Astus wrote:When I found Buddhism and starter learning about it, it seemed to be a clear, logical religion that can bring one to the depths of reality. In the beginning I fancied Zen koans and teachings but liked studying about Theravada and the Pali Canon too. Vajrayana has always been the one I felt the furthest from me, however, after many years I could amass enough curiosity to learn some basics about it. And while until today my primary affiliation is with Chinese Buddhism, I take the Buddhadharma as my refuge, regardless of lineage, school or tradition.
Huseng wrote:Yeah I also fancied those weird Zen stories where legs were being broken and skulls were being beaten with canes, but then I learned about Nagarjuna.
One day [...] Ko Bong visited Tong Do Sah Temple. He stood at the gate and shouted, "Somebody come here and cut my hair, please. I want to become a monk." Many monks were angered by his arrogant behavior. They grabbed some sticks and went out to beat him. Ko Bong only said, "You can hit my body but you cannot hit my mind. If you can hit my mind, I will become your disciple." But none of the monks could hit his mind.
Another time, outside Nam Ja Sah Temple, he shouted the same kinds of things, and again all of the monks were very angry and wanted to beat him. Ko Bong again asked if anyone could hit his mind. At that time, Zen Master Hae Bong heard this and came to see Ko Bong. He asked, "How many pounds does your mind weigh?" Ko Bong could not answer, so he cut off all his hair and became a monk.
muni wrote:Oh yes, we imagine to choose. Continuum.
Not so long time ago, an neuroscientist discovered by a test, along MRI scan activity in the brain which could show 10 seconds before one realized to do so, he should decide to push on the left button.
Oh well! Subtle! And amazing how masters from long time ago could understand what now people discover with technology as well.
gaiamori wrote:But I have noticed that the more I read my Buddhism books speaking of the Dharma, and the more I meditate, the easier it has become to simply do what is right, instead of what while make me stick out less. It is a learning process.
gaiamori wrote:I will soon be moving to Italy for a year abroad and will hunt for any Buddhist organizations in Florence, but do you guys have any book suggestions that I may bring with me?
gaiamori wrote:Thank you all again for your insight, I cannot express how relieving it is to be able to speak to other people who are roughly on the same page as I am.
gaiamori wrote:If anyone else in this thread has any advice or words of wisdom or even a statement, I am more than thrilled to hear it
especially if it is regarding meditation.
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