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by Wayfarer
Thu Sep 12, 2013 3:40 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen, Buddhism, and Taoism
Replies: 77
Views: 9686

Re: Zen, Buddhism, and Taoism

So what is 'the ground of existence'? What is it that is lacking? To have theories about that is to engage in speculation. Actually, it is not speculation, it is defining the object of negation. And that object is the idea of independent existence, the concept that something exists on its own as it...
by Wayfarer
Wed Sep 11, 2013 10:12 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen, Buddhism, and Taoism
Replies: 77
Views: 9686

Re: Zen, Buddhism, and Taoism

at that point, Zen Master whacks you with stick, and says 'go practice more'. :smile:
by Wayfarer
Wed Sep 11, 2013 10:01 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen, Buddhism, and Taoism
Replies: 77
Views: 9686

Re: Zen, Buddhism, and Taoism

The idea that there is a self (permanent being) inside or outside the five aggregates has never been accepted in Buddhism. The origin of the dialectic on self is the Ananda Sutta , where Vachagotta asks 'is there a self?' The question is met with silence. Later the Buddha explains to Ananda, that t...
by Wayfarer
Wed Sep 11, 2013 1:21 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen, Buddhism, and Taoism
Replies: 77
Views: 9686

Re: Zen, Buddhism, and Taoism

People's usual understanding is that the Dharmakaya pervades emptiness, and that it is contained in emptiness. However, this is erroneous... ...because it is incorrect to think of Dharmakaya as extended in space. Dharmakaya is a metaphysical conception. It cannot be demonstrated scientifically, or ...
by Wayfarer
Wed Sep 11, 2013 10:41 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen, Buddhism, and Taoism
Replies: 77
Views: 9686

Re: Zen, Buddhism, and Taoism

Astus wrote:do they talk about anything like an absolute?
Huang Po wrote: The Dharmakaya, from ancient times until today, together with the Buddhas and Ancestors, is One.
by Wayfarer
Wed Sep 11, 2013 5:33 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen, Buddhism, and Taoism
Replies: 77
Views: 9686

Re: Zen, Buddhism, and Taoism

I admire Suzuki at least in part because I discovered Zen through his (and Alan Watts) books. I recognize his drawbacks, but the books you discover such a subject through become part of your spiritual formation. It doesn't mean you can't be critical about them, but I still find them very meaningful ...
by Wayfarer
Wed Sep 11, 2013 1:53 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen, Buddhism, and Taoism
Replies: 77
Views: 9686

Re: Zen, Buddhism, and Taoism

I would prefer to linger, thanks.
by Wayfarer
Wed Sep 11, 2013 1:13 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen, Buddhism, and Taoism
Replies: 77
Views: 9686

Re: Zen, Buddhism, and Taoism

I am a great admirer of D T Suzuki, even having read critical studies and being informed of the criticisms about him. So I don't accept that he is 'biased' - he simply writes from a perspective, and without some perspective, it is pointless to say anything. I like his universalism, even though I ack...
by Wayfarer
Tue Sep 10, 2013 10:52 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Keith Dowman's translations
Replies: 22
Views: 4353

Re: Keith Dowman's translations

I encountered his book on the 84 Mahasiddhas during Buddhist Studies last year. The impression I got was that he was one of the pioneers on the 'hippie trail', went to Kathmandu in the late 60's and stayed there, learned languages and became a translator. I rather liked his translations and found th...
by Wayfarer
Tue Sep 10, 2013 7:53 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Historic interruption of sitting silent practice
Replies: 9
Views: 1407

Re: Historic interruption of sitting silent practice

There was a column on about a year back by lay Zen teacher Lewis Richmond called Why Most Buddhists In The World Don't Meditate . These days, monks in Asia, weighed down by centuries of tradition and custom, have in some cases lost touch with this universal aspect of sitting, and no longer have a cl...
by Wayfarer
Mon Sep 09, 2013 6:43 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen, Buddhism, and Taoism
Replies: 77
Views: 9686

Re: Zen, Buddhism, and Taoism

oops, here is that link formatted properly - Way of Zen
by Wayfarer
Mon Sep 09, 2013 1:52 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen, Buddhism, and Taoism
Replies: 77
Views: 9686

Re: Zen, Buddhism, and Taoism

I don't know what the other scholars here will say about it, but I always rather liked Alan Watts on this topic, particularly his [amazon=http://amzn.com/0375705104]Way of Zen[/url]
by Wayfarer
Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:02 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Sharing Buddhism
Replies: 9
Views: 1436

Re: Sharing Buddhism

I became part of a 'dhamma sharing group' in about 2008 - which is still going. It is facilitated by a couple of lay teachers, one of whom now has a PhD in mindfulness-based therapy. The aim of this group was to develop methods and materials specifically to talk about Buddhism to interested newcomer...
by Wayfarer
Fri Sep 06, 2013 5:46 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Anonymity and Trolling
Replies: 102
Views: 7816

Re: Anonymity and Trolling

this is the kind of thing you would much rather be discussing than Buddhism as such.

Hence the thread.

Don't worry, I won't bother you further.
by Wayfarer
Wed Sep 04, 2013 6:47 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Enlightenment and Insanity
Replies: 78
Views: 11864

Re: Enlightenment and Insanity

We've wandered from the topic, but on renewables, there is something I would like to share. I live in Australia, and my last quarterly power bill was $967.00. I don't expect them to get any smaller - Australia has major issues with the cost of building infrastructure, and most of its power generatio...
by Wayfarer
Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:51 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Enlightenment and Insanity
Replies: 78
Views: 11864

Re: Enlightenment and Insanity

The modern first-world lifestyle is so grinding, stressful and full of unsatisfied desires (you can thank advertising for that), but few are willing to sacrifice for the benefit of their mental health. Living a simple lifestyle with fewer desires is actually conducive to mental health. However, we ...
by Wayfarer
Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:33 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Enlightenment and Insanity
Replies: 78
Views: 11864

Re: Enlightenment and Insanity

Which is part of the point I am trying to make....
by Wayfarer
Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:09 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Enlightenment and Insanity
Replies: 78
Views: 11864

Re: Enlightenment and Insanity

There is plenty of literature in comparative religion about it, in one class, we studied papers on 'holy madness and liminality' (where 'liminal' people are those 'betwixt and between' like outcastes, vagabonds, tricksters, gypsies, and so on). There was also the well-known case of 'crazy wisdom' te...
by Wayfarer
Sun Sep 01, 2013 11:56 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Enlightenment and Insanity
Replies: 78
Views: 11864

Re: Enlightenment and Insanity

Well, how are you in a position to say that? I think it is exactly what the Buddha's enlightenment entails, which is why one of the honorifics of a Buddha is lokavidu 'knower of worlds' or 'knower of the cosmos'. In the parable of the blind men and the elephant, I have always assumed that the implic...
by Wayfarer
Sun Sep 01, 2013 9:19 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Enlightenment and Insanity
Replies: 78
Views: 11864

Re: Enlightenment and Insanity

smcj wrote:The teachings on Buddha Nature specifically address the problem of the arrogant, where he is told that we are essentially all equal
'The sage sees all as being equal'.

However, he is exceptional in that regard. :smile:

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