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by Seeker242
Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Announcements, Forum News
Topic: Zen or nonzense
Replies: 25
Views: 207

Re: Zen or nonzense

Zen Space should not be a music video site, a photo gallery, or merely a place where “Anything at all goes here.” In Buddhist terms, it’s idle chatter. As it is, the Lounge represents over 50% of all posts and some members spend most (50-70%!) of their time and posts in the Lounge. And this is expr...
by Seeker242
Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Leaving a teacher (wondering what the experienced practitioners have done/learned)
Replies: 21
Views: 255

Re: Leaving a teacher (wondering what the experienced practitioners have done/learned)

Maybe this is my issue - I want this "I've had enough" delineation to be clear and firm to me, in my mind. Maybe that's why I formally want to "quit" instead of just stop giving and going? You could just leave and stop giving and then write a letter "formally" quitting. That would avoid dramatic co...
by Seeker242
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: What is "enlightenment"
Replies: 35
Views: 398

Re: What is "enlightenment"

Quoting scriptural "chapter and verse", though, is no sign of understanding. In fact, a teacher like Bernie would ask for something different: it doesn't have to be original, but it does have to be authentic. Which is why you really can't learn zen over the internet or just by reading books. Probab...
by Seeker242
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: What is "enlightenment"
Replies: 35
Views: 398

Re: What is "enlightenment"

Thanks for the quote Seeker242, I haven't read the Lankavatara Sutra before, now its on my "to do" list ! _/|\_ Great Sutra. One of my favorites. :D Bodhidharma himself was said to be a "Lankavatara master" and is said to have personally passed a copy to his successor, commenting that It contains t...
by Seeker242
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: What is "enlightenment"
Replies: 35
Views: 398

Re: What is "enlightenment"

Enlightenment, nirvana, awakening, unbinding, cessation, suchness, thusness, unveiling, etc. All just different fingers pointing at the same thing! Crystal, The recently late Bernie Glassman Roshi used to say that, " Saying that you can't express something is a cop-out. If you really understand or e...
by Seeker242
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Morale disordered
Replies: 15
Views: 217

Re: Morale disordered

Sitting and breathing in and out. :bow2:
by Seeker242
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Announcements, Forum News
Topic: Dear Members
Replies: 90
Views: 1386

Re: Dear Members

Kicking out teachers? Huh?...I doubt very much that will change anything for the better... It will bring the caliber of the forum down another level, which is not a good thing.
by Seeker242
Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: What is Zen?
Replies: 17
Views: 359

Re: What is Zen?

Good question! Although, clever words and phrases, definitely not zen. :bow2:
by Seeker242
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:42 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: the true human body - how does it move its arms?
Replies: 80
Views: 1372

Re: the true human body - how does it move its arms?

how does it move its arms?
And then how does it, all of a sudden one day, stop moving it's arms?! One minute, walking around and talking, then the next minute just nothing! What the heck is that all about! :jaw:
by Seeker242
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: What is called ignorance?
Replies: 37
Views: 944

Re: What is called ignorance?

[james] wrote:
Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:21 am
Why do people see in themselves the possibility of ignorance, I wonder.
Because they experience suffering and there can't be suffering without ignorance.
Can a bee or a horse or a bonobo be ignorant?
Yes, they all experience suffering.
by Seeker242
Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Unification
Replies: 58
Views: 1817

Re: Unification

Since there is no supreme ideal in zen what do we unify with? There is a supreme ideal in zen, your true nature. That's what we unify with. :bow2: Careful there. Are you turning "true nature" into a thing? Read Hakuin's Song of Zazen again. I don't see any need for aversion to conventional speech. ...
by Seeker242
Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Unification
Replies: 58
Views: 1817

Re: Unification

Enver M. wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:56 pm
Since there is no supreme ideal in zen what do we unify with?
There is a supreme ideal in zen, your true nature. That's what we unify with. :bow2:
by Seeker242
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Is there not a “truth”?
Replies: 44
Views: 1323

Re: Is there not a “truth”?

Is there truth?
There are lots of them. For example, you will get old, get sick and die. The question now is what do you do about this truth?
by Seeker242
Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: yunmen’s dried shit stick
Replies: 59
Views: 1941

Re: yunmen’s dried shit stick

Pablo wrote:
Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:29 pm
"Everything is Buddha" is bullshit.

It has to be thoroughly resolved. Until there is no doubt.

It's not easy. But it's the only thing we can do.
And what if you resolve it, until there is no doubt, that everything is Buddha? Everything Buddha, no Buddha, what's the difference? :D
by Seeker242
Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: yunmen’s dried shit stick
Replies: 59
Views: 1941

Re: yunmen’s dried shit stick

Anders wrote:
Sun Sep 30, 2018 10:43 am
unless yunmen actually spent time in the company of a dried shit stick
Highly probable. I would bet he actually used one every time he had to poop. :lol:
by Seeker242
Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: yunmen’s dried shit stick
Replies: 59
Views: 1941

Re: yunmen’s dried shit stick

I think yunmen didn't have any toilet paper. :D
by Seeker242
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Non-conceptually, what is?
Replies: 12
Views: 451

Re: Non-conceptually, what is?

As for what is, there’s no way around it. I would not go so far as to say that. If you are walking down the sidewalk and there is a Cypress tree there in the way, you can step to the side and walk around. In some versions of this story, it's an oak tree. Not that it really matters what kind of tree...
by Seeker242
Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Non-conceptually, what is?
Replies: 12
Views: 451

Re: Non-conceptually, what is?

Perhaps YOU might like to share here with us a conceptual translation of what you experience with the use of this question. ☺ I think Non-conceptually is best left non-conceptualized. As soon as you offer up a conceptual translation, it's no longer non-conceptual, which completely misses the point!...
by Seeker242
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Good discussion about post-awakening cultivation over at DW
Replies: 15
Views: 1059

Re: Good discussion about post-awakening cultivation over at DW

guo gu wrote:
Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:59 am
these words are garbage. they are anyway.

be well,
guo gu
Good post and thanks for the garbage. :lol: at least the garbage doesn't stink. :D

:namaste:
by Seeker242
Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Psychodelics and Buddhism: Lion Roar article and Brad Warner's response + a few thoughts
Replies: 60
Views: 2740

Re: Psychodelics [sic] and Buddhism: Lion Roar article and Brad Warner's response + a few thoughts

Just a comment: Drug use is not a Yoga . Buddhist practice largely depends on a Yogic approach and continuance. It depends on thousands of hours of practice, not on micrograms or milligrams of this-or-that. My teacher says similar things about altering your state of consciousness with substances fo...