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Reincarnation, God, and Things You Don’t Believe

Question:

Regarding your line “I mean that Buddhism isn’t a system of faith or belief, but a way of living and interacting with the world around us.” (http://www.dailybuddhism.com/archives/18) How do you reconcile this dealing with what a Buddhist can see and experience with a belief in reincarnation, something that “you don’t know and you don’t remember.” . . . → Read More: Reincarnation, God, and Things You Don’t Believe

Confessions and Guilt

Question:

In Catholicism and other sects of Christianity, there is a focus on a confession of sins to others, such as priests or a congregation. Are there similar actions in the various Buddhist sects?

Answer:

There are many examples of monks and laypeople “confesssing” various things to the original Buddha. One story goes as follows:

A wealthy householder . . . → Read More: Confessions and Guilt

Koan: Flower Shower

Koan: Flower Shower

Subhuti was Buddha’s disciple. He was able to understand the potency of emptiness, the viewpoint that nothing exists except in its relationship of subjectivity and objectivity.

One day Subhuti, in a mood of sublime emptiness, was sitting under a tree. Flowers began to fall about him.

“We are praising you for your discourse on emptiness,” the . . . → Read More: Koan: Flower Shower

Too Many Choices

Question:

I suppose, after 2,500 years, there’s going to be more than one Buddhist tradition, but it seems the more deeply one delves into Buddhism, one finds more and more layers, lamas and resources.

Maybe I’m too cynical, but I suspect that as excellent as Buddhism is, like Christianity, it has its share of charlatans and inflated egos, . . . → Read More: Too Many Choices

Podcast Episode 55: Race, Violence, and Shaolin Qi Gong

Podcast Episode 55: Race, Violence, and Shaolin Qi Gong

Announcements:

Nothing major to announce this week, but a couple of things I’d like to remind you about. First, everything I read here on the show appeared first in the free daily email newsletter. Every weekday I send out a message . . . → Read More: Podcast Episode 55: Race, Violence, and Shaolin Qi Gong

Violence and the First Precept

Question:

I know you’ve been over the Buddhist diet a million times but I have always been perplexed about the justification of not adhering to a vegetarian diet by the many Buddhist lay people in Asia. I personally am not a vegetarian but I hate unanswered questions.

Anyway, I happened to notice that the Wikipedia version (terribly . . . → Read More: Violence and the First Precept

Book: Shaolin Qi Gong: Energy in Motion

Book: Shaolin Qi Gong: Energy in Motion
By Shi Xinggui
Destiny Books, 154 pages, 2007, DVD included.
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1594772649/?tag=askdrarca-20

The great teacher Bodhidharma is credited with the creation of Shaolin Temple qi gong and kung fu in the 6th century CE. Motivated by the terrible physical condition of the monks who spent all their time meditating or . . . → Read More: Book: Shaolin Qi Gong: Energy in Motion

Koan: Every-Minute Zen

Koan: Every-Minute Zen

Zen students are with their masters at least ten years before they presume to teach others. Nan-in was visited by Tenno, who, having passed his apprenticeship, had become a teacher. The day happened to be rainy, so Tenno wore wooden clogs and carried an umbrella. After greeting him Nan-in remarked: “I suppose you left . . . → Read More: Koan: Every-Minute Zen

The Colors of Our Practice, By LaToya Springer

We have a wonderful guest post this morning by LaToya Springer. LaToya is a California native currently living in Las Vegas, Nevada. She works as an administrative assistant, wife, poet, and community activist. She has been meditating for a little over a year, combining Vipassana meditation with Zen Buddhism.

LaToya Springer

The Colors of Our Practice: Buddhism . . . → Read More: The Colors of Our Practice, By LaToya Springer

Racism and Buddhism

In last Friday’s post, I discussed genetics a bit. During the article, I mentioned, “whether you are tall or short, black or white, blue-eyed or brown-eyed, is a matter of genetics…” which I intended as a simple statement of fact, and never imagined that anyone would take offense to that. Yet, the following comment came in:

Comment:

I . . . → Read More: Racism and Buddhism