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by Crystal
Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: on the arising of stress
Replies: 31
Views: 439

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: 31
Views: 439

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: 31
Views: 439

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: 20
Views: 252

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: 31
Views: 439

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: 31
Views: 439

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 Tradition and Innovation
Topic: Was the Buddha a Bodhisattva?
Replies: 24
Views: 367

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 Tradition and Innovation
Topic: Was the Buddha a Bodhisattva?
Replies: 24
Views: 367

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: 138
Views: 3357

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 History
Topic: The Buddha’s Death
Replies: 6
Views: 451

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: 1064

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: 1064

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: 1064

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 ...
by Crystal
Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Heaven and Hell
Replies: 24
Views: 972

Re: Heaven and Hell

Galefargion wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:58 pm
I often wonder, on the subject of what is considered heaven and hell being only perception: How does one conquer the perception of physical hell? How does one consider being cut by the sword heaven?
By relaxing and doing some meditation ?


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by Crystal
Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: A shadow preceding the object
Replies: 1
Views: 121

Re: A shadow preceding the object

Galefargion wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:17 pm
Call me Gale, Raga if you wish. I'm very austere and old fashioned. Closer to forest Soto zen.

I may just go up the mountain.

Hello Gale,

I'm closer to Vajrayana and the Theravada Thai Forest Tradition - and I joined here to learn something about Zen.

I may just go into the forest, lol!

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by Crystal
Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:20 am
Forum: Zen People
Topic: Thich Nhat Hanh, still Thich-ing...
Replies: 1
Views: 132

Re: Thich Nhat Hanh, still Thich-ing...

Hi Joe, The reports about Ven Thich Nhat Hahn appear to differ somewhat: "The Monk Who Taught the World Mindfulness Awaits the End of This Life " http://time.com/5511729/monk-mindfulness-art-of-dying/ "Thich Nhat Hanh’s health “remarkably stable,” despite report in TIME" https://www.lionsroar.com/de...
by Crystal
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: What is "enlightenment"
Replies: 35
Views: 788

Re: What is "enlightenment"

So, I reread those suttas and did a search for “unbinding" on accesstoinsight.org and found there are many suttas that use the term. Good Dharma reading! Hi Clyde, I was inspired by you mentioning suttas and had a look at some again myself. I think this passage spoken by the Buddha in Ud 1.10 gives...
by Crystal
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: What is "enlightenment"
Replies: 35
Views: 788

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 Crystal
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: What is "enlightenment"
Replies: 35
Views: 788

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 ...
by Crystal
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: What is "enlightenment"
Replies: 35
Views: 788

Re: What is "enlightenment"

Crystal, We find that the Zen Buddhist school represents itself as a "pointer". Usually there is no "describing". "Zen Buddhism" says it is not "the Teaching School", i.e., "not the school of the Arhats". Describing paints a picture, while Zen Buddhist practice is not dependent on words, nor on pic...