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by dharmagoat
Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:04 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen has No Morals
Replies: 132
Views: 22946

Re: Zen has No Morals

From The Gateless Gate : Nansen Cuts the Cat in Two Nansen saw the monks of the eastern and western halls fighting over a cat. He seized the cat and told the monks: "If any of you say a good word, you can save the cat." No one answered. So Nansen boldly cut the cat in two pieces. That evening Joshu ...
by dharmagoat
Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:27 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: I have a good karma question, please answer.
Replies: 15
Views: 3198

Re: I have a good karma question, please answer.

The actual circumstances matter. It isn't entirely the intention. For example, knowingly killing your biological mother is considered worse than thinking you are killing your biological mother, but the victim not actually being your biological mother (for example she might have adopted you, but you...
by dharmagoat
Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:34 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: I have a good karma question, please answer.
Replies: 15
Views: 3198

Re: I have a good karma question, please answer.

As I understand it, karma follows intention. In which case positive karma results from a well-intended action.

I too am very interested to hear what others say about this.
by dharmagoat
Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:46 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How are offerings accepted?
Replies: 33
Views: 5135

Re: How are offerings accepted?

You seem to believe in an "I" that is in full control of itself and can maintain itself and its own volition indefinitely. You also seem to be attached to grasping at certain ideas and rejecting other ideas. You might want to take a closer look at that. I appreciate your concern, but question wheth...
by dharmagoat
Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:51 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How are offerings accepted?
Replies: 33
Views: 5135

Re: How are offerings accepted?

I will never believe! Never!
by dharmagoat
Sun Jul 15, 2012 12:50 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism about spirit guides
Replies: 66
Views: 16674

Re: Buddhism about spirit guides

In as much as magic and witchcraft are fundamentally based on an understanding of the 5 elements they can in fact lead towards real wisdom, as well as a connection to life and nature, these traditions are much much more earthy and grounding than Buddhism and so they may help somebody in that way al...
by dharmagoat
Sat Jul 14, 2012 11:38 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation
Replies: 128
Views: 29444

Re: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation

There's no room for independent thought here. There is plenty of room, as I believe we are demonstrating. Oh come on. I'm just having fun. I recognise this. Debate is a game. We disagree with each other and on a subject like this we're never going to get anywhere ultimately. We achieve an exchange ...
by dharmagoat
Sat Jul 14, 2012 3:25 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation
Replies: 128
Views: 29444

Re: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation

Huseng wrote:
dharmagoat wrote:
Huseng wrote:The Buddha was the teacher of gods and men. Hence, greater than a god.
Can we question the existence of gods?
I am certain you possess the ability to do so.
Your certainty may be unfounded, but I appreciate the endorsement. I will consider that another project for another time.
by dharmagoat
Sat Jul 14, 2012 3:05 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation
Replies: 128
Views: 29444

Re: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation

Huseng wrote:The Buddha was the teacher of gods and men. Hence, greater than a god.
Can we question the existence of gods?
by dharmagoat
Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:22 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation
Replies: 128
Views: 29444

Re: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation

So the original question remains. Can we know what the Buddha believed based on what he taught? If all teachings but the final teaching lack context and are limited in meaning, can they be used to gauge what the Buddha actually believed? What is the final teaching, and does anyone fully understand ...
by dharmagoat
Sat Jul 14, 2012 11:58 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism about spirit guides
Replies: 66
Views: 16674

Re: Buddhism about spirit guides

I have nothing useful to say.
by dharmagoat
Sat Jul 14, 2012 2:52 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation
Replies: 128
Views: 29444

Re: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation

Huseng wrote:Your arguments are misleading and unreasonable. Pointless.
I disagree. My questions are proving to be quite revealing. Please explain how they are misleading and unreasonable.
by dharmagoat
Sat Jul 14, 2012 2:17 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation
Replies: 128
Views: 29444

Re: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation

If all teachings but the final teaching lack context and are limited in meaning, can they be used to gauge what the Buddha actually believed? What is the final teaching, and does anyone fully understand it? If he spent all his teaching career of about fifty years teaching that rebirth is real and m...
by dharmagoat
Sat Jul 14, 2012 2:14 am
Forum: Help Required
Topic: Celibacy
Replies: 10
Views: 3363

Re: Celibacy

Stay busy. It is all about maintaining focus.
by dharmagoat
Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:19 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Ngondro
Replies: 210
Views: 43438

Re: Ngondro

This is a spiritual technology that has been proven to work over dozens of generations of practitioners. Past practitioners within a specific culture. Reality is not at all how we think it is (and that, of course, is exactly the problem). By doing these practices, you will experience a new reality ...
by dharmagoat
Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Is life about doing what you don't want?
Replies: 15
Views: 2562

Re: Is life about doing what you don't want?

odysseus wrote:"Buddhism is only for those who are ruined by society!" -- Anonymous
<grumble><mutter><snort>
by dharmagoat
Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:06 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation
Replies: 128
Views: 29444

Re: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation

Just to be clear, I am challenging the claim that we can know what the Buddha and Dogen believed based on what they taught. The Buddha taught different things to different people depending on their needs and understanding. Sometimes his teachings were contradictory. Was he lying to some and not to ...
by dharmagoat
Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:05 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation
Replies: 128
Views: 29444

Re: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation

Saying that what the Buddha and Dogen taught are not what they believed and realised is saying that they were speaking lies. Just to be clear, I am challenging the claim that we can know what the Buddha and Dogen believed based on what they taught. The Buddha taught different things to different pe...
by dharmagoat
Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:13 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?
Replies: 240
Views: 34044

Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

Dentistry cannot in itself lead to Enlightenment. This is a reckless claim. While it can be said that dentistry doesn't aim toward Enlightenment, it does not follow that it cannot lead to Enlightenment. It is this kind of limiting thought that serves to perpetuate our limited view. Equally, to beli...
by dharmagoat
Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:04 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation
Replies: 128
Views: 29444

Re: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation

pueraeternus wrote:Oh did I ever say "you" in the last few posts? I just made a general comment and you speculated that I was referring to you specifically.
Who else were you responding to?

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