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Why is Avalokiteśvara the "main character" of the Heart Sutra?

Q: Why is Avalokiteśvara the "main character" of the Heart Sutra? There are a few different ways to approach this. Guanyin is the main character because he was the most popular Buddhist ...
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Answering Zizek's challenge to Buddhism

I watched the first (15 minute) video, and I don't think the summary given here quite captures the nuances of Žižek's position. Nor do I think Žižek's position adequately captures Buddhist philosophy.....
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Answering Zizek's challenge to Buddhism

Zizek is not responding to Buddhism proper. His response is based on mis-readings of Buddhist concepts and terminologies. A philosopher of the stature of Zizek would produce some great arguments (for ...
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Looking for an Interpretation of The Blue Cliff Record

A monk asked Tonzan, “What is Buddha?” Tozan replied, “ three pounds of flax.” -Case 18 from The Gateless Gate Which is enough flax to make a monks robe. But it's stated as raw material, as before ...
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Serious asthma and meditation, how much should I struggle? Is anxiety at night ok?

While a peaceful and relaxed state of mind is a good effect from meditating, if one is too attached to this peaceful state, it can get in the way of progress. When the mind is too absorbed in a ...
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History of Mumonkan versus Blue Cliff Record

I checked the table of contents. There seems to be no overlap of cases. The purpose seems to be to build wisdom. I haven’t read those books of koan but they seem cryptic for example it says- before ...
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Serious asthma and meditation, how much should I struggle? Is anxiety at night ok?

I once heard a doctor tell me that when someone is suffocating they feel anxious (they were explaining why they would prescribe an anxiolytic) and so, I take it that anxiety is a normal, ...
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Serious asthma and meditation, how much should I struggle? Is anxiety at night ok?

Buddhism doesn't offer so much for chronic physical ailments, apart from non-attachment (acceptance) & endurance. I watched a video yesterday that included this person, how he started heavy ...
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Answering Zizek's challenge to Buddhism

We all should accept that there's an incongruence between Buddhist nondiscriminatory/nonjudgemental awareness and ethics. Any attempt at reconciliation between the two is mental gymnastics (like ...
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Answering Zizek's challenge to Buddhism

I don't want to study his view (nor his Hegel etc.) so I'll just reply to your summary. To summarise, he focuses on Zen At War Firstly: Without throwing Japanese Buddhism under the bus, it is a bit ...
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Looking for an Interpretation of The Blue Cliff Record

Despite the other very good answers, I actually did end up finding an English translation / interpretation: The Secrets of the Blue Cliff Record: Zen Comments by Hakuin and Tenkei. Translated by ...
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