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BABY JESUS LOVES DONALD TRUMP BECAUSE HE HAS MONEY, AND CAN BUY BABY JESUS ANYTHING BABY JESUS WANTS, INCLUDING TRUMP BRANDED SWADDLING CLOTHES! BUY THEM! BUY ALL TCHOCHKES! JUST OPEN UP THAT WALLET!
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"What is your exercise goal?"
Today, two people at worked asked me essentially the same question.  I was actually confused; isn't the "goal" of exercise to sustain and cultivate one's existence?  I was going to say "Why did Bodhidharma come from the West," but that would have been too i...
Today, two people at worked asked me essentially the same question. I was actually confused; isn't the "goal" of exercise to sustain and cultivate one's existence? I was going to say "Why did Bodhidharma come from the West," but that would have been too inside baseball.
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I'll be skipping the Portland Buddhist Festival this year...
Last year I showed up and Falun DaFa was there.   They're there again this year .  I brought this up to the BPF organizer, Heidi, and received some not too kind vitriol in response; something about me not being inclusive or something or other. I hate to say...
Last year I showed up and Falun DaFa was there. They're there again this year. I brought this up to the BPF organizer, Heidi, and received some not too kind vitriol in response; something about me not being inclusive or something or other. I hate to say it but it's times like that which cause me ...
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The Dharmakaya and the deity concept
I have never written a post on the Dharmakaya in the 10+ years this blog has existed. I'm not sure anyone else has either, except possibly for Brad Warner , and if he didn't, he should have. (Sorry Brad I didn't read your book.)  Because he might be more qu...
I'm not sure anyone else has either, except possibly for Brad Warner , and if he didn't, he should have. (Sorry Brad I didn't read your book.) Because he might be more qualified to write about the topic than me, except for the more than average education I had in Christianity, though, ...
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Get dressed, get blessed. Try to be a success. Please her, please him, buy gifts. Or,on being a 臥龍
Brad Warner has an interesting piece out that deals with issues that have been on my mind for quite a while. Success depends on measurement and comparison. On the one hand, I am successful because I have six books out, all of which are still in print includ...
Success depends on measurement and comparison. On the one hand, I am successful because I have six books out, all of which are still in print including the first one I published over ten years ago. I don't have to punch a clock every day. I'm my own boss. I earn enough to pay my rent and my ...
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Back in the USA, and my trip to 円覚寺
I'm happy to be back here.   I'm also glad I finally got to visit Engakuji (円覚寺) - "circle awakening temple,"  which is one of the head temples of Rinzai shu.  I have photographs on my phone, and will try to update this based on those photos. I sat in a Sun...
I'm also glad I finally got to visit Engakuji (円覚寺) - "circle awakening temple," which is one of the head temples of Rinzai shu. I have photographs on my phone, and will try to update this based on those photos. I sat in a Sunday morning zazenkai (座禅会) ("zazen meeting").
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WITH HIS SMALL HANDS AND MYSTICAL TOUPEÉ DONALD TRUMP IS THE PINK GRANITE IN YOUR ATRIUM! HE'S GOING TO BE INTERRED IN A TERRIFIC WALL! HE WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, EVEN MORE SO THAN TONY THE TIGER, HIS COUSIN COULD DO. ...
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From the Founder of Falun Da Fa, which attended today's Portland Buddhist Festival
Sorry for 2 posts in a row about this topic, but I think it's important for people to know just what we're talking about when we talk about Falun Da Fa, and its relationship to what ethnic Buddhists think and what liberal convert Western Buddhists think abo...
Sorry for 2 posts in a row about this topic, but I think it's important for people to know just what we're talking about when we talk about Falun Da Fa, and its relationship to what ethnic Buddhists think and what liberal convert Western Buddhists think about Buddhism.
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見性,臥龍, and how to talk about something you might not want to talk about. Oh, and Buddhist Ethics, too!
The more I think about it, the more I think about how the ethos of the hidden master - the "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" ethos (or more Japanese-y 臥龍, (がりゅう,  garyū) , hidden talent, literally "reclining dragon") permeates Zen practice.  Or perhaps it ou...
The more I think about it, the more I think about how the ethos of the hidden master - the "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" ethos (or more Japanese-y 臥龍, (がりゅう, garyū), hidden talent, literally "reclining dragon") permeates Zen practice. Or perhaps it ought to do so.
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Buddhist Ethics?
Via Buddhist Geeks, I came across  this piece on (")Buddhist ethics(")  by David Chapman, who I have to say is a guy I haven't heard about before. Mr. Chapman notes: I use “Buddhist ethics” (with scare quotes) to refer to the ethics taught by Consensus Budd...
I use “Buddhist ethics” (with scare quotes) to refer to the ethics taught by Consensus Buddhism. (Consensus Buddhism is the American synthesis of the ideals of the 1960s youth movement with Asian Buddhist modernism.) Traditional Buddhist morality is quite different, as I'll explain in upcoming ...
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Japanese Zen Culture, and American Zen Culture
I wanted to write a bit on this piece I found by Koun Franz on Zen Culture , from my perspective as a guy who's been doing Rinzai Zen practice for more than a couple of decades or so now, and as a guy who's practiced at temples in China, Japan, and the US, ...
I wanted to write a bit on this piece I found by Koun Franz on Zen Culture, from my perspective as a guy who's been doing Rinzai Zen practice for more than a couple of decades or so now, and as a guy who's practiced at temples in China, Japan, and the US, although not regularly outside of the US ...
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Interesting exchange
I kind of ignored the bit where Brad Warner got to talking about physics . But I did have to question his bit of 只管打坐 versus 公案 座禅. I also think that the idea that 公案 座禅 is "sudden" enlightenment versus leads some in the 曹洞宗 - at least its American version ...
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I kind of ignored the bit where Brad Warner got to talking about physics. But I did have to question his bit of 只管打坐 versus 公案 座禅. I also think that the idea that 公案 座禅 is "sudden" enlightenment versus leads some in the 曹洞宗 - at least its American version - to mischaracterize 公案 ...
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