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by m0rl0ck
Thu Apr 29, 2010 3:56 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: See Nature, Become Buddha - Can You?
Replies: 40
Views: 4949

Re: See Nature, Become Buddha - Can You?

1. What hinders one from realising the nature of mind? Imo comfort seeking and fear mostly. Fear of giving up control and preferring comfortable misery to a glimpse of reality. In other words lack of ability to surrender to beingness as it actually is. Some egos i think may even go as far as suicid...
by m0rl0ck
Thu Apr 29, 2010 3:54 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: See Nature, Become Buddha - Can You?
Replies: 40
Views: 4949

Re: See Nature, Become Buddha - Can You?

Huseng wrote:
3. Realization of tathata.
What is that? How is it different than self and phenomena? From what does it arise?

The Heart sutra and various other chan/zen sources seem pretty clear to me in equating form and emptiness, it the tathata isnt form or emptiness, what is it?
by m0rl0ck
Thu Apr 29, 2010 3:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How do we know?
Replies: 19
Views: 2398

Re: How do we know?

Awareness is not ever present. Consciousness depends on what it is conscious of. But if you look up what the manifold dharmas are in the Abhidharma texts you find that awareness is very far from being always there, more like momentary. You are right, sleep and unconsciousness :) no awareness there....
by m0rl0ck
Tue Apr 27, 2010 9:18 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How do we know?
Replies: 19
Views: 2398

Re: How do we know?

If everything is void of own-being, how do we know? As in the process of knowing ourselves and the world. I guess the question im asking here is: How is the knowing empty? "empty" in this context, means "empty of permanence, durability, substantiality". This can be seen in that phenomena, including...
by m0rl0ck
Tue Apr 27, 2010 9:16 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How do we know?
Replies: 19
Views: 2398

Re: How do we know?

If everything is void of own-being, how do we know? As in the process of knowing ourselves and the world. I guess the question im asking here is: How is the knowing empty? Maybe to be aware of a thought is having no separate existence of empty nature, empty cognizance, then no owner can be as thoug...
by m0rl0ck
Mon Apr 26, 2010 1:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How do we know?
Replies: 19
Views: 2398

How do we know?

If everything is void of own-being, how do we know?

As in the process of knowing ourselves and the world.

I guess the question im asking here is: How is the knowing empty?
by m0rl0ck
Sun Apr 25, 2010 11:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Renunciation in Soto Zen
Replies: 14
Views: 2579

Re: Renunciation in Soto Zen

Lazy_eye wrote:As long as someone's understanding of what they are doing is in accordance with the dharma, whatever role they are in simply sets the parameters and conditions for practice.
:applause:
by m0rl0ck
Sun Apr 25, 2010 11:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Renunciation in Soto Zen
Replies: 14
Views: 2579

Re: Renunciation in Soto Zen

That doesn't appear to be taking the Bodhisattva prohibitory precept against intoxicating oneself or others very seriously. Define intoxication. A couple of beers wouldnt have done it for me when i was still drinking. The feeling of superiority that comes from judging others can also be very intoxi...
by m0rl0ck
Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:31 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Renunciation in Soto Zen
Replies: 14
Views: 2579

Re: Renunciation in Soto Zen

If you read the whole article instead of one quote taken out of context , its a good read. Heres a quote:

"the importance of accepting the precepts and making them paramount in our lives cannot be underestimated."
by m0rl0ck
Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:42 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Conditioned vs Unconditioned
Replies: 5
Views: 1631

Re: Conditioned vs Unconditioned

Thanks guys, these are both great sources. :bow:

Ven. Huifeng, do you have a link to the rest of that commentary? Is there a particular internet available commentary /translation you would recommend?
by m0rl0ck
Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:20 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Conditioned vs Unconditioned
Replies: 5
Views: 1631

