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by FiveSkandhas
Fri Sep 24, 2021 6:55 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Reflections and conclusions
Replies: 6
Views: 210

Re: Reflections and conclusions

... are any questions related to logic completely dismissed and everything rests on zazen? In many books about Zen Buddhism, there is only talk about the rejection of logic and reflection. The extreme "anti-logic" characterization of Zen is distorted but depressingly common. Consider for ...
by FiveSkandhas
Thu Sep 23, 2021 1:52 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist Gardening
Replies: 11
Views: 212

Re: Buddhist Gardening

You could always make a totally non-sentient garden and sidestep the whole issue:
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by FiveSkandhas
Wed Sep 22, 2021 4:42 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Where is Buddha Now?
Replies: 15
Views: 384

Re: Where is Buddha Now?

To answer the original post more seriously, I assume first of all that the poster is referencing "the historical Buddha" (Guatama Buddha) specifically rather then one of the numerous other Buddhas. I will note in passing that I am not particularly fond of attempts to tie Buddhism in with q...
by FiveSkandhas
Wed Sep 22, 2021 2:27 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Where is Buddha Now?
Replies: 15
Views: 384

Re: Where is Buddha Now?

Last I heard, God contacted him, suffering from a lot of unresolved anger and jealousy issues, passive aggressive stuff going on (there’s a book about it) and Buddha put him into a meditation retreat, and is helping him deal with self-grasping and ego attachment. Rumor has it there have been some r...
by FiveSkandhas
Tue Sep 21, 2021 5:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Fear of Woking
Replies: 41
Views: 904

Re: Fear of Woking

I believe one should consider intention to some extent when evaluating cultural items on the "cancellation" chopping block, as well as the individuals who are responsible for said items' existence. It's not the whole story but it's part of it. Did the person in question who created the off...
by FiveSkandhas
Tue Sep 21, 2021 1:51 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Regular Caffeine Consumption Affects Brain Structure
Replies: 20
Views: 1217

Re: Regular Caffeine Consumption Affects Brain Structure

Yea I can’t even really do green tea because of the tannins. Maybe a small cup for ceremony, but not for the caffeine. Enough green tea to feel the caffeine makes me feel like I want to jump out of my skin, and nauseous. To me there is a huge difference between matcha and sencha. Mediocre-quality m...
by FiveSkandhas
Fri Sep 10, 2021 3:11 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Quiz - Which Political Party would you belong to?
Replies: 116
Views: 2568

Re: Quiz - Which Political Party would you belong to?

Where is the Cakravartin Party option?
by FiveSkandhas
Thu Sep 09, 2021 11:00 pm
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Daily Laugh Thread
Replies: 304
Views: 98448

Re: Daily Laugh Thread

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by FiveSkandhas
Thu Sep 09, 2021 9:12 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zazen and emptiness
Replies: 24
Views: 639

Re: Zazen and emptiness

Emptiness is an all-pervading characteristic of reality. It's not a practice or a state of mind per se Emptiness (shunyata) is the condition of lacking independent origination. All of reality is "empty of impossible ways of being." It's easy to confuse that with the practice of sitting cal...
by FiveSkandhas
Thu Sep 09, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Master Kyeong-heung
Replies: 3
Views: 668

Re: Master Kyeong-heung

His name is also transliterated as Kyeongheung, Kyong Hung, Kyonghung, Gyeongheung, 憬興 in Chinese, and きょうごう in Japanese. I found some patchy information in Japanese on him. From what I gather, he was active in the late 7th century Silla kingdom of what is now Korea. He was revered as a national sch...
by FiveSkandhas
Wed Sep 08, 2021 7:34 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Goldenrain Tree Sutra as Expounded by the Buddha (T0786)
Replies: 1
Views: 121

The Goldenrain Tree Sutra as Expounded by the Buddha (T0786)

I offer the following original translation of a short sutra known in the Taisho Tripitaka as the 佛説木槵子經 (#0786). To my knowledge, it has never before been translated into English, and it is presented by me in this language here to the Dharma Wheel community for the first time, having never before be...
by FiveSkandhas
Tue Sep 07, 2021 11:39 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is anyone here familiar with Reiyukai?
Replies: 11
Views: 395

Re: Is anyone here familiar with Reiyukai?

(sorry double post)
by FiveSkandhas
Tue Sep 07, 2021 11:38 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Is anyone here familiar with Reiyukai?
Replies: 11
Views: 395

Re: Is anyone here familiar with Reiyukai?

They have a cool looking building in Tokyo. I think I got lost in that neighborhood once and stumbled into it. I remember thinking, What the heck is this space ship doing here? I once found a line-drawing diagram of an early Chinese Buddhist ordination platform that looked remarkably similar. It al...
by FiveSkandhas
Tue Sep 07, 2021 9:29 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Polishing the brass on the Titanic
Replies: 3
Views: 136

Re: Polishing the brass on the Titanic

Dharmasherab wrote: Tue Sep 07, 2021 5:23 pm
Never forget that the Dharma is not a for a better Samsara.
True and a point worth making.

However as Mahayana Buddhists we should remember that the Dharma is for the liberation of all beings, and that we exercise wisdom and compassion for their sake within Samsara.
by FiveSkandhas
Tue Sep 07, 2021 2:56 pm
Forum: Dharma Stories
Topic: Motivating quote on practice
Replies: 0
Views: 312

Motivating quote on practice

Don't know if this has been posted on Dharma Wheel before, but if not it should be. If so, apologies. :anjali: Please tell everyone to practice. Doesn't matter if it's long or short. Try. Really practice and pray from your heart. Sincerely! That 'sincere' is the most important! [A student said: “Rin...
by FiveSkandhas
Tue Sep 07, 2021 1:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: vaccine bodhicitta etc
Replies: 23
Views: 814

Re: vaccine bodhicitta etc

This can be reduced to: If you eat a meal to stay alive in your wealthy home country while people in less prosperous situations are going hungry...
by FiveSkandhas
Tue Aug 31, 2021 4:43 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: The Sūtra of the Dhāraṇī of the King of the Sound of Amitābha's Drum (T370)
Replies: 8
Views: 846

Re: The Sūtra of the Dhāraṇī of the King of the Sound of Amitābha's Drum (T370)

This is one of those special Dharma Wheel moments...to actually have a member translate a full Sutra for another member. Brilliant thread and sparkling achievement!
:applause: :bow:
by FiveSkandhas
Mon Aug 30, 2021 12:48 am
Forum: Games & Humour
Topic: Daily Laugh Thread
Replies: 304
Views: 98448

Re: Daily Laugh Thread

Hopefully this hasn't been posted here yet ... It's making the rounds on the interwebs but I don't recall seeing it on DW.
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by FiveSkandhas
Mon Aug 23, 2021 5:56 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Thoughts on Ajahn Sona's video series on Buddhist Cosmology?
Replies: 14
Views: 783

Re: Thoughts on Ajahn Sona's video series on Buddhist Cosmology?

There is no need to conflate the cosmology of modern science with Buddhist cosmology, or to set them in some kind of opposition. Because Buddhism is a soiterological rather than a metaphysical endeavor, the purpose of Buddhist cosmology is to hasten our liberation by using upaya to create a model of...
by FiveSkandhas
Mon Aug 23, 2021 4:08 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: How to figure out the soluton to a koan
Replies: 180
Views: 5056

Re: How to figure out the soluton to a koan

The stories of the old Zen masters, how they acted, how they were challenged, and how they behaved. They appeared not to be bound up by-- well, by anything. A lot of people adopt this Zen style to challenge all sorts of masters in America, even non-Zen ones. why? what do you mean by 'that given Zen...

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