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by Bundokji
Wed Dec 17, 2014 6:43 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mishandling the practice
Replies: 23
Views: 2010

Re: Mishandling the practice

I second what SarathW said, the practice is difficult and can be easily misunderstood, you are not alone :smile: Maybe what makes us struggle is our desire to achieve something! Yes, trying to achieve something is a huge problem in our practice. It's obviously rooted in desire and a mind gripped by...
by Bundokji
Tue Dec 16, 2014 5:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Mishandling the practice
Replies: 23
Views: 2010

Re: Mishandling the practice

Hello Digity, I second what SarathW said, the practice is difficult and can be easily misunderstood, you are not alone :smile: Maybe what makes us struggle is our desire to achieve something! There is one thing I try to be mindful of, which is the use of words like "defilements" , "bad", "wrong"...e...
by Bundokji
Tue Dec 16, 2014 12:55 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: I'll Ride With You
Replies: 5
Views: 1027

Re: I'll Ride With You

Thanks retro,

Having people like you in the world we live in is a cause for optimism :anjali:
by Bundokji
Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:40 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: How do advertisements work?
Replies: 18
Views: 1501

Re: How do advertisements work?

Thanks for sharing the Video pondera! I remember watching an interesting documentary years ago called "The century of the self" which might provide answers to your question in relation to advertising and public relations in general (it does not discuss animal cruelty as far as I remember) http://top...
by Bundokji
Mon Dec 15, 2014 1:24 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Where do you guys fall along the MBTI scale?
Replies: 34
Views: 4211

Re: Where do you guys fall along the MBTI scale?

I found that I am an INFP :smile: I have not undertaken any personality test for many years, but I remember that answering the questions used to be a much easier task. Maybe practicing the Dhamma has an effect. Being aware of the constant change in myself made me less decisive regarding how should I...
by Bundokji
Fri Dec 12, 2014 12:38 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Torturers go to Hell
Replies: 46
Views: 3925

Re: Torturers go to Hell

In a typical Zen meditation hall, some senior monks will be walking around with a stick in their hand, and if they see anything wrong with the posture of any of the meditators, they use the stick to beat them up (inflict pain), does that make their actions wrong? Actually, I have been in five diffe...
by Bundokji
Thu Dec 11, 2014 10:51 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Torturers go to Hell
Replies: 46
Views: 3925

Re: Torturers go to Hell

Another red herring? :smile: My point was that "right & wrong" from Buddhist perspective is mere convention :zzz: Which you raised in a thread concerning torturers. What is the application to the topic? Another red herring? :smile: I said that morality from a Buddhist perspective is a "mere convent...
by Bundokji
Thu Dec 11, 2014 10:35 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Torturers go to Hell
Replies: 46
Views: 3925

Re: Torturers go to Hell

What you decided to pick and choose confirms my point that its "mere convention". The words "guide line" and "at a useful, practical level" just proves my point, not the opposite :smile: Your point on how those principles apply to torture being what, exactly? Another red herring? :smile: My point w...
by Bundokji
Thu Dec 11, 2014 10:26 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Torturers go to Hell
Replies: 46
Views: 3925

Re: Torturers go to Hell

Ajahn Chah said: Convention and liberation are related like this continually. Even though we use convention, don't place your trust in it as being the truth. If you cling to it, suffering will arise. The case of right and wrong is a good example. Some people see wrong as being right and right as be...
by Bundokji
Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:49 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Torturers go to Hell
Replies: 46
Views: 3925

Re: Torturers go to Hell

As for the point you were trying to make with the rest of your post - it's just full of mischaracterizations of Buddhism. The Buddha later realized the severe austeries portion of his life prior to awakening were "painful, ignoble, not connected to the goal," right and wrong from a Buddhist perspec...
by Bundokji
Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:37 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Torturers go to Hell
Replies: 46
Views: 3925

Re: Torturers go to Hell

I did ask where you were getting that idea from in my first response to you. Thank you for your honesty in saying what you have actually observed. Combining a scene from a movie with a secondhand report and turning that into a generalized statement about "a typical Zen meditation hall" still counts...
by Bundokji
Thu Dec 11, 2014 8:46 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Afghanistan's Bruce Lee 'reincarnation'
Replies: 6
Views: 1030

Re: Afghanistan's Bruce Lee 'reincarnation'

I found this video about him on Youtube :smile:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KO9KzcqF3XQ
by Bundokji
Thu Dec 11, 2014 6:19 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Torturers go to Hell
Replies: 46
Views: 3925

Re: Torturers go to Hell

Is this "typical Zen meditation hall" based upon actual experience, or just an idea you acquired from somewhere? To answer your question directly: No, I practiced Zazen by myself, but never in a meditation hall. However, you seem to get stuck in unnecessary details and overlooking the essence of th...
by Bundokji
Thu Dec 11, 2014 5:19 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Torturers go to Hell
Replies: 46
Views: 3925

Re: Torturers go to Hell

Is this "typical Zen meditation hall" based upon actual experience, or just an idea you acquired from somewhere? To answer your question directly: No, I practiced Zazen by myself, but never in a meditation hall. However, you seem to get stuck in unnecessary details and overlooking the essence of th...
by Bundokji
Thu Dec 11, 2014 3:37 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Torturers go to Hell
Replies: 46
Views: 3925

Re: Torturers go to Hell

On my Facebook page I posted that those who intentionally inflict pain go to Hell, and the only difference between torturers and their subjects is that some of the victims may not be guilty. Most agreed, but two unfriended. What do you think? In a typical Zen meditation hall, some senior monks will...