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THE ADVICE PARADOX: PROBLEMS WITH FINDING A TEACHER

Park Kunsunim: highly trusted teacher Ideally you need a meditation teacher, but not any teacher, a knowledgeable teacher and one you trust also. A tall order especially as many who set themselves up as teachers are ego-driven with little or no insight creating an epistemic catch-22. This catch-22 is a … Continue reading

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WHO AM I, YET AGAIN?

“Like a star at dawn, a flash of lightning in a cloud, or flickering lamp. A bright illusion, and a phantom and a dream, or a passing cloud. A shining dewdrop, reflecting the morning scene, or a running stream. A fleeting bubble, joyfully alighting high, in the morning sky. “ … Continue reading

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SARCASM AND IRONY AS PHILOSOPHY

Sarcasm is not [always] wrong speech and is often a systematic shortcut for philosophical analysis. Sarcasm can be found among philosophical discourse such as when Socrates pleaded with Euthyphro to teach him what the latter knows (quite clearly making fun of the guy for the benefit of the audience) and … Continue reading

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BUDDHIST PATH OF QUESTIONING (疑情) AND DEBATE

Debate and questioning has a long and noble tradition in Buddhism. For instance, in Tibetan Buddhism philosophical debate is considered an essential part of monastic studies deepening understanding, sharpening the mind, and developing wisdom and attainment. In Zen the process of asking questions is a fundamental part of the teacher … Continue reading

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THREEFOLD LOTUS: ALL PATHS LEAD TO ENLIGHTENMENT

In Chapter 12 of the Lotus Sutra the Buddha teaches that everyone can become enlightened (women, animals, and even the most sinful murderers) through the stories of the dragon king’s daughter and Devadatta. The Innumerable Meanings Sutra (part of the Three-fold Lotus Sutra) says that “all dharmas are empty of … Continue reading

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