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by Wayfarer
Thu May 31, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Cancer Ango Revisited
Replies: 25
Views: 1482

Re: Cancer Ango Revisited

Sounds like you're having a tough time! I won't try and utter platitudes, other than, hang in there and keep smiling.

:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Thu May 31, 2018 4:51 am
Forum: Announcements, Forum News
Topic: How is Zen Space doing - a poll for all members, active, inactive, lurkers, come one, come all!
Replies: 197
Views: 12508

Re: How is Zen Space doing - a poll for all members, active, inactive, lurkers, come one, come all!

A friendly advice, if I may. Pull the "active topic" link out of the drop-down "Quick Links" (at the left-upper corner of the index page) and this will bypass the will of those unwilling to show the lobby posts. +1. (First thing I do when I log in, is click on 'Active Topics', not 'Recent Topics', ...
by Wayfarer
Tue May 29, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Announcements, Forum News
Topic: How is Zen Space doing - a poll for all members, active, inactive, lurkers, come one, come all!
Replies: 197
Views: 12508

Re: How is Zen Space doing - a poll for all members, active, inactive, lurkers, come one, come all!

So what can we do? I think Zen Space is doing OK. I don't agree that Zen Space is 'failing' or that there's anything fundamentally the matter with it. I would like to see it presenting more informative content, and helping people understand what Zen practice, and Buddhist practice, in particular, m...
by Wayfarer
Tue May 29, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: jhanas
Replies: 38
Views: 3217

Re: jhanas

Well, I'm sticking with jhanas and samadhi-states as "second-wind" for meditators (as a notion). I hadn't thought in those words before. Thanks, Desert Woodworker, that is a marvellous post. As it happens, I’m trying to improve my running [from ‘barely jogging’ to ‘merely strenuous’, mind you], and...
by Wayfarer
Sun May 27, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Dealing with Anger and Frustration at World Events ...
Replies: 27
Views: 1932

Re: Dealing with Anger and Frustration at World Events ...

My dear one prevents me from sounding off - which helps. Current affairs are particularly, well, infuriating at the moment, due to a surplus of obvious stupidity by elected officials in high office. There's no end of faults one can find with the situation, especially because it might ultimately have...
by Wayfarer
Sat May 26, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Weather
Replies: 6
Views: 466

Re: Weather

Hi Michael - yes I’m just across the ditch from you. East coast of Australia has been very warm all autumn and very very dry - they’re hand-feeding the stock all over NSW. Younger sister moved to a rural property in January, they’ve only had about forty mm of rain since. Oh for an East Coast Low to ...
by Wayfarer
Wed May 23, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: jhanas
Replies: 38
Views: 3217

Re: jhanas

I struggle a bit with this subject. Regardless of whether one is 'chasing' a profound experience - and I get that 'chasing experience' is itself self-defeating - the path of inner transformation really does entail profound and real cognitive shifts. (I think that is why brain scans of meditators can...
by Wayfarer
Mon May 21, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: jhanas
Replies: 38
Views: 3217

Re: jhanas

jundocohen wrote:
Mon May 21, 2018 5:02 am

I believe he means 1 thru 4, not 5 thru 8.

Gassho, J


So it’s not ‘stages of dhyana’ in general, that you were saying were imported back into Buddhism, but the ‘eight stages’ in particular? Sorry if I mis-read.
by Wayfarer
Mon May 21, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: jhanas
Replies: 38
Views: 3217

Re: jhanas

I had been told that the reason that the padmasana (lotus posture) was adopted for meditation, was because the body is able to stay in that pose even if the practitioner does go into samadhi. (And there are accounts of Buddhist yogis going into such states for very long periods of time. I recall a s...
by Wayfarer
Sun May 20, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Gender Separation
Replies: 18
Views: 1636

Re: Gender Separation

About ten years ago, I went on a 10-day Vipassana Retreat at one of the well-known Goenka centres (in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney). Male and female were strictly separated in that setting, even segregated on separate sides of the meditation hall. And also it's a strictly silent retreat with ev...
by Wayfarer
Wed May 16, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: I'm a Hinayanist.
Replies: 25
Views: 2004

Re: I'm a Hinayanist.

