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by Wayfarer
Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:07 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Enlightened masters?
Replies: 43
Views: 4838

Re: Enlightened masters?

From experience, the 'who's enlightened?' game is not useful and usually leads to a lot of arguments about people's favourite spiritual teachers. So it is probably better not to get into 'who is' as this invariably leads to 'who isn't'. Notice that in the Buddhist texts the Buddha is nearly always r...
by Wayfarer
Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Was Osho Enlightened?
Replies: 36
Views: 6977

Re: Was Osho Enlightened?

Perhaps as a general rule making judgement as to 'who is enlightened' is a bit pointless. After all if so-and-so is enlightened - so what? Buddhism teaches we have to do the work ourselves. I suppose the exception is in Guru Yoga where absolute trust in the guru is a pre-requisite. But from what I u...
by Wayfarer
Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:10 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Was Osho Enlightened?
Replies: 36
Views: 6977

Re: Was Osho Enlightened?

I encountered Rajneesh before he became famous (or notorious) via one of his early books, in the University Library, whilst I was studying comparative religion and other texts on enlightenment. I learned he had been a lecturer at an Indian university, and as a result, was very learned and a good wri...
by Wayfarer
Tue Apr 09, 2013 5:58 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: im new to Buddhism and need help...
Replies: 14
Views: 2330

Re: im new to Buddhism and need help...

Hi Phoebee - best starting point by far is http://www.buddhanet.net/

Have a careful look through the menus on that site - there are lots of 'e-books' and also a good presentation of 'the outline of Buddhism' specially written for the Australian school system.

All the best.
by Wayfarer
Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:09 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Where do thoughts come from?
Replies: 47
Views: 4669

Re: Where do thoughts come from?

Thank you for your kind replies. I see what everyone is saying that thoughts can be detected in our bodies using lab equipment and that the wind can bring about thoughts from this bardo. What is really getting me is that when one follows dzogchen and wants to still the mind from thoughts how do you...
by Wayfarer
Mon Apr 08, 2013 3:11 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: Ch'an groups in the West.
Replies: 10
Views: 3035

Re: Ch'an groups in the West.

I came across Dharma Realm Buddhist University which is based in Ukiah CA. It has an amazingly well-developed academic curriculum and online journal. You can find some details here: http://www.drbu.org/info/ven-hsuan-hua
by Wayfarer
Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:54 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Where do thoughts come from?
Replies: 47
Views: 4669

Re: Where do thoughts come from?

Same as everything that exists: they arise due to causes and conditions. The human mind is spontaneously active, if you were to scan the brain with an fMRI device, you would see patterns of electro-chemical activity sweeping through it continuously. That is no different to the rest of the body - the...
by Wayfarer
Fri Apr 05, 2013 8:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: existence of objects/form
Replies: 40
Views: 5586

Re: existence of objects/form

Einstein once complained about the moon not existing if it wasn't observed, due to some quantum physics phenomena.. That remark from Einstein was made when he was out walking with one of his close friends, and thinking about the so-called 'Copenhagen Interpretation' of quantum physics, which posts ...
by Wayfarer
Fri Apr 05, 2013 7:17 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Best academic studies on (tibetan) buddhism?
Replies: 14
Views: 2876

Re: Best academic studies on (tibetan) buddhism?

Has anyone encountered Georges Dreyfus? I have borrowed two of his books, including the formidable Recognizing Reality, but didn't make a lot of headway with it. The other current author that strikes me as worth knowing about is Jan Westerhoff. He writes on philosophy and metaphysics as well but has...
by Wayfarer
Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:41 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: What a Zen Master is, and what a Zen Master isn't.
Replies: 331
Views: 25805

Re: What a Zen Master is, and what a Zen Master isn't.

Another way to understand the "Hollywood term" idea (which is a helpful one in my opinion) is to consider it in historical terms: the way the English-speaking world understands Zen and "Zen Masters" is mediated through images on the teevee and the movie screen in ways we might not like to admit. Ja...
by Wayfarer
Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:44 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: What a Zen Master is, and what a Zen Master isn't.
Replies: 331
Views: 25805

Re: What a Zen Master is, and what a Zen Master isn't.

