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by Matt J
Fri Jan 17, 2014 10:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Begging, Panhandling & 8th Major Precept (Brahma Net Sutra)
Replies: 14
Views: 2412

Re: Begging, Panhandling & 8th Major Precept (Brahma Net Sut

I give when I can. I think it is up to us to be generous, and not worry about where the gift goes.
by Matt J
Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: butt hurts from too much sitting Question
Replies: 24
Views: 4083

Re: butt hurts from too much sitting Question

My zendo and I have found this book to be very beneficial:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Posture-Medit ... 1570622329
by Matt J
Thu Oct 24, 2013 2:12 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Introduction to Nagarjuna for newbies?
Replies: 7
Views: 1353

Re: Introduction to Nagarjuna for newbies?

My personal introduction was "Introduction to Emptiness" by Guy Newland. It is a short and contemporary.

I also have the "Sun of Wisdom" by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, which many have also found helpful.
by Matt J
Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:05 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: possible buddhist- Long Island Ny
Replies: 7
Views: 1269

Re: possible buddhist- Long Island Ny

Hi, Rein! Welcome to the board.

:namaste:
by Matt J
Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:00 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Montana Ted
Replies: 4
Views: 995

Re: Montana Ted

Hi, Ted!

:namaste:
by Matt J
Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:49 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How to be mindful of thoughts and emotions?
Replies: 8
Views: 1189

Re: How to be mindful of thoughts and emotions?

What works for me is a lot of practice. And cultivating a certain attitude, and attitude of investigation. It is much easier if you are truly curious and want to learn more about yourself. One thing I like to do is go outside and watch the weather. Personally, I don't get upset if it is cloudy or ra...
by Matt J
Sun Oct 13, 2013 11:25 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Experiencing Annica
Replies: 33
Views: 3576

Re: Experiencing Annica

So where is the line between the mind-stream and the wall? Does one ever experience the wall itself (i.e. beyond our seeing, hearing, touching, etc.)? These are all subjective changes, changes in the way your mind perceives/interprets the wall, not changes in the wall itself. And, as I said, I agree...
by Matt J
Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:14 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Experiencing Annica
Replies: 33
Views: 3576

Re: Experiencing Annica

Personally, I DO think what we experience is constantly changing. At least for me. Take a blank wall. This is something that I am familiar with as a Zen student. Now we tend to think of the wall as solid. However, this is more what I think about the wall than what I experience. I CAN that my experie...
by Matt J
Wed Oct 02, 2013 1:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: I have some proof here that there's no afterlife
Replies: 109
Views: 15689

Re: I have some proof here that there's no afterlife

What I find strange is that people have no problem accepting that dust can form into stars and that stars can form into planets, dogs, and people, yet somehow rebirth is so crazy that it must be wrong. Everything on this earth now was once something else on this earth, and before that it was somethi...
by Matt J
Tue Oct 01, 2013 3:42 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Early Buddhism and Mahayana
Replies: 707
Views: 90972

Re: Early Buddhism and Mahayana

Both of these ways have problems, in my mind. If you posit actual causes and effects (or no cause and effect), you run into the problems that Nagarjuna highlights. If you posit a ground of being, then you have several other issues: 1. The ground of being is independent, as I view what Koji and other...
by Matt J
Tue Oct 01, 2013 2:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Early Buddhism and Mahayana
Replies: 707
Views: 90972

Re: Early Buddhism and Mahayana

This reminds me of a different joke: An engineer takes his car out for a ride in the old country. His car breaks down and he goes to a farmer for help. The farmer, having never seen a car, says "Where's the horse?" The engineer explains how the car works. He opens the engine and shows the farmer the...
by Matt J
Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:20 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Loosing my way on the path.
Replies: 22
Views: 3159

Re: Loosing my way on the path.

Maybe it's time to slow down from "as much as possible" to "a reasonable rate that allows for sleep and some practice." Just a thought from an outside observer.
DeepFriedFunk wrote: training for my diving as much as possible I have no time for practice.
by Matt J
Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:47 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: sleeping too much, how to get a grip?
Replies: 17
Views: 3287

Re: sleeping too much, how to get a grip?

Go to bed earlier. According to certain sleep theories, pre-midnight sleep is more important that post-midnight sleep. Our bodies would naturally like to go to sleep a few hours after the sun goes down. Also, don't drink caffeine six hours before you go to sleep.
by Matt J
Wed Sep 25, 2013 6:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Early Buddhism and Mahayana
Replies: 707
Views: 90972

Re: Early Buddhism and Mahayana

During deep sleep, I have neither experience nor clarity.
Malcolm wrote: We have an experience of clarity all the time..
by Matt J
Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Early Buddhism and Mahayana
Replies: 707
Views: 90972

Re: Early Buddhism and Mahayana

Personally, I don't agree that Buddhists teach "false doctrines." Rather, all dharma teaching in my mind is "upaya", or skillful means. Sometimes they work, and sometimes they don't. I wouldn't use "true" or "false" so much as "useful" and "not useful". In other words, for me, the philosophy and so ...
by Matt J
Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:26 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Early Buddhism and Mahayana
Replies: 707
Views: 90972

Re: Early Buddhism and Mahayana

I think if we are honest, we really don't know what the Buddha actually said/taught or didn't say/taught. Even the Pali sermons weren't compiled until hundreds of years after his death. Like the teachings of Jesus, we can find what we want to find. However, based on the records we DO have, the Buddh...
by Matt J
Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:20 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Early Buddhism and Mahayana
Replies: 707
Views: 90972

Re: Early Buddhism and Mahayana

Not to butt in, BUT I wanted to address the view that that anatman/emptiness is not attractive. I find it is the other way around. If there is an absolute self, then everything that happens is meaningless. The self doesn't change, it doesn't suffer, it doesn't do anything. It is permanently and utte...
by Matt J
Sun Sep 22, 2013 8:47 pm
Forum: Help Required
Topic: Self hatred
Replies: 37
Views: 6543

Re: Self hatred

I think the first step is acceptance. Before anything else. You can't deal with what is happening unless you accept what is happening. Feelings are what they are: we typically cannot control our feelings any more than we can control the weather. But when it rains, I don't try to pretend it's not rai...
by Matt J
Tue Sep 17, 2013 4:17 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Book that Got You Hooked on Dharma
Replies: 30
Views: 6902

Re: The Book that Got You Hooked on Dharma

Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana. Specifically, the free version online. In addition, "In Search of the Miraculous" by PD Ouspensky.

Through a series of synchronous events, I later took refuge and the lay precepts from Bhante G.
by Matt J
Mon Sep 16, 2013 3:06 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Questions on Korean Buddhism
Replies: 21
Views: 4433

Re: Questions on Korean Buddhism

The Jogye Order has made available the Collected Works of Korean Buddhism for free:

http://www.international.ucla.edu/buddh ... tid=127396

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