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  1. I haven't attempted to read it yet as I think I needed a Huayan 101 to start me off. I can e-mail it to you if you don't have it, but beware it is a massive file.

    Look forward to hearing from you. There is much to discuss.

    Best wishes


  2. Looking into Zen and Ch'an, it became obvious that the foundation came from Huayan. It takes the prajna-paramita sutras so well suited to Zen, to a whole,new, deeper level. The depth and scope of Huayan thought is unfathomable. Utterly mindboggling. I don't think it's possible to ever totally understand it, at least in this life.

    I have a PDF of the Thomas Cleary translation of...

  3. I switched my meditation to shikantaza and noticed an immediate change. 'Just sitting' without any goal, or expectation of any kind, letting everything come and go without having to 'work' with thoughts, feelings, noting of every nanosecond of activity etc etc.

    I feel much better for the switch in meditative practice. More vibrant but with a sense of lightness that was miss...

  4. Even though Huayan is a highly metaphysical form of Buddhism, I believe it to be accessible through meditation. The story of how I came into contact with it was firstly through vipassana. Reflecting on impermenance and seeing the constant flux of all life in daily activities. This led me to emptiness and the Mahayana. Arousing and developing Bodhicitta became an important aspect of my life.

  5. Hi 2netis.

    I'm actually reading the Garma Chang book at the minute. I think it's a good overview of Huayan thought but also does go into detail on some important points . I'm not finished reading it yet so I'll give a more detailed response when I'm done.

  6. Just curious about Lamb's Masters degree and where she is studying for the doctorate in religious studies - thinking it would give me a little context for her Buddhist, uhhhhhhh philosophy. I've recently been somewhat interested in her methods after following some helpful links at this site. I'd like to look into it a little bit more. I must admit I'm really curious about her almost strident insistence that Qigong energy work is NOT Non-Dual - ie, IS Dualistic. OK, no problem with that, never thought it was "non-dual." Then here and there I find her speaking of these different levels of "spiritual" work - some so spiritual, presumably non-dualistic, that they are not to be shared ever. Why is this puzzling - what is her context for any of this ? Sorry I'm so inquisitive.... Anyone? Thanks in advance.
  7. Taoism Vs Buddhism

    You are way too kind and its an honor to just be here! Best wishes to all.
  8. Taoism Vs Buddhism

    Thank you both - CowTao too - for your kind words. Nice to meet you. You know of course that one just gets out of the way of the words of our teachers so they might shine through! In any case I'm glad something here clicked for you. I'm honored to be here among so much skill and wisdom. The links you give to the HwaYen info is really great. You are reading my mind. I've been looking into the Flower Garland for some time now and not too much is available on it. This info is really welcome at this time! My fave book so far is the Garma Chang version: THE BUDDHIST TEACHING OF TOTALITY. Feel free to pm me if you want to share more! Sincere best wishes
  9. Taoism Vs Buddhism

    Hi again Jet, Appreciate this...I was pretty sure I'd rowed this little boat right up into a dry ravine here ....;-) I had no idea about HHDL's pulling on beards but I've heard him speak a couple of times and there is a twinkle in his eye and voice that is irrepressible - even with all that he has to deal with. A remarkable man for sure. I re-read the BKF thing and it seems that much , maybe all, his exposure to Buddhism is academic. Not quite the best way to recognize the deep link to the Tao, it seems to me. I do know, and suspect that you also sense this, that many many Buddhists struggle with this emptiness idea...as an idea. I did so for some years until finally one day I read - for the 25th time - the Diamond Sutra. I quit looking at the part about "have the thought not based in anything" and for just a moment I heard the whole thing speak to me right through the chair and the sunlight I was sitting in. Uncanny! How could I ever ignore the world As It Is again? It IS the entry...the middle way...which emptiness wants. The whole thing, nothing hidden, nothing missing. Incredible! Absolutely everything! The TTC says: #2 (part) "Being and nonbeing arise together: hard and easy complete each other long and short shape each other .... The things of this world exist, they are; you cant refuse them." And then after that it became so obvious to me how intention, in the moment and certainly no where else, forms the next moment and the next. Actually, I'm quite convinced that this intention, in this very moment , changes karma - Buddhist Causes And Conditions Karma. I've even started writing a novel about exactly this. And....lots of humor in it too! For humor from a Buddhist, here is a Tendai monk - now a Zen something-or-other, in some wry, off color and definitely irreverent humor video clips. This teacher of Buddhism has an amazing depth. http://www.youtube.com/user/expandcontract#p/u/73/usFL7YstLnY Best wishes and thanks for ringing in.
  10. Taoism Vs Buddhism

    Truly, truly. Embarrassed to say that my eyes are a bit wet reading this. Thank you so much for this. I agree because the starting point and the "ending" point is found to be the same point. Blockbuster thread in my eyes. Best wishes!
  11. Gettin' Ready for the Rapture

    Well....then...this isn't so bad. maybe I made it after all?
  12. Gettin' Ready for the Rapture

    I am just speechless. Thank you for posting this, because I'd never have known and you are really lucky to live so close to the source. Those silly Mayans indeed! Unfortunately this is a calendar conflict for me. I have an appointment out at Area 51 on the 21st. Do you think They'll take a raincheck? Oh sorry...a Soncheck? apologies... to any offended....well sort of.....
  13. Taoism Vs Buddhism

    Many sincere thanks for your thoughts. For anyone who would like a bit more on this Buddhist “non-existence” idea, I offer this brief and entirely inadequate little bit of info: Buddhism grew out of Vedanta - or rather out of the Buddha's dissatisfaction with the priest's exclusive practices of the time in India. Advaita Vedanta is a later non-dual evolution of Vedanta. Buddha's teachings eventually trickled into China as primarily Mahayana Buddhism. They gained broad interest when Bodhidharma (possibly a mythical figure) brought both a martial arts form (he was a warrior prince from India) and highly evolved Buddhist meditation methods to China in about 500 CE. He became the first patriarch of Zen - at Shaolin. He has only one inheritor of the lineage bowl and robe but from there Chan Buddhism took off quite fast as it adapted to and merged with existing Taoist philosophy. This became Chan or a little later "Zen" in Japan. In some circles, Chan/Zen is an absolute heresy and is not even considered proper Buddhism. The original or Theravada Buddhists thought that one is responsible for ones own cessation of suffering (enlightenment) and for that one only. As the Mahayana got going it was recognized that the reality of enlightenment is not a personal thing at all. It also recognized that there is no difference or division between some enlightened world and this very one. Only the knowing it is so, that there is no difference, is the difference. This is an awakening which does not rest on the idea that life is an illusion to be seen through and which must be then totally discarded. Mahayana sees that This Is It. Just as it is. Mahayana finds that it is both the emptiness of all the form of life and the fullness of the forms of life, taken together, that actually describes awakening fully. THIS IS IT, AS IT IS and it is incredibly so. The Buddha said that it is like a dream, a phantom, lightening bolt and a bubble in the stream. And there is naught else! Nothing any more or less sacred or important or discoverable than what is right here right now! END OF SEARCH. There are several Mahayana sutras which are important to Chan Buddhists because they describe this in a kind of detail not readily found in the somewhat more symbolic language of the Tao-Te Ching. The understanding is present in the TTC but I find that the Taoists who intuitively understand this are somewhat less able to express it as so. (it's just my experience...) And also, many Buddhists are too often drowning in emptiness - thinking that every thing is empty, end of story, get over it. It is just not so when understood in the Mahayana. The Buddha himself warned about this - as nihilism. In this is way it is called the middle way between the extremes of nothingness and something-ness. It all looks the same – its just all in the understanding of what one is “looking at” and who is doing the looking . AS the Zen people say; "Nothing Hidden" Here's a few zen sayings which point to the truth of the Mahayana in which emptiness depends on form which depends on emptiness. A Taoist understanding if ever there was one! To stay with emptiness alone is no less dissatisfying than to stick with form alone. In learning this as a practice, the first thing is to try to see through form and understand why. When done, emptiness is recognized, and maybe, even the sense of a self that has found it may be disintegrating somewhat.....but don't stop there. An amazing realization is in ready to be uncovered – right in one's own pocket - or backyard - or the supermarket..... ---These quotes describe some understanding as the two come back together as the All That Is. “First there are mountains and rivers then there are no mountains and rivers then there mountains and rivers again.” ~Zen saying “If you understand, things are just as they are. If you do not understand, things are just as they are.” ~Zen saying ---On the practice of getting rid of something - such as form (the world) - which would employ the pursuit of something such as “emptiness”: "Make no effort to work or to renounce: all effort is bondage." ~Ramana Maharshi "If you seek the truth in some special way, you will gain a path. This is to lose the truth which is hidden in the path. If you seek truth without any special way of seeking, it is found as it really is.... and it is life itself. ~Meister Eckhart “Truth is a pathless land”. ~J Krishnamurti “Inside every human being there is an authentic person that has no position, rank, standing or path.” ~Chan Mster Linji So none of this leaves any place to stand or to hang on to – including non-existence. “ The Tao that can be spoken (or practiced) is not the Tao.” The Tao is not emptiness or non existence either This leaves what the original Chan masters sometimes offered as HuaTou dialogue as a method for understanding. Such dialogue is not complete without the acknowledgment of What Is also in the perceptions of consciousness, as form, as intrinsic complete IS-ness. This is “suchness” or “thussnes”. In Buddhism this understanding is outlined in the Mahayana Diamond Sutra and others. The Mahayana Buddhist vow is to “Save all sentient beings.” Obviously impossible. An yet there is a way to recognize what this means. It might be expressed as: If you do understand, then saving all sentient beings is impossible. If you don't understand, then saving all sentient beings is impossible. So...what is understood? It's not nearly so simple as just abiding in emptiness and, at the same time, is even easier and much more 'complete' that that. To take a stand in either emptiness or in form is to ascribe to a religion, path, a place to stand from which to make religious pronouncements of doctrine. To make the claim that Buddhism is a religion is to make a religious claim based in an unconscious religion - a common mistake. And yes I am sure there are much better ways of expressing this. If you know, then please point the way! Best wishes. Edited I just read some of the BKF interview and I was reminded of something that relates to this idea of the desirability of 'no place to stand'. My own satisfaction with Buddhist practice and study has been in the exposure of the trance like hypnosis we all are floating in until we wake up to it. Personally, I think it is absolutely important to recognize what that trance is and how it is induced - self or otherwise. (For a good look at transparently induced trance induction, check out Effie Chow videos on Youtube. She could teach Bandler and Grinder a thing or two. ) It is not always necessarily a bad thing, but one should have the choice. Constantly feeling compelled to choose one or another stance or ideology or philosophy - including 'Buddhism', because it is thought to be better than the previous one, is a never ending proposition and is actually like a ball and chain. No clue at all where he gets the idea that Buddhists are less interested in living the here and now. Maybe I just didn't understand what he said. Also was mildly amused at BKF's assessment of the lack of naturalness and humor in Buddhism. I'll grant him his experience, and Tentai is sometimes rather sternly serious, and yet the funniest most irreverent people I know are Zen priests, Buddhists in general and the very funniest is a Tendai monk. So sad this has been his experience with Buddhism because it certainly is not mine. I cannot compare to Taoist priests and even if I could, well, that would just be choosing a place to stand for a comparison that makes for more attachment or aversion. Respectfully.....