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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby Sparkle on Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:53 pm

Joe.... As ever - :rbow:
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby desert_woodworker on Sat Jan 14, 2017 10:56 pm

S.,

Sparkle wrote:Joe.... As ever - :rbow:

And :rbow: right "back", again. :tongueincheek:

This -- below -- is not a "Dharma Gem", but...

As I practiced a few rounds of the form in the back today (cool day in the desert, cloudy and a rare drizzly Winter rain, only 18 deg C), it also occurred to me to remember to mention that tai chi can be great also as a help to zazen, or to Vipassana sitting. The reason is the establishment of relaxation, through the working-out of (even subtle) muscular tension from helpful influence of the connection with 'mind' while practicing, breathing, moving.

Yes, we naturally develop relaxation through the practice of any sitting itself; but, if you develop such relaxation to high degree while in the process and action of motion, and standing, as in tai chi practice (where the palms of the hands heat-up and come to vibrate and tingle, and the soles of the feet become very warm, and sweet-saliva flows), by the time one sits down to practice zazen or meditation, there's greater ease of relaxation, and greater depth in relaxation. That's my experience. Not that tai chi is very challenging! But its effects are -- can be -- huge (given time and friendliness with it). ;) Key is to get into a class or practice-group you can stick with for a long while, to learn the forms well and have them corrected over and over (and over) by the teacher.

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby desert_woodworker on Sun Jan 15, 2017 2:44 pm

Many in USA and elsewhere who are disheartened and feel let down or threatened by a US Presidency filled by one 'Trump' are concerned about how to proceed personally during the next four years of the fellow possibly remaining in office: maintain a sense of 'outrage'?; maintain a stance of defiance?; retain a readiness (and tools) for resistance?

Perhaps one has to keep something going as a background or foreground process, in order to be ready to switch into gear when needed to counteract proposed policy changes and to influence initiatives. Almost certainly, we should not just rely on chance, nor just on appreciation of, say, Dharma, alone. Though, to keep up our practice will certainly be 'wise', and needed.

This led me to remember a paragraph by Conze, in his book of 55 years ago, where a topic in a chapter was social relations and social emotions:

"...Buddhism does not believe that our relations to others can safely be entrusted to either chance or metaphysical insight. If they were left to chance, the weeds of the malice [that are endemic] to the human race would soon choke the frail wheat of a hard-won benevolence. If they were governed by metaphysical insight, complete aloofness [might] ensue. For, as we saw, ultimately, as far as true reality is concerned, it is quite impossible to enter into a real relation with other individuals, for the simple reason that separate selves or individuals do not really exist. ***

*** Although 'friendliness' takes beings as they are not, it is nevertheless useful (kuśalamūla) as an antidote to hate."

    --Edward Conze, Buddhist Thought In India (1962; 1967), p. 81.

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby desert_woodworker on Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:07 am

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Further on "friendliness", from a Buddhist point of view, Conze continues:

    "Friendliness", to some extent the equivalent of Christian 'love' ***, is a virtue, but not the highest of all. Wisdom alone can set us free. It is noteworthy that 'friendliness' is not one of the steps of the holy eightfold Path, does not figure among the seven 'limbs of enlightenment', and is not reckoned as one of the five cardinal virtues or the six perfections. The Anguttara-Nikaya lists eleven advantages of the practice of friendliness. Nirvana is not one of them."

    *** this should really be called 'charity', and differs from other kinds of 'love' in that it is directed to a quite unworldly spiritual essence, and is equally intense in respect of all."
--Edward Conze, Buddhist Thought In India (1962; 1967), p. 81-2.

The rest of Conze's treatment of the subject continues in a very interesting and clear way, in this chapter on "The Cultivation of the Social Emotions".

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby desert_woodworker on Mon Jan 23, 2017 1:58 pm

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"The Theravādins have dominated Ceylon for two millennia; their affiliations with the sects of the Indian continent are uncertain."

    --E. Conze; Buddhist Thought In India (1962; 1967); p. 120.
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby desert_woodworker on Sun Feb 05, 2017 3:11 pm

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"...as the Hīnayāna had found it hard to believe in an enlightened person who bothers to teach the unteachable, so some Mahāyānists felt that it was impossible for anyone to know the truth without communicating it."

--E. Conze; Buddhist Thought In India (1962; 1967); p. 168.
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby desert_woodworker on Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:42 pm

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    "To study meditation under a master is to drop the body and mind;
    it is the singleminded intense sitting without burning incense, worshipping,
    reciting [Amidha's Name], practicing repentance, or reading sutras".
--Ch'an Master Ju-ching (Dogen's teacher in China)
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby desert_woodworker on Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:52 pm

In, The Mind of Clover -- Essays in Zen Buddhist Ethics (1984), p. 146, the late Robert Aitken Roshi wrote:

    "Most people regard Zen practice as a process of purifying the human mind
    in order to reach a certain condition where a sense experience, such as seeing
    the morning star or hearing a stone strike a stalk of bamboo, will trigger realization.
    This process of purifying involves zazen and the rest of the Eightfold Path -- right
    thinking, right action, and so on. When you are ready, some little thing will happen,
    and then everything will be clear."
-- Robert Aitken Roshi (1917-2010)

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby desert_woodworker on Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:07 pm

From: T. J. Kodera; Dogen's Formative Years in China, 1980; p. 93.

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby partofit22 on Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:11 am

Nobody is Safe

We are all together in this--it is a very difficult world.
That doesn't mean don't engage.
In fact Buddha said that's where we should be.
Anybody can be stable on a beautiful day.
What about when the thunder rolls and rumbles on the horizon?
What about when there is trouble in the air?
Can you be stable then?
Forget about Buddhism--it's not important.
The world does not need to be Buddhist. It needs to be stable.
Then we are all safe.

