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by KeithA
Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:27 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Once DT Susuki went back to Pure Land practice (Split from: Are Zen teachers awakened?)
Replies: 24
Views: 547

Re: Once DT Susuki went back to Pure Land practice

I find it interesting that DT Suzuki who spent a good part of his life evangelizing Zen in the west confessed at the end of his days he did not find Satori and actually went back to the Pure Land. https://www.threewheels.org.uk/reflections/talks/daisetz-t-suzuki-and-saichi-asahara-a-shin-buddhist-p...
by KeithA
Fri Jan 08, 2021 10:17 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Response to PadmaVonSamba
Replies: 132
Views: 3741

Re: malcolm please have a look here

Sādhaka wrote: Fri Jan 08, 2021 8:38 pm Minobu,

Are you saying that Nagarjuna never said that the Four Extremes consists of: Existence, nonexistence, both, and neither?
I am a dumb Zennie, and even I know this teaching (the tetralemma). Not sure what the fuss is all about. This is Buddhism 101.
by KeithA
Fri Jan 08, 2021 3:16 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are there any books or other resources from the Zen perspective not about meditation/koans but about other aspects?
Replies: 3
Views: 320

Re: Are there any books or other resources from the Zen perspective not about meditation/koans but about other aspects?

So I am wondering if there are any books or other resources about the other aspects of Buddhism in Zen? Things like the basic doctrine(4 nobles truths, ect),guides to sutras used in Zen,guides to the various Buddhas and terms,moral aspects? I am not looking for a general Mahayana book but general M...
by KeithA
Thu Dec 24, 2020 3:26 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Topics That Are Not Relevant To Me.
Replies: 6
Views: 1539

Re: Topics That Are Not Relevant To Me.

Giovanni wrote: Mon Dec 21, 2020 9:05 am When I log on to the Forum I do not want to beat my way through Nicheren debate.
Is there a way to not see them ? Apart from not clicking of course.
I feel your pain. Thanks for your question, and also thanks to the staff for the helpful responses.
by KeithA
Wed Dec 23, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dogen refutes view that Zen stories are "beyond logic" or "irrational."
Replies: 8
Views: 878

Re: Dogen refutes view that Zen stories are "beyond logic" or "irrational."

It is often said that koans and zen stories are "beyond rational thought" and intended to "shock" the seeker into some kind of non-rational state. I take Dogen at his literal word in denouncing this simplistic misunderstanding. First of all, koans are not nonsensical. They often contain references ...
by KeithA
Tue Dec 22, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Philosophical differences between Soto and Rinzai?
Replies: 19
Views: 719

Re: Philosophical differences between Soto and Rinzai?

The more I have studied Vajrayana Buddhism, I have realized that there are a few philosophical differences between each school and I was wondering if this is the same for Japanese Zen schools? Many of the differences I have found between Rinzai and Soto Zen have to do with practice, although I was ...
by KeithA
Sat Dec 05, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Any experience with Zenways? They claim that 50 to 60% of participants discover their true nature after a retreat.
Replies: 10
Views: 610

Re: Any experience with Zenways? They claim that 50 to 60% of participants discover their true nature after a retreat.

There is another part of the video were he equates this with stream-entry as was taught by the Buddha and says that it is fairly easy to attain. He gives the example of a woman who came to the retreat believing it was some sort of Spa, and even though she was confused at first, decided to stay beca...
by KeithA
Sat Dec 05, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen Mantras
Replies: 11
Views: 643

Re: Zen Mantras

Also, London Zen Center has a list of mantras and their use. :) If I say this one: Namu–ata–shiji–nam–sammota–guchi–nam Om–ajana–baba–jiri–jiri–hum This mantra is used to save all sentient beings stuck in Hell. If you try this, then Hell’s gates will be broken and all beings can come out. To what p...
by KeithA
Fri Dec 04, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen Mantras
Replies: 11
Views: 643

Re: Zen Mantras

Also, London Zen Center has a list of mantras and their use. :)
by KeithA
Fri Dec 04, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen Mantras
Replies: 11
Views: 643

Re: Zen Mantras

kirtu wrote: Fri Dec 04, 2020 12:46 pm Kwan Um explicitly recites mantra as a practice.

