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by seeker242
Tue Jan 26, 2021 4:37 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: r/streamentry Reddit
Replies: 30
Views: 837

Re: r/streamentry Reddit

Buddhism on reddit tends to heavily slant to Theravada but that doesn't mean it should be dismissed entirely. It's an excellent place to help people who are new and learning. Stay the heck away from /zen though. :lol:
by seeker242
Wed Jan 20, 2021 3:03 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is Nostalgia and Enjoying Happy Memories Okay in Buddhism?
Replies: 9
Views: 296

Re: Is Nostalgia and Enjoying Happy Memories Okay in Buddhism?

It really depends on how you define "okay" and how strict you want to be with your practice and training. “Don’t run back to the past, don’t hope for the future. What’s past is left behind; the future has not arrived; and phenomena in the present are clearly seen in every case. Knowing this, foster ...
by seeker242
Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What Is The Nature Of Thought?
Replies: 29
Views: 403

Re: What Is The Nature Of Thought?

to what degree can that suffering be successfully managed by any of the philosophies, all of which are of course made of thought?
It can't be, which is why Buddhism is a set of practices that you actually do and don't do, rather than a mere philosophy.
by seeker242
Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:39 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Is This A Tribal Site Or A Philosophy Site?
Replies: 47
Views: 1021

Re: Is This A Tribal Site Or A Philosophy Site?

I would not categorize it as either. They are both too extreme. It's really a mixture of both. :smile: Although, traditional Buddhist philosophy is generally not challenged because most all Buddhists accept it, which is why they are Buddhists to begin with. However, if one tries to give some kind of...
by seeker242
Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:04 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Are there any forms of Buddhism where ordination/priesthood does not require a 4 year degree?
Replies: 13
Views: 496

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

Most Korean monks go to study 4 yrs after they apply to ordain. The education is part of the ordination process, not a prerequisite. Training System Summary Jogye Order’s training system can be broadly classified as: 1) Elementary Training (기초교육), 2) Basic Training (기본교육), 3) Specialized Training (전...
by seeker242
Wed Dec 02, 2020 3:22 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is monastic life a right livelihood?
Replies: 28
Views: 891

Re: Is monastic life a right livelihood?

It would be a right livelihood yes because any livelihood that is not a wrong livelihood is a right livelihood. Right livelihood = not wrong livelihood.
by seeker242
Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Saving all beings, ultimate or conventional goal?
Replies: 10
Views: 672

Saving all beings, ultimate or conventional goal?

So, saving all beings from suffering is the goal of practicing. :smile: However, is this the goal in an ultimate sense? Or, just a conventional or relative one? If it is an ultimate goal then why does that even need to be done to begin with? Given that all things, including ignorant perceptions, and...
by seeker242
Thu Oct 15, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: The Veggie Enthusiast Corner
Replies: 45
Views: 3347

Re: The Veggie Enthusiast Corner

Thanks for the handy tip about B12 - I think that's the only thing missing right now. I found vegan drops you put on your food; was thinking of trying those. I guess there's no really easy way to check if your levels are low or not. I find the easiest/most convenient to take is sublingual liquid. L...
by seeker242
Thu Oct 15, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: What is zen to you?
Replies: 15
Views: 763

Re: What is zen to you?

If you can't answer the questions, why are you attempting to? That's just misleading people... Why are you even asking the questions? Do you actually want to know or do you just want to play internet dharma combat, which is a fools game? Seem to me it's just the latter. Am I supposed to just blindl...
by seeker242
Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: What is zen to you?
Replies: 15
Views: 763

Re: What is zen to you?

When the monk related this to Mazu, Mazu said, “Zhizang’s head is white; Baizhang’s head is black.” What does that mean? Why does it need to mean something other than what it says? It means Zhizang’s head is white and Baizhang’s head is black. Maybe Baizhang was out in the sun a lot and had a reall...
by seeker242
Wed Oct 14, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: What is zen to you?
Replies: 15
Views: 763

Re: What is zen to you?

Zen is what's right here in front of you. All the rest is just a bunch of ideas. Zen is what's left when ideas are dispensed with.
by seeker242
Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is the exact correlation between Nirvana and Buddhahood?
Replies: 23
Views: 1007

Re: What is the exact correlation between Nirvana and Buddhahood?

but how can one even become an Arhat without being a Bodhisattva? Here, if you read this definition of Arhat from the SGI Dictionary it says that the term was originally synonymous with the Buddha, and also, I have read a book called The Teaching of Buddha where "Arhat" was used as a term to praise...
by seeker242
Mon Oct 12, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is the exact correlation between Nirvana and Buddhahood?
Replies: 23
Views: 1007

Re: What is the exact correlation between Nirvana and Buddhahood?

So in a sense Nirvana is an Expedient Means doctrine that leads to Buddhahood. But in what way? Nirvana is a step towards Buddhahood, but what has to be realized inbetween? Seems Chapter 2 is referring to previous teachings of Nirvana, AKA nirvana of an arhat or specifically hinayana nirvana. What ...
by seeker242
Fri Oct 09, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How do you make sound a 'neutral' experience (vs. noise)?
Replies: 7
Views: 592

Re: How do you make sound a 'neutral' experience (vs. noise)?

How do you make sound a 'neutral' experience (vs. noise)? Just by practicing not pushing it away. The only thing that causes sound to be noise is the wish to not hear it. If the dog is barking just practice allowing the dog to bark. When you fully allow the dog to bark and stop wanting to push it a...
by seeker242
Thu Oct 08, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Looking for Buddhist logical statements that disprove the idea that "All is one"
Replies: 19
Views: 1008

Re: Looking for Buddhist logical statements that disprove the idea that "All is one"

Dgj wrote: Thu Oct 01, 2020 5:27 pm The reasoning was something like: "All is one" is incorrect because it implies that there is a one in the all.
I don't think that's true at all, because that implication is added by oneself. If one does not add it, then there isn't any implication.
by seeker242
Tue Oct 06, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What's the best advice you've been given?
Replies: 29
Views: 1509

Re: What's the best advice you've been given?

Not exactly advice per say but the single most helpful think my zen teacher said to me was "Nothing I can say can help you!" :rolling:
by seeker242
Sun Oct 04, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Help Required
Topic: dad just passed away
Replies: 8
Views: 345

Re: dad just passed away

I hope your dad has a fortunate future. Prayers for your dad.

:bow: :buddha1:
by seeker242
Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: is masturbation sexual misconduct?
Replies: 15
Views: 1838

Re: is masturbation sexual misconduct?

For a monk, yes. For a layperson, no. However, that doesn't mean it's good. I just means it's not bad enough to be called a broken precept.
by seeker242
Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: This simply doesn't make any sense.....
Replies: 36
Views: 2161

Re: This simply doesn't make any sense.....

Its frustrating to hear the following: "...you are already enlightened but just ignorant to the fact. There is nowhere to go and nothing to do but equally Zazen needs to be done in order for you to experience the fact that you are enlightened..." It's not fundamentally flawed simply because it has ...

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