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by genkaku
Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:03 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Spreading Buddhism
Replies: 64
Views: 5697

Re: Spreading Buddhism

Dear Sanghmitta -- No disrespect intended from here. It's not a matter of what bothers me. It's a matter of what actually works ... which is something you will find out for yourself and I will find out for mine. I just hope neither of us becomes too content.
by genkaku
Thu Sep 24, 2009 11:39 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Spreading Buddhism
Replies: 64
Views: 5697

Re: Spreading Buddhism

appicchato wrote:Around and around we go... :popcorn:

I always knew you were a good dancer. :smile:
by genkaku
Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:24 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Spreading Buddhism
Replies: 64
Views: 5697

Re: Spreading Buddhism

I think the attempt not to call Buddhism Buddhism is a bigger waste of energy than any possible danger of instutionalism. Not a 'bigger' waste of time ... the same waste of time. How many times must anyone say it: Words and institutions are tentative. Tentative. TENTATIVE. Anyone who has ever done ...
by genkaku
Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:41 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Spreading Buddhism
Replies: 64
Views: 5697

Re: Spreading Buddhism

A line that popped into my mind one day was this: "Just because you are indispensable to the universe does not mean that the universe needs your help." If asked, answer. If unasked ... well, don't you have something useful to do? Buddhism would have died out a long time ago if the best it could do w...
by genkaku
Wed Sep 23, 2009 7:13 pm
Forum: Dhammic Stories
Topic: The value of miracles
Replies: 3
Views: 815

Re: The value of miracles

From the Online Etymology Dictionary: Miracle From O.Fr. miracle, from L. miraculum "object of wonder" (in Church L., "marvelous event caused by God"), from mirari "to wonder at," from mirus "wonderful," from *smeiros, from PIE *(s)mei- "to smile, be astonished" (cf. Skt. smerah "smiling," Gk. meida...
by genkaku
Mon Sep 21, 2009 4:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Doing it slowly..
Replies: 13
Views: 2137

Re: Doing it slowly..

Not sure how relevant this may be, but .... When I was a kid, I was skiing once. As I climbed back up the hill at one point, a man I did not know called me over to him and said, in essence, "Look, any dummy can ski fast. It takes a good skiier to ski slow." I tried it ... and I can't tell you how ma...
by genkaku
Sat Sep 19, 2009 6:20 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: How does the 'Silent Mind' affect the intellectual mind?
Replies: 9
Views: 1488

Re: How does the 'Silent Mind' affect the intellectual mind?

FWIW, I think that any discipline -- scientific, artistic, poetic, spiritual, etc. -- will, if the student is truly diligent, lead to the same place. And to that extent, there is no reason to suppose that a scientist and someone devoted to meditation would be at odds. Setting aside adoration and att...
by genkaku
Sat Sep 19, 2009 4:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: If you think your life is hard
Replies: 7
Views: 726

Re: If you think your life is hard

I always liked the line, "Your life is so difficult that it has never been tried before."
by genkaku
Sat Sep 19, 2009 1:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Babysitter or day care?
Replies: 1
Views: 555

Re: Babysitter or day care?

I vote with appicchato.
by genkaku
Fri Sep 18, 2009 2:13 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: hello friends
Replies: 17
Views: 2546

Re: hello friends

Welcome Vinayanandabk. I hope your studies go well and that you find something useful here.
by genkaku
Thu Sep 17, 2009 9:21 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Extraverts in Buddhism?
Replies: 23
Views: 3609

Re: Extraverts in Buddhism?

Hi retro -- Without throwing a wet, watch-me-wax-wise blanket on things, don't you think that when the extrovert finds out that that doesn't work and when the introvert finds out that that doesn't work -- when either of these recognizes that the waters are not yet stilled -- well, maybe Buddhism sta...
by genkaku
Sat Sep 12, 2009 5:12 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: do not do...
Replies: 8
Views: 1177

Re: do not do...

I dont know if this distinction matters Adam, but I dont think that there is a Theravada view of the master which is analogous to the Zen view of the master.. Which means that the queston possibly addresses a non-issue in terms of the Theravada ? Or at least a different set of issues. Possibly. You...
by genkaku
Sat Sep 12, 2009 2:23 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: do not do...
Replies: 8
Views: 1177

do not do...

An old saying in Zen -- or perhaps in all of Buddhism for all I know -- suggests

Do not do as the master did. Know what the master knew.

What's your view of such a suggestion?
by genkaku
Thu Sep 10, 2009 2:44 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Great doubt, great enlightenment...
Replies: 40
Views: 3741

Re: Great doubt, great enlightenment...

To me, it simply means that practice is endless and anything short of that endlessness falls short. In my mind the saying is not meant as a criticism or even necessarily as an encouragement. Rather, it is a straightforward observation of fact...like saying, "the car is blue," when it is indeed blue....
by genkaku
Wed Sep 09, 2009 5:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Universal Palendrome Day:09/09/09
Replies: 7
Views: 921

Re: Happy Universal Palendrome Day:09/09/09

Ben -- And here I thought palindromes (spelled with an 'I') were just those nifty little sentences that read the same from front to back, eg. "Madam, I'm Adam" or "Able was I ere I saw Elba" or "Do geese see God?"

Thanks for the update. :smile:
by genkaku
Tue Sep 08, 2009 11:10 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: hello
Replies: 7
Views: 1091

Re: hello

Welcome chophel. Hope you find something useful here.
by genkaku
Mon Sep 07, 2009 1:08 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Death and dying: request for resources
Replies: 18
Views: 2311

Re: Death and dying: request for resources

Hi Ben -- You probably have more than enough to shape your presentation, but your question put me in mind of an article the Zen teacher Joshu Sasaki once wrote. I can't remember if death was the focal point, but I do remember that he wrote about death to some extent. One of the things he asked for, ...
by genkaku
Sun Sep 06, 2009 1:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Sangha or Teacher: Which is Most Essential?
Replies: 112
Views: 11495

Re: Sangha or Teacher: Which is Most Essential?

Teacher.
Sangha.
Another play-in-the-sandbox dichotomy.

When I asked my teacher once what a "teacher" was, he swept up the fairy tales this way: "Except for me, everything is the teacher."
by genkaku
Thu Sep 03, 2009 12:47 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Mrs Retro
Replies: 22
Views: 2682

Re: Hello from Mrs Retro

Welcome Stephanie. Hope you find something (besides your husband) useful here.