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by Dan74
Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:21 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: New here with question on Gay
Replies: 43
Views: 1068

Re: New here with question on Gay

My brain has a habit of turning such things into the negatives: Gardening: manipulation of nature Building: not really making anything new at all Volunteering: you are part of the problem, a band aid and really only making things worse You get the idea. Same with role models, they never worked for ...
by Dan74
Wed Jan 06, 2021 8:27 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: New here with question on Gay
Replies: 43
Views: 1068

Re: New here with question on Gay

Hi there, apologies for the title but I wanted to put in the core parts of this. New on here but not exactly new to Buddhism. To be honest I don't know too much about it. I began reading it by chance to learn about religions of the world so I could understand people better and the stuff there shock...
by Dan74
Fri Dec 25, 2020 4:28 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Prayers for family
Replies: 16
Views: 845

Re: Prayers for family

May they be well. May they be free from suffering. May they know peace.

_/|\_
by Dan74
Wed Nov 25, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Who is this monk looking at the Ryoan-Ji Karesansui garden?
Replies: 6
Views: 277

Re: Who is this monk looking at the Ryoan-Ji Karesansui garden?

JoaoRodrigues wrote: Wed Nov 25, 2020 10:52 am Ahahah,
Seriously?
I'd say almost certainly a nun.
by Dan74
Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:03 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Does the String theory invalidate the Madhyamaka?
Replies: 33
Views: 947

Re: Does the String theory invalidate the Madhyamaka?

Why take the Dharma as anything other than a guide to liberation?

Then we actually use it as intended and not tie ourselves in unnecessary knots over these apparent contradictions.
by Dan74
Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Meido Roshi on how we move and some thoughts on procrastination
Replies: 8
Views: 351

Re: Meido Roshi on how we move and some thoughts on procrastination

It's a great quote, thank you for the reminder! :D To me, he is urging us to dedicate ourselves 100%. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be dramatic, with extreme conditions, beatings etc. Maybe for some this is what 100% dedication means and it is exactly what is necessary, I don't know. For ...
by Dan74
Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Meido Roshi on how we move and some thoughts on procrastination
Replies: 8
Views: 351

Re: Meido Roshi on how we move and some thoughts on procrastination

It's a great quote, thank you for the reminder! :D To me, he is urging us to dedicate ourselves 100%. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be dramatic, with extreme conditions, beatings etc. Maybe for some this is what 100% dedication means and it is exactly what is necessary, I don't know. For o...
by Dan74
Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Meido Roshi on how we move and some thoughts on procrastination
Replies: 8
Views: 351

Re: Meido Roshi on how we move and some thoughts on procrastination

He is a Rinzai teacher and they are very dynamic, physical even when sitting; they gave all kinds of little body and movement tricks. Rinzai is a fantastic path that takes a lot of effort...you gotta sweat blood, take those whacks with the staff, get down on the mat and wrestle with it all...they s...
by Dan74
Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:21 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Meido Roshi on how we move and some thoughts on procrastination
Replies: 8
Views: 351

Meido Roshi on how we move and some thoughts on procrastination

There's an excellent video I saw a little while back from Meido Roshi that is potentially of use to people of all traditions and indeed outside Buddhism as well (sorry it's free access but I'm not sure how to embed a vid from patreon page - if a Mod knows, please edit). https://www.patreon.com/posts...
by Dan74
Fri Oct 09, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Coming to terms with Homosexuality
Replies: 40
Views: 2032

Re: Coming to terms with Homosexuality

Really good replies above, I think. Whether gay or straight, most of us have issues with accepting who we are and just feeling we deserve to be here, deserve to take the space we do. Often, we think it's because of a particular trait or attribute but I think it's the deeper existential angst. Perhap...
by Dan74
Sun Sep 20, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Some Questions I have about Buddhism
Replies: 24
Views: 1032

Re: Some Questions I have about Buddhism

Most of the biological, physical, seismological and cosmological assertions don't measure up. Even if the Big Bang theory is correct, it doesn't prove anything about time having a beginning. I'm not sure what you're talking about when you mention other categories of assertions. Whether there were p...
by Dan74
Sun Sep 20, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Some Questions I have about Buddhism
Replies: 24
Views: 1032

Re: Some Questions I have about Buddhism

The Big Bang implies a beginning of time. At least, as you say, for this universe. Whether there were prior universes is a different question, I think, since they would not have a clear causal connection to this one, as far as I can tell. All that is very interesting stuff for cosmologists and phil...
by Dan74
Sun Sep 20, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Some Questions I have about Buddhism
Replies: 24
Views: 1032

Re: Some Questions I have about Buddhism

The trouble with that is there is very strong cosmological evidence that time does not stretch into the infinite past. Not quite. There is strong evidence for time stretching back until a specific finite moment in the past. Beyond that, it is true, there is no evidence. But, as they say, absence of...
by Dan74
Sun Sep 20, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Some Questions I have about Buddhism
Replies: 24
Views: 1032

Re: Some Questions I have about Buddhism

1.an infinity can never be reached and it cannot be reached in the past. It is true that infinity cannot be reached. That is the point. If you go back in the past, you just keep on going back. there has to be a starting point to every causal chain like rebirth and karma. Why? If there is a starting...
by Dan74
Sun Sep 20, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Some Questions I have about Buddhism
Replies: 24
Views: 1032

Re: Some Questions I have about Buddhism

that the Buddha and all people who have written or edited Buddhist texts must be perfectly omniscient I don't know anyone who holds this view. The Buddha is viewed as omniscient in texts like the one I cited above. Editors and authors may not have been enlightened. reinterpret the teachings to make...
by Dan74
Sun Sep 20, 2020 6:51 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Some Questions I have about Buddhism
Replies: 24
Views: 1032

Re: Some Questions I have about Buddhism

If you start from a premise that the Buddha and all people who have written or edited Buddhist texts must be perfectly omniscient, then there maybe some factual issues. But if you start from a premise that the texts are spiritual guides and the authors, while qualified to guide us on a spiritual pat...
by Dan74
Sat Sep 19, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: This simply doesn't make any sense.....
Replies: 36
Views: 2170

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

I really am not trying to be provocative, but I am finding the lack of a coherent and rationale explanation to this without ambiguity hugely frustrating, to the extent that I am on the verge of abandoning this practice altogether. Thanks for your time all clarification welcomed! :namaste: The probl...
by Dan74
Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: What is meant by no self?
Replies: 50
Views: 2035

Re: What is meant by no self?

Can someone explain to me "not self"? I saw someone post this on it: "Let it be seen that you are nothing. And in knowing that you are nothing... there is nothing to lose, there is nothing to gain. What can happen to you? Something can happen to the body, but it will either heal or it won't. What's...
by Dan74
Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Practice advice please
Replies: 39
Views: 3310

Re: Practice advice please

The Agamas are virtually identical to the Pali canon, so to say that the former are authoritative while the latter is not, is kinda splitting hairs, it seems to me.

Theravada is a beautiful tradition in itself and if you feel drawn to it, why not study it?
by Dan74
Tue Sep 08, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: This simply doesn't make any sense.....
Replies: 36
Views: 2170

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

Plus, drinking heavily, or taking drugs and anti-depressants can also make some people feel better.....they could 'resonate' with that - doesn't mean its right or helpful? Depends on what your priorities are. These things may be more helpful in the short term. But I don't know if Buddhadharma is pr...

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