I do see your point. I think there are ample grounds for - let's face it - phoniness and I think there are phonies in the game. But there are some really genuine teachers too. I don't want to get into the whole who's who of it, but I do find (for instance) Norman Fischer a pretty convincing presence...
by Wayfarer
Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:50 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: What a Zen Master is, and what a Zen Master isn't.
Replies: 331
Views: 25805

Re: What a Zen Master is, and what a Zen Master isn't.

I think Sara's intent in this thread was to say that even whilst Zen 'masters' (i.e. qualified teachers) may not be perfect, they can still represent and teach the Zen tradition, and serve a great purpose in so doing. I agree with that. Certainly there are issues with authentication in Zen. There ar...
by Wayfarer
Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:35 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: What a Zen Master is, and what a Zen Master isn't.
Replies: 331
Views: 25805

Re: What a Zen Master is, and what a Zen Master isn't.

Well let's consider the provisional nature of all teachings. They assume great importance whether they're Buddhist or from some other tradition, because they make great demands of us and embody so much lived experience. But we ought not to forget that they are fingers pointing at the moon. Zen teach...
by Wayfarer
Thu Apr 04, 2013 1:40 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: What a Zen Master is, and what a Zen Master isn't.
Replies: 331
Views: 25805

Re: What a Zen Master is, and what a Zen Master isn't.

If you go on a retreat at Shasta, they arn't going to charge you, they arn't going to make you pay for books (most are free to download, unless they are out of print, or a newer one from Throssel), and you sit, and stare at a wall and as Dogen said: withdraw within, and reflect upon yourself. That'...
by Wayfarer
Thu Apr 04, 2013 1:04 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: What a Zen Master is, and what a Zen Master isn't.
Replies: 331
Views: 25805

Re: What a Zen Master is, and what a Zen Master isn't.

Thanks for the clarification. Understanding is intellectual. Comprehending words is intellectual. Understanding a teaching without intellect is not understanding it at all. I don't think so. There is a difference between prajñā and general knowledge. The former is an insight into the nature of being...
by Wayfarer
Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:51 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: What a Zen Master is, and what a Zen Master isn't.
Replies: 331
Views: 25805

Re: What a Zen Master is, and what a Zen Master isn't.

Most of what is written in Zen texts is meant to be understood from what has been refered to as "the mind of meditation" In other words, if you've had a kensho, you get it, because you've experienced directly what they are talking about. It then makes perfect sense. If you try to understand it from...
by Wayfarer
Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:33 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: What a Zen Master is, and what a Zen Master isn't.
Replies: 331
Views: 25805

Re: What a Zen Master is, and what a Zen Master isn't.

And, yes it make perfect sense from the viewpoint of conventional logic. The problem lies in the structure of the mind, which constitutes of two parts. One logical and the other free from logic. Logic cannot grasp that non logical, that is why we all (without exception) are wrong in explaining Dhar...
by Wayfarer
Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:52 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: What a Zen Master is, and what a Zen Master isn't.
Replies: 331
Views: 25805

Re: What a Zen Master is, and what a Zen Master isn't.

It is not a paradox, Zen is not paradoxical, Buddhas didn't teach nonsense. Paradoxes are not nonsense, although this might be something you may not appreciate. I like a lot of the posters on ZFI, and they helped me a lot when I was enrolled in Buddhist Studies. I think the problem is at my end, no...
by Wayfarer
Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:11 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: What a Zen Master is, and what a Zen Master isn't.
Replies: 331
Views: 25805

Re: What a Zen Master is, and what a Zen Master isn't.

As far as 'kensho' is concerned, there are many passages in texts which say that there is nothing to attain and nobody to attain it. Isn't it interesting that despite statements about nothing being attained and nobody attaining it, the myth in Zen about a "transmission" from master to disciple, whi...
by Wayfarer
Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:00 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: What a Zen Master is, and what a Zen Master isn't.
Replies: 331
Views: 25805

Re: What a Zen Master is, and what a Zen Master isn't.

As far as 'kensho' is concerned, there are many passages in texts which say that there is nothing to attain and nobody to attain it. Of course this has a particular meaning within the context of Zen Buddhism, where realization of no-self or emptiness is central to the teaching. But my view of it is ...

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