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by Seeker242
Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dorian
Replies: 3
Views: 178

Re: Dorian

Thanks! :) Looks like we are going to be fine here in Ft Lauderdale. We are right outside the major wind areas. The Bahamas, not so much. Prayers for the Bahamas. They are getting hammered by the strongest storm, in history, ever to hit them... :sad: :bow2:
by Seeker242
Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Fruit Flies
Replies: 56
Views: 1497

Re: Fruit Flies

So, other than diversionary insinuation and the dubious declaration that “that is Buddhism”, do you have anything more you might say in answer to my questions? No, other than the fact that it's entirely appropriate to espouse standard buddhist teaching on a Buddhist forum. This is a Buddhist forum....
by Seeker242
Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Fruit Flies
Replies: 56
Views: 1497

Re: Fruit Flies

it is not appropriate to make statements such as “only humans can practice”. Sure it is, that is Buddhism. Sheng Yen thought it was entirely appropriate, because that's Buddhism. How can Sheng Yen, Dōgen, the Buddha know that this is so? How can someone think they know better, probably know better,...
by Seeker242
Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Fruit Flies
Replies: 56
Views: 1497

Re: Fruit Flies

I've been observing Eurasian Collared Doves for a few years now, I don't see what you say that they are suffering, they are very playful, loving in their community and compared to human relations(hips) You can't see why one can say they suffer? They suffer because the are still in samsara...All bei...
by Seeker242
Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Fruit Flies
Replies: 56
Views: 1497

Re: Fruit Flies

One of the drawbacks of being born in the animal realm, the inability to practice the dharma. Humans on the other hand, we do have this opportunity and it should not be wasted. Perhaps. I don't know. I do know - first hand- that many animals are bodhisattvas, I wouldn't take the scriptures too lite...
by Seeker242
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Fruit Flies
Replies: 56
Views: 1497

Re: Fruit Flies

Animals generally move out of the animal realm when their previous bad karma is exhausted, which is a very rare occurrence. Why do you say that it is a very rare occurrence? Because that's what the Buddha taught. The Chiggala Sutta for example: "Monks, suppose that this great earth were totally cov...
by Seeker242
Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Fruit Flies
Replies: 56
Views: 1497

Re: Fruit Flies

Too simple, straightforward, obvious? The Buddha essentially didn't teach it. How else will animals, for example, move out of the animal realm? Animals generally move out of the animal realm when their previous bad karma is exhausted, which is a very rare occurrence. Except for very special circums...
by Seeker242
Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Fruit Flies
Replies: 56
Views: 1497

Re: Fruit Flies

I still have no success telling my cats not to kill moths/night-butterflies, they know birds are not food but they go beserk when a moth enters the house, I can catch 90% of them but sometimes they're just to quick. One of the drawbacks of being born in the animal realm, the inability to practice t...
by Seeker242
Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Fruit Flies
Replies: 56
Views: 1497

Re: Fruit Flies

This is the best way. Killing them is the opposite of how to practice Buddhism. :) I still have no success telling my cats not to kill moths/night-butterflies, they know birds are not food but they go beserk when a moth enters the house, I can catch 90% of them but sometimes they're just to quick. ...
by Seeker242
Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Fruit Flies
Replies: 56
Views: 1497

Re: Fruit Flies

Killing them is the opposite of how to practice Buddhism. :) Yes, I agree. Spike, who is also practicing Buddhism, might not agree. Is there a line in the sand somewhere ... practicing this side, not practicing that side? There is a line, the 5 precepts. Killing breaks the 1st precept, which is the...
by Seeker242
Mon Aug 19, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Fruit Flies
Replies: 56
Views: 1497

Re: Fruit Flies

I caught most of them in the countertop trimmings container which I left open for a while and on which I placed a soft covering and carried the whole to the outdoor compost, there released to join the cloud of apparently satisfied resident fruit flies. This is the best way. Killing them is the oppo...
by Seeker242
Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: The practice of Zazen
Replies: 11
Views: 714

Re: The practice of Zazen

I would say that’s an accurate description. Shikantaza is a particular type of zazen which is not like breath meditation where you are focused on one particular thing. You could say the mind is unified but not focused on anything in particular. You could say the focus is...everything. It’s a kind of...
by Seeker242
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: grace
Replies: 38
Views: 1926

Re: grace

[james] wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2019 1:39 pm
Seeker242 wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:04 am
How about this: Grace, or gift, yourself with the opportunity for the accident to occur. :)
How do you do that?
Practice. :bow2:
by Seeker242
Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: grace
Replies: 38
Views: 1926

Re: grace

How about this: Grace, or gift, yourself with the opportunity for the accident to occur. :)
by Seeker242
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: American Zen - A Brief History
Replies: 22
Views: 1781

Re: American Zen - A Brief History

And if there is, how would you describe it? We had a woman from Japan attending our group once and she commented that American layperson zen was quite different from Japanese layperson zen. Mostly because of how much American laypeople do actual sitting meditation. Whereas in Japan, laypeople don't...
by Seeker242
Thu Jun 27, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Mahakasyapa's Zen
Replies: 25
Views: 1927

Re: Mahakasyapa's Zen

I mean there is it Mahakasyapa's zen or our zen. eer i mean how much do we embrace his teaching. What teaching? What teaching is there in just a flower? A flower is just a flower. :bow2: Could Mahakasyapa's teaching be the balanced state?(of mind) Why does it need to be something more than just a f...
by Seeker242
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Mahakasyapa's Zen
Replies: 25
Views: 1927

Re: Mahakasyapa's Zen

loves' the unjust wrote:
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:53 pm

I mean there is it Mahakasyapa's zen or our zen.
eer i mean how much do we embrace his teaching.
What teaching? What teaching is there in just a flower? A flower is just a flower. :bow2:
by Seeker242
Sun Jun 23, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Mahakasyapa's Zen
Replies: 25
Views: 1927

Re: Mahakasyapa's Zen

Is it true? Is it Mahakasyapa's Zen. or is it just Zen. Is what true? Mahakasyapa has no zen, all he had was a flower. how much do we understand him? What is there to understand about a flower? how much we are living it in everyday life? What is there to live in everyday life besides everyday life?
by Seeker242
Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: The Essence of Practice
Replies: 8
Views: 852

Re: The Essence of Practice

No essence, or any other made up idea.
by Seeker242
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 4994

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

The koan seems to focus on the man hanging from a tree by his teeth and the life-and-death question. But there is another person in the koan - the person who sees the man hanging from a tree by his teeth and asks the life-and-death question. What sort of person sees a man hanging from a tree by his...