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by Great Sage EofH
Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:11 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: The Essence of Practice
Replies: 8
Views: 610

Re: The Essence of Practice

Returning to the Source
by Great Sage EofH
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 4123

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

In the end, teachers return to dust, return to the sky, return to the sunflower always facing the sun. That's when you ask "where is the teacher?" Don't stand before the gateless gate, refusing to enter.
by Great Sage EofH
Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:21 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 4123

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

No use holding onto the tree when it's already dead, then.
by Great Sage EofH
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 4123

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

I am neither voting on the best answer nor casting votes for the best answers. Everyone has to have their own answer, and not everyone's answer is relevant to anyone else's. Really that's the truth about Zen, what's the right answer for me might not be the right answer for you. Also I think it's a ...
by Great Sage EofH
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 4123

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

I am neither voting on the best answer nor casting votes for the best answers. Everyone has to have their own answer, and not everyone's answer is relevant to anyone else's. Really that's the truth about Zen, what's the right answer for me might not be the right answer for you. Also I think it's a g...
by Great Sage EofH
Sun Jun 02, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 4123

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

A monk asked Tosu, “Is there a dragon howl in a dead tree?”
Tosu said, “I say there’s a lion roar in a skull. ”
by Great Sage EofH
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: For Avisitor...Is Zen thinking of no-thought?
Replies: 58
Views: 4232

Re: For Avisitor...Is Zen thinking of no-thought?

Late in life Dogen revised his text to say "no thought" means (drumroll) actually no thought. Any thoughts about that?
by Great Sage EofH
Sat Jun 01, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 4123

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

Since the man in the tree can't get down, he is doomed anyway. Therefore this Kyogen seems to think Zen is dead already. And if his Zen is dead, so is Kyogen. Why bother answering to someone who is already dead? Why not say the first thing that comes into your mind and join Kyogen in Hell then?
by Great Sage EofH
Sat Jun 01, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Zen Practice
Replies: 94
Views: 3583

Re: Zen Practice

you may also ask: is zazen which is about nothing in particular really zazen?
by Great Sage EofH
Sat Jun 01, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Zen Practice
Replies: 94
Views: 3583

Re: Zen Practice

or you could ask, if one is aware of nothing, is that the same as no awareness?

or if one is aware of everything, can anything further ever arise?

hmm?
by Great Sage EofH
Thu May 30, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Zen Practice
Replies: 94
Views: 3583

Re: Zen Practice

Nirvana is always already here, there, and everywhere. With delusion clouded vision we don't see it. Then, suddenly, Nirvana is always here, there and everywhere. We then try to see clouded delusion, but we don't see it. White Cloud, Blue Mountain
by Great Sage EofH
Thu May 30, 2019 3:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Zen Practice
Replies: 94
Views: 3583

Re: Zen Practice

Is everyone staying calm?
by Great Sage EofH
Sun May 26, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Zen Practice
Replies: 94
Views: 3583

Re: Zen Practice

When mind enters quiescence, it finds radiance. When mind finds radiance, it’s able to have quiescence.

That’s all I know.
by Great Sage EofH
Wed May 22, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: dependent origination
Replies: 82
Views: 3423

Re: dependent origination

I find it unlikely that an aristocratic family in South Asia that produces a son who joins the then arising Śramaṇic movement had no context in Vedic culture. But what do I know? I'll cede the point on the basis of my ignorance.
by Great Sage EofH
Wed May 22, 2019 4:31 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: dependent origination
Replies: 82
Views: 3423

Re: dependent origination

Thank you for the opinion from a Hindu perspective. ..... It's also worth noting that classical Buddhist teaching is entirely within the Vedic tradition.... Buddhism clearly is not part of the Vedic tradition and does not stem from the Vedic traditions. Oh that's interesting. So before Buddha awake...
by Great Sage EofH
Tue May 21, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: dependent origination
Replies: 82
Views: 3423

Re: dependent origination

Thank you for the opinion from a Hindu perspective. What's funny about this, it's also possible within the framework of Advaita Vedanta to take a purely classical Buddhist view, because Advaita is a means of inquiry, not a creedal position as Westerners prefer to believe, and there are many perspec...
by Great Sage EofH
Mon May 20, 2019 5:42 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: dependent origination
Replies: 82
Views: 3423

Re: dependent origination

it's not anomalous to me, one of the first Pali text problems I ended up with was the 37 Dhamma of Enlightenment: the 4 Satipaṭṭhāna, the 4 Efforts, 4 Bases, 5 Faculties, 5 Powers, 7 Factors, and the 8 Path Factors. Sort of ackward dealing with 37 Dhamma like this. I can't even remember why now
by Great Sage EofH
Mon May 20, 2019 5:22 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: dependent origination
Replies: 82
Views: 3423

Re: dependent origination

clyde wrote:
Sun May 19, 2019 6:55 pm
Also, regardless of which sutta or translation, the text seems to imply that each term (of the twelve terms) is a condition precedent, not a cause.
Thanisarro translates it as "requistite condition" - basically what you're saying
by Great Sage EofH
Mon May 20, 2019 5:12 am
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: This Forum in Particular
Replies: 34
Views: 1734

Re: This Forum in Particular

I try to avoid harmful speech; What do you do in practicing the right speech? LOL first I make sure its 100% the truth no matter what. Second (this one is harder) I try not to say anything about anyone that I'd also not tell them. I try to point out that the Dharma has proven itself to me as reliab...
by Great Sage EofH
Sun May 19, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: This Forum in Particular
Replies: 34
Views: 1734

Re: This Forum in Particular

Since mind is a mirror Could you be talking to yourself? It's nice to transcend the thinking mind occasionally, for no other reason than the peace and quiet. But I'd never ask people not to share to further that. "Dropping away of body and Mind" is about whats going on inside me, not whats going on...