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Finally, the Karmapa cautioned against complacency. There is always the danger that we will fool ourselves into believing that we are Buddhist practitioners when we are not.

The difference between the Foundational Vehicle and the Mahayana is not a question of lesser or greater value between the two, he explained, but rather a question of our own capacity to practice the Dharma, and how much responsibility we are able to assume. If we are unable to carry all the responsibility of the Mahayana, we should practice the Foundational Vehicle. And even that is too difficult for many people.

Dharma practice is not about external appearances but about what is happening in our minds. Referring to a popular Chinese text, the Diamond Cutter Sutra, His Holiness pointed out that though this is classified as a Mahayana sutra, whether it becomes a Mahayana practice or not will depend on the state of mind of the individual.

“Whether we are Hinayana, Mahayana or even Buddhist, depends on the state of our mind when we practice and not on the texts we use,” he commented. ”We need to continually correct and revise our minds and examine ourselves.”

~Karmapa: Love and Compassion - Transforming our Relationships for the Better
http://the17thkarmapa.blogspot.tw/2016/06/love-and-compassion-transforming-our.html
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Just found a 'buddhist' website stealing content… then asking for dana for themselves (of course not for the people they siphoned content from)… while lying about asking for permission from content creators.

Taking what is not given, and speaking falsely.

Lovely!
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+Denis Wallez Sometimes I wonder if the internet is all second arrows :)
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There are always problems to face, but it makes a difference if our minds are calm. On the surface we may get upset, but it makes a difference if we are able to stay calm in the depths of our minds.
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Just as a silver smith step by step, bit by bit, moment to moment, blows away the impurities of molten silver… so the wise man, his own.
— Dhp 239

[or is it Remove the dross from the silver, and a silversmith can produce a vessel — Proverbs 25:4?]

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Encircled with craving,
people hop round & around
like a rabbit caught in a snare.
Tied with fetters & bonds
they go on to suffering,
again & again, for long.

— Dhp 342


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image: "Zen Rabbit", © Marc Bauer-Maison
(http://bauer-maison.com/viewer-slideshow.htm?15)
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June

People who had registered to receive the newsletter of +Dharma.house  (e.g. via http://en.dharma.house/retreats.htm) finally received the first issue yesterday… with the « Mindfulness bell » exclusive content.
For extra content (now that some content does hide behind secret.dharma.house), register to receive the newsletter!

Despite being pretty busy with retreats to prepare, with teachings of the +Dalai Lama to follow, with a #brexit  to campaign against and then with helping people to come to terms with the fallout of the referendum, this month has seen 10 original contributions posted on g+, including the substantial "On the delusion that freedom is unnecessary":
Working with the five hindrances (on +koan.無)
gplus.wallez.name/EnThXFtPW6R
A fire-breathing protector is hidden by the clouds
gplus.wallez.name/cLCcD471pXM
White Tara (at +Dharma.house)
gplus.wallez.name/TEf9n9xFXN3
2 hours of Q&A, by Hyon Gak Sunim
gplus.wallez.name/8vk9Z4aMvAE
An open world begins with an open mind
gplus.wallez.name/HTaFQtBbd4t
Pariyatti, patipatti and pativedha
gplus.wallez.name/2tUVmnS5he7
On the delusion that freedom is unnecessary
gplus.wallez.name/88EjYeVtyBT
Buddha-nature? Original enlightenment?
gplus.wallez.name/NNywBZYx7SW
Read for thought: empathy
gplus.wallez.name/K3xS7UuFPoF
Face au danger des fixations…
gplus.wallez.name/eXCnMJ1gRE3


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+Denis Wallez - Love the Dharma House mission statement :-)
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Karma is about tendencies… karma is also a root of ignorance… This great video (8'26'') explains why, without buddhist terms! It also makes clear why "right effort" is integral to a path of cessation of ignorance…

And in this time when even 'clever' people start asserting ignorant, selfish, racist, sexist bullshit and voting for the most stupid politicians ever seen just by virtue of noise level (from Brexit to Trump), it might be time to discern when to use certain modes of thinking / processing and when to refrain from doing so.

