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Enver wrote: I have an advice for all forum members : Put the practice summarize for in a few words in your mind.And just focus on that in every action. I have done mine. I think this could be an interesting thread. What, for you, is the essence of practice? Can you condense it into a few words? For...
Thanks, that's helpful. Still seems to me like studying and discussing scripture would be at least as relevant as discussing the history of koans. It sounds to me like that Lin-chi's toilet paper remark was spoken in a certain social and historical context, not as a promotion of anti-intellectualis...
Thanks, that's helpful. The idea of set answers to koans (I've heard of books with these "answers" circling around in Japan once) still irks me. If one has a qualified teacher, such nonsense would be a non-issue IMO.
If the scriptures are equivalent to toilet paper and koans are esoteric and ineffable, what kinds of discussion would be appropriate for a Zen forum? Also, I never made it past Mu, so I don't know too much about koans. But I've always wondered about the concern of saying too much about a koan or in ...
Question: Does anyone who say I understand zen understand zen? I don't know about the phrase "I understand Zen," but in my experience it's not uncommon for a teacher or student to indicate, in one way or another, that they have seen the true nature. That is one kind of understanding. There is also ...
Spike, could you expand on what you mean by "psychological perspective?" In my experience, Zen is not a form of therapy. Though it has many benefits, it can also open up terrain which could be very difficult to process for some people, especially within a strictly psychotherapeutic context. Or perha...
- Fri May 31, 2019 7:30 pm
- Forum: Beginners Space
- Topic: For Avisitor...Is Zen thinking of no-thought?
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IMO it's more of a video game than a cartoon movie. Action and effort are necessary, but there will also be times when cutscenes happen by themselves. Use your body, your speech (inward and outward), and your mind (how you perceive/interpret things) as your controller and make the right moves!
A great text in which the Buddha delineates the differences between Buddhadharma and the other views of the time, the Brahmajala Sutta: https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/DN/DN01.html
I agree with Spike, and would also personally recommend that you read some books on Buddhism and Zen. A few I'd recommend: Hoofprints of the Ox - Ven. Sheng Yen Song of Mind - Ven. Sheng Yen The Essence of Chan - Guo Gu Passing Through the Gateless Barrier - Guo Gu No River to Cross - Dae Haeng For ...
- Wed May 15, 2019 6:37 pm
- Forum: Support, Suggestions
- Topic: This Forum in Particular
- Replies: 34
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I'm interested to hear what other kinds of content members here would like to see. There is plenty in Buddhism to discuss in a fruitful and engaging manner. Zen Buddhism, too! But as long as Zen is confused with anti-intellectualism, which is prevalent, there is not much to discuss aside from how us...
- Fri May 03, 2019 5:17 pm
- Forum: Support, Suggestions
- Topic: Buddhist Forums in General
- Replies: 26
- Views: 727
I'm not exactly sure what this thread is about, but it does make me think. Zen forums seem to oscillate between two options: the attempt to communicate "Zen insight" over the internet, which is rather perilous (I know I've been guilty of this one, but am trying to reform); or, on the contrary, endle...
- Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:04 pm
- Forum: Zen Buddhism
- Topic: From dreams to actualization . . .
- Replies: 134
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There are some teachers who would say that Awakening, if it isn't complete and permanent Buddhahood, is just a hallucination. I believe this is the view of "sudden enlightenment, sudden cultivation" taught by Seon Master Seongcheol. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seongcheol#Sudden_enlightenment,_sudd...