: Masters in whose presence peace is experienced?

I experienced it frequently, and saw it frequently happen to lots of people as well, around Ajahn Pannavado. He's dead now though. But it is very much a thing. Have heard similar stories from others in the presence of other teachers.
by Anders
Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Practise to recall past incarnations
Replies: 24
Views: 1387

Re: Practise to recall past incarnations

I don't know why past life recall gets such a bad rep in modern Buddhism. I think the book referenced above by ajahn brahm gives good advice: These recollections of past lives qualify as deep insight for four reasons. First, the Buddha called them the first of the “threefold knowledges” (tevijjā) (M...
by Anders
Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why is Oral Sex Considered Sexual Misconduct?
Replies: 71
Views: 10562

Re: Why is Oral Sex Considered Sexual Misconduct?

I think this fails the test on the five precepts being common sense practices, who have a distinct moral character whose harmfulness when broken are readily observable. I am not inherently opposed to practices with magic assumptions, but the five precepts follow a more fundamental and universal stan...
by Anders
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: doctrinal unity
Replies: 18
Views: 1333

Re: doctrinal unity

While there are differences in doctrinal emphasis (and practices) between the lineages, I think there is a fair degree of doctrinal unity. What I meant is the absence of a requirement to comply with a specific set of doctrines within the various organisations. It can be said that there is a fair de...
by Anders
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Non Buddhist enlightenment
Replies: 36
Views: 1422

Re: Non Buddhist enlightenment

I can see the utilitarian argument, that when talk of a Self helps, then use it, but when it obscures don't..but I wonder whether that whole line of thought arose before mass communication and the subsequent opportunities for reification and concretisation of such concepts and if so..whether there ...
by Anders
Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Non Buddhist enlightenment
Replies: 36
Views: 1422

Re: Non Buddhist enlightenment

Well bear with me..as I say I have very little knowledge of Zen or far Eastern Buddhism generally.. But I would ask you and Anders how the use of a term which is used by the Buddha in the Suttas to denote a series of wrong concepts came to be used to mean its apparent opposite? I ask in a spirit of...
by Anders
Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Non Buddhist enlightenment
Replies: 36
Views: 1422

Re: Non Buddhist enlightenment

Which raises the question of provenance and (deep breath) authenticity in terms of mainstream Buddhadharma. Or even in mainstream Zen. I don't think it is controversial to say that 'true self' as a term has seen widespread provisional, and often casual, usage in east-asian Buddhism. I don't see it ...
by Anders
Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Accuracy of internet koans
Replies: 31
Views: 2054

Re: Accuracy of internet koans

There is no Buddhist centers in where I live. I am thinking of moving to a place where there may be some Buddhist community. Moving has been on my mind for a long time because where I live I view myself as being treated as a second class citizen, and subhuman. What's your general area? Maybe we can...
by Anders
Sat Jun 30, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Accuracy of internet koans
Replies: 31
Views: 2054

Re: Accuracy of internet koans

Can someone give me a koan from one of those books? I think the best way to receive a koan is face to face with a teacher who can point out to you how the koan reflects your own present situation and together you work with it through that. Reading about koans, to my mind, is just brain play really....
by Anders
Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza
Replies: 15
Views: 979

Re: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza

You may want to take a look at Sheng-yen's teachings on silent illumination. He has some techniques for easing into silent illumination that are very satipatthana-like, but gradually become less object oriented. You may want to take a look at Ajahn Munindo's teachings as well, whom I feel does a goo...

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