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by dharmagoat
Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:54 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation
Replies: 128
Views: 29458

Re: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation

I am challenging the claim that we somehow know what the Buddha and Dogen actually believed . There is no speculation involved, just an acknowledgment that it is something we can't know for certain. That would be just a facile challenge. What use is it to even ask that question, if not to create sp...
by dharmagoat
Fri Jul 13, 2012 12:25 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation
Replies: 128
Views: 29458

Re: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation

Such notions of using "skillful means" to replace ideas that we don't like is not good policy, does not survive critical analysis and leads to endless speculative flights of fancy. Is it your habit to replace ideas you don't like? I am challenging the claim that we somehow know what the Buddha and ...
by dharmagoat
Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:58 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation
Replies: 128
Views: 29458

Re: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation

The point though is that the Buddha and Dogen all believed in this post-mortem continuity called rebirth. We have a record of what they taught , not what they believed . It is important not to confuse the two. Question: how else would anyone know what they believed, if not through the record of the...
by dharmagoat
Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:41 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation
Replies: 128
Views: 29458

Re: Soto-zen, Dogen and reincarnation

Huseng wrote:The point though is that the Buddha and Dogen all believed in this post-mortem continuity called rebirth.
We have a record of what they taught, not what they believed. It is important not to confuse the two.
by dharmagoat
Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism and Peak Oil
Replies: 177
Views: 23272

Re: Buddhism and Peak Oil

catmoon wrote:For instance, it is good to ask which is more energy-dense, a cubic meter of gasoline or a cubic meter of molten rock? Which weighs more? Which stores best? Which can power a vehicle, and how efficently?
A lava powered car? You might be on to something there.
by dharmagoat
Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:25 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Is sex considered vulgar to Buddhists?
Replies: 140
Views: 23795

Re: Is sex considered vulgar to Buddhists?

Wesley1982 wrote:I have a tendency to identify sexuality with racial purity..
Er, okay...

Are you sure you are on the right forum?
by dharmagoat
Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:16 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Can a Christian convert to Buddhist faith?..
Replies: 11
Views: 1848

Re: Can a Christian convert to Buddhist faith?..

Wesley1982 wrote:Can a Christian convert to Buddhist faith?..
Yes, Grasshopper, a Christian can convert to the Buddhist faith.
by dharmagoat
Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:52 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?
Replies: 240
Views: 34115

Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

Buddhism is the science of the mind, and its the best mind-science that this world has to offer. Even psychology pales in comparison. Buddhism (among other things) is the subjective science of the mind. Psychology is objective . The two complement each other. Because they are very different in both...
by dharmagoat
Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:44 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?
Replies: 240
Views: 34115

Re: How can Buddhists be so sure of themselves?

Ikkyu wrote:So are beliefs in Buddhism more means to an end than ends in themselves?
Definitely.
by dharmagoat
Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:45 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: 32 marks of a Buddha
Replies: 29
Views: 7766

Re: 32 marks of a Buddha

Aemilius wrote:In the Blue Annals there is a story of a tibetan who developed an Ushnisha on his head after his death.
You mean they tied his hair in a topknot?
by dharmagoat
Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:52 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: The Tao of Zen?
Replies: 43
Views: 12348

Re: The Tao of Zen?

Ikkyu wrote:A number of books have been published over the years such as "Buddhism Without Beliefs"... taking the ritualistic and religious element out of Buddhism in order to convey it purely as a philosophy.
What about Buddhism as a way of life?
by dharmagoat
Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:15 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Anti-Tibetan Buddhism Signs
Replies: 242
Views: 42490

Re: Anti-Tibetan Buddhism Signs

Huifeng wrote:But, feel free to grind your axe as you will, all it does is breed entity and division.
Then why condone it?
by dharmagoat
Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:48 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism about spirit guides
Replies: 66
Views: 16684

Re: Buddhism about spirit guides

With Mediumism, Channeling, Spiritism, Séances, etc. one is not very likely to contact Buddhas, from what I understand. With this 'method' one is more likely to contact worldly spirits, Pretas, hell beings, etc. (it is said that channelers usually end up channeling worldly spirits who pose as Enlig...
by dharmagoat
Sat Jul 07, 2012 12:10 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How are offerings accepted?
Replies: 33
Views: 5139

Re: How are offerings accepted?

Nemo wrote:My mystic eye senses a heretic. Acolytes fetch the burning pitch!
Beware the goat in sheep's clothing!
by dharmagoat
Fri Jul 06, 2012 8:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Using buddhism to sell stuff
Replies: 26
Views: 3971

Re: Using buddhism to sell stuff

As far as I am concerned, all the necessary teachings are out there and easily available, especially over the internet. There is no need to spend a cent on teachings, but we do need to support the teachers. I personally am unimpressed by slick marketing. The more something is dressed up, the more do...
by dharmagoat
Fri Jul 06, 2012 3:53 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Questions regardin God and Nirvana
Replies: 45
Views: 6857

Re: Questions regardin God and Nirvana

jeeprs wrote:How about - 'soul is a quality not an entity'?
"Soul is a hamhock in your cornflakes."
by dharmagoat
Thu Jul 05, 2012 9:51 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: ChNN's terminology
Replies: 22
Views: 3772

Re: ChNN's terminology

Blue Garuda wrote:I'd rather connect with a Bison than a Boson.
Or a Bosun.
by dharmagoat
Thu Jul 05, 2012 9:44 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Using buddhism to sell stuff
Replies: 26
Views: 3971

Re: Using buddhism to sell stuff

Do you notice that the shinier and redder the apple, the less taste it has?
by dharmagoat
Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:56 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How are offerings accepted?
Replies: 33
Views: 5139

Re: How are offerings accepted?

You used the word 'imaginary' early on in a post. It means 'existing only in the imagination or fancy; not real'. I use the word "imaginary" to mean "existing in the imagination". The issue comes down to what the imagination actually is, and what it is capable of. Everything is either real or not a...
by dharmagoat
Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:02 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How are offerings accepted?
Replies: 33
Views: 5139

Re: How are offerings accepted?

I don't ascribe to the 'pretend' approach. There is a big difference between imagining something to exist, and pretending something exists. Imagination is a creative act. It can be claimed that by imagining something you bring it into existence. It really doesn't matter how deities exist, the fact ...

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