Kirt
This is correct. You can scroll down this page a bit to see how we use it. While this is on the page for sitting instruction, mantra practice can be done while walking, etc.

_/|\_

Keith
by KeithA
Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:39 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Our Anti-War President
Replies: 97
Views: 15157

Re: Our Anti-War President

Trump seems to be an crypto-neocon (but maybe he’s just playing 5D-chess). Trump is not even playing tic tac toe, let alone checkers or chess. He is an idiot. Too bad we missed out on Ron Paul (assuming that he wasn’t some sort of gatekeeper or controlled-opposition too). Ron Paul is a racist, old ...
by KeithA
Thu Dec 26, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Food Coma, anyone?
Replies: 9
Views: 1827

Re: Food Coma, anyone?

In anxiety about the coming eating-celebration I did a fasting the day before Christmas (the 23rd in Germany). This was a good idea for me. Only one apple for lunch and I felt free. Yesterday was and today still will be food... Tomorrow I'll eat one meal only, I think. A life after Christmas is pos...
by KeithA
Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Goals & Non-Attachment
Replies: 38
Views: 4587

Re: Goals & Non-Attachment

I am having contradictory feelings about practicing non-attachment while setting goals (personal, professional, etc). I am naturally a Type A personality who likes to plan and execute towards an goal. Naturally, I put in a lot efforts to achieve my goal. My understanding of non-attachment is that I...
by KeithA
Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Attachment
Replies: 3
Views: 451

Re: Attachment

What are some tools for lessening attachment? I find that particularly in dreams I am attached to past places, people, events, etc. These places and events feel like an integral part of my identity; it's very difficult to let go. I wake up wishing that I could let go of that attachment a little. If...
by KeithA
Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Karmic Gain
Replies: 43
Views: 3947

Re: Karmic Gain

In a teaching available on YouTube, Mindrolling Jetsun Khandro makes a brilliant suggestion, something like (sorry, not an exact quote): when the thought of wanting countless, infinite beings to be free from suffering becomes an overwhelming concept, that for a dharma practitioner to simply make th...
by KeithA
Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Difficulty Leaving the House
Replies: 27
Views: 2717

Re: Difficulty Leaving the House

Are you receiving help from mental health specialists? If so, this seems something to take up with them. If not, perhaps you should consider contacting mental health services to get some help. It sounds like like you are subject to some anxiety problems, and in my personal experience these are hard...
by KeithA
Fri Nov 29, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Express your Zen in 10 words.
Replies: 85
Views: 11407

Re: Express your Zen in 10 words.

:yinyang: :yinyang: It is all relative, ten words can be quite non-dualistic: "Resulting from our state of pretending to remain without thoughts" In Hungarian could be expressed by just one word: gondolatlanságoskodásainktól or: "Originating from our state of pretending to stay without concepts" On...
by KeithA
Fri Nov 29, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Contemplation
Replies: 15
Views: 2137

Re: Contemplation

So, where does it come from? You must have contemplated it. No idea, as I am a pretty lousy student. I don’t imagine even the Buddha could tell us. In the end, we have do our own work. I do understand and trust the instructions, though. _/|\_ Keith So what is the point then, busywork? Really not in...
by KeithA
Tue Nov 26, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Contemplation
Replies: 15
Views: 2137

Re: Contemplation

I love contemplation. Do you have any suggestions for contemplation? I contemplate on impermanence, emptiness, nonexistence of the "I". Any other suggestions? I'll be glad for any tip. Contemplate where the desire to contemplate comes from. :) _/|\_ Keith So, where does it come from? You must have ...
by KeithA
Sun Nov 24, 2019 2:03 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Express your Zen in 10 words.
Replies: 85
Views: 11407

Re: Express your Zen in 10 words.

el gatito wrote: Sun Nov 24, 2019 1:46 am All topic posts are subject to the ten words limit!
Only go straight
Don't know
Try, try, try
10,000 years


_/|\_
Keith

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