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  • @Kerome and @DhammaDragon for your suggestions regarding my problem of lust. But may be you did not understand it completely. Let me explain in more detail. There are few girls in my office, who I find sexually attractive. I try not to see them but …
  • Hi All, I am not into poetry, but when I read the book The Poetry of Enlightenment - Poems by Ancient Chan Masters by Chan Master Sheng-Yen, then poetry seemed interesting. I don't remember how but when I was doing Google search for Chan master's…
  • Hi All, Another problem which I think is inside me is that even though I feel inside me that I am doing something holy in trying to pursue a spiritual path to find the ultimate reality, but again here I am being a hypocrite since leave about being …
  • @Kerome said: @misecmisc1 I think at some point leaving the spiritual path can be good for our evolution, so you say you are not going to search for a teacher, or study any spiritual teaching, and this too may be a step for you. You have t…
  • Congrats.
  • Hi All, Also read the below koan/story about Xiangyan in Dogen's 300 koan collections: Zen master Zhixian of Mount Xiangyan [Xideng] was bright in nature. Being at the assembly of Guishan, he was well learned and had extensive memory.…
  • Hi All, I came across the below URL having the story of Boatman Monk: https://terebess.hu/zen/boatmonk.html In the above story in the end, it is said that - Chuanzi held up the oar and said, “Do you say there’s anything else?” He then tipped ov…
  • @seeker242 said: "Free range eggs" And then there is this: The Guardian: Free range is a con. There’s no such thing as an ethical egg "Slapping ‘free range’ on a box of eggs simply hides the catalogue of routine horrors that are …
  • @Shoshin said: @lobster said: Here is another method https://runningonrealfood.com/vegan-chickpea-flour-pancakes/ Um that recipe reminds me of the eggless vegetarian omelette I had in South India ... Back then…
  • Hi All, Today while browsing internet, I found the teachings of Layman Pang at https://terebess.hu/zen/pang.html this website URL, which I found insightful, so thought of sharing with you all. The story of Layman Pang is interesting, which is also…
  • @federica said: Eat eggs. But make sure they're free-range from a reputable supplier. Source the product, don't buy blindly. What does free-range eggs means? Please suggest. Thanks.
  • @Gui said: If you let everything be as it is, always acting with clarity according to the situation, this is truly dropping off all fetters._ When your study Of Buddhism is through You find You haven't anything new. When y…
  • Hi All, Yesterday came across Bankei's teachings in this web-page: https://terebess.hu/zen/mesterek/bankei.html Copy-pasting an insightful portion from the above web-page for easy reading: "No special practices If one is truly natural and inn…
  • @David said: @misecmisc1 said: Hi All, I have read at many places in Zen literature regarding transmission of dharma from teacher to student. My question is – is this some secret teachings of dharma, which the teacher explicitl…
  • @misecmisc1 said: @karasti said: Heart Sutra doesn't really say there is nothing. True wisdom is found only when we decontruct all the things we think hold us and our lives together. There is still wisdom, however, once that happens…
  • Is calmness a required prior condition for insight to arise? What is the difference between a calm mind and a mind with no thought in it? Please suggest. Thanks.
  • @Jeffrey said: So basically asking where are we progressing? And how do we know if we are going in the right direction? And how to know 'insight' from 'chatter'? Yes, asking the above questions and specifically asking how is the method o…
  • My question from Fukanzazengi - is where we are heading towards with it? means it just says to sit and just observe what is happening and when caught up in thinking, then come back to body and breath - so every session it is just the same thing - is…
  • @karasti said: Heart Sutra doesn't really say there is nothing. True wisdom is found only when we decontruct all the things we think hold us and our lives together. There is still wisdom, however, once that happens. Prior to that, wisdom peeks th…
  • Thanks all for your replies. So based on the understanding of the above posts, now modifying the question - what is mind - to the question regarding the activities of mind. So now the question is - does mind arises when its object (thought, emotio…
  • A kind of a stupid question, but since I do not know, so still asking: How does one differentiate a normal egg (which does not have a chicken inside it) with an egg, which is to hatch into a chicken? How are these 2 types of eggs differentiated? Any…
  • Hi All, What does Zen or Mahayana Buddhism say about - which type of food should we eat? Is eating non-vegetarian food allowed in Zen or Mahayana Buddhism? Any information here please. Thanks.