And of course, whose opinions are most familiar to you? Your own! And who do you think is right, by default, whenever a disagreement arises? No self-serving bias there, at all ;-)

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That was a great video, I have never seen him before, thanks for sharing this one.
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Notre chroniqueur Laurent Bigot se demande si la France – et l’Occident – est capable pour la paix des mêmes efforts que pour la guerre.
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No, the multiple arms are not some symbolism in relation to cephalopods, +Victor M Ceballos. There are various meanings symbolised thus, from helping all beings, to mastering all expedient means (to help), but tentacles are not it.
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The boulder

Suppose a man were to throw a large boulder into a deep lake of water, and a great crowd of people, gathering & congregating, would pray, praise and circumambulate with their hands palm-to-palm over the heart [saying,] "Rise up, O boulder! Come floating up, O boulder! Come float to the shore, O boulder!"
What do you think? Would that boulder —because of the prayers, praise and circumambulation of that great crowd of people— rise up, come floating up, or come float to the shore?

Paccha-bhumika sutta (SN 42.6)
www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn42/sn42.006.than.html
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+Lee Yew, Tan yes it is true
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Face au danger des fixations…

Essayer de convaincre par la parole un.e sourd.e est perdu d'avance, d'autant plus quand la surdité fût et reste choisie.

Vivement un temps futur où se replier sur soi, tuer le dialogue, ignorer l'autre, cristalliser les incompréhensions ne seront plus perçus par l'humanité comme des solutions.

Entre pays, entre riches et pauvres, entre nationaux et immigrants, entre courants de pensée, entre voisins, entre amis, entre proches aussi… entités qui pourraient vivre en harmonie mais finissent par ne plus se supporter, à cause d'opinions trop entières, de certitudes, d'obstination, d'un refus de comprendre une autre perspective, voire à cause de défiance, de peur.

Vivement un temps où la peur d'être vulnérable, la peur de perdre ses racines, la peur de se perdre, la peur de l'inconnu, la peur de vivre ensemble autrement, ne l'emporteront plus sur la raison, sur la collaboration, sur le dialogue, sur le progrès, sur le désir de paix…

La peur est un 'signal' qui peut parfois être utile à la survie… mais son message est "fais attention", il n'est pas "ferme la porte, ferme le dialogue, ferme les yeux"! Faire attention est une forme intense d'engagement, pas de repli. La différence entre les deux approches est aussi vaste que celle entre "vie" et "survie". Si on veut 'vivre', alors il faut avoir une relation avec la peur qui, sans la nier, n'entraine pas le repli sur soi.


Un risque majeur existe quand une entité tente le dialogue pendant longtemps, espère concilier les différentes perspectives, puis finit par perdre courage face à l'obstination de l'autre. C'est la même faiblesse et la même peur de se perdre qui gagnent, le même repli, le même rejet, par dépit, par frustration: c'est alors facile d'en avoir marre d'attendre le bon vouloir de l'autre, c'est alors facile de claquer la porte, et de faire porter à jamais sur l'autre la responsabilité de l'échec… Mais persévérer en faveur du dialogue et de l'apaisement est la seule stratégie valable. Cela peut être inconfortable, douloureux même, et dialogue n'implique pas forcément accord (c'est une erreur de base que de conditioner un dialogue à l'obtention d'un accord, puisque la possibilité même d'un accord ne peut pas sérieusement être conçue avant d'entendre la perspective de l'autre!), mais laisser le repli sur soi gagner n'est pas digne de notre humanité, de notre capacité à dépasser, à transcender, à vivre au delà de simplement survivre.

Et alors même que je crois profondément à cela, aujourd'hui, je ne sais pas comment le manifester, je ne vois pas comment favoriser le dialogue. Intention louable, mais comment la réaliser? J'espère être plus créatif dans quelques heures

