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by [james]
Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:30 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi
Replies: 121
Views: 1252

Re: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi

desert_woodworker wrote:
Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:11 am
The "wanting" to "know" more about it is the sickness.
How so desert Joe?
Gotta tell you, I don’t “feel” sick.
:555:
by [james]
Sun Dec 16, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Zen sickness
Replies: 44
Views: 532

Re: Zen sickness

Are you saying that thinking is a zen sickness?
In what way will seeing thinking as a shame make things fine?
:namaste:
by [james]
Sun Dec 16, 2018 2:08 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi
Replies: 121
Views: 1252

Re: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi

Alternatively: ""Remaining present and relaxed, just let (mental, etc.) activity occur as it does without any attempt to follow, suppress, ignore, or manipulate it." (i.e., through body work exclusively) Working only with the body ("flesh and bones") creates a duality, when in fact body-mind is a u...
by [james]
Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Rohatsu eve
Replies: 4
Views: 113

Re: Rohatsu eve

Tomorrow is Dec. 8, the day that has come to be the one on which the Buddha's enlightenment is commemorated. In Japanese Zen monasteries, the past week is usually spent in retreat (sesshin)...the most rigorous retreat of the year, in fact. If you sit tonight, you can know that Zen trainees in many ...
by [james]
Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Announcements, Forum News
Topic: Zen Space gets a new owner!
Replies: 13
Views: 371

Re: Zen Space gets a new owner!

Dan74 wrote:
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:12 pm
... Not at all sure I was the right man for the job ...
That may well be. If I recall some of your posts at the end of ZFI, you knew that from the start.
… but I did what I could.
Yes. Your efforts have been admirable. You did good.
Thank you Dan.

james [ ]
by [james]
Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi
Replies: 121
Views: 1252

Re: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi

Perhaps “mastered” is too strong a word, above.

If one has actualised the full potential of this posture, is there room for falseness?
by [james]
Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi
Replies: 121
Views: 1252

Re: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi

Could anyone, please summarize the seven point posture? What are the seven points shortly, pls. wonder if my zazen is true? :namaste: You could Google “7 point meditation posture”, lots of information, much of it repetitive. Whether you have that posture mastered or not has no bearing on the truene...
by [james]
Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi
Replies: 121
Views: 1252

Re: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi

As long as the "correct posture" is strictly relative and not some enforced orthodoxy. For example, in one monastery I know of, during sesshin chair-sitters are prohibited from the main zendo and must sit in an adjacent area . . . If my posture is infused with arrogance and cynicism it wouldn’t mat...
by [james]
Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi
Replies: 121
Views: 1252

Re: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi

The less "mind", the better. THAT mind is not the Buddhamind, it is the "chatty" mind, there's nothing real or universal about it; it is falsely called "mind" (it's just movement, and churning!), compared with what the Buddha-way reveals. Be done with it, and may it begone. The Buddha-way reveals t...
by [james]
Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Pilgrimage into the Mountains of Madness
Replies: 47
Views: 653

Re: Pilgrimage into the Mountains of Madness

Mason wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:06 pm
I have just returned from a week in the hospital, owing to a severe psychotic break with consensus reality.
Good to see you back (here) Mason.
I thought you were a goner.
by [james]
Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi
Replies: 121
Views: 1252

Re: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi

desert_woodworker wrote:
Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:03 am

"...We commit everything to the posture...

We just take the correct posture with our flesh and bones and maintain it.
" --Uchiyama

--Joe
The correct posture of mind maintained in the body, each expressing the other, maybe.
by [james]
Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: What is called ignorance?
Replies: 37
Views: 725

Re: What is called ignorance?

Why do people see in themselves the possibility of ignorance, I wonder. Can a bee or a horse or a bonobo be ignorant? I would say that there is no ignorance outside of the word itself and the concepts we attach to that word. What are we ignoring? Do we live much of our lives in a mode of “ignoring”...
by [james]
Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: What is called ignorance?
Replies: 37
Views: 725

Re: What is called ignorance?

Enver M. wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:40 pm
Einstein has said imagination is important.something like that.

And i trust my imagination.
Indeed! Imagination is a very useful means of exploring what it is that we call zen.
by [james]
Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: photographs you have made.
Replies: 241
Views: 10843

Re: photographs you have made.

Coincedently I took a pic of the birthday of this tree a bird "pooped out" on my balcony. WIll have to plant it in nature soon it's in a cardboard box since I don't have such big pots, and will have to find a mother tree because single "street kids" without a family grow too fast and die younger wh...
by [james]
Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: photographs you have made.
Replies: 241
Views: 10843

Re: photographs you have made.

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by [james]
Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: DAILY LIFE
Replies: 18
Views: 538

Re: DAILY LIFE

It is simple.Because I'm philosophying since i begin to read about zen nearly 15 years ago which i still.But couldn't be able to hear even one locust chirring and still at level one at ten bulls. where do you think i make the mistake? Reading is one thing, zazen is another. Do you have zazen? Well ...
by [james]
Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: DAILY LIFE
Replies: 18
Views: 538

Re: DAILY LIFE

... I think you don't understand the zen. You may be right. I sometimes think otherwise. Thanks for the reminder. Whatever you do, it remains daily life. Does it matter what you do? No, I don’t think it does. What matters is how you do it. Sila , samadhi, panna. You are philosophying even the simpl...
by [james]
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: DAILY LIFE
Replies: 18
Views: 538

Re: DAILY LIFE

Bhikkhus, just give up thinking about this and that.which is philosophy.only look into your dailylifes. Who said this? what to do in daily life. Whatever you do, it remains daily life. Does it matter what you do? No, I don’t think it does. What matters is how you do it. Sila , samadhi, panna.
by [james]
Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:21 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: What is called ignorance?
Replies: 37
Views: 725

Re: What is called ignorance?

Why do people see in themselves the possibility of ignorance, I wonder. Can a bee or a horse or a bonobo be ignorant? I would say that there is no ignorance outside of the word itself and the concepts we attach to that word. What are we ignoring? Do we live much of our lives in a mode of “ignoring”?