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by clyde
Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Music
Replies: 453
Views: 18444

Re: Music

by clyde
Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:16 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 1758

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

The koan seems to focus on the man hanging from a tree by his teeth and the life-and-death question. But there is another person in the koan - the person who sees the man hanging from a tree by his teeth and asks the life-and-death question. What sort of person sees a man hanging from a tree by his...
by clyde
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 1758

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

The koan seems to focus on the man hanging from a tree by his teeth and the life-and-death question. But there is another person in the koan - the person who sees the man hanging from a tree by his teeth and asks the life-and-death question. What sort of person sees a man hanging from a tree by his ...
by clyde
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 1758

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

One of the great values of consulting with a genuine spiritual friend is that you quickly find out if you have truly cleaned up or are just stinking up the place. It is always one’s own odor, of course, but, for almost all people, it is difficult to smell their own stink. Pee . . . Yuu!! Yes, “a ge...
by clyde
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:33 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 1758

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

The koan work with the Sangha is the relationship with the Sangha, including sitting silently together or living together, like the rest of life. :) Yes, one’s relationship to a sangha is a koan! Yes, I understand that traditional Rinzai koan practice exists in the relationship between a Zen studen...
by clyde
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 1758

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

It’s my understanding that in the Rinzai school koans are ‘worked on’ by the student with their teacher. But other schools (e.g. - Soto) and even in some lineages of the Rinzai sect koans are approached and handled differently, including discussing koans with sangha members.
by clyde
Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Words of Wisdom
Replies: 126
Views: 6476

Re: Words of Wisdom

by clyde
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: true practice
Replies: 2
Views: 127

true practice

I recently viewed a talk (“Mixing Buddhism”) by Brad Warner. In it he referenced a quote he couldn’t quite remember but thought it might have been by Suzuki Roshi in Zen Mind/Beginner’s Mind. The quote was about “true practice”. I don’t know if the following are what Brad was trying to remember, but...
by clyde
Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:25 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: JOKES
Replies: 333
Views: 8930

Re: JOKES

“Rage Yoga [reyj yoh-guh] noun: a practice involving stretching, positional exercises and bad humour, with the goal of attaining good health and to become zen as f*ck. ”


by clyde
Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 1758

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

Off-topic posts removed.

Please stay on topic.
by clyde
Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 1758

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

Here is how Guo Gu explains “discriminating mind”: “All of the teachings in Chan and buddhadharma expose the truth about delusion, which is fueled by the discursive, discriminating mind. The discriminating mind is not your intelligence—you need that. Nor does it refer to our ability to distinguish b...
by clyde
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Zen Practice
Replies: 94
Views: 1902

Re: Zen Practice

NOTE: I asked loves’ the unjust about Fuki’s suggestion and he concurred.
by clyde
Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 1758

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

"The fruit of practice isn't the conceptual understanding of something, or an experience of something; it’s a feeling we have for life; a way we live our life; and even though zen is zen and we all come to see the same thing about our life through the practice, it really is unique for each one of u...
by clyde
Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 1758

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

“This case is about your inherent freedom. If you are free and unbound by words or actions, silence or speech, then no matter what you say or do, you will not be fooled by Chan master Xiangyan’s blabbering nonsense.”
- Passing Through the Gateless Barrier, Guo Gu
by clyde
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Zen Practice
Replies: 94
Views: 1902

Re: Zen Practice

Or the short form: “Sit Down and Shut Up” (Brad Warner)
by clyde
Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 1758

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

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by clyde
Sat Jun 01, 2019 4:50 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 1758

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

Guo’s commentary on Mumonkan Case 5 is excellent. Here’s a link to another contemporary commentary by Zoketsu Norman Fisher: http://everydayzen.org/teachings/2007/xiangyans-man-tree?study_guide=Zen%20Koans Here’s a taste, You come to a point in your life I think where you realize you don’t know wher...
by clyde
Wed May 29, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Words of Wisdom
Replies: 126
Views: 6476

Re: Words of Wisdom

Yes, even the Buddha compared the Dharma to a raft, abandoned upon reaching the other shore.

On the other hand, what is a “secure refuge” if not an illusion when the Buddha described the whole world as on fire?
by clyde
Wed May 29, 2019 6:19 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 1758

Mumonkan Case 5

As I read the story of Xiangyan in Guo Gu’s book, I wondered about the poem Xiangyan, who greatly awakened when “he heard the sound of a pebble as it hit a bamboo stem,” gave his teacher, Weishan. Here’s Xiangyan’s enlightenment poem: One stroke dissolves knowledge, Struggle no longer needed. I will...
by clyde
Tue May 28, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Words of Wisdom
Replies: 126
Views: 6476

Re: Words of Wisdom

The Dharma is not a secure refuge. He who enjoys a secure refuge is not interested in the Dharma, but is interested in a secure refuge. - Vimalakirti Sutra That seems odd. As Buddhists we take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. The Buddha taught to take refuge in the Dharma. Why woul...