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by Matt J
Mon Jul 20, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What are the (spiritual) physics behind dedicating merit?
Replies: 29
Views: 1947

Re: What are the (spiritual) physics behind dedicating merit?

The question is: how can you NOT share merit? Everyone is connected interdependently. If we take emptiness seriously, there are no lines or boundaries that separate anything from everything. Even put in a simple, conventional way, dedicating the merit will assist in developing open-heartedness. It h...
by Matt J
Fri Jul 17, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Sutra, Tantra, Mahamudra
Replies: 209
Views: 10444

Re: Sutra, Tantra, Mahamudra

My question is whether anyone knows of any Kagyu lamas who teach complete, unrestricted, sutra Mahamudra to non-initiates (people who have not received any tantric empowerments). Not in theory, but in actual practice.
by Matt J
Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Sutra, Tantra, Mahamudra
Replies: 209
Views: 10444

Re: Sutra, Tantra, Mahamudra

FWIW, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche himself rolled into Boulder and gave lung/instructions on Khenpo Ganghar's Self Liberating Whatever You Meet without an empowerment. However, I doubt he expected anyone to really seriously practice based on that as he referred interested persons to his monks for furth...
by Matt J
Tue Jul 14, 2020 1:40 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Lion’s Roar: A Celebration
Replies: 26
Views: 1268

Re: Lion’s Roar: A Celebration

I need Simon’s address so I can order him a subscription.

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by Matt J
Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Lion’s Roar: A Celebration
Replies: 26
Views: 1268

Lion’s Roar: A Celebration

So I’m sitting in my car reading the latest Lion’s Roar. We’re waiting for car repairs. Certainly, if one could condense Boulder into a magazine, thus would be it. My experience: A Zen essay about a Zen essay. How to resolve conflicts between one’s therapist and dharma teacher. Quotes from Shabkar j...
by Matt J
Sat Jul 11, 2020 3:58 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: "practice in daily life"
Replies: 12
Views: 996

Re: "practice in daily life"

You may want to check this short video where he discusses daily practice: https://youtu.be/OTdy9Uo0kyE Elsewhere, Meido posted this: In the modern era there is an increasingly common conceit (not just in Zen) that "practice in daily life" means that one can adjust practice to fit one's life, instead...
by Matt J
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: in defense
Replies: 63
Views: 3434

Re: in defense

Most (if not all) Zen teachers would say (or have said) that there is no Zen without a teacher. So would you include yourself as a student in a non-Zen tradition who posts in the Zen forum? I’m responding to Buddhists of other traditions who post in the Zen sub-forum. And I responding, not as a Zen ...
by Matt J
Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Whats the most important concept to start with to atleast get Stream Entry?
Replies: 56
Views: 2644

Re: Whats the most important concept to start with to atleast get Stream Entry?

Stream entry is the destruction of the first three fetters (out of ten). They are: belief in a self, attachment to rites and rituals, and doubt. Realizing anatta (no self) will cut through the belief in a self, and by so doing will eliminate doubt and attachments to rites and rituals. But that is Th...
by Matt J
Sat Jul 04, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 230
Views: 14062

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

The problem I had with Western Zen teachers is that they were often frankly unaware of states of mind and how to navigate them. My last year or so with Zen I sat in dull or trance-like states. My teachers were unable to provide any guidance. When I had meditation problems, they were not familiar wit...
by Matt J
Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 230
Views: 14062

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

Actually, what PeterC is saying isn't sectarian, but rather a response (in my mind anyway) to Western exceptionalism. What we (as the West in general, not any particular poster) are saying is that what takes decades in Asian countries (which have incorporated dharma into their national culture) can ...
by Matt J
Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 230
Views: 14062

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

My claim is that it is essential for lineage holders--- i.e. the teacher who is expected to hold and transmit the lineage. It is one thing to realize the teaching (to whatever degree), but it is another to be able to guide others. I think Japan Zen is unique with full time practice , but I don’t agr...
by Matt J
Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 230
Views: 14062

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

There were many Japanese teachers in the West one generation ago. Most Western teachers spring from this source, although they are rapidly producing as the non-Japanese teachers start giving transmission. As far as I know, most Japanese teachers came from a full-time practice background, but many of...
by Matt J
Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Meditation techniques in each tradition
Replies: 23
Views: 2086

Re: Meditation techniques in each tradition

The main difference, on my experience, between Theravada-style practice and Zen and Dzogchen/Mahamudra is that the latter requires you to work with a teacher to gain clarity on what in both traditions is referred to as the nature of mind. Mahamudra in particular uses a step-by-step approach, whereas...
by Matt J
Sun Jun 28, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 230
Views: 14062

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

I am not sure that is the whole of it. Chinul, from Buswell's Mojuga's Secrets of Cultivating the Mind: Question: If you say that the buddha-nature exists in the body right now, then, since it is in the body, it is not separate from us ordinary persons. So why can we not see now this buddha-nature? ...
by Matt J
Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 230
Views: 14062

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

Stephan Bodian was a monk and head of the Los Angeles Zen center in the 1970's and 1980's. He studied under Suzuki Roshi, Maezumi Roshi and others. He ended up leaving because he felt that he and many others weren't "getting it." There are many other public stories and confessions out there if you l...
by Matt J
Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 230
Views: 14062

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

I would say no, unless they are quite skilled at hiding their knowledge.

Stephen Bodian, as a public example, was teaching Zen at a time he stated he had not seen his true nature (according to him). I am sure there are other public examples.
by Matt J
Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Genuine advice sought.
Replies: 47
Views: 2661

Re: Genuine advice sought.

All the texts and masters in the world don't mean anything if the teaching is not alive for you. For all I know, everyone surrounding me is a fully enlightened Buddha. But that won't help me if I keep the teachings at the conceptual level and never experience them directly. It seems to me that many,...
by Matt J
Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Genuine advice sought.
Replies: 47
Views: 2661

Re: Genuine advice sought.

I would not relegate experience to some second class status. Official "authority" is no indication of experience or realization. And experience is often taught to be the bridge between intellectual understanding and permanent realization. The thin maroon line separating useful discussion of the Dhar...
by Matt J
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:18 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?
Replies: 370
Views: 22737

Re: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?

I've had very similar experiences. I've also found that practicing with a teacher (Zen or Vajrayana), one hears and learns very different things than when one comes to an online forum. I am not a Dzogchen person, and am not qualified to say what is similar or different. I do not have extensive exper...
by Matt J
Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Consciousness question
Replies: 42
Views: 2787

Re: Consciousness question

I would posit that there are constant gaps, but through habit we have learned to ignore or forget them. Keep in mind that there are six senses, so include the mind and mental objects. The classic way that I learned was to go on retreat, spend some time developing a degree of shamatha, and then turn ...

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