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by Mason
Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: confirmation
Replies: 5
Views: 82

Re: confirmation

If confirmation is required for awakening to be awakening, what exactly is being confirmed?
by Mason
Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:48 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Fruit Flies
Replies: 39
Views: 260

Re: Fruit Flies

Honest response: I don't owe you or anyone else an explanation of what I practice. Did I say that you owe me an explanation? Was I wrong to ask you a question? I am not a hard-ass conservative who takes all "rules" literally and without my own human interpretation. Who here has presented an inhuman...
by Mason
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Fruit Flies
Replies: 39
Views: 260

Re: Fruit Flies

Spike wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:18 am
No one else here would be a soldier.

Thank goodness.

Do you practice Buddhism (honest question)? Or more of a Zen without the Buddhism part? Just wondering; I think it would help to clarify your position on these and other matters.
by Mason
Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Fruit Flies
Replies: 39
Views: 260

Re: Fruit Flies

"Monks, even if bandits were to savagely sever you, limb by limb, with a double-handled saw, even then, whoever of you harbors ill will at heart would not be upholding my Teaching. Monks, even in such a situation you should train yourselves thus: 'Neither shall our minds be affected by this, nor for...
by Mason
Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: grace
Replies: 38
Views: 645

Re: grace

"'If you do not give birth to the mind, the ten thousand dharmas are not transgressed.' Just sit and go into [this matter] for twenty or thirty years. If you do not come to an understanding, you can cut off my head." - Joshu
by Mason
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: grace
Replies: 38
Views: 645

Re: grace

How does the concept of grace fit with the Buddhadharma, a teaching based on karma (actions and results)? Practicing diligently without expectations or frustration with minimal results is a wonderful mindset. But I believe there is also a place for getting dirty with the mechanics of practice. That ...
by Mason
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: The Second Fruit
Replies: 15
Views: 927

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: 494

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: 3491

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: 3491

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: 3491

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: 3491

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: 3491

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: 3126

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: 3730

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: 1373

Re: The Best Music Ever

by Mason
Fri May 31, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Best Music Ever
Replies: 38
Views: 1373

Re: The Best Music Ever

by Mason
Wed May 29, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Zen Practice
Replies: 94
Views: 3126

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: 2773

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: 3126

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 ...