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by laic
Sun Nov 13, 2022 8:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Thomas Merton
Replies: 35
Views: 1168

Re: Thomas Merton

PS. Just to say that I have been PM'd regarding this thread. I composed a considered reply but apparently the one who PM'd me does not authorise receipt of PM's! Maybe I simply don't know what I'm doing again, but on the face of it this seems a bit screwed. Just to add, the poster who PM'd me has k...
by laic
Sun Nov 13, 2022 8:06 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Thomas Merton
Replies: 35
Views: 1168

Re: Thomas Merton

I have decided that Dharma Wheel is not for me. Could the moderators please delete my account. Thank you.

In my own Pure Land way of "no calculation" I know that I have learnt from others while here, and I thank you all.

May true Dharma continue.

No blame. Be kind. Love everything.
by laic
Sun Nov 13, 2022 2:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Thomas Merton
Replies: 35
Views: 1168

Re: Thomas Merton

... What actually makes an opinion "valid"? :namaste: Well, possibly one thinks to know every needed information, but one doesn't. Then there is the danger of wrong estimation. This makes an opinion "invalid", in my view. When I think "All elephants are pink", because ...
by laic
Sun Nov 13, 2022 2:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Thomas Merton
Replies: 35
Views: 1168

Re: Thomas Merton

No problem. I just thought, you were interested in my opinion. :smile: ... which must not be valid. :shrug: Good afternoon Ayu (well, it is here) Of course I am interested in your opinion. Thank you. My apologies if my response came across as rude, it certainly was not meant to be. What actually ma...
by laic
Sun Nov 13, 2022 10:56 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Thomas Merton
Replies: 35
Views: 1168

Re: Thomas Merton

Famous last words! "Back in the calmer and safer waters of the Lounge" (among friends apparently.....) After the storm, a poem comes to mind, "Heaven Haven" by Gerald Manley Hopkins:- I have desired to go Where springs not fail, To fields where flies no sharp and sided hail, And ...
by laic
Sat Nov 12, 2022 11:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Thomas Merton
Replies: 35
Views: 1168

Re: Thomas Merton

It's in the Shambhala Edition, which you mention above is in your possession. It's short, three pages. Hi again, in my ebook edition it is on page 1187. Yes....... There are those in the world who have a heart of the way but in fact lack the true heart of the way. There are also those who have a tr...
by laic
Sat Nov 12, 2022 11:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Thomas Merton
Replies: 35
Views: 1168

Re: Thomas Merton

Yes, laic. Maybe you do Merton no favor, if you try to discuss him here. This board is specialized on Mahayana Buddhism. There is another sister forum called Dharma Paths https://www.dharmapaths.com/ , but there is only few traffic. Hi Ayu, I'm not seeking to do any favours to Thomas Merton as such...
by laic
Sat Nov 12, 2022 11:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Thomas Merton
Replies: 35
Views: 1168

Re: Thomas Merton

Completely free advice: What you are looking for is a blog. On blogs you can ramble away in any and all directions however much you like with zero limitations, outside of obvious terms of service related issues. And you may even get readers that enjoys your ramblings. DW however, is not a blog. It'...
by laic
Sat Nov 12, 2022 11:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Thomas Merton
Replies: 35
Views: 1168

Re: Thomas Merton

Now, please let me rest. Sorry mate, but I really am tired if all this. I find rambling away like this therapeutic with regards to my mental health issues. Hopefully you will discontinue pursuing me and just leave it be. Completely free advice: What you are looking for is a blog. On blogs you can r...
by laic
Sat Nov 12, 2022 10:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Thomas Merton
Replies: 35
Views: 1168

Re: Thomas Merton

Dogen was not troubled by Mahāyāna in the slightest. He was a committed Mahāyāni his entirely life. There is an excellent biography of Dogen published in Shambhala's lives of the Master Series written by Steve Heine. I recommend it. It is fascinating. It's in the Shambhala Edition, which you mentio...
by laic
Sat Nov 12, 2022 10:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Thomas Merton
Replies: 35
Views: 1168

Re: Thomas Merton

I have a few others on Dogen in my Library, including the quite new "Treasury of the True Dharma Eye". I find his writings, including his poetry, helpful in my own attempts to understand this rather strange world we live in. Dogen was not troubled by Mahāyāna in the slightest. He was a co...
by laic
Sat Nov 12, 2022 10:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Thomas Merton
Replies: 35
Views: 1168

Re: Thomas Merton

Dogen was troubled by the Mahayana doctrine, and wondered what was the point of practice, why the masters of old poured over the sutras and practiced so assiduously. He had to find his own answer, as maybe we all need to do. Dogen eventually found his own path, time and place. We must find ours. Th...
by laic
Sat Nov 12, 2022 9:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Thomas Merton
Replies: 35
Views: 1168

Re: Thomas Merton

What are you referencing with Dogen being “troubled by Mahayana doctrine”? I am referencing various biographical details of Dogen's life story as found in a few of the books I have read related to Dogen:- "Zen Cosmology" by Ted Beringer "Realising Genjokoan" by Shohaku Okumura &...
by laic
Sat Nov 12, 2022 9:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Thomas Merton
Replies: 35
Views: 1168

Re: Thomas Merton

Laic, Is there a particular point to this thread, are you looking for discussion, or is this more of a blog - oriented posting about Merton? Is there a particular point you wanted to make here? What are you referencing with Dogen being “troubled by Mahayana doctrine”? Hello again Johnny. I did quer...
by laic
Sat Nov 12, 2022 4:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Thomas Merton
Replies: 35
Views: 1168

Re: Thomas Merton

In it he speaks of the actual transmission of "truths/dharma" as being, ideally, face to face. I keep forgetting the Japanese word for it, it might be menji but I am not sure. The word is actually "menju", just looked it up. While here, a couple of photos of Thomas Merton meetin...
by laic
Sat Nov 12, 2022 3:17 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism teach?
Replies: 28
Views: 777

Re: What does Buddhism teach?

Just to say:- "Dharma" as truth or law or principle or reality. "Dharma" as doctrine or teaching. I note a general failure here on this thread to distinguish between the two. Hence the confusion. I am seeking to say that any Dharma as "doctrine/teaching" is NOT - and ca...
by laic
Sat Nov 12, 2022 2:36 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism teach?
Replies: 28
Views: 777

Re: What does Buddhism teach?

I am out of here for the moment. I will be in the Lounge should anyone wishes to "commune" with me..... rather than just dispute.

:namaste:
by laic
Sat Nov 12, 2022 2:31 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism teach?
Replies: 28
Views: 777

Re: What does Buddhism teach?

..the crucial distinction that each truth requires being acted upon in its own particular way ("understanding" anguish, "letting go" of its origins, "realizing" its cessation, and "cultivating" the path) has been relegated to the margins of specialist doctrin...
by laic
Sat Nov 12, 2022 2:27 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What does Buddhism teach?
Replies: 28
Views: 777

Re: What does Buddhism teach?

But that is what the Buddha himself taught, that outside of his teachings, there is no liberation. So this isn't a "what others say" thing. It's a "what the Buddha actually taught" thing. Hi. Again, what I have sought to say is simply not being understood or just not being engag...
by laic
Sat Nov 12, 2022 1:18 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation for Anxiety
Replies: 7
Views: 384

Re: Meditation for Anxiety

If I had to list the one negative emotion that I really struggle with, it’s anxiety. Like everyone else I have my share of frustration, sadness, anger etc. In a way it hangs over my head daily like a spectre ready to rise up. Some days it’s just a vague little feeling at the back of my mind, a litt...

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