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by [james]
Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: The Weight of Pottery...
Replies: 7
Views: 198

Re: The Weight of Pottery...

I think the ceramics teacher with her weighing-scale is on to something really smart and really compassionate. (hmm, too bad that one-half of the class gets kinda cheated, though, by inferior motivation. Maybe she did this in only one class, for just one semester, in order to test which is the supe...
by [james]
Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Void in the Head
Replies: 24
Views: 471

Re: Void in the Head

Indeed, in the awakened state or awakened condition, it is difficult or impossible to cause a thought to arise, and there is no need for such. There is then also no mind, no self, and no suffering; there is then only true Wisdom and true Compassion. In any state, is it possible to “cause a thought ...
by [james]
Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Koans that you have made
Replies: 30
Views: 681

Re: Koans that you have made

Enver M. wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:55 pm
It's a good day to practice zen.
It could be if you make it so.
15 years is a long time in a short life.
by [james]
Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Void in the Head
Replies: 24
Views: 471

Re: Void in the Head

Enver M. wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:28 pm
... enough of reading.
any comments?
Only if you read them ...
by [james]
Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:05 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Koans that you have made
Replies: 30
Views: 681

Re: Koans that you have made

fuki wrote:
Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:02 pm
... so "Vuijst" is not me or not-me, just expedient means)
Expedient means self, manifesting
“Vuijst” a momentary arrangement
Within a momentary arrangement
by [james]
Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Differing views of shikantaza
Replies: 78
Views: 3141

Re: Differing views of shikantaza

I feel that this extract, from the introduction to Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s book “The Paradox of Becoming”, is a good fit for this thread. I’ve underlined one sentence that immediately suggests, for me, the work of shikantaza. https://accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/paradoxofbecoming.pdf “Thu...
by [james]
Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Beginner Question
Replies: 5
Views: 148

Re: Beginner Question

Mason wrote:
Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:31 pm
Who isn't a Buddha these days?
Not me, that's for sure.
by [james]
Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Announcements, Forum News
Topic: Zen or nonzense
Replies: 45
Views: 938

Re: Zen or nonzense

Thanks Mason, I'm very happy you mention this, most people are oblivious to the functioning of nonzense :111: :115: As I always say, you never know what is "zen" or helpful or what not, so don't judge a lounge by it's 'content' to soon (nor the cover) It is equally accurate (meaning not very) to sa...
by [james]
Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Being Healthy
Replies: 21
Views: 440

Re: Being Healthy

:113: Whatever your practice firstly you have to be healthy.Any things you do in this concept? what kind of things you do for being healthy? or healthy lifestyle? I don’t mean to be contrarian but I make no special efforts to be healthy. I consider myself fortunate to be living in a way that suppor...
by [james]
Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: New Site Logo
Replies: 30
Views: 617

Re: New Site Logo

James it (the logo) has a hidden function, but you can only perceive that with a non-moving mind. :558: That leaves me out ... I think ... There are at least two reasons to suggest this new logo: 1. People say all kinds of things 2. The current logo was created by the creator of this site, elgatito...
by [james]
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: New Site Logo
Replies: 30
Views: 617

Re: New Site Logo

Definitely “back of the bus”!
:558: :558: :558:
by [james]
Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: New Site Logo
Replies: 30
Views: 617

Re: New Site Logo

Is a new site logo wanted? No, I don’t think so. zenheart is having a joke on us. If so, I would suggest an enso. Alan Watt's enso.jpg As a logo it would be somewhat a cliché, it seems to me. What we have now depicts a place of zen practice, teacher and sangha ... Meido’s place (incidentally), thou...
by [james]
Sun Jan 20, 2019 2:44 am
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: New Site Logo
Replies: 30
Views: 617

Re: New Site Logo

fuki wrote:
Sun Jan 20, 2019 1:54 am
... a black image of blackness.

Image
It's black, at least over here on my pc monitor.
A black image of blackness ... I like that.
by [james]
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: New Site Logo
Replies: 30
Views: 617

Re: New Site Logo

Looks good, a bit dark.
by [james]
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Bodhidharma's Wall
Replies: 21
Views: 432

Re: Bodhidharma's Wall

Enver M. wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:26 pm
It is said that bodhidharma sat 9 years facing a wall.what does the wall symbolizes here?
any thoughts?
It doesn’t symbolize anything.
Sit for an hour and your own wall will be very apparent.
Stay with it.
by [james]
Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Is there not a “truth”?
Replies: 44
Views: 1501

Re: Is there not a “truth”?

by [james]
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Off Topic
Replies: 108
Views: 1222

Re: Off Topic

Larry wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:20 pm
:lol:

Great euphemism. Reminds me of the Philippine Mafia :lol:
Also from the Philippines ...
“Off the people, buy the people, poor the people.”
Popular around the time that the Marcos dictatorship was being displaced, if I remember well.
by [james]
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Announcements, Forum News
Topic: Dear Members
Replies: 91
Views: 1788

Re: Dear Members

If Meido and Guo Gu stop posting here, that would be a great loss for the forum. They have already stopped posting until they post again. Guo Gu seems to have stopped posting. Caodemarte seemed to have stopped posting and now he’s back. The real loss is maybe something to do with our expectations. ...
by [james]
Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Announcements, Forum News
Topic: Dear Members
Replies: 91
Views: 1788

Re: Dear Members

I don't think any student in their right mind would want to be deprived of the insight and (online) embodiment of Meido or Guo Gu. Personally, I think the forum would be much better if only Meido and Guo Gu were allowed to post. Yes, it's a little (or, a lottle) embarrassing to attempt discussions ...
by [james]
Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Announcements, Forum News
Topic: Dear Members
Replies: 91
Views: 1788

Re: Dear Members

elg [v 2.0] wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:43 pm
...
PS. Looks as the new "THEZENFORUM" forum (launched by Jundo $ co.) goes nowhere, as well.
Thanks for pointing this out ... it doesn’t look too shabby to me.
Here’s a link for anyone who may be interested:

https://www.thezenforum.com/index.php