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by LastLegend
Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:17 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: For the first time in a long time, I am getting serious about Nichiren Buddhism...
Replies: 5
Views: 284

Re: For the first time in a long time, I am getting serious about Nichiren Buddhism...

It has been very hard for me to deal with the fact that my family, no matter how much I try, doesn't seem to care about me. They never reach out and I take it very personally, naturally. This has held me back from my practice. I take things to heart; how ppl treat me, etc. I dwell on it. This had h...
by LastLegend
Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What is Buddha nature?
Replies: 7
Views: 445

Re: What is Buddha nature?

Buddha nature is not a part from your mind right now.
by LastLegend
Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:47 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Zazen
Replies: 18
Views: 2201

Re: Zazen

shanyin wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 7:36 am
How do I practice zazen? I have heard that focus on breathing meditation can be called samatha, jhana, mindfuless of breathing (anapanasati).

Is zazen sitting in lotus or half lotus and doing nothing?
First understand the consciousness and what it does.
by LastLegend
Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does emptiness mean and why does it matter?
Replies: 24
Views: 1413

Re: What does emptiness mean and why does it matter?

nichiren-123 wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:41 pm
Does emptiness mean that distinctions are all wrong and/or bad and/or illusory? I.e. what is wrong (if anything) with distinctions?

If so then how is the negation of distinctions liberating?
Emptiness is the non discriminating nature of your mind. The issue is the consciousness is not clean.
by LastLegend
Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Mind consciousness, ignorance, and nature
Replies: 35
Views: 930

Re: Mind consciousness, ignorance, and nature

Discrimination is the ability to tell the difference between things, it is perception, recognition. Or there has to be a difference between discrimination and perception, where discrimination is perception distorted by false preconceptions, like the idea of self. If discrimination is defined that w...
by LastLegend
Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Mind consciousness, ignorance, and nature
Replies: 35
Views: 930

Re: Mind consciousness, ignorance, and nature

Where does wisdom come from? Okay. At the state of ‘pure’ discriminating consciousness, you can stand witness to your unborn nature and that is non-discriminating knowing nature. Witnessing is not the same as realizing because of the very recognizition and distinguishing that nature itself is a pro...
by LastLegend
Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Mind consciousness, ignorance, and nature
Replies: 35
Views: 930

Re: Mind consciousness, ignorance, and nature

Sir, may i just ask a little question, please.? so, if one gains nirvana, then..what happens then?... if, one has no grasping,, will he stop eating? the way you explain is good, but, samsara is a bit of a fool, so, its just ... what? samsara is the truth...but, the cessation of grasping, is a folly...
by LastLegend
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Mind consciousness, ignorance, and nature
Replies: 35
Views: 930

Re: Mind consciousness, ignorance, and nature

If wisdom is already without attachment, then it cannot lead to freedom from attachment, only discrimination can. Wisdom cannot be a thought (with intention) created by discriminating consciousness. But if you deny that discrimination can lead to freedom, since we are left without any means, it is ...
by LastLegend
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Mind consciousness, ignorance, and nature
Replies: 35
Views: 930

Re: Mind consciousness, ignorance, and nature

If there is correct discrimination, there is no mistake, and necessarily eliminates even the clinging to discrimination. Yes, if that falls under wisdom. No, by discrimination, there is attachment which there is self. If the fence of samsara is that easy to cross, then we would not be discussing dh...
by LastLegend
Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Mind consciousness, ignorance, and nature
Replies: 35
Views: 930

Re: Mind consciousness, ignorance, and nature

Discrimination is part of the path, it is what takes one to the result. Exactly because one is not yet free from grasping one has to use correct discrimination. Sure, but it’s the very thing that needs to be dessolved at the end. In its ‘pure’ state by itself is easy mistaken for realizing Buddha n...
by LastLegend
Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Mind consciousness, ignorance, and nature
Replies: 35
Views: 930

Re: Mind consciousness, ignorance, and nature

All practice uses discriminating consciousness, though discriminating consciousness can be directly experienced at its ‘pure’ state. Koans, Suragama Sutra, and buffalo watching practice can all lead to that state. But even at that state it’s not clean. And that state is what Dogzchen fuss is about 😉.
by LastLegend
Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Mind consciousness, ignorance, and nature
Replies: 35
Views: 930

Re: Mind consciousness, ignorance, and nature

Discrimination is quite essential on the path. After all, it is only wisdom that can ultimately defeat ignorance. Ok the discrimating consciousness is not clean, so it cannot be fully called wisdom as long as there is one end created by discrimating consciousness to lean on. It’s actually ignorance...
by LastLegend
Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Mind consciousness, ignorance, and nature
Replies: 35
Views: 930

Re: Mind consciousness, ignorance, and nature

Better not assume mind to be an actual agent. Rather follow the classic teaching: as a result of contact between the eye and visible object visual consciousness arises. Okay. What is making this statement if not discriminating mind? You can continue that indefinitely, like not discriminating and di...
by LastLegend
Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 102
Views: 4876

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

There is difficulty with all methods because all methods use discriminating mind which creates duality in order to dissolve the discriminating mind. It’s easy said than done, but don’t be discouraged.
by LastLegend
Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Mind consciousness, ignorance, and nature
Replies: 35
Views: 930

Re: Mind consciousness, ignorance, and nature

The mind does not have any look in the first place, regardless of the presence or absence of grasping. Ok through eyes, mind that sees? Even now there are things and beings one is attached to, and towards everything and everyone else there is no attachment (see: Gandhabhaka Sutta ). One should not ...
by LastLegend
Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Mind consciousness, ignorance, and nature
Replies: 35
Views: 930

Re: Mind consciousness, ignorance, and nature

What’s your take on that? It is standard Mahayana (non-abiding nirvana) glazed with dramatic metaphors. Don't grasp things, don't grasp the absence of things, don't make a concept of not grasping anything - thus you have the three gates, or three deaths. In the end, the story is always the same sin...
by LastLegend
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Mind consciousness, ignorance, and nature
Replies: 35
Views: 930

Re: Mind consciousness, ignorance, and nature

How does Zen understand these things? Since Zen lacks a doctrinal system, it cannot be said it has any specific interpretation. Individual teachers may have. I’ve heard mind consciousness has to die once in order to pass through the gate of samsara. It refers to the cessation of manas, the relinqui...
by LastLegend
Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Mind consciousness, ignorance, and nature
Replies: 35
Views: 930

Mind consciousness, ignorance, and nature

How does Zen understand these things? I’ve heard mind consciousness has to die once in order to pass through the gate of samsara.
by LastLegend
Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Would I be correct in thinking that the enlightened knowledge gained by Buddha-hood
Replies: 7
Views: 779

Re: Would I be correct in thinking that the enlightened knowledge gained by Buddha-hood

Appears to be so. Each thought has no form shape or size yet it reflects appearance.
by LastLegend
Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: simultaneity of cause and effect
Replies: 249
Views: 13258

Re: simultaneity of cause and effect

How does transmission work? Buddha acts cause clear mind in sentient beings. Of course sentients must have planted seeds with Dharma/Buddha, so when hearing Buddha expounding Sutras they become attracted to Buddha's presence whether his powers or words can cause sentient beings to liberate instantan...

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