Actually Chogyam Trungpa had a really good take on the place and meaning of hinayana (which is not, by the way, 'Theravada'.) He said, it is the aspect of the training that is concerned with functional discipline, with learning to tie your shoes and make your bed (so to speak, and I'm paraphrasing) ...
by Wayfarer
Wed May 16, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello.
Replies: 5
Views: 775

Re: Hello.

Hi Emmett - quite a story. The bit about the diagnosis of terminal illness really caught my attention, and then the reprieve, only to move to a remote village where everyone packs side-arms. Phew! And then, also the depth and longevity of your commitment. Glad to have you join our small on-line sang...
by Wayfarer
Thu May 10, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Smoking
Replies: 15
Views: 1449

Re: Smoking

When still a smoker, I tried smoking pipes. My parents and peers found it hilarious and totally out-of-character. I never got to the point of enjoying it, probably because I was too greedy at it - used to draw in a lot of smoke, causing it to heat up. Now you mention it, I hardly ever see pipe-smoki...
by Wayfarer
Mon May 07, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Physicists and Philosophers, talking
Replies: 25
Views: 1984

Re: Physicists and Philosophers, talking

it does not seem that any real challenges are being made there to the Daiai Lama's beliefs, and topics that could do that are not under discussion in the organization. What do you think they would be? In keeping with that quote from the Dalai Lama, that if science challenged some core dogma of Budd...
by Wayfarer
Mon May 07, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Smoking
Replies: 15
Views: 1449

Re: Smoking

When I grew up, in the 1960's, everyone used to smoke - newsreaders would smoke, people would smoke in meetings, on airplanes, there were cigarette ads on television and in the newspapers. I had started while young and it took a long time to quit. At the time, it seemed impossible as the cravings se...
by Wayfarer
Mon May 07, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Physicists and Philosophers, talking
Replies: 25
Views: 1984

Re: Physicists and Philosophers, talking

he [the Dalai Lama] simultaneously seems to believe that science will someday affirm many of the most fantastic beliefs of his religion. Check this article out, which notes: You [Anton Zelliger] have spent time with the Dalai Lama and have taught him the fundamentals of quantum mechanics. What was ...
by Wayfarer
Thu May 03, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Food and Zen
Replies: 10
Views: 1577

Re: Food and Zen

I have to say, the area of food and meal preparation has been, for me, one of 'permanent aspiration' - or maybe, endless good intentions, which are often not carried out. Since my teen years, I have admired and even attempted to be vegetarian. When young I stayed on an ashram for a few months, and r...
by Wayfarer
Thu May 03, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Physicists and Philosophers, talking
Replies: 25
Views: 1984

Re: Physicists and Philosophers, talking

There is an aggressive train of thought in Western culture that science has outmoded religion. That is behind many of the books of the ‘new atheists’, including Sam Harris. Religions are generally depicted as being based on ‘beliefs without evidence’ and superstition, whereas science is evidence-bas...
by Wayfarer
Thu May 03, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Physicists and Philosophers, talking
Replies: 25
Views: 1984

Re: Physicists and Philosophers, talking

I often spend a bit of time on the Closer to Truth site. Have a listen to this interview with Andrei Linde. It's not part of that series, but it's related. And it's philosophically interesting, as he gets right into the 'role of the observing mind' in this interview. https://youtu.be/Gc89m2SaOAc (th...
by Wayfarer
Mon Apr 30, 2018 5:37 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Vijnana
Replies: 7
Views: 777

Re: Vijnana

I think what Mr Natural is speaking of is ‘discriminative awareness’, based on an interpretation of the term Vijñāna. That is the same word as the root of ‘Vijñānavāda or ‘mind-only’. As I understand it, penetrating the illusion of discursive consciousness is the main aim of the yogic practice of dh...