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How to find the right Dhamma teacher

At this point I venture to say that the school one picks is largely irrelevant. It's much more about the teacher's ability to connect the map of the teaching with the jungle of your immediate living ...
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How to find the right Dhamma teacher

The Dhamma of the Buddha is the right dhamma teacher; as stated in the Pali suttas. I have set forth the Dhamma without making any distinction of esoteric and exoteric doctrine; there is nothing, ...
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How to find the right Dhamma teacher

I would recommend you to pick the tradition closest to the original teachings of the Buddha and try to find a good teacher within that tradition. Trying many traditions would probably lead you to ...
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How to find the right Dhamma teacher

The Udayi Sutta (AN 5.159) describes the five qualities in one qualified to teach the Dhamma: "It's not easy to teach the Dhamma to others, Ananda. The Dhamma should be taught to others only when ...
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Modern vs traditional Zen

"Original Zen", it is said, was started as an act by Mahākāśyapa (one of the original 5 disciples of Gautama Shakyamuni. He gave a knowing look to Gautama when he held up a flower. The genealogy of ...
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Ghost or horror stories/videos are appropriate during Pandemic moment?

Ghost and horror stories are thrill-seeking venues, not much different from a roller-coaster or bungie-jump. The egoic mind seeks them out because it suffers from an existential fear of extinction. ...
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The Buddha-nature of a dog

People often report this koan with out explaining the surface meaning. Chinese at the time considered dogs nasty dirty animals, that hold the same position as pigs in the western mind. Pigs or ...
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Why is Zen/Chan thought to be more related to Buddhism than to Taoism?

This suggestion that Zen/Chan is Taoism tends to come from the Taoists/Chinese nationalists themselves rather than any real Chan teachings. I am from a Chinese Buddhist school of Chan lineage. Before ...
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Bodhidharma leaving for china

This is a long-standing mystery, described in many Zen Koans. Here are two Koans from the Gateless Gate that mentions it: Kyogen said: "Zen is like a man hanging in a tree by his teeth over a ...
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How to find the right Dhamma teacher

I tried to follow everything from the nissayamuccaka-course which I described in this answer, when I was still in a monk-hood by myself; and I had a low-quality teacher for about five years; before I ...
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Is there any authentic Chan Buddhist lineage operating in the West/Europe?

There's only two Ch'an lines active in the West that I know of, the first one founded by Hsuan Hua. Its headquarters are in California. It has branch temples, for the West mainly in the US, listed on ...
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Xin Ling Fa Men 心灵法门 - New "Buddhism"?

There are a lot of people like this 'Master Lu' in the world, in every faith and religion, with small groups of followers or large. Most are honest, many are indifferent, some are charlatans, a few ...
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What do the words of the Mahayana Buddhist mean?

Let's say there's a person called George, who is a lay single unmarried man, aged 39, and is strongly interested in Buddhism. Now let's take a look at other people around him. Let's say his friend Tom,...
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Ghost or horror stories/videos are appropriate during Pandemic moment?

Ghost or horror stories/videos are not appropriate during a pandemic. Instead, you should educate yourself about the reality of pandemic, such as at this link. Watching ghost or horror stories/videos ...
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Xin Ling Fa Men 心灵法门 - Little House

Searching for "burning house", one finds this: Thag16.1:8.1: Having realized the supreme Dhamma, Thag16.1:8.2: without needing anything in the whole world, Thag16.1:8.3: one doesn’t grieve ...
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Is there any authentic Chan Buddhist lineage operating in the West/Europe?

There’s an Obaku lineage in NJ. It’s not purely Chinese, but definitely more “mainland” than it is Japan. Of course, unless you’re looking tie back into your family’s culture, does the nationality ...
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What do the words of the Mahayana Buddhist mean?

No. Imaginary things are fancies generated by the mind. Your eyes and ears do not "imagine." Your mind does. Your eye-consciousness does not imagine visions, but you can use your mind-...
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Chinese Buddhists consider all people to be potential Buddhas

Buddhism holds that any being can become enlightened if they follow the Buddha's teachings. Different sects of Buddhism envision it on different timescales, and different sects have different ...
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What is the doctrinal justification for Shaolin martial arts?

From the little I've read, there's a legend that Boddhidarma taught the martial art in the 5th century to monks of the Shaolin monastery, so they could defend themselves from bandits and animals. ...
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What is the doctrinal justification for Shaolin martial arts?

SN35.88:13.1: “But if they do stab you with a knife, what will you think of them then?” SN35.88:14.1: “If they stab me with a knife, I’ll think: SN35.88:14.2: ‘These people of Sunāparanta are gracious,...
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Translation of a Chinese Bön book about Dzogchen

I coudn't find a translation, but from what I gather from the title: 大圆满 Dzogchen 前行 forward, advance 法海 Fa-Hai 法海 Fa-Hai was a Chan monk in the Tang dynasty, but is also the name of a Sino-Tibetan ...
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Ghost or horror stories/videos are appropriate during Pandemic moment?

While watching horror movies or reading horror stories are not against the five precepts, these are definitely considered unwholesome and unskillful, because they fill the mind with aversion and ...
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Can anyone explain how 'stimulus / response' appears in Chinese or Japanese Buddhism?

This is an extremely broad question, I will limit my response to Ch'an/Zen Buddhism. Starting in the earliest schools of Ch'an in Sung China, we find the practice of a stimulus/response ritual the ...
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Is "ghost month" really a Buddhist concept?

It appears this practice originated from Taoism, not from Buddhism. However, there is an account of hungry ghosts stories in Buddhism. (Petavattu) In Sri Lanka, we pass merits to departed relatives ...
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Bodhidharma leaving for china

What prompted the great BodhiDharma to go to China to spread his teachings- why not at home in the first place. Because he was a noble disciple who fulfilled the instruction of the Great Teacher: "...
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Bodhidharma leaving for china

He never went. For he had no purpose. At least, that is what a Daoist perspective on the Koan would suggest as an "answer". And given that Chan (Zen) is in essence a Daoist expression of Buddhism, I ...
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Where in the Vimalakīrti Sutra is this stated?

In this translation, the text quoted below exists about 10% of the way through the text, towards the end of the first chapter ("1. Purification of the Buddha-Field"), a few paragraphs before ...
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What are the 8 Consciousness in Chinese Buddhism

From the wiki page: All surviving schools of buddhist thought accept – "in common" – the existence of the first six primary consciousnesses (Sanskrit: vijñāna, Tibetan: རྣམ་ཤེས་, Wylie: rnam-shes)....
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Is the Ocean Samadhi a metaphor or an actual meditation?

The waves and the ocean metaphor are found in several places in the Lankavatara Sutra where the storehouse consciousness is said to be like the ocean and the waves are like the other seven ...
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