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by Viscid
Wed Jun 10, 2015 6:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog
Replies: 35
Views: 4045

Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

http://thebahiyablog.blogspot.ca/2015/06/third-anniversary-issue-challenge.html" I just read his June 6 blog entry and I get the feeling that I'm reading the early beginnings of a cult. Not that I'm sure what Pannobhasa is trying to organize should be called a 'cult,' but I think that word as a pej...
by Viscid
Tue Jun 09, 2015 6:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog
Replies: 35
Views: 4045

Re: Paññobhāsa Bhikkhu's Blog

Paññobhāsa is back in the United States after spending a year and a half in Myanmar, and is now looking to organize a group of 'serious' spiritual practitioners (whom he unfortunately calls 'Dharma Samurai--' a term liable to attract inflated egos.) http://thebahiyablog.blogspot.ca/2015/06/third-ann...
by Viscid
Sun Nov 30, 2014 6:25 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment
Replies: 1005
Views: 78590

Re: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainmen

That is helpful. So, everyone who claims to be ariya can present their vision of the Buddha's teachings and and it should not be commented upon. Don't like this thread, don't read it. Not that it shouldn't be commented on, just that it really isn't worth the heated exchange that is currently going ...
by Viscid
Sun Nov 30, 2014 5:36 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainment
Replies: 1005
Views: 78590

Re: Ingram, et al - "Hard Core Dharma" & claims of attainmen

I hope you all recall that the first schism was (supposedly) caused by disagreement over the fallibility of arahants. We all have an implicit understanding about the nature of arahantship. Some of us inform that understanding through a strict interpretation of suttas, while others will incorporate o...
by Viscid
Mon Nov 24, 2014 9:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: BuDhaGirl Mindful Jewelry
Replies: 22
Views: 1556

Re: BuDhaGirl Mindful Jewelry

Thanks tilt. Bought an anklet.
by Viscid
Thu Nov 13, 2014 6:21 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Zen, Zazen and Dogen
Replies: 322
Views: 18012

Re: Zen, Zazen and Dogen

Here's a dialogue I had on another forum with a 'teacher' . The teachers' responses are full of crap. This is what I would say: You can only start from where you are, and quite frankly there is no way you cannot have a goal or an agenda in mind when trying to do the practice. Well said. Though, if ...
by Viscid
Wed Nov 12, 2014 10:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Zen, Zazen and Dogen
Replies: 322
Views: 18012

Re: Zen, Zazen and Dogen

It sounds to me like you might be misreading Hakuin's story. First, he is not holding it up as a proper satori - he is extremely self-critical "pride, arrogance, smug." Secondly far from rejecting koans, he was one of the prime systematisers of the koan system. Nevertheless, I'd say that 'no birth ...
by Viscid
Tue Nov 11, 2014 8:35 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Zen, Zazen and Dogen
Replies: 322
Views: 18012

Re: Zen, Zazen and Dogen

This is perhaps off-topic, but I've been thinking about this for the past few days and don't really want to start a new thread (or a blog): I'm reading this translation of Hakuin's ' Four Ways of Knowing.' In the introduction Hakuin's enlightenment experience is described thusly: He said that he “co...
by Viscid
Fri Nov 07, 2014 9:42 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Zen, Zazen and Dogen
Replies: 322
Views: 18012

Re: Zen, Zazen and Dogen

Dogen’s famous passage from the Genjo-koan: "To study the Buddha Way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by shoho, all dharmas. To be enlightened by all dharmas is to remove the barrier between self and other." [/b] The first thing ...
by Viscid
Fri Nov 07, 2014 8:34 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Zen, Zazen and Dogen
Replies: 322
Views: 18012

Re: Zen, Zazen and Dogen

[...] cutting food and boiling rice as enlightenment [...] In case of an arahat (with both personality-view and the conceit "I am" absent), yes. In any other case, no. So, you are saying that you cannot do these actions fully attentive, without being lost in a sense of self. That is sad. Perhaps th...
by Viscid
Fri Nov 07, 2014 5:26 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: No more ordination for foreigners in southern Thailand?
Replies: 23
Views: 2960

Re: No more ordination for foreigners in Thailand

Time to build more Western monasteries.
by Viscid
Thu Nov 06, 2014 8:43 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Socrates, a Paccekabuddha?
Replies: 55
Views: 2716

Re: Socrates, a Paccekabuddha?

