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by Genjo Conan
Sat Mar 06, 2021 6:59 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: NFT madness
Replies: 82
Views: 1106

Re: NFT madness

FWIW The power grid is safest under blockchain technology the IEEE discusses this. Blockchain offers solutions to all the things you mention. I work in energy regulation. People have been telling me that blockchain is going to revolutionize the way we manage the grid for ten years. It hasn't happen...
by Genjo Conan
Sat Mar 06, 2021 6:46 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: NFT madness
Replies: 82
Views: 1106

Re: NFT madness

That's my fault, brain rot from peer review all day. (Apologies to DNS and others for driving this so far off topic). If you consider the I=PAT equation (Impact=Population*Affluence*Technology) then the majority of efforts focus on improving efficiency (Technology) to reduce over-all impact. Suffic...
by Genjo Conan
Sat Mar 06, 2021 12:07 am
Forum: Media
Topic: NFT madness
Replies: 82
Views: 1106

Re: NFT madness

enjoy meaningful discussion on inclusion and equity in the energy market, particularly as it pertains to investments in efficiency improvements and renewables back in the States. Any one in your field mentioning sufficiency? I'm not sure what you mean by sufficiency in this context? I apologize if ...
by Genjo Conan
Fri Mar 05, 2021 11:49 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: NFT madness
Replies: 82
Views: 1106

Re: NFT madness

FWIW The power grid is safest under blockchain technology the IEEE discusses this. Blockchain offers solutions to all the things you mention. I work in energy regulation. People have been telling me that blockchain is going to revolutionize the way we manage the grid for ten years. It hasn't happen...
by Genjo Conan
Fri Jan 29, 2021 4:02 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: How Mentally Ill Prisoners are Treated in the United States
Replies: 23
Views: 1086

Re: How Mentally Ill Prisoners are Treated in the United States

The solutions are simple, the US is the only country with this rate of incarceration...its' not complicated, we criminalize being poor. Just so. According to the BBC , the world's prison population is about 9 million. Of that, about 2.2M are in the US. We certainly don't have a quarter of the world...
by Genjo Conan
Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:40 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 360
Views: 16015

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

My Zen teacher, who was very much "Western Zen" did Dokusan..but I always got the impression he was a outlier in his way of doing things. I've never heard of a western Soto Zen temple that doesn't offer dokusan, tbh. I mean, let's be honest here, Dokusan can just be people sitting in a room with th...
by Genjo Conan
Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:07 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 360
Views: 16015

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

I've never heard of a western Soto Zen temple that doesn't offer dokusan, tbh.
by Genjo Conan
Tue Jan 26, 2021 4:56 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: r/streamentry Reddit
Replies: 40
Views: 1738

Re: r/streamentry Reddit

I help moderate r/zenbuddhism (NOT r/zen which, as mentioned, has issues), so I'm obviously biased. I think we do really well at addressing newbie questions and concerns. I think that, although we have some very experienced practitioners, and although I've certainly learned a lot from some of those ...
by Genjo Conan
Mon Jan 25, 2021 8:58 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: At what stage of meditation do you start to experience something really profound?
Replies: 43
Views: 1558

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

They're taught, but again with less emphasis (and definitely not as an object of meditation). In my experience, how they're treated range from "this is a provisional teaching" to "this is a standalone teaching, it's one that we don't really do, but it can be an interesting lens through which to view...
by Genjo Conan
Mon Jan 25, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: At what stage of meditation do you start to experience something really profound?
Replies: 43
Views: 1558

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

karmanyingpo wrote: Mon Jan 25, 2021 7:25 pm
We have things like the 4 Immeasurables in Tibetan traditions (even Bon!) but not sure about Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese mahayana.

