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by kusulu
Wed Feb 10, 2021 11:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: why is theravada section hosted on a separate website
Replies: 17
Views: 843

Re: why is theravada section hosted on a separate website

My teacher comes from a part of the world where the two sides get along, in fact this tradition is informed by both. Dogs and cats living together. :pig: Vietnam? I didn't list Vietnam in my post above because it's unusual, having received the teachings both from the Northern transmission, via Chin...
by kusulu
Wed Feb 10, 2021 6:36 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Devotion
Replies: 12
Views: 670

Re: Devotion

Yeah I reached an understanding with my close teacher at the time when I suggested that everything "is really all about devotion", and she said, "yes, but how do you do devotion when there are no beings?"
by kusulu
Wed Feb 10, 2021 6:07 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Drowning in Ill Will
Replies: 18
Views: 960

Re: Drowning in Ill Will

I just went through something similar. Families are very selfish around the end of life situation. I would focus on trying to make it concrete how he is going to be taken care of when you are no longer able to do it. Which will be soon enough. Since he gave his wealth to the other people, I assume ...
by kusulu
Wed Feb 10, 2021 1:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: why is theravada section hosted on a separate website
Replies: 17
Views: 843

Re: why is theravada section hosted on a separate website

My teacher comes from a part of the world where the two sides get along, in fact this tradition is informed by both. Dogs and cats living together.

:pig:
by kusulu
Wed Feb 10, 2021 12:49 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Mindfulness in Combination to Breathing Meditation
Replies: 12
Views: 1108

Re: Mindfulness in Combination to Breathing Meditation

[Mod note:] Topic split from here: https://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?p=547330#p547330 Which kinds are recommended for these conditions then? Any info you can share on this will go a long way to help me help others. I can research it, but it sounds like you know more. I've never heard much a...
by kusulu
Wed Feb 10, 2021 12:37 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is and isn't Yogacara?
Replies: 12
Views: 570

Re: What is and isn't Yogacara?

I suppose step 1 is to ask What exactly is "visaya"? When one sees a bar of chocolate and intends to eat it commonly it is assumed that there is real (not just imagined/conceived/thought) chocolate to eat, and that one wants to eat it because chocolate is tasty. Yogacara points out that t...
by kusulu
Wed Feb 10, 2021 12:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is Buddhism a methodological solipsism?
Replies: 70
Views: 2385

Re: Is Buddhism a methodological solipsism?

How can it be solipsism when there is no self to begin with? If anything, textbook Buddhism is the opposite of solipsism.
by kusulu
Wed Feb 10, 2021 12:03 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Drowning in Ill Will
Replies: 18
Views: 960

Re: Drowning in Ill Will

I just went through something similar. Families are very selfish around the end of life situation. I would focus on trying to make it concrete how he is going to be taken care of when you are no longer able to do it. Which will be soon enough. Since he gave his wealth to the other people, I assume t...
by kusulu
Tue Feb 09, 2021 11:47 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Decline of interest in Buddhist Traditions
Replies: 38
Views: 1465

Re: Decline of interest in Buddhist Traditions

I'm not sure about the novelty aspect. As you point out, "Eastern" stuff have gone mainstream. Its a juggernaut beyond a fad. That's why I would put it in terms of what I touched on - the way "Eastern Influences" are conceived through the Boomer's digestion. The way our culture ...
by kusulu
Tue Feb 09, 2021 10:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Decline of interest in Buddhist Traditions
Replies: 38
Views: 1465

Re: Decline of interest in Buddhist Traditions

....But why did Boomers take to Buddhism in the first place? I think there was a genuine interest in exploring the mind, in no small part propelled by the popularity of psychoanalysis coinciding with the introduction of psychedelics and the intellectual culture that went with it - Kesey, Leary, Esa...
by kusulu
Tue Feb 09, 2021 9:31 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Questions Regarding Buddhist Academia
Replies: 16
Views: 1481

Re: Questions Regarding Buddhist Academia

Out of curiosity, what does academia look like in regards to Buddhist Studies? What does the path towards it look like? Would one focus entirely on certain aspects of a certain lineage or what? I've heard that this is a very difficult path (followed by questioning of one's faith in this), so I want...
by kusulu
Tue Feb 09, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: At what stage of meditation do you start to experience something really profound?
Replies: 43
Views: 3110

Re: At what stage of meditation do you start to experience something really profound?

But really, the best stage of meditation is the one you have. Occupy it fully, stay right there where you are at.
by kusulu
Tue Feb 09, 2021 8:41 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: At what stage of meditation do you start to experience something really profound?
Replies: 43
Views: 3110

Re: At what stage of meditation do you start to experience something really profound?

At least in the ch'an tradition, there are enlightened ch'an masters that don't have such profound experiences. No siddhis. But they've awakened to emptiness and cut the cycle of samsara. How is it then that a Dragon can be heard singing in a withered tree? The Dharma is Profound, full of profundit...
by kusulu
Tue Feb 09, 2021 8:38 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: At what stage of meditation do you start to experience something really profound?
Replies: 43
Views: 3110

Re: At what stage of meditation do you start to experience something really profound?

SilenceMonkey wrote: Fri Jan 29, 2021 4:50 am At least in the ch'an tradition, there are enlightened ch'an masters that don't have such profound experiences. No siddhis. But they've awakened to emptiness and cut the cycle of samsara.
How is it then that a Dragon can be heard singing in a withered tree?
by kusulu
Tue Feb 09, 2021 8:36 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Signs of fruits of Practice
Replies: 42
Views: 1960

Re: Signs of fruits of Practice

Right, but you asked: "By what means can we tell if we our self or the other people are advancing on the path to awakening." That would be: Generousity (dana) Virtue (sila) Renunciation Wisdom (prajna) Effort Forebearance Truth Resolve Loving kindness (metta) Equanimity There might be othe...
by kusulu
Tue Feb 09, 2021 12:48 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Signs of fruits of Practice
Replies: 42
Views: 1960

Re: Signs of fruits of Practice

I don't see anything wrong with appreciating the manifestation of the pāramitās in your cohorts. Don't keep looking at unskillfulness in others, it gets to be a habit.
by kusulu
Mon Feb 08, 2021 12:44 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 360
Views: 27009

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

While I get the dispute over the kanji. is there any real dispute that functionally Shikantaza is the union of shamatha and vipaysana? It really seems like a semantic argument, in relation to the main subject of the thread. Oh, there is plenty of debate on that topic. You used the word "functi...
by kusulu
Mon Feb 08, 2021 12:30 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Subduing and Oath Binding
Replies: 42
Views: 2645

Re: Subduing and Oath Binding

Now we are doing battle with Devas and Yakshas. What next
by kusulu
Sun Feb 07, 2021 10:09 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 360
Views: 27009

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

The word shikantaza is "calm/insight sitting", "stopping/seeing", the two always go together. There is ample evidence that's the proper etomology from the Chinese. "Just Sitting" is a similar sounding word (but different characters) hence it's been picked up by Dogen a...
by kusulu
Sun Feb 07, 2021 6:13 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?
Replies: 41
Views: 2975

Re: Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?

At least one of the things that made me "stay" is that I use Buddhist meditation for psychological reasons and character defects of my own, addiction and alcoholism, as it serves in lieu of a "higher power" in a 12-step setting, but Buddhist meditation styles can be used by anyon...

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