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by Genjo Conan
Wed Jul 21, 2021 5:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Are forums still a thing?
Replies: 19
Views: 366

Re: Are forums still a thing?

I help mod a Buddhist subreddit, so I guess I can't be quite so hard on the place. I think Reddit serves a very different function than a site like this. While there are some very knowledgeable and experienced practitioners on Reddit (including quite a few who also post here), for the most part the ...
by Genjo Conan
Sat Jul 17, 2021 3:58 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 3897
Views: 507891

Re: Music time

by Genjo Conan
Wed Jul 14, 2021 11:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Searching for a Tradition
Replies: 26
Views: 793

Re: Searching for a Tradition

I feel pretty strongly that, when we're starting down the path, we shouldn't choose a sect, we should choose a teacher.
by Genjo Conan
Wed Jul 14, 2021 4:40 am
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: MPNS on Women
Replies: 92
Views: 2602

Re: MPNS on Women

Lotomístico wrote: Wed Jul 14, 2021 3:44 am Really shame that the Mahaparanirvana Sutra couldn't adopt our modern, "enlightened" PC views of gender,.
Plenty of classical Buddhist texts explicitly rejected the sort of sexism represented here, so please don't make this some "oh no, the SJWs are ruining Buddhism" deal.
by Genjo Conan
Sat Jul 10, 2021 3:41 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 3897
Views: 507891

Re: Music time

by Genjo Conan
Tue Jul 06, 2021 4:58 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Wall-staring in Shikantaza?
Replies: 2
Views: 346

Re: Wall-staring in Shikantaza?

If you're interested in sitting shikantaza, I'd respectfully recommend finding a teacher. Not because it's an esoteric practice, but because, IMO and IME, it's a difficult practice, and it helps to have a guide.
by Genjo Conan
Sat Jul 03, 2021 6:51 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Mettā in Zen Buddhism
Replies: 5
Views: 204

Re: Mettā in Zen Buddhism

At my Soto Zen temple, we chant both the Metta Sutta and Maylie Scott's Metta Prayer. Dogen also wrote extensively about kindness.
by Genjo Conan
Sat Jul 03, 2021 1:03 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Music time
Replies: 3897
Views: 507891

Re: Music time

by Genjo Conan
Wed Jun 30, 2021 7:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Let's talk about common misconceptions of Buddhism
Replies: 247
Views: 6042

Re: Let's talk about common misconceptions of Buddhism

The Buddha gave Dharma. Buddhas realize and expound the Dharma. They don't create it. You mean upaya isn’t real? I'm not sure how what you said follows from what I said. Buddhas use skillful means to expound the Dharma to sentient beings based on their understanding. They're not making up new Dharm...
by Genjo Conan
Wed Jun 30, 2021 6:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Let's talk about common misconceptions of Buddhism
Replies: 247
Views: 6042

Re: Let's talk about common misconceptions of Buddhism

LastLegend wrote: Wed Jun 30, 2021 6:02 pm The Buddha gave Dharma.
Buddhas realize and expound the Dharma. They don't create it.
by Genjo Conan
Sun Jun 27, 2021 10:33 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Thomas Cleary died last week
Replies: 5
Views: 356

Thomas Cleary died last week

I don't believe I've seen this posted here: then prolific translator Thomas Cleary died on June 20, 2021 . Because he produced so many translations, the quality of his work was--I believe necessarily--mixed, but his best work is essential. I've got at least three of his translations on my shelf, and...
by Genjo Conan
Sat Jun 26, 2021 7:15 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Formally Addressing Forum Users
Replies: 49
Views: 1118

Re: Formally Addressing Forum Users

But I would also note that the most divisive poster I can think of here was undeniably, verifiably authorized to teach in a recognized Japanese lineage. Didn't stop him from being wrong. If its who I think it was, he was disowned by the very same lineage. Yes, and yes. Though after his time here en...
by Genjo Conan
Sat Jun 26, 2021 5:56 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Formally Addressing Forum Users
Replies: 49
Views: 1118

Re: Formally Addressing Forum Users

I help moderate the Zen Buddhism subreddit (as distinct from the Zen subreddit, which is...heterodox) and, for what it's worth, we have a policy of specifically prohibiting claims of authority. We found that not having such a rule invited people to play teacher, which really isn't the vibe we're goi...
by Genjo Conan
Wed Jun 23, 2021 5:07 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Practicing eight precepts and mindfulness in daily tasks via Zoom
Replies: 7
Views: 222

Re: Practicing eight precepts and mindfulness in daily tasks via Zoom

Yeah, I can't say that I understand what the OP is asking for.
by Genjo Conan
Wed Jun 23, 2021 4:37 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Practicing eight precepts and mindfulness in daily tasks via Zoom
Replies: 7
Views: 222

Re: Practicing eight precepts and mindfulness in daily tasks via Zoom

I just can't imagine anyone wanting to get on Zoom and sit on camera to just be silent. I mean guided meditation, sadhana, teachings are another thing, but why would someone go on Zoom just to be silent? Why not just be silent? My temple--and actually, all of the Soto Zen temples I know--have done ...
by Genjo Conan
Mon Jun 21, 2021 7:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Let's talk about common misconceptions of Buddhism
Replies: 247
Views: 6042

Re: Let's talk about common misconceptions of Buddhism

Considering the demographic of most of the Zen folks I hang out with, it's entirely possible that that's where we got it from.
by Genjo Conan
Sun Jun 20, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Let's talk about common misconceptions of Buddhism
Replies: 247
Views: 6042

Re: Let's talk about common misconceptions of Buddhism

(one hand clapping and the tree falling in the forest, although some people have also heard of the "show me your original face from before you were born" challenge). I've only heard the "tree" as attributed to Bishop Berekely. What is Hakuin's koan on the tree? It's definitely not Berkeley, but in ...
by Genjo Conan
Sun Jun 20, 2021 5:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Let's talk about common misconceptions of Buddhism
Replies: 247
Views: 6042

Re: Let's talk about common misconceptions of Buddhism

I could make a whole post about what non-Buddhists misunderstand about Zen. I could make another whole post about what non-Zen Buddhists misunderstand about Zen. I could make a third about what purported Zen practitioners misunderstand about Zen. And I'm sure someone could make a fourth about what ...
by Genjo Conan
Sat Jun 19, 2021 8:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Let's talk about common misconceptions of Buddhism
Replies: 247
Views: 6042

Re: Let's talk about common misconceptions of Buddhism

I could make a whole post about what non-Buddhists misunderstand about Zen. I could make another whole post about what non-Zen Buddhists misunderstand about Zen. I could make a third about what purported Zen practitioners misunderstand about Zen. And I'm sure someone could make a fourth about what I...
by Genjo Conan
Thu Jun 17, 2021 5:15 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: If its just a story...
Replies: 126
Views: 2693

Re: If its just a story...

I have to confess that I really don't care whether the sutras are literally true or not. I think a lot a Theravadan Buddhists fall into a trap of assuming that the EBTs are the only material that is buddhavacana, ignoring that (1) there's widespread disagreement about what the EBTs comprise and (2) ...

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