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by clyde
Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: on the arising of stress
Replies: 24
Views: 295

Re: on the arising of stress

It sometimes seem that the Buddha’s life, the suttas and the sutras are like an inkblot (See: Rorschach test), each of us seeing what we see. And even if we see things as they actually are, we’re still only seeing what is from our personal and private (exclusive and non-shareable) viewpoint.
by clyde
Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Zen Tradition and Innovation
Topic: Was the Buddha a Bodhisattva?
Replies: 24
Views: 316

Re: Was the Buddha a Bodhisattva?

You might find this first talk in a series of 5 talks on the Lotus Sutra by Chris Fortin, a Zen Priest, worthwhile. She was ordained by Zoketsu Norman Fischer of Everyday Zen (the Shunryu Suzuki lineage of Soto Zen). http://everydayzen.org/teachings/2012/lotus-sutra-1-chris-fortin (Note: There’s abo...
by clyde
Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Zen Tradition and Innovation
Topic: Training and Practice
Replies: 27
Views: 822

Re: Training and Practice

Friends; This talk of “locks and keys” reminded me of something I wrote years ago: the lock We are like locks, an emptiness waiting for a key to unlock us, and we act as if we don’t know what the key is. We say, “I don’t know what would unlock my true self.” But we lie to ourselves. We look inside a...
by clyde
Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: on the arising of stress
Replies: 24
Views: 295

Re: on the arising of stress

I agree that “stress” is not a perfect translation of dukkha. When I read “stress” in this context, I think “distress”. I prefer the terms “dis-ease” or “dissatisfaction”. It’s like you said, it’s what we add to the pain of living.
by clyde
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: on the arising of stress
Replies: 24
Views: 295

on the arising of stress

Elsewhere, Fuki wrote this, "Personally" after 20 years I'm currently more and more 'convinced' that it's about attachment to stress and the 'knowledge' that arising stress is void (of own being) on the level of consciousness there will always be "stress", ofcourse lots of "stress" is self-made, unn...
by clyde
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Zen Tradition and Innovation
Topic: Was the Buddha a Bodhisattva?
Replies: 24
Views: 316

Re: Was the Buddha a Bodhisattva?

Thank you. This seems to sum it up,
Through the power of skillful means
I manifest extinction and nonextinction.
And this answers the question:
Who respect and believe in me,
I will also teach them the highest Dharma.
Not knowing this, you only think
That I have entered parinirvāṇa.
by clyde
Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:30 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Right View
Replies: 6
Views: 110

Right View

So, one thing leads to another . . . The other night, I was reading the Magga-vibhanga Sutta: An Analysis of the Path and this stopped me: "And what, monks, is right view? Knowledge with regard to stress, knowledge with regard to the origination of stress, knowledge with regard to the stopping of st...
by clyde
Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:30 am
Forum: Zen Tradition and Innovation
Topic: Was the Buddha a Bodhisattva?
Replies: 24
Views: 316

Re: Was the Buddha a Bodhisattva?

Joe; Yes, it took me a long while to see and admire that after awakening the Buddha formed a sangha and taught for the rest of his life.
by clyde
Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:29 am
Forum: Zen Tradition and Innovation
Topic: Was the Buddha a Bodhisattva?
Replies: 24
Views: 316

Re: Was the Buddha a Bodhisattva?

narhwal90 wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:59 am
The Lotus Sutra makes some pertinent points, depending on how it is accepted I suppose.
I’m only slightly familiar with the Lotus Sutra, so I’m wondering what points in the Lotus Sutra are you referring to?
by clyde
Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Zen Tradition and Innovation
Topic: Was the Buddha a Bodhisattva?
Replies: 24
Views: 316

Was the Buddha a Bodhisattva?

I was wondering . . .

As I understand, Bodhisattvas are reborn and the Buddha was a non-returner;
so it would seem to follow that the Buddha was no Bodhisattva.
by clyde
Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Announcements, Forum News
Topic: Dear Members
Replies: 138
Views: 3266

Re: Dear Members

I am not seeing an improvement with the no-teacher rule. I agree, I haven’t seen an improvement; nor have I seen a deterioration. As I’ve said, Zen Space isn’t a one-person forum and the nature and quality of Zen Space is determined by the postings of the members. Regarding samadhi and jhanas, I’m ...
by clyde
Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Zen History
Topic: As with all Buddhist reform movements over the centuries, Modern Buddhism represents itself as a return to the teachings
Replies: 21
Views: 416

Re: As with all Buddhist reform movements over the centuries, Modern Buddhism represents itself as a return to the teach

Thank you. I was vaguely familiar with their names and books mentioned in the article, so this put some threads of Buddhist history, at least from the mid-1800s to pre-War War 2, together for me. Buddhism has continued to evolve from post-War War 2 to today. It would be interesting to know how the h...
by clyde
Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: the Rashomon Effect
Replies: 6
Views: 131

Re: the Rashomon Effect

OK. I watched the movie. It was and wasn’t what I expected, but I was glad I read the story first. Because of the commercial interruptions, I’m not certain that pieces of the film were missing and in any case, the interruptions interfered with the flow. I’ve ordered the DVD from the library and will...
by clyde
Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:09 am
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: Change “Ask a Teacher”
Replies: 9
Views: 701

Re: Change “Ask a Teacher”

Zen Space no longer has an “Ask a Teacher” forum and no longer accepts ordained Zen teachers as members - we are a Zen discussion board dedicated to lay people. (See: https://www.zen1.space/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=561) But that isn’t to say that one can’t ask a Zen teacher a question. In the past 10 yea...
by clyde
Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: the Rashomon Effect
Replies: 6
Views: 131

Re: the Rashomon Effect

Spike; Thank you. I started to watch the movie (skipping the 3 minutes of ‘intro’), but after the title shot, it displays that the movie is based on a short story titled, “In a Grove”. I had no idea! So, I stopped the movie and went in search of, found and read the short story. It can be found here:...
by clyde
Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: the Rashomon Effect
Replies: 6
Views: 131

Re: the Rashomon Effect

Perhaps I should have added a teaser: “The primary issue with which Kurosawa seems to grapple is objectivity. For him, one of the conditions to be human is to experience phenomena subjectively. It contradicts our very nature to see things coldly and impartially. The flashbacks of the incident are th...
by clyde
Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:19 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: the Rashomon Effect
Replies: 6
Views: 131

the Rashomon Effect

One thing led to another . . . I found this article about the Rashomon Effect and Kurasawa’s movie by the same name (which I have not seen) insightful of truth and our stories.

https://www.acmi.net.au/ideas/read/kuro ... ng-legacy/
by clyde
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: Zen History
Topic: history of koans
Replies: 14
Views: 315

Re: history of koans

And since this is not a history of Koans as the title to the thread implies, I apologize for any confusion I may have caused by splitting this discussion of koans from it’s original place in the “Here’s How To Kensho” topic or with the name of this topic. It seemed, to me, like a discussion worthy ...
by clyde
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:26 am
Forum: Zen Tradition and Innovation
Topic: Here's How To Kensho
Replies: 59
Views: 1411

Re: Here's How To Kensho

This seems to be a good stopping point.
by clyde
Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Zen Tradition and Innovation
Topic: Here's How To Kensho
Replies: 59
Views: 1411

Re: Here's How To Kensho

I moved a number of posts to a new topic, “history of koans”.