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by clyde
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: confirmation
Replies: 5
Views: 82

confirmation

[Since this subject has arisen before, I copied this post and made it a topic.] Clyde, And while I practice and encourage others to practice, there are people who have awakened spontaneously; i.e., without any practice. Though they may be FEW -- very few -- their un-practiced putative awakening has ...
by clyde
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: grace
Replies: 38
Views: 645

Re: grace

[I also copied this post and began a new topic, “confirmation”.] Clyde, And while I practice and encourage others to practice, there are people who have awakened spontaneously; i.e., without any practice. Though they may be FEW -- very few -- their un-practiced putative awakening has thus probably n...
by clyde
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: American Zen - A Brief History
Replies: 19
Views: 633

Re: American Zen - A Brief History

No, I didn’t miss “peculiarities” and if this is how you denote forms, then OK. And just as Ch’an and Zen have evolved over time, American Zen, in its multitudinous forms, will not remain static.
by clyde
Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: grace
Replies: 38
Views: 645

Re: grace

the working of karma is an imponderable. And yes like that we speak of karma to cover our own ignorance, as karma is but a way to refer to unspent energies so what's to ponder over? It was never meant to be pondered over so ofcourse the Buddha would say it's imponderable lol, as karma is also just ...
by clyde
Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:52 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: grace
Replies: 38
Views: 645

Re: grace

Yes, secret . . . as the author explains: "It is not on the Master that the· 'secret' depends but on the hearer. A Master can only be he who opens the door : it is for the disciple to be capable of seeing what lies beyond.” Or more simply, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” And a wonderful rea...
by clyde
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: grace
Replies: 38
Views: 645

Re: grace

Joe; Thank you for your post. I’m in the midst of a downsizing/moving bardo and the disruption has been more intense than I expected (which is little to none; so what do I know). Upon further reflection, I believe “accident” or “grace” are merely two ways of speaking of the same event. As the Buddha...
by clyde
Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: American Zen - A Brief History
Replies: 19
Views: 633

Re: American Zen - A Brief History

Of course there isn’t an American “no-mind”. But there is, according to many American Zen teachers, a distinct American form of Zen practice.
by clyde
Sun Aug 11, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: grace
Replies: 38
Views: 645

Re: grace

Thank you for your ‘interruption’.

I don’t think of grace as requiring a giver - other than this world itself. So, it feels like a gift to the one who receives it.
by clyde
Sat Aug 03, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: grace
Replies: 38
Views: 645

grace

I was reading a classic book on Tibetan Buddhism and read the following description of the “direct path”, that liberation is “without any apparent preparation.” This seems to echo the Zen saying that “Enlightenment is an accident. Practice makes us accident prone.” So my question is: Is an “accident...
by clyde
Thu Aug 01, 2019 5:56 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Words of Wisdom
Replies: 135
Views: 8302

Re: Words of Wisdom

7. Stones: Stones are very slow stories with secret memories of fire inside. If you just put a stone on a table it becomes an altar, and a temple appears around it.
Meet the Blue Dragon, John Tarrant
https://www.lionsroar.com/meet-the-blue-dragon/
by clyde
Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:20 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: American Zen - A Brief History
Replies: 19
Views: 633

Re: American Zen - A Brief History

What do you mean “more focus on bodhidharma.” Please explain.
by clyde
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: American Zen - A Brief History
Replies: 19
Views: 633

Re: American Zen - A Brief History

I agree, Ruth Fuller Sasaki certainly deserves mention with D.T. Suzuki and Alan Watts as influential persons in Zen coming to America. And while I agree that American Zen is still young and unfolding, I disagree that it’s too soon to talk about American Zen. The article identified at least one char...
by clyde
Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: American Zen - A Brief History
Replies: 19
Views: 633

American Zen - A Brief History

In a Facebook group, this link to this old article on “How Did Zen Come to America?” was recently posted. Part 1: https://www.elephantjournal.com/2012/11/american-zen-a-brief-history-part-i/ Part 2: https://www.elephantjournal.com/2012/11/the-opening-of-the-american-psyche-a-brief-history-of-zen-in-...
by clyde
Sat Jul 06, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: Haiku thread
Replies: 100
Views: 6719

Re: Haiku thread

I don't know if that little verse brings peace or something else. I was sitting on a beach in Malaga, Spain just two days ago, watching my students play in the water. Then I closed my eyes and heard the waves. Memories of the sound of the waves in Melbourne, Australia flooded in, the bitter feeling...
by clyde
Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Zen People
Topic: Bernie Glassman (b. January 18, 1939 - d. November 4, 2018)
Replies: 1
Views: 274

Bernie Glassman (b. January 18, 1939 - d. November 4, 2018)

Roshi Bernie Glassman, Zen is all of life, he said, and in everything we do, we can bring to bear “the Zen of action, of living freely in the world without causing harm, of relieving our own suffering and the suffering of others.” https://www.lionsroar.com/zen-is-all-of-life-remembering-roshi-bernie...
by clyde
Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Music
Replies: 483
Views: 23998

Re: Music

by clyde
Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Words of Wisdom
Replies: 135
Views: 8302

Re: Words of Wisdom

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by clyde
Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Music
Replies: 483
Views: 23998

Re: Music

by clyde
Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:16 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 3493

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: 3493

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 ...