Do we have "ancient seers" that we need to sneak in through the back door? Is it a matter of applying a film of Dhammic authority onto favored external philosophies/persons/utterances? The whole field blossoms with questions, in my case. The paccekabuddha category probably arose in response to a ne...
by Viscid
Wed Nov 05, 2014 10:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Maintaining samvega when things are going well
Replies: 21
Views: 1448

Re: Maintaining samvega when things are going well

I wonder how necessary a belief in rebirth is to having a proper sense of samvega.. Dying once is unfortunate. Dying innumerable times in innumerable ways is horrific. The inalterable fact that one is going to suffer in myriad forms, regardless of how comfortable their life is now, is much more cond...
by Viscid
Wed Nov 05, 2014 8:20 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Socrates, a Paccekabuddha?
Replies: 55
Views: 2716

Re: Socrates, a Paccekabuddha?

(5) “‘As long as they live the arahants abandon and abstain from liquor, wine, and intoxicants, the basis for heedlessness. Today, for this night and day, I too shall abandon and abstain from liquor, wine, and intoxicants, the basis for heedlessness. I shall imitate the arahants in this respect and...
by Viscid
Tue Nov 04, 2014 10:22 pm
Forum: Sīla
Topic: Using beliefs for not taking action against wrongdoings
Replies: 13
Views: 1577

Re: Using beliefs for not taking action against wrongdoings

Religions don't require your respect. If you can provide a good argument for taking action, then do so, confidently. Offend people, if necessary. Reason trumps dogma and shallow superstition.
by Viscid
Tue Nov 04, 2014 8:28 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Socrates, a Paccekabuddha?
Replies: 55
Views: 2716

Re: Socrates, a Paccekabuddha?

I don't agree with your equating of jhana with drinking alcohol. The Buddha says that jhanic states are to be cultivated because they are part of the Path (right concentration). And he says worldly sensual pleasures, such as drinking alcohol, are "base, vulgar, common, ignoble, unprofitable" (SN 56...
by Viscid
Tue Nov 04, 2014 5:26 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: engage with a mystery?
Replies: 37
Views: 2365

Re: engage with a mystery?

I'll repost my thoughts from the other thread: A mystical practice, in my opinion, is that which evokes a sense of engagement with some mystery, which, when one is striving for enlightenment, is precisely the goal: as novices we've yet to capture the essence of enlightenment (as we don't know it int...
by Viscid
Tue Nov 04, 2014 3:54 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Socrates, a Paccekabuddha?
Replies: 55
Views: 2716

Re: Socrates, a Paccekabuddha?

Drinking alcohol wouldn't disquality Socrates from being enlightened per se .. If everyone around him drank moderately, and he was simply engaged in the culture of the time, then his drinking means little. If he was overindulging in drink because he was craving sensual pleasure, or averse to sobrie...
by Viscid
Mon Nov 03, 2014 9:13 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Socrates, a Paccekabuddha?
Replies: 55
Views: 2716

Re: Socrates, a Paccekabuddha?

Drinking alcohol wouldn't disquality Socrates from being enlightened per se .. If everyone around him drank moderately, and he was simply engaged in the culture of the time, then his drinking means little. If he was overindulging in drink because he was craving sensual pleasure, or averse to sobriet...
by Viscid
Mon Nov 03, 2014 8:48 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Zen, Zazen and Dogen
Replies: 322
Views: 18012

Re: Zen, Zazen and Dogen

'What makes one a mystic?' is an interesting question which deserves discussion. I'm a little disappointed that the word is being thrown around as a pejorative, as if mysticism is foolish or childish. A mystical practice, in my opinion, is that which evokes a sense of engagement with some mystery , ...