Attendre que les personnes qui ferment les portes réalisent par elles-mêmes l'étendue des dégâts créés par focalisation sur les différences, par aveuglement vis-à-vis de notre unité, semble une stratégie bien passive. Est-ce la seule? On ne peut pas 'forcer' l'autre à communiquer, à partager, à faire confiance, à prendre le risque de la vulnérabilité… mais on peut garder la porte ouverte, inviter encore et encore, rester disponible "au cas où", faire attention à chaque étincelle d'espoir, à chaque ouverture aussi minime soit-elle. Patiemment essuyer refus sur refus, rejet sur rejet, "tendre l'autre joue" diraient certains, est dur, très dur, mais laisser le repli sur soi gagner n'est pas digne de notre humanité.
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To destroy the "old world" is always a lot easier, and faster, than to build the "new age"…
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+Denis Wallez​ & +BupSahn Sunim​ thank you for sharing. I'm not a European and don't pretend to even begin to understand the intricacies of European politics. As a matter of fact this short dialog has opened my eyes to just how little the American media really conveys real meaning and intent in their message. For that I thank both of you greatly. I understand and agree with what both of you are saying. I'm sure their are other valid views and concerns by those that decided to vote for departure beyond the self centeredness that was evident in some of the leadership. I would only ask that you look at what those valid concerns are and how they may be accommodated with all the others.
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  • International Buddhist College
    M.A. in Buddhist Studies (award for academic excellence), 2012 - 2015
    Theravāda Buddhism, History of Indian Buddhism, Mahāyāna Buddhism, Buddhism and Society, Lamrim Chenmo, Buddhism In Japan, Theravāda Abhidhamma, Chinese Buddhist Thought, Bodhisattva Ideal, Buddhist Psychotherapy, Survey of the Doctrines of the Abhidharma Schools — independent research on "Japanese Buddhism in the Tale of Genji".
  • Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments
    Certificates in Securities & in Derivatives + annual CPD certificates, 2007 - 2012
    FSA-approved Financial Advisor + individual charter (2009–2012)
  • Armée de l'air
    Certificat d'Aptitude Militaire, 2000
    Sergent (R)
  • École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne
    M.Sc. in Telecommunications (ingénieur Grande École), 1993 - 1996
    Computer science (major in «Parallel and Distributed Computing»), maths, physics, economics, foreign languages (fluent: English, Spanish) + options (Japanese language, art history).
  • Lycée du Parc, Lyon
    Math'Sup' & Math'spé' M, 1991 - 1993
    major in mathematics; minor in physics — ∫ x.dx = 3/2
  • Lycée Lumière, Lyon
    Baccalauréat C, 1991
    majors in mathematics & physics; minor in biology
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Introduction
For the time being, my g+ posts are voluntarily limited to Buddhism (as an Eastern mix of philosophy and psychology, not so much as a religion). However, in relation to Buddhism, nothing is considered off-limits!
My primary take on Buddhism is «Might as well be happy, since we're here!» The secondary take addresses how we can cease dissatisfaction in practical terms (considering that mundane life is not an obstacle to the dharma).

Given my other interests and experiences, I might however comment —sometimes at length— on others' posts regarding investment banking, economics, economic policies, politics; computer science, networks; philosophy, psychology;  typography, photography, sculpture; aikido, iaido; music; argentinian tango dancing…

To search through my content, it can be helpful to use the search box at koan.. My energy currently is directed toward opening the bricks-and-mortar manifestation of this endeavour, called dharma house: a face-to-face setup hopefully better suited for an active participation than the passive, TV-like, social media 'streams'.


Some popular original posts included:

The most commented-upon post is: Vegetarianism and lay buddhists
The second most commented-upon post is: Porn

The popular «meditation» series is now accessible via koan.mu/meditation.htm

The «karmic continuation» series is: 1. Capitalism, 2. Dualistic views, 3. "The end justifies the means", 4. Arms race, 5. News (Newtown, MA)

The «Christianity and Zen Buddhism» series: part 1 with annexpart 2part 3 and part 4


I am not a big fan of clinging, and so I quite naturally reject "clinging to traditional translations because they're classical." This includes the usual translation of the four noble truths (classic presentation): cf. the four tasks of the noble one, cf. life is pleasurable and ordinary minds can't get enough of it, cf. "on clinging to a particular translation of the 'four noble truths'."
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Buddhist teacher, philosopher and counsellor
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Listening & responding with compassion, loving-kindness, sympathetic joy and equanimity… Cutting through veils of ignorance (notably ignorance of logic and of causality)
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  • dharma.house
    teacher, philosopher and counsellor, 2016 - present
    The bricks-and-mortar continuation of koan.無! Founded in 2016, it enables deeper and further ways to practice. [http://dharma.house]
  • koan.無
    teacher, philosopher and counsellor, 2011 - present
    Many different labels (teacher, ajahn, 師傅, गुरु, 先生, sir…), only one function: transmission of knowledge and tools, to support further enquiry! Learning never stops. [http://koan.mu]
  • various banks
    investment banker, 1996 - 2012
    Quant'; Head of "R&D"; Head of "model risk"; Trader; Product development lead… but also mentor, coach, trainer, teacher, volunteer, first aider…
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Lyon - Plouzané (France) - Budapest (Hungary) - Paris (France) - Bruxelles (Belgium) - London (United Kingdom) - Chennai (India)
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