Conditioned vs Unconditioned

Whats the difference? The heart sutra seems to equate the two. Is it just matter of viewpoint? Where does the conditioning of conditioned phenomena come from?
by m0rl0ck
Sat Apr 24, 2010 5:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha Nature, Emptiness and Anatman
Replies: 16
Views: 2433

Re: Buddha Nature, Emptiness and Anatman

There are a couple of keys as to how the same term can apply to both. Start by looking at the word itself: buddha-dhatu, and also at a synonym for buddha: tathagata There is a lot of room to play with the word "dhatu", for a start. On one hand, it has a "real solid actual source" type meaning to it...
by m0rl0ck
Sat Apr 24, 2010 5:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha Nature, Emptiness and Anatman
Replies: 16
Views: 2433

Re: Buddha Nature, Emptiness and Anatman

Then you've turned it into another conditioned dharma. -M Yeah maybe. Could be that everything is conditioned or nothing is, samsara = nirvana. Where have i heard that :) " And the Void Does Not Differ From Form. Form is Void and Void is Form;" http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/heartstr.htm" oncl...
by m0rl0ck
Sat Apr 24, 2010 4:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha Nature, Emptiness and Anatman
Replies: 16
Views: 2433

Re: Buddha Nature, Emptiness and Anatman

Morlock gives a fairly basic take which sounds a lot like early Tiantai, and then out come the Tathagatagarbha systems in return. Same term, different systems. Until this is clarified, these threads will always run in circles. Thank you for replying, im not much of a scholar, if you would be so kin...
by m0rl0ck
Sat Apr 24, 2010 4:56 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha Nature, Emptiness and Anatman
Replies: 16
Views: 2433

Re: Buddha Nature, Emptiness and Anatman

I equate Buddha nature with the unconditioned - not subject to arising and passing, impermanance yet still not-self. -M And the only thing that satifies all those requirements is a process. Certainly a thing, something you can stick the qualities to, cant do it. The analogy of not being able to ste...
by m0rl0ck
Fri Apr 23, 2010 9:45 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha Nature, Emptiness and Anatman
Replies: 16
Views: 2433

Re: Buddha Nature, Emptiness and Anatman

Well, if I have joy because of others' joy I should also have anger and greed because of others. Or you mean the realisation of interconnectedness is buddha-nature? Because then buddha-nature is not universal but a realisation. I hope you don't my I ask. Even if "you" dont realize it the interconne...
by m0rl0ck
Fri Apr 23, 2010 9:35 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha Nature, Emptiness and Anatman
Replies: 16
Views: 2433

Re: Buddha Nature, Emptiness and Anatman

Buddha-nature as dependent origination is a possible interpretation, but then where are the buddha-qualities here? They are part of the interconnectedness, joy in the joy of others is your joy because there is no difference between you and others. Equanimity and wisdom also from the interconnectnes...
by m0rl0ck
Fri Apr 23, 2010 6:25 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddha Nature, Emptiness and Anatman
Replies: 16
Views: 2433

Buddha Nature, Emptiness and Anatman

Im finally coming to an understanding of buddha nature vs anatman that i can live with. Its emptiness. That is since nothing has a self nature or is permanent, all is process. Self, mind, the skandhas etc. Each apparent thing in itself is just an intersecting series of connections and processes that...
by m0rl0ck
Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:30 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: How Important Is Transmission?
Replies: 24
Views: 3531

Re: How Important Is Transmission?

The weight of my opinion is open for scrutiny and argument. The "current model" did not produce either Huangbo or Shengyan. What the model created is an imagined link (bloodline) connecting those two people to each other and back to Shakyamuni. My argument is exactly that this connection is non-exi...
by m0rl0ck
Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:10 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: How Important Is Transmission?
Replies: 24
Views: 3531

Re: How Important Is Transmission?

"What are your credentials again?" What credentials are you looking for from me? Please look at the opening post to see what this is about here. Im just wondering how much weight to give your opinion. After all one can find books critical of any hierarchy. What do you propose as an alternative? The...

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