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby desert_woodworker on Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:03 pm

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From The Record of Tung-shan; Item 26:

    26.

    When the Ch'an Master Tung-shan was in Leh-t'an, he met Head Monk Ch'u, who said,
    "How amazing, how amazing, the realm of the Buddha and the realm of the Path! How
    unimaginable!"

    Accordingly, the Master said, "I don't inquire about the realm of the Buddha or the
    realm of the Path; rather, what kind of person is he who talks thus about the realm
    of the Buddha and the realm of the Path?"

    When, after a long time, Ch'u had not responded, the Master said, "Why don't you
    answer more quickly?"

    Ch'u said, "Such aggressiveness will not do."

    "You haven't even answered what you were asked, so how can you say that such
    aggressiveness will not do?" said the Master.

    Ch'u did not respond. The Master said, "The Buddha and the Path are nothing more
    than names. Why don't you quote some teaching?"

    "What would a teaching say?" asked Ch'u.

    "When you've gotten the meaning, forget the words," said the Master. ***

    "By still depending on teachings, you sicken your mind," said Head Monk Ch'u.

    "But how great is the sickness of the one who talks about the realm of the Buddha
    and the realm of the Path?" said Master Tung-shan.

    Again Ch'u did not reply.

    The next day, Head Monk Ch'u suddenly passed away. At that time, the Master
    came to be known as "one who questions head monks to death."
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*** "When you've gotten the meaning, forget the words," is a quotation from the
"External Things" (Wai wu) chapter of the Chuang-tzu.

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby partofit22 on Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:41 pm

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby fukasetsu on Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:58 pm

:lol2:

ps what happened to the "non-buddhist" favourite (dharma/quotes) thread, I can't find it anymore.
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby desert_woodworker on Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:59 am

fukasetsu wrote:ps what happened to the "non-buddhist" favourite (dharma/quotes) thread, I can't find it anymore.

Here you go, Marcel, et al:

http://zenforuminternational.org/viewtopic.php?f=132&t=10560

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby fukasetsu on Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:53 am

desert_woodworker wrote:
fukasetsu wrote:ps what happened to the "non-buddhist" favourite (dharma/quotes) thread, I can't find it anymore.

Here you go, Marcel, et al:

http://zenforuminternational.org/viewtopic.php?f=132&t=10560

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Ah Joe to the rescue, hail. :)
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby fukasetsu on Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:32 am

Cleansed of All Karmic Obstructions, you should know that sentient beings,
because of their attachment to and love of self,
have been bound in the illusory turning flow
[of cyclic existence] since beginningless time.
Without severing the four signs [of the self],
bodhi will not be attained.
With the mind harboring love and hatred,
and thoughts carrying flattery and crookedness,
one is full of confusion and perplexity,
and cannot enter the citadel of enlightenment.
To return to the realm of enlightenment,
desire, anger, and delusion must first be eliminate

When attachment to the dharma [of nirvana]
no longer exists in the mind,
one can gradually reach accomplishment.
This body is originally nonexistent
so how can love and hatred arise?
A practitioner should also seek a good teacher
so as not to fall into erroneous views.
If hatred and love arise in the quest,
he will not accomplish [enlightenment].

~The sutra of complete enlightenment
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby fukasetsu on Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:35 pm

“When deluded people look inside themselves, they will find there are things to be cultivated and to be gained. Therefore, they make a great effort to practice. But as soon as they have completed what they set out to do, they realize that there was nothing really to have been done. Thus, the true Dharma involves non-doing. All things that are done will finally cease. Thus the Dharma of doing is the false Dharma. But everything that you do – which, in reality, is non-doing – constitutes eternal truth. Such actions will not cease even though you attempt to be finished with them. In this world all people look for the Dharma of doing, that is, for some thing. But the true Dharma is to look for the Dharma of non-doing. This is truly extraordinary.”
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby desert_woodworker on Sun Aug 13, 2017 5:25 pm

“enjoy your problems”

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby desert_woodworker on Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:16 pm

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    'Dharmas'

    "For an understanding of Buddhist philosophy it is vitally important
    that one should appreciate the difference between 'dharmas' on the
    one hand, and 'common-sense things' on the other. In agreement with
    the majority of philosophers, Buddhists regard common-sense things
    around them as a false appearance. The 'dharmas', i.e. the facts which
    are ultimately real, are normally covered [hidden] from sight by ignorance,
    and nothing but the special virtue of wisdom will enable us to penetrate to them."

-- E. Conze, Buddhist Thought In India (1962;1967), p. 97.
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby fukasetsu on Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:28 pm

“I would like to be an expert writer with unblocked mind profoundly
expressing all the words I want to say clearly and deeply. But I’m afraid that
when one has paper, there is no ink, and when there is ink, there is no paper.
When one has both paper and ink, there are no words.

We are constantly putting books in and taking them out of shelves,
endlessly trying to pick up good words as a chicken pecks at live worms.
Finally, we find the right words but cannot construct metaphors that flow.
After choosing the proper metaphors, we find the syntax is wrong.
When the editor, with prideful paranoia, corrects the syntax and completely
changes the meaning, we cannot find a publisher. If we find a publisher,
the text is open to misunderstanding due to the numerous preconceptions
of numerous neurotic minds.

Instead of benefit, this creates problems, attachment and rejection,
high blood pressure, hysteria, confusion, and suffering. So maybe
I’d better try to stay in ordinary mind without a typewriter.

~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche
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