  • @person said: @misecmisc1 said: Thanks @person . But the eggs, which I will get will be from supermarkets and the food products which have eggs as an ingredient (I don't know from where those eggs would be coming from, but since it …
  • @jwredel said: You got it! (But also realize that zazen instruction is not universal and that other schools may include things like counting breaths) So just to confirm - Does Dogen's Fukanzazengi's instructions on zazen mean that when we…
  • When I read Fukanzazengi, in it Dogen just gives the instructions for the physical posture, i am referring to this text on Fukanzazengi: https://sanfranciscozencenter.blob.core.windows.net/assets/21_Fukanzazengi.pdf Moreover, when I heard a comm…
  • Thanks @person . But the eggs, which I will get will be from supermarkets and the food products which have eggs as an ingredient (I don't know from where those eggs would be coming from, but since it is a factory which is making that finished food p…
  • Hi All, In Dogen's Genjokoan, there is a sentence - To carry yourself forward and experience myriad things is delusion. That myriad things come forth and experience themselves is awakening. Can somebody please tell me what is the meaning of 'That…
  • Hi All, In this web-page https://terebess.hu/zen/baizhang.html found the insightful teachings of Baizhang. Below copy-pasting some portion of it: A monk once asked – How can a person gain freedom? Baizhang said – If you realize it in this moment,…
  • Thanks @jwredel . Can you also please have a look at this thread http://newbuddhist.com/discussion/25323/checking-my-understanding-from-zen-perspective which I raised for checking my understanding from Zen perspective. Thanks in advance.
  • @seeker242 said: Defiled here means the moment we think I agree! But earlier you said: the part that they can't be defiled - for this part, some thought came to my mind Where's the stick? Th…
  • @jwredel: Thanks for bringing my above post.
  • @Kerome said: @misecmisc1 I’m afraid @cinorjer won’t be commenting as he passed away early this year. Oh sad to hear that about @Cinorjer as he was a good Zen teacher for me though online, as he helped me by replying to my Zen queries. RI…
  • Thanks for bringing my above post. Honestly speaking, when in the recent discussions web-page of this website, I saw the title of this post I thought what is the heading zen koan where, then when I saw my icon beside the thread - i thought What? I r…
  • @misecmisc1 said: As per the Heart Sutra - no sentient being, no Buddha, nothing whatsoever. Then what is it? As (if I remember the Zen teacher's name correctly) Nanquan taught - just this is it. Suchness. Practice-enlightenment was one word for …
  • @genkaku said: Phew! For a thread dedicated to an "enlightenment" many claim not to possess or know, there surely is a lot of willingness to implicitly declare direction, intent and understanding. Kind of a "I know where I'm going but I don't kno…
  • @mindatrisk said: @misecmisc1 said: @mindatrisk said: @DhammaDragon said: @mindatrisk said: @genkaku said: I believe…
  • As per the Heart Sutra - no sentient being, no Buddha, nothing whatsoever. Then what is it? As (if I remember the Zen teacher's name correctly) Nanquan taught - just this is it. Suchness. Practice-enlightenment was one word for Dogen. Another koan …
  • @mindatrisk said: @DhammaDragon said: @mindatrisk said: @genkaku said: I believe I might ask, "What made you assume you weren't enlightened in the first place?" …
  • @federica said: Nice to see you again, @misecmisc1 and thank you for your offering. Thanks @federica.
  • @Carlita said: Im reading ans listening to In the Buddha's Words and Im at "investigate the teacher." I wonder what The Buddha does when he isnt attached to anything. Does an elightened one onl help sentient beings and share the Dharma or does he…
  • If you became enlightened today... @mindatrisk: Heart Sutra says: All dharmas are marked with emptiness, so the above if clause of the statement itself do not exist, so why worry about the then part of the above statement? So relax.
  • @federica said: @misecmisc1 , I think what @genkaku is saying, in his inimitable and agreeable 'story-teller' way is - quit trying. There are more pressing things to engage with and to wrestle with, than some oh-so-wise words written for commi…
  • @seeker242 said: This is the problem with doing koan practice without a teacher. You have no way of knowing if you understand it or not! And you can't really rely on people on the internet because they may not understand it either. You also may t…
  • @federica said: Who judges what is correct? Who judges what is incorrect? By what standards? How? When? When you have first read it, or when you have absorbed the koan? I think in Rinzai tradition the above is what a Zen maste…
  • @federica said: Contemplate it. Don't think it. Above all, definitely don't try to understand it! How to contemplate a koan without thinking about it? Also is there no such thing like a correct understanding and an incorrect underst…
  • @SJDR21 said: Its been two months ince I started on the path and I cant go to any temples to better educate myself, practice or just meditate. What do I do? @SJDR21: I have not gone to a single Buddhist temple till now, since the thought …