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by Wayfarer
Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:41 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Questioning Alayavijnana
Replies: 184
Views: 24319

Re: Questioning Alayavijnana

If alayavijnana is a part/mode of consciousness, why are we not aware of it? If we can't be aware of it, what makes it part of the consciousness? / If there can be a part of consciousness one is not aware of, what makes it consciousness? There are subconscious and unconscious aspects of consciousne...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:44 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Baloney! and Jundo Cohen
Replies: 172
Views: 24890

Re: Baloney! and Jundo Cohen

Now if only someone could tell me that, with no-self/anatta/anatman in mind, what survives death to occasion rebirth? A consciousness? A cosmic bit of dust? A semi-soul? A wisp of smoke that follows an extinguished candle? It's not a 'what'! It is more like information propagating through a medium ...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jun 22, 2012 11:11 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Two truths, not the same not different.
Replies: 10
Views: 1441

Re: Two truths, not the same not different.

I don't think it is a question of ontology. It is not a matter of saying that 'the two truths refer to the same or different domains' but of understanding the limitations of conventional thinking. Then you can say there is only one domain of truth, but diverse ways of perceiving it. Then you can say...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jun 21, 2012 3:54 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Mahayana sutras and woman
Replies: 24
Views: 1959

Re: Mahayana sutras and woman

My advice is, always start with clear present awareness of your current state of being. Learn to be patient enough to sit in meditation consistently for some time. Then be aware of how your mind works, what the issues are in life, means of livelihood, relationships, and all of those things. That is ...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:22 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is sex considered vulgar to Buddhists?
Replies: 140
Views: 14827

Re: Is sex considered vulgar to Buddhists?

I have heard quite a few people remark over the years, in connection with Buddhist meditation, that they would be interested in learning about 'Tantric Buddhism', because it means they can continue having sex. There was even a porno star who used to talk about 'tantric orgasms'. I would call all of ...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:42 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism about spirit guides
Replies: 66
Views: 9609

Re: Buddhism about spirit guides

Known in the olden days as 'guardian angels' in the West. I don't know if you get a choice as to which one you get. :smile:
by Wayfarer
Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Source of famous guru rinpoche quote
Replies: 8
Views: 1888

Re: Source of famous guru rinpoche quote

Actually, I think I might have read it in W Y Evanz-Wentz 'The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation' which was published in 1954. Not absolutely certain, but I'm pretty sure that was where I first encountered it.
by Wayfarer
Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhist or not - poll
Replies: 51
Views: 5678

Re: Buddhist or not - poll

If asked, I say I am a student of Buddhism and practicing meditation in accordance with Buddhist teachings.

//edit// although I still retain some aspects of my Christian background, and also have an affinity with Platonist philosophy.
by Wayfarer
Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:43 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Source of famous guru rinpoche quote
Replies: 8
Views: 1888

Re: Source of famous guru rinpoche quote

I believe the quote is attributed to Padmasambhava, 8th Century. I don't have a source but that is the standard attribution.
by Wayfarer
Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:49 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is a klesha? - found it as a word in a Buddhist book.
Replies: 5
Views: 440

Re: What is a klesha? - found it as a word in a Buddhist book.

Klesha (Pali Kilesa) is 'defilement' or 'obstruction' - that which prevents one from 'seeing things as they truly are' by distorting your understanding of the nature of reality and manifest as unskillful actions. It is an important term in Buddhist ethics. It is somewhat equivalent to a now disused ...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jun 16, 2012 3:03 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Baloney! and Jundo Cohen
Replies: 172
Views: 24890

Re: Baloney! and Jundo Cohen

Many people don't respond to 'the first noble truth of suffering', because, basically, they don't think that anything is the matter, they can't see anything wrong with life as it is. You know the saying 'the young think they're immortal?' That is why I am very wary of all the various forms of teachi...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jun 16, 2012 1:48 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Baloney! and Jundo Cohen
Replies: 172
Views: 24890

Re: Baloney! and Jundo Cohen

IMO, the issue is one of correct interpretation, given that the truth in these matters is often difficult to discern, and given that the default condition of the ordinary mind is delusional, which makes such discernment very difficult. It is highly possible that there is something the matter with th...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:12 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: @DalaiLama
Replies: 18
Views: 1942

Re: @DalaiLama

Yes, I agree. I think it is clinging to ideas, or imposing views on others, or engaging in controversies to prove your own righteousness, that causes many of the problems in this area of life.
by Wayfarer
Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:03 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Master Seung Sahn's Enlightenment & Poem
Replies: 14
Views: 1735

Re: 'Don't Know Mind'

The idea of 'don't know' is not a confession that you can't find you're way home or know how to cook a meal. It is basically an acknowledgement of the uselessness of knowledge in the face of the mystery of life. Normally we know many things about all kinds of matters, and, as far as that goes, it is...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jun 15, 2012 7:21 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?
Replies: 240
Views: 22508

Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

Great advice. I have been studying, reading and meditating on this subject for more than 30 years now, and the question of 'whether to believe in a deity' has never even come up for me. The imagination has incredible ability to project things - and then get scared of its own projections! Best to sta...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jun 15, 2012 4:04 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: @DalaiLama
Replies: 18
Views: 1942

Re: @DalaiLama

That doesn't really come to terms with why the Dalai Lama wants to move beyond religion, or why there is so much controversy over religious ideas in the modern world, though.
by Wayfarer
Fri Jun 15, 2012 1:24 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: @DalaiLama
Replies: 18
Views: 1942

Re: @DalaiLama

That's the hard question. There is not an exact 1:1 correspondence between 'dharma' and 'religion' in my view. They correspond in some respects and differ in others. The problem is the 'culture wars' in the West have become so divisive and so emotive that you can't see the flame for the smoke. As so...
by Wayfarer
Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism
Replies: 87
Views: 9252

Re: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism

Saved, according to who? From what? What does it even mean? The ideal of perfect enlightenment - obviously false What about a lesser enlightenment? The plain vanilla kind? The kind nobody got famous for, that didn't come with being a Universally Revered Teacher? How about that? Also obviously false?
by Wayfarer
Thu Jun 14, 2012 6:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism
Replies: 87
Views: 9252

Re: Uncertain Minds: How the West Misunderstands Buddhism

"a man of his culture and times". I don't know how far I would agree with that. I do understand there are many things we have discovered about the natural world that the ancients had no way of knowing. (The Dalai Lama has wrestled with many of these questions, too.) But the problem is, what criteria...