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by Mason
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: The Second Fruit
Replies: 12
Views: 625

Re: The Second Fruit

It's embarrassing to bring this thread back up, but I feel the need to say this: I know it's probably obvious, but my posts in this thread (as well as "yunmen's dried shit stick" and "the true human body - how does it move its arms?" and elsewhere) came from a place of delusion, not awakening. I apo...
by Mason
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: The Essence of Practice
Replies: 8
Views: 375

The Essence of Practice

Enver wrote: I have an advice for all forum members : Put the practice summarize for in a few words in your mind.And just focus on that in every action. I have done mine. I think this could be an interesting thread. What, for you, is the essence of practice? Can you condense it into a few words? For...
by Mason
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 2667

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

Thanks, that's helpful. Still seems to me like studying and discussing scripture would be at least as relevant as discussing the history of koans. It sounds to me like that Lin-chi's toilet paper remark was spoken in a certain social and historical context, not as a promotion of anti-intellectualis...
by Mason
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 2667

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

Thanks, that's helpful. The idea of set answers to koans (I've heard of books with these "answers" circling around in Japan once) still irks me. If one has a qualified teacher, such nonsense would be a non-issue IMO.
by Mason
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 2667

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

If the scriptures are equivalent to toilet paper and koans are esoteric and ineffable, what kinds of discussion would be appropriate for a Zen forum? Also, I never made it past Mu, so I don't know too much about koans. But I've always wondered about the concern of saying too much about a koan or in ...
by Mason
Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 2667

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

Sitting with sangha is nice. I'd also recommend living with sangha. Lots of road for the rubber!
by Mason
Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 2667

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

Question: Does anyone who say I understand zen understand zen? I don't know about the phrase "I understand Zen," but in my experience it's not uncommon for a teacher or student to indicate, in one way or another, that they have seen the true nature. That is one kind of understanding. There is also ...
by Mason
Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Zen Practice
Replies: 94
Views: 2457

Re: Zen Practice

Spike, could you expand on what you mean by "psychological perspective?" In my experience, Zen is not a form of therapy. Though it has many benefits, it can also open up terrain which could be very difficult to process for some people, especially within a strictly psychotherapeutic context. Or perha...
by Mason
Fri May 31, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: For Avisitor...Is Zen thinking of no-thought?
Replies: 58
Views: 3152

Re: For Avisitor...Is Zen thinking of no-thought?

IMO it's more of a video game than a cartoon movie. Action and effort are necessary, but there will also be times when cutscenes happen by themselves. Use your body, your speech (inward and outward), and your mind (how you perceive/interpret things) as your controller and make the right moves! :105:
by Mason
Fri May 31, 2019 7:14 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Best Music Ever
Replies: 38
Views: 1076

Re: The Best Music Ever

by Mason
Fri May 31, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Best Music Ever
Replies: 38
Views: 1076

Re: The Best Music Ever

by Mason
Wed May 29, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Zen Practice
Replies: 94
Views: 2457

Re: Zen Practice

I'm curious, Enver: what draws you to Zen practice, in particular? What is your motivation?
by Mason
Wed May 29, 2019 3:10 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: dependent origination
Replies: 82
Views: 2169

Re: dependent origination

A great text in which the Buddha delineates the differences between Buddhadharma and the other views of the time, the Brahmajala Sutta: https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/DN/DN01.html
by Mason
Tue May 28, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Zen Practice
Replies: 94
Views: 2457

Re: Zen Practice

I agree with Spike, and would also personally recommend that you read some books on Buddhism and Zen. A few I'd recommend: Hoofprints of the Ox - Ven. Sheng Yen Song of Mind - Ven. Sheng Yen The Essence of Chan - Guo Gu Passing Through the Gateless Barrier - Guo Gu No River to Cross - Dae Haeng For ...
by Mason
Wed May 15, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: This Forum in Particular
Replies: 34
Views: 1176

Re: This Forum in Particular

I'm interested to hear what other kinds of content members here would like to see. There is plenty in Buddhism to discuss in a fruitful and engaging manner. Zen Buddhism, too! But as long as Zen is confused with anti-intellectualism, which is prevalent, there is not much to discuss aside from how us...
by Mason
Fri May 03, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: Buddhist Forums in General
Replies: 26
Views: 888

Re: Buddhist Forums in General

I'm not exactly sure what this thread is about, but it does make me think. Zen forums seem to oscillate between two options: the attempt to communicate "Zen insight" over the internet, which is rather perilous (I know I've been guilty of this one, but am trying to reform); or, on the contrary, endle...
by Mason
Thu May 02, 2019 1:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: JOKES
Replies: 333
Views: 10625

Re: JOKES

If an oak tree in the garden falls down, and no mirror can be found to reflect it, does it make the sound of one hand?
by Mason
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: From dreams to actualization . . .
Replies: 134
Views: 3353

Re: For Avisitor...Is Zen thinking of no-thought?

There are some teachers who would say that Awakening, if it isn't complete and permanent Buddhahood, is just a hallucination. I believe this is the view of "sudden enlightenment, sudden cultivation" taught by Seon Master Seongcheol. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seongcheol#Sudden_enlightenment,_sudd...
by Mason
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: My cat is a buddha
Replies: 11
Views: 395

Re: My cat is a buddha

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by Mason
Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: My cat is a buddha
Replies: 11
Views: 395

Re: My cat is a buddha

fuki wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:41 pm
We never put cats in the oven
Very glad to hear that :lol: