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    Allejandro: There is no "should" regarding...

    Allejandro:

    There is no "should" regarding particular bodily sensations during meditation. The sensation of rising body temperature, feeling warmer, is common, though not universal. If it is not...
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    Feelings of body temperature change during...

    Feelings of body temperature change during meditation, either feeling warmer or colder, are common. (They have to do with shifts in chi/ki circulation.) I wouldn't be concerned about it, unless you...
  3. "Kami no Michi" is available online at: ...

    "Kami no Michi" is available online at:

    http://www.tsubakishrine.org/home.html

    Best wishes,
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    Mr. Brown, thanks for the insightful post. A few...

    Mr. Brown, thanks for the insightful post. A few comments follow:

    In general I think people make too much of the limitations regarding words. First, a technical point; it is possible in specific...
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    Really a good discussion. Just a few points: ...

    Really a good discussion. Just a few points:

    Buddhism is a huge subject. Because this is a budo forum, views about Buddhism tend to be restricted to specific Japanese forms of Buddhism (usually...
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    Good Friends: I agree with Mike. ...

    Good Friends:

    I agree with Mike. "Enlightenment" in a Buddhist context is not relative. From a Buddhist perspective there is no possible way one would conclude that Hitler was enlightened. ...
  7. Thread: Ten Evils

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    As a footnote to Fred's excellent post, there is...

    As a footnote to Fred's excellent post, there is a fourth trangression that results in expulsion from the Buddhist Monastic Order. To claim spiritual attainments that one has not, in fact, attained...
  8. Thread: Ten Evils

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    For those who are interested in this sort of...

    For those who are interested in this sort of thing, the 10 Precepts that Stevens refers to are from the Mahayana Brahma's Net Sutra. (There is also a Brahma's Net Sutta in the Pali Canon, the first...
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    Good Friends: I agree with the above post by...

    Good Friends:

    I agree with the above post by Beginner David. One way of looking at this is from the perspective of syncreticism. In the East Asian area it is fairly common for people to belong...
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    Greetings: The kinds of images you are...

    Greetings:

    The kinds of images you are referring to are fairly common in the Zen traditions. The Bodhidharma imagery represents the legend that in order to stay awake during extended periods of...
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    Hi Robert: Two resources might offer some...

    Hi Robert:

    Two resources might offer some help. First, "The Bodhidharma Anthology" by Jeffrey Broughton. This contains the earliest texts relating to Bodhidharma, including those found early in...
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    If there is a Soto group near you, I would check...

    If there is a Soto group near you, I would check it out. Soto Zen is very direct, with a strong emphasis on zazen, meditation, practice.

    I'm not sure what you mean by "describe"; so here are a...
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    Good Friend: If you want to practice Zen the...

    Good Friend:

    If you want to practice Zen the best suggestion is to contact a Zen organization or Temple near you. "Near" might not mean in the same town. You might be able to visit only now and...
  14. Thread: Shambhala

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    Hi Garry: The experience you described isn't...

    Hi Garry:

    The experience you described isn't that unusual for meditators. But I think the question is, do you think there is someone at the center that you could talk to about it and feel...
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    The view that the Kegon/Avatamsaka Sutra was...

    The view that the Kegon/Avatamsaka Sutra was taught immediately after the Buddha's enlightenment is derived from T'ien T'ai/Tendai exegesis. Chih I categorized all of the Sutras in the Buddhist...
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    The term "meditation" covers a number of...

    The term "meditation" covers a number of practices. It is a huge topic.

    One aspect of meditation is "concentration" or one-pointed mind. My observation has been that this is the primary focus of...
  17. Thread: Zazen help?

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    Greetings: Breathing difficulties in zazen can...

    Greetings:

    Breathing difficulties in zazen can be for several reasons.

    First, check your posture. If your back is not straight, you may be collapsing the diaphragm area in front, which gives...
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    Sebastien: I don't think we disagree. The...

    Sebastien:

    I don't think we disagree. The history of T'ien T'ai/Tendai is fairly complex. Here's my understanding:

    Ganjin brought the teachings of T'ien T'ai to Japan, and introduced them to...
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    Good Friends: For those interested in the...

    Good Friends:

    For those interested in the Kegon tradition, Kegon Shu, here are a few recommendations. The Kegon tradition is the Japanese name for the Chinese Hua Yen, which is based on the...
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    Thanks to koryu.com!

    Good Friends:

    I just wanted to say thanks for the koryu.com site. The presentation is very clear and the issues raised are articulately presented. I found it very helpful.

    Many of the issues...
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