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vertical line Posted on Jan.05.2022 @ 01:03AM EDT by Avisitor
What is the present?
Is it made from the past?
What are the choices that make our lives the way they are?
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Reply from so_teh
Jan.13.2022
09:44PM EDT 
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vertical line I think like with all things we have to know what the present is not then we can arrive at the present.
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Reply from Avisitor
Jan.15.2022
10:17AM EDT 
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vertical line Thanks for the reply. Seems this site has gone quiet. Wish more people would come here and share.
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Reply from so_teh
Jan.15.2022
11:28AM EDT 
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I know. It's one of those old-school forums that could really take off on a good topic of discussion like it did in the past.

Zen guide has been relatively unknown to the masses for it's lifetime.

People use the internet so differently these days. People are just different these days in the way of their habits in general.

But it's true... Less is more. I'm glad there's not so much spam and nonsense here.
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Reply from Avisitor
Jan.17.2022
12:13PM EDT 
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vertical line When I first found this forum, It was amazing. So many people. Now, it feels so quiet. Use to be on Zen forum international. That was also a nice place. After a couple of years, it too went quiet and turned into something else. Now defunked.

The person who originally started this website is now no longer taking care of it. I believe his son is managing the site.
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Reply from so_teh
Jan.17.2022
03:47PM EDT 
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vertical line Most people alive today will be reborn as bugs. Joking but I think there's a good chance. Lol
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Reply from Avisitor
Jan.29.2022
12:59AM EDT 
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vertical line And, so the cycle of life, death and rebirth continues???
When my sister passed away from cancer (the big C), my mother decided to not hurt any bugs and just set them free. After a while, she gave up and just swap at them. There is only so much one can take of bugs. That is the person in me that just can not stand bugs. That is a child hood thing.
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Reply from so_teh
Feb.19.2022
08:44PM EDT 
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vertical line Mm, sending some light to you and me. _/\_
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Reply from Avisitor
Feb.23.2022
01:12PM EDT 
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vertical line Strange how this website continues whether there is an active discussion forum?? But, yes, sending light out to all.
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Reply from so_teh
Feb.26.2022
10:01PM EDT 
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vertical line Most websites aren't very expensive to keep up and running. This site is simple. I am glad it's here. It's information is great. Even if the forum has disappeared.
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Reply from Avisitor
Feb.26.2022
11:31PM EDT 
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vertical line Agreed. There is a lot of good information here. If one wants to learn.
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Reply from Phil Space
May.22.2022
03:56AM EDT 
vertical line The domesticated primates of Terra referred to the six-legged majority by an insulting name. They called them “bugs.”
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Reply from Avisitor
May.24.2022
09:16AM EDT 
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vertical line What name would you have for them?
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Reply from Phil Space
May.24.2022
10:57AM EDT 
vertical line You don't want to know my name for you.
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Reply from Avisitor
May.24.2022
10:55PM EDT 
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vertical line Why would I not want to know?
Are you implying that it is something terrible?
Are you that kind of person?
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Reply from Phil Space
May.25.2022
02:11AM EDT 
vertical line What kind of person would that be? A person like you, perhaps?
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Reply from Avisitor
May.25.2022
08:18AM EDT 
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vertical line I am not the person who said you do not want to know.
I want to know. Have been curious all my life about stuff.
You seem to know stuff. Or have stuff.
Some call it baggage.
Do you have baggage??
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Reply from Avisitor
Jun.16.2022
12:44AM EDT 
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vertical line Hmm, being called something. Apparently something not too good. Cause he said I do not want to know?? Silly bear.
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Reply from so_teh
Jun.17.2022
12:57PM EDT 
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vertical line Look at this Koan. Does a dog have Buddha Nature? And the answer was no. Meaning the dog has no CONCEPT of Buddha Nature. Similarly a dog has no CONCEPT of money. Try to understand what that would be like having no concept of something. Again similarly, humanity talks about love all the time. But most have no concept of love. If they did have a concept of love, well, you know things would be better than they are.
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Reply from Avisitor
Jun.19.2022
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vertical line This question "Does a Dog have Buddha Nature?" is one posed after one has had experienced Kensho. The answer was Mu. The Japanese version of no. I do not believe it means the dog does not have Buddha nature. rather that the question is ridiculous enough to get the answer no. For everything has permeated with Buddha nature. Why else the meaning of being one with the universe.

You ask and the answer can not be yes and it can not be no to does a dog have Buddha nature. Rather that the question is not valid in the sight of Kensho. So no is not the answer to the question but a reply to the one posing the question.
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Reply from Avisitor
Jun.19.2022
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vertical line My dementia may have speeded up it decline of my ability to recognize the truth of nature that I see in front of me. I do not know for sure.
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Reply from Avisitor
Jun.21.2022
12:00AM EDT 
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vertical line Wow, silence is golden.
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