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by boda
Sat Feb 13, 2021 2:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atheism vs Buddhism (was Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?)
Replies: 219
Views: 2377

Re: Atheism vs Buddhism (was Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?)

It is a cosmogenesis story: wash, rinse, repeat. It appears as though they're just different stories, only Buddhism has no creation story that I'm aware of. I don't see how they're mutually exclusive stories. For instance, the same basic outline of how I was dependently originated would apply to Go...
by boda
Fri Feb 12, 2021 11:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atheism vs Buddhism (was Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?)
Replies: 219
Views: 2377

Re: Atheism vs Buddhism (was Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?)

It excludes prime movers. And there indeed is a Buddhist cosmogony. Endless cycles of development and dissolution? If so, that’s not a creation story. It is a cosmogenesis story: wash, rinse, repeat. It appears as though they're just different stories, only Buddhism has no creation story that I'm a...
by boda
Fri Feb 12, 2021 4:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atheism vs Buddhism (was Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?)
Replies: 219
Views: 2377

Re: Atheism vs Buddhism (was Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?)

Dependent origination excludes theism as a valid explanation of the world and the beings who inhabit it. Since dependent origination is the Dharma, and since the Dharma excludes theism as a valid explanation of the world and the beings who inhabit it, Dharma is atheist. QED. Why would dependent ori...
by boda
Fri Feb 12, 2021 12:34 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atheism vs Buddhism (was Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?)
Replies: 219
Views: 2377

Re: Atheism vs Buddhism (was Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?)

Dependent origination excludes theism as a valid explanation of the world and the beings who inhabit it. Since dependent origination is the Dharma, and since the Dharma excludes theism as a valid explanation of the world and the beings who inhabit it, Dharma is atheist. QED. Why would dependent ori...
by boda
Thu Feb 11, 2021 3:03 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atheism vs Buddhism (was Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?)
Replies: 219
Views: 2377

Re: Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?

1. The Dharma has nothing in common with the religions of Europe. The Dharma is profoundly atheistic, and values reason and experience over dogma. One essential common ground that all religions share is not necessarily the existence of a God but the existence of an ultimate authority that has speci...
by boda
Wed Feb 10, 2021 9:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atheism vs Buddhism (was Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?)
Replies: 219
Views: 2377

Re: Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?

Malcolm wrote: Wed Feb 10, 2021 6:22 pm
boda wrote: Wed Feb 10, 2021 6:03 pm...faith is valued over reason.
Not in Buddhadharma.
A flat denial with no reasons given and from an authority figure, and even this mere observation not allowed, much less any questioning. A good demonstration of valuing faith over reason.
by boda
Wed Feb 10, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atheism vs Buddhism (was Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?)
Replies: 219
Views: 2377

Re: Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?

Bristollad wrote: Wed Feb 10, 2021 6:22 pm
boda wrote: Wed Feb 10, 2021 6:03 pm
So what’s the minimum practice requirement?
Refuge in the Three Jewels (and the concomitant behaviour that it entails).
I’m thinking that the sticky part is judging the concomitant behavior.
by boda
Wed Feb 10, 2021 6:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atheism vs Buddhism (was Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?)
Replies: 219
Views: 2377

Re: Non Cultural Buddhists: What Made You Stay?

1. The Dharma has nothing in common with the religions of Europe. The Dharma is profoundly atheistic, and values reason and experience over dogma. One essential common ground that all religions share is not necessarily the existence of a God but the existence of an ultimate authority that has speci...
by boda
Thu Feb 04, 2021 7:57 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Three Types of Zazen
Replies: 15
Views: 382

Re: Three Types of Zazen

clyde wrote: Thu Feb 04, 2021 6:56 am This is mindfulness of no object, nondual awareness, and when immersed in it, this is therefore the cessation of suffering, the end of discontent and grasping and fear, and the source of true love and compassion.
~ Kokyo Henkle
Funny, doesn’t love and compassion require subject/object?
by boda
Thu Feb 04, 2021 6:28 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: The Homeless Mendicant
Replies: 13
Views: 310

Re: The Homeless Mendicant

Queequeg wrote: Thu Feb 04, 2021 4:39 pm
FiveSkandhas wrote: Thu Feb 04, 2021 3:13 am Best wishes for safe and happy wayfairing!

南無阿弥陀仏

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Love that statue. Saw it in person a few years ago.
Carved by Unkei's son. Amazing.
What’s the little hammer for?
by boda
Wed Feb 03, 2021 2:44 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: New here with question on Gay
Replies: 74
Views: 2279

Re: New here with question on Gay

This is getting off topic. To bring it back to the post of self compassion or love, which is something I heard mentioned about when it comes to being gay as something that helped people, I still repeat my previous post about how I have tried taking that advice in the past but nothing ever came of i...
by boda
Tue Feb 02, 2021 9:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Coup Aerobics
Replies: 1
Views: 228

Re: Coup Aerobics

Atmosphere is everything in a good motivational aerobic workout.
by boda
Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 245
Views: 16989

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

Matylda wrote: Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:29 amhow 'student' may know if a teacher is or is not awakened???
If they’re curious they could simply ask them. Would not an awakened teacher be trustworthy???
by boda
Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:47 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What would you choose in this scenario?
Replies: 13
Views: 1043

Re: What would you choose in this scenario?

The point is moot since you should be connecting with a teacher virtually during the pandemic.
by boda
Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:45 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 245
Views: 16989

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

This is a question for Zen students (not Zen teachers nor about other traditions, only those that follow from Bodhidharma). Is it your understanding that all Zen teachers have had an awakening (commonly expressed in Zen as “seeing one’s true nature”) though to varying degrees? It’s my understanding...
by boda
Wed Jun 17, 2020 2:50 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Zen/Attain True Self
Replies: 33
Views: 2476

Re: Zen/Attain True Self

Can someone explain what one's true self is? I had thought that Buddhism doesn't deal with true self but I have been watching some Zen Dharma teachings and they talk about attaining one's true self. I think the source of my confusion came from an Alan Watts video where he says Zen doesn't create th...
by boda
Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Modernity and its many faults and problems
Replies: 12
Views: 1314

Re: Modernity and its many faults and problems

Our scientific development leads to nowhere. We only add suffering. We in modern rich countries live in comfort, but what about undeveloped countries in Africa and Asia? Before globalization people in such places suffered less. Nowadays these people work for us. The most of clothing are made in Ind...
by boda
Tue Apr 21, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Modernity and its many faults and problems
Replies: 12
Views: 1314

Re: Modernity and its many faults and problems

Maybe not as expedient a solution as a solar flare but I learned about the degrowth movement the other day. Sounds promising.

https://degrowth.org/
by boda
Tue Apr 21, 2020 4:37 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Modernity and its many faults and problems
Replies: 12
Views: 1314

Re: Modernity and its many faults and problems

It seems to me (and others) that modernity is nothing but a psychosis, the Christian religion failed due to the power-hungry church, and we covered it up with what we call modernity. It's easy to see in communist and nazi propaganda, i.e. the state becomes the image of God. But modernity is not sus...
by boda
Sun Apr 19, 2020 3:58 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: CBD oil
Replies: 49
Views: 7305

Re: CBD oil

Okay. I agree so far. I have only experience with THC. It's getting stronger these decades, because the plants are pumped up with artificial light etc. I can't even tolerate the smell of it. But if you say CBD is mild - I think I do not get what mild means. Like chamomilla tea or valerian? Yes, act...

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