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by [james]
Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ordinary Buddha by Thich Nhat Hanh
Replies: 6
Views: 129

Re: Ordinary Buddha by Thich Nhat Hanh

fuki wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:39 pm
guo gu wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:20 am


this is the correct view
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My lip reading skills are not to be depended upon but it looks to me that he is saying “Better not do tha...”.
by [james]
Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: yunmen’s dried shit stick
Replies: 41
Views: 769

Re: yunmen’s dried shit stick

Why “fortunately”?
by [james]
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: JOKES
Replies: 46
Views: 1105

Re: JOKES

Aka spike wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:29 pm
Tried to take referenced post down in response to worries regarding potential virus, but too late to edit. Didn't experience any problems myself, but I want to be careful!
Thanks Aka.
by [james]
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:43 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: JOKES
Replies: 46
Views: 1105

Re: JOKES

Okay, nothing to do with Spike’s post ... I was thinking virus thoughts.
by [james]
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:03 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: JOKES
Replies: 46
Views: 1105

Re: JOKES

Since opening Spike’s post, above, I have been getting the same “500 Internal Servor Error” whenever I try to open a YouTube video.

Anyone else experiencing this?
by [james]
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Best Shikantaza Ever
Replies: 14
Views: 285

Re: Best Shikantaza Ever

I don't see how you can practice with any koan (that includes shikantaza, by the way) without the intensity that Kyogen asks of us with his man up a tree. I have never previously looked at shikantaza as a koan and so the quote from Larry Christensen was agreeably startling. Certainly, shikantaza ha...
by [james]
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Best Shikantaza Ever
Replies: 14
Views: 285

Re: Best Shikantaza Ever

But now that you’re here, how about taking a look at this fine selection, by Norman Fischer, of appreciations of what is called by some “Shikantaza”. Correction: The compilation linked to above is not by Norman Fischer but, rather, by Jiryu Mark Rutschman-Byler. You may read more by and about him a...
by [james]
Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:40 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Best Shikantaza Ever
Replies: 14
Views: 285

Best Shikantaza Ever

Ha ha ... click bait. Sorry (not really). But now that you’re here, how about taking a look at this fine selection, by Norman Fischer, of appreciations of what is called by some “Shikantaza”. http://shoresofzen.com/index_htm_files/DefinitionsOfShikantaza.pdf Here is a good one: “In Barry Magid's e-m...
by [james]
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Differing views of shikantaza
Replies: 76
Views: 2287

Re: Differing views of shikantaza

Shikantaza?
by [james]
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Differing views of shikantaza
Replies: 76
Views: 2287

Re: Differing views of shikantaza

Aside from any Jundo/Dosho discussion, i personally would also love to see discussion RE any other viewpoints, however similar or different. Some here may find this interesting and useful: http://www.theravadin.org/2015/09/05/zhiyi-and-bodhidharma/ Zhiyi and Bodhidharma September 5, 2015 There is a...
by [james]
Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Is there not a “truth”?
Replies: 37
Views: 624

Re: Is there not a “truth”?

Thank you Pablo.
by [james]
Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Is there not a “truth”?
Replies: 37
Views: 624

Re: Is there not a “truth”?

Uhh ... okay. Maybe my inner pedant has run amok.
Sorry about that.
by [james]
Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Is there not a “truth”?
Replies: 37
Views: 624

Re: Is there not a “truth”?

bukowski wrote:
Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:40 pm
One of the problems I have found with the truth is that I have changed my mind about what is the truth so many times in my life.
How is this a problem with the truth? The “problem” is the truth.
by [james]
Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Is there not a “truth”?
Replies: 37
Views: 624

Re: Is there not a “truth”?

Maybe I should have said nothing instead. “I have nothing to say/and I am saying it/and that is poetry/as I need it”: John Cage, Lecture on Nothing, 1949. “Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism and the Inner Life of Artists” by Kay Larson. Reviewed by Maria Popova. https://www.brainpicking...
by [james]
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Is there not a “truth”?
Replies: 37
Views: 624

Re: Is there not a “truth”?

Hey James, Thanks for the song, I didn't know it :) Could you elaborate on what you wanted to point out with it? I have a couple of guesses, but I think it would be easier if we talk directly about it. I realize I may have come off as an asshole with my reply. Sorry if my words offended you in any ...
by [james]
Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Is there not a “truth”?
Replies: 37
Views: 624

Re: Is there not a “truth”?

hiya, james, hiya, Joe, You might or might not go wrong, then, because in so doing, you're making your own truth. “Be a light unto yourself; betake yourselves to no external refuge. Hold fast to the Truth. Look not for refuge to anyone besides yourselves.” Best is to practice correctly and sufficie...
by [james]
Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Is there not a “truth”?
Replies: 37
Views: 624

Re: Is there not a “truth”?

Not sure which part you don't understand. I find 'zennie' answers often too abstract, coming as they typically are, from folks like you and me, who are not fully enlightened, who still struggle with their messy minds. To leave that out strikes me as somewhat disingenuous. People write, express from...
by [james]
Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Is there not a “truth”?
Replies: 37
Views: 624

Re: Is there not a “truth”?

desert_woodworker wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:01 pm
No truth, no; but a way of being, yes.

It takes sufficient and correct practice.

(just to reiterate)

--Joe
I’m reading your reiteration as a statement of truth as you see it.
by [james]
Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Is there not a “truth”?
Replies: 37
Views: 624

Re: Is there not a “truth”?

TBH, one of the things I puzzle over is why many folks post short 'zennie' answers (I don't mean so much here, but in all kinds of Zen places online) rather than a heartfelt personal reply.. I confess I fall into the same trap lately, kinda conforming unconsciously to these perceived expectations. ...
by [james]
Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Is there not a “truth”?
Replies: 37
Views: 624

Re: Is there not a “truth”?

Views may indeed be provisional, but speaking up can be a very good thing. More often than not, though, it isn't. And as a general rule I agree with Anders that it can be useful 'to psychologise' and ask 'what does this serve'? Simply because it seems to me that spiritual bypassing is rife and goes...