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by Crystal
Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Calming the Mind
Replies: 60
Views: 1091

Re: Calming the Mind

Bobwidget wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:42 am
Can a person who is awake see the devils tower mountain postage stamp as a thing of beauty?

Do people who are enlightened make judgements such as "This is ugly and that is beautiful?"



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by Crystal
Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: For Avisitor...Is Zen thinking of no-thought?
Replies: 47
Views: 985

Re: For Avisitor...Is Zen thinking of no-thought?

And it seems there’s some reports of enlightened Buddhist teachers dreaming. A prediction of a future event in a dream is sometimes a rare possibility, both for those who are teachers and those who are students. However I'm speaking from a Vajrayana/Theravada viewpoint, I don't know about Zen. Gene...
by Crystal
Tue Apr 23, 2019 5:49 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: For Avisitor...Is Zen thinking of no-thought?
Replies: 47
Views: 985

Re: For Avisitor...Is Zen thinking of no-thought?

. . . when one awakens, everything may stop, and remain stopped for a long while, depending on the strength of the awakening. In the time when everything is stopped, there are no thoughts. For weeks or months. Perhaps longer. No dreams at night, either. Only true Wisdom and true Compassion arise, i...
by Crystal
Sat Apr 20, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Announcements, Forum News
Topic: Kanji, who knows anything or can contact her?
Replies: 4
Views: 203

Re: Kanji, who knows anything or can contact her?

clyde wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:15 pm
Dan; I’ll try to reach out to her.
Thank you so much, Clyde.

I sent her a pm last month to send good wishes and ask how she was getting on, but as Dan already mentioned, she hasn't logged in at all. I do hope she's OK.

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by Crystal
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Alan Watts on meditation
Replies: 76
Views: 957

Re: Alan Watts on meditation

Drinking alcohol is a behavior. Abstaining from that behavior is one of the basic five precepts. I generally don’t take spiritual advice from people that can’t even follow them. And it’s not the only one he broke either. That’s my choice, no one else’s. If wise people don’t judge, like some people ...
by Crystal
Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Alan Watts on meditation
Replies: 76
Views: 957

Re: Alan Watts on meditation

. Doesn't it bother anyone here that he was a known alcoholic? I can remember reading somewhere that as well as taking recreational drugs, he drank a bottle of vodka a day. I also watched a couple of videos of him a few years ago - and my opinion was that he seemed to be a phony from my part of the ...
by Crystal
Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Calming the Mind
Replies: 60
Views: 1091

Re: Calming the Mind

Woke up in recovery after an op on Wednesday, they had trouble with the airway and I nearly died. They were all so caring and brilliant, it felt good to be in their company and breathing! So here I am, born to bungle, and to hell with orthodoxy! Thinking about you, Kanji, and sending lots of good w...
by Crystal
Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: on the arising of stress
Replies: 32
Views: 866

Re: on the arising of stress

There's a story about him effortlessly keeping ahead of a bandit who is chasing him, a bandit who collects fingers from his victims, who ends up joining the sanga, despite moaning from a number of monks! Anyone know where that story is from? MN86 Angulimala sutta. sutta = https://www.accesstoinsigh...
by Crystal
Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: on the arising of stress
Replies: 32
Views: 866

Re: on the arising of stress

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by Crystal
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: on the arising of stress
Replies: 32
Views: 866

Re: on the arising of stress

If the superhuman poetry turns you off, take a look at the accounts of Buddha’s last days, complaining of stomach distress (he died of food poisoning). He comes across in the suttas as sometimes frustrated, sarcastic, and crotchety, but always very human. I sincerely belive Buddha had superpowers. ...
by Crystal
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Who are you?
Replies: 56
Views: 1335

Re: Who are you?

Seeker242 wrote:
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:26 am
Who are you? :?: :?:

:bow2:

Who is asking ?

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by Crystal
Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: on the arising of stress
Replies: 32
Views: 866

Re: on the arising of stress

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by Crystal
Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: on the arising of stress
Replies: 32
Views: 866

Re: on the arising of stress

I don't feel that any person can ever be free of pain or stress, which can be caused by diseases, not just mental states. We are only human, after all! I sometimes feel that the expectations put onto enlightenment are more than a little bonkers! Absolutely! ...and in sutta MN53, even the Buddha com...
by Crystal
Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Was the Buddha a Bodhisattva?
Replies: 24
Views: 705

Re: Was the Buddha a Bodhisattva?

I've always found the Lotus sutra puzzling as it's so theatrical in comparison to others, the Heart and full awareness of breath my favorites, it always reminds me of a rock concert! Including the backing line up and rising stage :jaw: Yes, I found it quite strange when I tried to read it, it seeme...
by Crystal
Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Was the Buddha a Bodhisattva?
Replies: 24
Views: 705

Re: Was the Buddha a Bodhisattva?

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Between Arhat and Bodhisattva by Ajahn Amaro might also be of interest:


https://www.lionsroar.com/between-arhat ... dhisattva/


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by Crystal
Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Announcements, Forum News
Topic: Dear Members
Replies: 140
Views: 4390

Re: Dear Members

I looked for the Open Heart website as I hadn't heard of it before ...and found this on the first page: An Open Letter to Buddhist Forums by the Open Heart Sangha and Teachers Several accusations and allegations have been made about Kim Katami and Open Heart/Pemako Buddhism (OH) on Dharma Wheel (DW)...
by Crystal
Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: The Buddha’s Death
Replies: 6
Views: 507

Re: Sleep

Funny; I think spoiled meat is just spoiled, not too poisonous. Seriously, I believe if one tried cooking up a piece of spoiled meat (no matter how hot or how long one cooks it) that it will come back to either make one very sick or even kill Please do not eat spoiled meat. Yes indeed! Here's some ...
by Crystal
Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: What to do about Zen teachers and controversial behavior
Replies: 45
Views: 1313

Re: What to do about controversial teachers

Joe, I think you're forgetting that the topic title is "What to do about controversial teachers" and that Clyde said very sensibly : I don’t know that ‘hiding’ facts (which are already public) about Zen teachers is in the best interests of Zen or Zen students. You said: "Encouraging muck-raking will...
by Crystal
Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: What to do about Zen teachers and controversial behavior
Replies: 45
Views: 1313

Re: What to do about controversial teachers

I think that rehashing this sort of thing is disguised behavior of the sort that Buddhists call "Downgrading Others While Praising Oneself". It's a very Human but perverted leverage that lands one straight in Hell. Are you refering to me, Joe?.... and if so, where have I praised myself ? I think th...
by Crystal
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: What to do about Zen teachers and controversial behavior
Replies: 45
Views: 1313

Re: What to do about controversial teachers

There are male teachers in Vajrayana and Zen who have been getting a really bad name for Buddhism in general, because of their sexual behavior with their female students . There has even been violence as well as sex ,in the case of Tibetan teacher Sogyal Lakar, who apparently punched a nun in front ...