KN
In Soto Zen at least we place more emphasis on the paramitas.
by Genjo Conan
Mon Jan 11, 2021 6:16 pm
Forum: Shingon
Topic: Some questions about Shingon
Replies: 34
Views: 1598

Re: Some questions about Shingon

The Shingon Risshu tradition is supposed to be extant and if so, they should, in theory, be following a full vinaya system. I could be wrong about this, but my understanding is that, the same as the other Japanese Buddhist schools, the Risshu school was forcibly secularized during the Meiji-era hai...
by Genjo Conan
Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The KLF, but Buddhists?
Replies: 14
Views: 690

Re: The KLF, but Buddhists?

I think the key test of religious music is that it has to be good music first. There's oodles of great music dealing with Christian themes, but there's also dreadful "Christian Rock." Unfortunately, most of the modern Buddhist pop/rock/rap/etc. that I've heard just isn't that good--or at least, not ...
by Genjo Conan
Sat Jan 09, 2021 6:37 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Response to PadmaVonSamba
Replies: 132
Views: 3848

Re: Response to PadmaVonSamba

I'm not a Dzogchenpa, and nothing Malcolm posted in this thread contradicts my understanding of Nagarjuna.

Minobu, if you believe that Nagarjuna supports your view, it would be helpful to provide some quotations or citations to back that up.
by Genjo Conan
Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:09 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are there any forms of Buddhism where ordination/priesthood does not require a 4 year degree?
Replies: 13
Views: 660

Re: Are there any forms of Buddhism where ordination/priesthood does not require a 4 year degree?

In the Soto Zen temples with which I'm familiar, priest ordination is between the teacher and the ordainee. The Soto Zen Teachers Association has some recommended guidelines, but at the end of the day, if the teacher performs the ceremony, then you're a priest. None of this requires a four-year degr...
by Genjo Conan
Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can someone explain Yogacara to me?
Replies: 18
Views: 786

Re: Can someone explain Yogacara to me?

:good: Last year, Jay Garfield and the Sravasti Abbey recorded a lecture series on Yogacara's understanding of emptiness. You can easily find it on Youtube . I cannot think of a more accessible yet informative and philosophically interesting introduction than this. Also, since both parties come from...
by Genjo Conan
Tue Dec 29, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Did Kodo Sawaki support satori?
Replies: 18
Views: 937

Re: Did Kodo Sawaki support satori?

Lot to try to respond to here. Matylda certainly has her point of view about western Zen. I'm an American Soto Zen practitioner, so I have my point of view, too. I dunno, maybe she's right, maybe not. I think it's more correct to say that western Soto Zen de-emphasizes satori/kensho than that it den...
by Genjo Conan
Tue Dec 29, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Books / Publications / Translations - Where to Find or Buy?
Replies: 20
Views: 1944

Re: Books / Publications / Translations - Where to Find or Buy?

To the best of my knowledge, there are no English-language translations of the entire Record of Bankei. The Waddell translation includes a series of Dharma talks that he gave. IIRC the Haskel includes all of those same talks, plus some other material. So why not just get the Haskel? Well, because th...
by Genjo Conan
Mon Dec 28, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Books / Publications / Translations - Where to Find or Buy?
Replies: 20
Views: 1944

Re: Books / Publications / Translations - Where to Find or Buy?

The Waddell is a somewhat more felicitous translation, the Haskel includes more material (e.g., some of Bankei's poems and calligraphy). It's hard to say whether one is "better" than the other.
by Genjo Conan
Mon Dec 21, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: John LeCarre
Replies: 19
Views: 897

Re: John LeCarre

Eh... Le Carre wrote good dialog, and he was a fantastic plotter. I don't think he was a particularly artistic writer, but his prose never got in its own way, which is more than you can say for a lot of writers who are considered "good." I was an editorial assistant at a publishing house for a littl...
by Genjo Conan
Sun Dec 20, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Philosophical differences between Soto and Rinzai?
Replies: 19
Views: 729

Re: Philosophical differences between Soto and Rinzai?

Nicholas2727 wrote: Sun Dec 20, 2020 10:30 pm
I was specifically referring to views on emptiness and Buddha Nature
None that I'm aware of. There are differences in how we see Buddha nature manifesting, but I think that goes more to your distinction between practices rather than any basic ontological conflict.

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