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by Matt J
Fri Jan 15, 2021 5:34 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Buddhist Theory of Momentariness - Sources for Studying
Replies: 5
Views: 106

Re: Buddhist Theory of Momentariness - Sources for Studying

I am curious about the status of this doctrine in Mahayana, so if anyone has any references for that, that would be great.
by Matt J
Fri Jan 15, 2021 5:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What Is The Nature Of Thought?
Replies: 29
Views: 312

Re: What Is The Nature Of Thought?

Certainly the solution to thinking isn't more thinking. The history of Western philosophy is a testament to that. It is not that merely the right combination of thoughts in the head ends suffering. If the most fundamental source of human suffering is the nature of thought itself, to what degree can ...
by Matt J
Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:56 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Is This A Tribal Site Or A Philosophy Site?
Replies: 23
Views: 536

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

That's exactly why we have living teachers.
NatureTalk wrote: Thu Jan 14, 2021 1:00 am Other posters elsewhere have pointed me to Nāgārjuna, so I'm listening. Having difficulty so far translating language from another time and place in to every day conversational English.
by Matt J
Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:53 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 95
Views: 5874

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

For myself, I check what a teacher is saying against the scriptures and commentaries of the tradition, and my own personal experience. If what a teacher says is consistent with tradition, and I can verify it, then I will learn from that teacher. If over time my suffering reduces and my compassion in...
by Matt J
Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How To Evaluate A Teacher?
Replies: 15
Views: 340

Re: How To Evaluate A Teacher?

I evaluate teachers based on scriptures and personal experience. If a teaching does not appear to be in line with scriptures or personal experience, I tend to look elsewhere. You don't just want a teacher, but a teacher that is good for you and inspires you to practice.
by Matt J
Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:14 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 95
Views: 5874

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

Color me skeptical about self-authorizing claims.
Pascal2 wrote: Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:00 pm
Matt J wrote: Fri Jan 08, 2021 9:27 pm How do you know if some one else obtained satori or not?
My master thinks he can judge
It is called tenken (点検)
by Matt J
Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:04 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 95
Views: 5874

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

I mostly agree, but it can be relevant if one wants a teacher. A proper teacher should have realized what they teach, otherwise they are merely teaching based on some one else's understanding. On the other hand, we have no direct access to other minds, and teachers appear in one own's mind. So if a ...
by Matt J
Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:56 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Is This A Tribal Site Or A Philosophy Site?
Replies: 23
Views: 536

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

I would say neither one really fits, because from what I've learned, experience doesn't fit into neat, mental concepts. So a lot of how one would classify one's experience of a board depends on one's own mind and inclinations.
by Matt J
Fri Jan 08, 2021 9:27 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 95
Views: 5874

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

How do you know if some one else obtained satori or not?
by Matt J
Thu Jan 07, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Can someone explain Yogacara to me?
Replies: 18
Views: 549

Re: Can someone explain Yogacara to me?

Some commentaries: Influence of Yogacara on Tantra by Traleg Rinpoche Opening the Clear Vision of the Mind Only School , Khenpo Rinpoches (a part of the PSL Shedra series which covers many topics) For a less intellectual approach, if you want more than book knowledge: Progressive Stages of Meditatio...
by Matt J
Mon Dec 28, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Memories that link dreams but not when awake.
Replies: 5
Views: 293

Re: Memories that link dreams but not when awake.

I haven't heard of a lot of teachings on this, but I have had the same experience. In fact, when I'm dreaming, I have identified at least three unique memory streams: 1) my normal memory; 2) my dream character's memory; and 3) memories of prior dreams. Sometimes these are partial or mixed up. The me...
by Matt J
Tue Oct 13, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Martial Arts & Buddhist Practice?
Replies: 38
Views: 1452

Re: Martial Arts & Buddhist Practice?

I have dabbled in martial arts over the years. It really depends on the class, and whether there is a focus on martial application. Many classes lack either a spiritual component or fighting applications, and are therefore largely just a form of physical exercise in my opinion. Classes that actually...
by Matt J
Sat Sep 12, 2020 4:46 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tergar Online - Ngondro Transmission and Pointing Out Instructions
Replies: 1
Views: 407

Re: Tergar Online - Ngondro Transmission and Pointing Out Instructions

The course just started but so far it’s great.

If you have questions about prerequisites contact
study @ tergar.org.
by Matt J
Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditative experience after 6 months - Insight appreciated.
Replies: 8
Views: 879

Re: Meditative experience after 6 months - Insight appreciated.

It is a meditation experience. These come and go. Try not to be too attached to them. Many people spend many years chasing these, and often mistake experiences for realization. It sounds like you are questioning your sense of self, which is a good thing. It may be a good time to start looking for a ...
by Matt J
Tue Sep 08, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: Back to basis: breath meditation
Replies: 5
Views: 487

Re: Back to basis: breath meditation

Probably because many people read the Anapanasati Sutta instead: https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/MN/MN118.html I was very happy to find this Sutra where the Buddha discusses the breath meditation with which most folks here are probably familiar, but who perhaps have never seen this Sutra itself. ...
by Matt J
Tue Sep 01, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen without deity yoga/two stages?
Replies: 22
Views: 2166

Re: Dzogchen without deity yoga/two stages?

Yes, but I'm not comfortable with making a public list for folks who just want to check Dzogchen off the list by easily obtaining a pointing out (as appeared to happen in another recent thread). Also, I find that the efforts I have made in obtaining the teachings (which may be of no use to you or an...
by Matt J
Tue Sep 01, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen without deity yoga/two stages?
Replies: 22
Views: 2166

Re: Dzogchen without deity yoga/two stages?

There are many if you look around. It just takes some (fairly minor) effort.
by Matt J
Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Greetings and Request for Guidance
Replies: 54
Views: 3185

Re: Greetings and Request for Guidance

His/her/their Theravada lineage.
Danny wrote: Sun Aug 30, 2020 7:24 pm He mentioned the late Wangdor Rinpoche.
by Matt J
Sun Aug 30, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Greetings and Request for Guidance
Replies: 54
Views: 3185

Re: Greetings and Request for Guidance

Matt J wrote: Sun Aug 30, 2020 6:42 pm What's your lineage?
cd347 wrote: Sat Aug 29, 2020 1:13 pm I’ve been given lineage and have been encouraged to begin teaching beginners.

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