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by Dan74
Mon Apr 06, 2009 10:47 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Dharma Wheel -- Mahayana forum
Replies: 26
Views: 7194

Re: Dharma Wheel -- Mahayana forum

Good work, guys!!!

:twothumbsup:

tiltbillings wrote:
May our Dharma brothers and sisters realize their Boddhisatva aspirations this very lifetime!
And become arahants.
C'mon, you know we've passed that stage long ago! :tongue:

_/|\_
by Dan74
Wed Apr 01, 2009 12:17 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Zazen and Vipassana
Replies: 15
Views: 4716

Re: Zazen and Vipassana

i think the zen i was taught is closest to this teaching of the buddha from the Bahiya Sutta "Then, Bahiya, you should train yourself thus: In reference to the seen, there will be only the seen. In reference to the heard, only the heard. In reference to the sensed, only the sensed. In reference to ...
by Dan74
Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:51 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Unfair Criticism?
Replies: 41
Views: 5427

Re: Unfair Criticism?

Greetings Dan, But that extract too makes some interesting (if not completely valid points). Does one believe that the experiential exploration of the Buddhadhamma involves passing the stages as described in the Abhidhamma or a more creative personal adventure that results in brilliant investigatio...
by Dan74
Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:01 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: To be a Buddhist you must accept Nibbana?
Replies: 22
Views: 2875

Re: To be a Buddhist you must accept Nibbana?

For me, again, it is the idea that someone "_must_ accept" something to "be a Buddhist" that I find foreign...I wonder if this is an internet phenomenon. In 30 years of living a life that has been saturated with Buddhists, teachers, trainings, and retreats I have never heard this topic even come up...
by Dan74
Tue Mar 31, 2009 5:55 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: To be Buddhist you must accept kamma and rebirth?
Replies: 189
Views: 17542

Re: To be Buddhist you must accept kamma and rebirth?

How does the belief in rebirth aid your practice, Tex? And do you think that this aid is essential in practicing the path as outlined by the Buddha? The example you use, Tex, of gravity, is like kamma - it doesn't need to be taken on faith. My 8-month-old daughter believes in gravity (mind, you she ...
by Dan74
Tue Mar 31, 2009 5:48 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Unfair Criticism?
Replies: 41
Views: 5427

Re: Unfair Criticism?

Greetings Dan, I've only read the extract that was provided in the original post, but as I said, it was enough for me to see that the author prizes philosophy over liberation. As for me, I've got a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in philosophy, and whilst it's all very interesting, and it's all very goo...
by Dan74
Tue Mar 31, 2009 4:03 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Unfair Criticism?
Replies: 41
Views: 5427

Re: Unfair Criticism?

Greetings thecap, Isn't it more interesting to know what part of it is true and what is mere polemics? Once you see that someone's assumptions / priorities / beliefs are so disparative and irreconcilable with your own, you realise it is more profitable to spend one's limited time investigating othe...
by Dan74
Tue Mar 31, 2009 4:00 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: To be Buddhist you must accept kamma and rebirth?
Replies: 189
Views: 17542

Re: To be Buddhist you must accept kamma and rebirth?

I suppose one could call oneself a "student of physics" while not believing in gravity, but I don't know how much progress s/he would make. If you take gravity out of the study of physics a lot of the rest of physics falls apart. It is the same with kamma and rebirth with regards to Buddhism, as fa...
by Dan74
Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:36 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: The never-ending capacity of religion making people stupid
Replies: 51
Views: 5954

Re: The never-ending capacity of religion making people stupid

Check out how 10% of population of China has surnames Wang or Chen! Now they are not necessarily from the same two families, but there had to be an explosion there somewhere. While the majority of the surnames have died out!
by Dan74
Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:20 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Reflections on 'trust, confidence, faith'
Replies: 2
Views: 721

Re: Reflections on 'trust, confidence, faith'

Thank you for sharing these reflections, zavk! I enjoyed them.

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by Dan74
Mon Mar 23, 2009 2:25 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Arahantship already here?
Replies: 17
Views: 2633

Re: Arahantship already here?

On a kind of a side note, I recall Ajahn Brahm saying in one of his talks that in the hell realm the door out is always there. In the prison where I come as a chaplain, one of the guys recalled a near-death experience where he did find himself at one stage in something like a hell realm. He was susp...
by Dan74
Fri Mar 20, 2009 2:38 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: hello
Replies: 12
Views: 1788

Re: hello

:hello:

Howdi stranger!

_/|\_
by Dan74
Wed Mar 18, 2009 12:41 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: across the lines - wrong understanding
Replies: 66
Views: 8654

Re: across the lines - wrong understanding

However what I got from the Op was that expression tends to be consisitant with insight. :jawdrop: That's pretty radical, Peter. And before I make my vow of silence (a year or so should do it), let me just declare once and for all that Zen is clearly superior to Theravada because ZFI has far more s...
by Dan74
Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: across the lines - wrong understanding
Replies: 66
Views: 8654

Re: across the lines - wrong understanding

Then it seems to me there are two ways to go - either discuss the differences with an open-minded constructive attitude aiming to learn rather than to prove oneself right, or share in the practice and our common concerns.

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