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by Caodemarte
Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Psychodelics and Buddhism: Lion Roar article and Brad Warner's response + a few thoughts
Replies: 23
Views: 372

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

....Firstly, psychedelics (thank you for the correction), are not drugs in the sense that heroin or cocaine, are drugs - they don't work to bring pleasure or entertainment....Many practitioners believe, rightly or wrongly, that the defilements run deeper in our times, the obstacles are more stubbor...
by Caodemarte
Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Good discussion about post-awakening cultivation over at DW
Replies: 7
Views: 214

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

It is “Just sit,” not “just sit now.” You can get trapped in the idea of “now” as well as in “past” or “future.” All dharmas are empty while being vitally important as everything depends on them.
by Caodemarte
Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: Gaofeng Yuanmiao on the Path
Replies: 2
Views: 39

Re: Gaofeng Yuanmiao on the Path

....I still don't know with Broughton chose to translate "doubt" as "indecision-and-apprehension"..... It is very puzzling, but Broughton has the habit of translating some random simple terms, like “doubt” in complex roundabout ways. It is like the bits of grit you do sometimes find in your rice. I...
by Caodemarte
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Everybody OK?
Replies: 109
Views: 1519

Re: Everybody OK?

Very good news!
by Caodemarte
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: please reinstate jundo
Replies: 12
Views: 442

Re: please reinstate jundo

I became a member of this forum because I wanted to give and receive mutual support for the practice and study of Zen Buddhism. I was asked to come in as a moderator by Dan74. He asked because I expressed concern about the forum rapidly becoming as unreadable as other forums that have collapsed. I t...
by Caodemarte
Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Getting In Position
Replies: 37
Views: 923

Re: Getting In Position

...The Buddha sat as the people of that time and place sat. Why must we do the same? You can sit as you like, of course. We do not have to sit as Buddha sat. It is not essential for Buddhist meditation. People can injure themselves if they sit improperly, without good support, or are not prepared p...
by Caodemarte
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:17 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Getting In Position
Replies: 37
Views: 923

Re: Getting In Position

What’s the point?... Is the cross-legged posture really so essential, fundamental, necessary? Why so? None of this is essential for zazen. There is no magic posture required. However, most people who do zazen do the best we can to find the healthiest, most stable way to do so. The lotus followed by...
by Caodemarte
Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Never Surrender!
Replies: 54
Views: 1351

Re: Never Surrender!

A number of the more obvious off topic posts removed. It is not fun to do this, but off topic posts destroy a conversation and make the forum unappealing for others.
by Caodemarte
Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Getting In Position
Replies: 37
Views: 923

Re: Getting In Position

At least you can sit cross legged! Still a dream for me. Two Zafu or a Zafu and support cushion might be good. Dharmacrafts has the firmest kapok Zafu I know of. Or you could go the buckwheat hull route. The adjustable height KindSeat (made of wood) is also very good and might be best for your needs...
by Caodemarte
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Zen Sickness
Replies: 16
Views: 544

Re: Zen Sickness

There are several “illnesses” in Zen practice: nervous exhaustion, forcefully over controlling or directing the mind, knowledge and wisdom becoming an obstacle, attachment to ideas about emptines, indifference, etc. The “Dangers of zazen” thread might be relevant here (https://zen1.space/viewtopic.p...
by Caodemarte
Sat Jul 21, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello From Airway Heights Washington
Replies: 3
Views: 156

Re: Hello From Airway Heights Washington

Georgei wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:38 am
... For this newbie, it seems a likely reason is that folks have strayed from the basics that Buddha first put forward.. But what do I know :)
Welcome! Zen students would say that Zen is the basics that Buddha put forward. However, so would all other schools.
by Caodemarte
Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: A Small Mischaracterization ..
Replies: 42
Views: 1566

Re: A Small Mischaracterization ..

..."In the Soto school (曹洞宗) of Zen, Zazen, or sitting meditation, is the core of the practice...i[/i][/b]. Soto Zen's vision of Enlightenment, or Satori, is different than that of the Rinzai school..... I realize you are quoting another, but as a fellow student I would suggest that zazen is the co...
by Caodemarte
Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Thien
Topic: Rinzai? Soto? Both? Neither?
Replies: 26
Views: 603

Re: Rinzai? Soto? Both? Neither?

... Maybe the sanghas of those immolated monks do not want to own up to them as having been members. But their robes looked Zen-/Thien-like, is what I remember.... Far from not wanting “to own up to them as having been members” their sanghas regard them as heros. TNH has written about the noble sel...
by Caodemarte
Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form
Replies: 28
Views: 501

Re: Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form

....I've wondered what the original version of this expression is before its translated, I'm assuming it's Sanskrit? The expression itself may be originally in Sanskrit, other Indic, or Central Asian language. The Heart Sutra, however, appears to be originally a pithy Chinese language summary of Pr...
by Caodemarte
Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form
Replies: 28
Views: 501

Re: Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form

boda wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:32 pm
Caodemarte wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:07 pm
boda wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:49 am
....it’s not supposed to be emptiness. It’s about a line from the Heart Sutra...
which is about emptiness.
The line is about emptiness AND form.....
...which is emptiness.
by Caodemarte
Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form
Replies: 28
Views: 501

Re: Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form

boda wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:49 am
....it’s not supposed to be emptiness. It’s about a line from the Heart Sutra...
which is about emptiness.
by Caodemarte
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Ask a Question
Topic: Finding the right teacher (it is proving difficult)
Replies: 18
Views: 584

Re: Finding the right teacher (it is proving difficult)

What is your nearest city or town? http://iriz.hanazono.ac.jp/zen_centers/ ... ist_e.html may also help.

[EDIT: For some reason I misread the question and incorrectly thought the question was addressed to the general membership. Sorry about that! :114:]
by Caodemarte
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Satori ala Soto
Replies: 18
Views: 828

Re: Satori ala Soto

.... .... In Shikantaza, one radically stops all thought of inside or outside, or any place to run. The shell evaporates of its own accord......For Soto folks, however, the Kensho hunt can be counter-productive if it leads just to further hunger and an endless hunt (I can produce examples). On the ...
by Caodemarte
Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Satori ala Soto
Replies: 18
Views: 828

Re: Satori ala Soto

Wouldn’t “the shell.... was always a creation of the student's own divided mind” be shared by pretty much all Mahayana Buddhism, certainly all Zen sects?
by Caodemarte
Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: A Small Mischaracterization ..
Replies: 42
Views: 1566

Re: A Small Mischaracterization ..

A number of the more wildly off topic posts deleted. Please do not post or reply to off topic posts. Embedding off topic posts in side discussions harms the existing thread. Please start a new topic rather than destroy an existing discussion.