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March 25, 2010


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Thank you for your many comments on the Lankavatara Sutra. I had read Goddard's translation years ago (early in sitting practice) and most of it had gone un- (or under-)appreciated. Now, with a few more years "on the cushion" I am reading it again with many "a-ha" moments.

Again, where did I blame the Buddha? My entire point was that certain zen "masters" really are clearly Buddhist heretics; e.g. violate the 1st precept. What part of that don't you understand? Until you answer a simple question, why should I consider your posts?

Notice how the witless twat Peter Harvey (see below) who wrote the demonic book "The Selfless Mind" writes a 5-star review on his own book to counter the many 1-star reviews. I am reminded of a poem in which Satan sings a song in his own praise.

Peter Harvey writes "5 STARS"---PS I did not add the stars to rate my own book- I could not delete them. I publish these review extracts as a counterweight to some of the negative reviews on this site.

The sentence; "Aaah...the unmistakable scent of frustration, failure and more frustration." served as a measure of your spiritual maturity. Although I even inserted a quote from Friedrich Nietzsche as to give you a hint you failed miserably to realize how easy the mundane mind can enter a trap and suffer (in this case language).

It was a small example how easy it is to loose sight of ones own mundane mind when it reacts like a distressed monkey in its daily encounters with the jungle of birth and death.

The healing light of genuine compassion has nothing to do with activities based on suppositions.

To aid something percieved as an animal in pain or a starving human being is a mere act of ordinary decency. Genuine compassion as propagated by Buddhas, though miserably misunderstood by most today, deals with profound matters of Mind and spirit.

Once again, as a reminder in case your failures to realize this through proper dhyana continues, read the Mahaparinirvana sutra (especially the last sentence in the excerpt);

"Also, next, O good man! If a person truly sees all things as "is" and general and individual forms as fixed, know that this person will - when he sees any concrete thing - see as though looking at a concrete thing. This will apply down to consciousness. When he encounters consciousness, he will entertain the thought of having had a consciousness [of something].

Seeing a man, he will see the form of a man; seeing a woman, the form of a woman; seeing the sun, the form of the sun; seeing the moon, the form of the moon; seeing the form of age, the form of age; seeing a skandha, the form of a skandha; seeing a sense-sphere, the form of a sensesphere; seeing a sense-realm, the form of a sense-realm. Any such person is the kindred of Mara. One who is the kindred of Mara does not possess a pure mind.

Also, next, O good man! A person might come to think that the Self is matter ["rupa"], that the Self exists in matter; that there is matter in the Self, that matter belongs to the Self. Or he may view the Self as consciousness, or think that the Self exists in consciousness, that consciousness exists in the Self, that consciousness belongs to the Self. Any such person who views things thus belongs to Mara; any person who see things thus is not my disciple."

Nirvana Sutra, Chapter 31, page 306.

What does it serve a man to bind himself to matter and all things of matter, if liberation from the suffering caused by ignorant interactions with matter and the unfortunate causations arised therefrom, is his innermost desire?

Frank wrote: "Much of what is written here and in zen in general seems like an intellectual exercise--something like a Rubic's sphere".

I can assure you that for those with little sand in their eyes, the articles conveyed by this unique author fills, in its own little but important way, a void created by the vast masses of incurable materialists, nihilists and likeminded denizens lost in black poisonous clouds of spiritual confusion.

Aaah...the unmistakable scent of frustration, failure and more frustration. Blame Zen, blame the buddha, blame the ones conveying the liberating teachings of the Buddha. Blame everything and evereyone but yourself and your own spiritual inadequacy, steeming from a stubborn unwillingness to transcend the skandhas even for but a split second and experience at least something of the truth brought forth in this article."

Where did I blame the Buddha? I simply pointed out that zen can definitely be called a Buddhist heresy when it approves of those "masters" (or at least one prominent one) who grossly violated the number one precept simply (to abstain from taking life)to make a "zen" point.

Your failure to locate the main idea in a brief passage of text is a failure of reading comprehension at its most basic.

You also then engage in something close to ad hominum attacks rather than address the aforementioned point.

As for blaming myself, I do that on a regular basis.

As for frustration and failure, I plead guilty on both of those counts.

As for the "skandhas", I'd love to transcend them, if such a thing is truly possible, but violating the precepts can't be the way to do that--at least according to the buddha.

Speaking of which, I was sickened to pick a dead cat off the road today (I wasn't sure he was dead) and took him to the Humane Society in Mentor, Ohio and gave a donation as well in accordance with Buddhist principles. Call 'em and ask if you don't believe me. Ask for Dan. No, I don't believe in merit or karma--just sayin', an act of compassion, even a failed one, is the heart of Buddhism.

I don't think suffering sentient beings give a fig if you "transcend the skandhas" or not.

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