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by Emmet
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: Oryoki
Replies: 0
Views: 89

Oryoki

First attempt; still a work in progress.
Everything but the chopsticks scrounged from second-hand shops.

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by Emmet
Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Importance of lineage/ what is transmitted / etc etc
Replies: 19
Views: 589

Re: Importance of lineage/ what is transmitted / etc etc

When I don my robes, or just my rakuzu, I'm acutely aware that I am donning the same robes (figuratively, of course) as my teacher, and his teacher, and his teacher before him, and in a metaphorical sense, of all of those, male and female, known and unknown, who down through history out of great com...
by Emmet
Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Psychodelics and Buddhism: Lion Roar article and Brad Warner's response + a few thoughts
Replies: 60
Views: 1936

Re: Psychodelics and Buddhism: Lion Roar article and Brad Warner's response + a few thoughts

Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away (the Haight-Ashbury in the 70's), I had extensive experience with psychedelics of all sorts. What would seem like truly mystical, divinely inspired, deep, penetrating insights into the true nature of life, the universe, & everything at 3:00AM almost invariably rev...
by Emmet
Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: photographs you have made.
Replies: 235
Views: 9273

Re: photographs you have made.

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by Emmet
Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Never Surrender!
Replies: 55
Views: 2131

Re: Never Surrender!

"Submission of your will" to an instructor is rather the whole point of a teacher-student relationship; the acknowledgement and acceptance that they know more than you do. However, this does not extend to guru worship or allowing them to stick their hand down your robes. Keep an open mind, but not s...
by Emmet
Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Getting In Position
Replies: 37
Views: 1355

Re: Getting In Position

All of the sanghas I've ever sat with have used commercially available zafus; they've always worked for me. I made ours back when kapok life jackets were still readily available in second-hand shops and salvage yards. I sit Burmese...unless I can't; in which case I sit in a chair...unless I can't; i...
by Emmet
Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Zen Tradition and Innovation
Topic: metta practice
Replies: 37
Views: 1348

Re: metta practice

I once asked my teacher about metta practice. He waved his hand dismissively, and said, "That is not our practice." Then he paused, leaned forward, held up a finger, and smiled, and said, "But it's a wonderful practice!" But I’m clumsy at it. I feel awkward, as if I’m missing something. Welcome to m...
by Emmet
Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Ask a Question
Topic: the desire to have children
Replies: 34
Views: 1112

Re: the desire to have children

1.6 million children in America are homeless. 400,540 American children are in foster care. 16.4 million American children live in poverty; one in five. 16 million American children struggle with hunger; one in five. Every year, 3.8 million American children are victims of child abuse. 1,640 are kil...
by Emmet
Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Thien
Topic: Back into the Sangha?
Replies: 20
Views: 982

Re: Back into the Sangha?

Oh that I should be that lucky to have any choice. Who else here would need to drive 3 hours and stay over, all at considerable cost? Hence why I get a little irritated at the constant advice> "ya need a teacher, ya need a sangha!" I have considered starting a little sitting group in the local vill...
by Emmet
Tue May 29, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Dealing with Anger and Frustration at World Events ...
Replies: 27
Views: 849

Re: Dealing with Anger and Frustration at World Events ...

The “American experiment” has failed catastrophically; like a train wreck in slow motion, it's well into the process of going the way of all empires. The bread & circuses of wholly illusory facsimile democracy which transnational banks and corporations have provided for our entertainment is complete...
by Emmet
Tue May 22, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: photographs you have made.
Replies: 235
Views: 9273

Re: photographs you have made.

What's the strawberry for? In Japanese tea ceremonies, some sort of confection (called wagashi ), specifically chosen to compliment the season or occasion, is served prior to the tea; the sweetness balances the strong umami taste of the tea, which is never served sweetened. An art form in itself, w...
by Emmet
Sun May 20, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: photographs you have made.
Replies: 235
Views: 9273

Re: photographs you have made.

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by Emmet
Sun May 20, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: photographs you have made.
Replies: 235
Views: 9273

Re: photographs you have made.

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by Emmet
Sun May 20, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: photographs you have made.
Replies: 235
Views: 9273

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by Emmet
Sat May 19, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Gender Separation
Replies: 18
Views: 605

Re: Walking

At our place genders live and practice together. They all sleep barracks-style in the same room. In terms of practice we also do not distinguish between ordained and lay, except inasmuch as ordained folks have to learn some things that laypersons might not, for example ceremonial duties. The two sa...
by Emmet
Fri May 18, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: Baking at home: Wholemeal Rye Bread (Workshop)
Replies: 3
Views: 294

Re: Baking at home: Wholemeal Rye Bread (Workshop)

I use a bread machine (yard sale; $4.00). I told my mate that it felt like cheating; she replied that if I didn't care for "cheating", perhaps the next time I did laundry I should carry it all down to the lake and beat it on a rock.
Her Zen's often a bit deeper than mine.
by Emmet
Fri May 18, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Walking
Replies: 30
Views: 1474

Re: Walking

Years ago, I attended a retreat with some TNH folks; their instructions for outdoor walking meditation was not to do so mindlessly; lost in thought, but to simply perceive the experience directly, not through our usual filters of analysis, discrimination, and categorizing; a surprisingly difficult t...
by Emmet
Tue May 15, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello.
Replies: 5
Views: 350

Hello.

I'm 59, married, and have been quite fortunate to live within 3 miles of a Zen Center where I practiced for many years, and a Plum Village sangha as well, in a large and very diverse urban area. The Zen Center was very much my home, although with the virtually exclusive focus on zazen, we tended to ...
by Emmet
Mon May 14, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Whats your practice?
Replies: 88
Views: 3742

Re: Whats your practice?

My mind lacks discipline and is easily distracted by shiny glittery things. Depending upon how discursive, delusive, and deranged my mind is at that present moment, my practice exists on sort of a sliding scale of counting the breath, following the breath, and shikantaza.
by Emmet
Sun May 13, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Repentance Practices
Replies: 57
Views: 2025

Re: Repentance Practices

I wonder if anyone has anything they'd like to share related to the topic of repentance/confession/purification practices: what is done in their traditions, experiences regarding same, benefits or challenges connected with these that they have experienced, etc. I would say that this is an important...