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by [james]
Sat Dec 14, 2019 4:22 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: A Zen Story
Replies: 25
Views: 836

Re: A Zen Story

heya, james, good feelings enter what? Enter yourself. oh, ok, there is a self to enter. why enter? A different perspective. or, the same perspective, a zen one? Could be anything. or, could be one thing? How does the sound of that little mountain stream enter you? by hearing it? see, james, a lot ...
by [james]
Fri Dec 13, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: A Zen Story
Replies: 25
Views: 836

Re: A Zen Story

bokki wrote:
Fri Dec 13, 2019 2:16 am
enter what?
Enter yourself.
bokki wrote:
Fri Dec 13, 2019 2:16 am
why enter?
A different perspective.
bokki wrote:
Fri Dec 13, 2019 2:16 am
a sound of that little mountain stream?
why?
what for?
Could be anything.
bokki wrote:
Fri Dec 13, 2019 2:16 am
how does the entry by the sound of that little mountain stream
look like?
How does the sound of that little mountain stream enter you?
by [james]
Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: KENSHO. Your experience, your thoughts..?
Replies: 48
Views: 514

Re: KENSHO. Your experience, your thoughts..?

I would also say that “the goal of zen training” is another concept, perhaps useful in the short term but best put aside before too long. As I see it, having a goal in zen practice is essentially a rejection of present conditions that are themselves the field of zen practice, i.e. inherently contra...
by [james]
Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: KENSHO. Your experience, your thoughts..?
Replies: 48
Views: 514

Re: KENSHO. Your experience, your thoughts..?

Spike wrote:
Wed Dec 11, 2019 3:40 pm
[james] wrote:
Wed Dec 11, 2019 3:24 pm
Living a life of courage is not a concept.
If it is your plan or intention then of course it is.
This returns to the hundred foot pole.
“How does he go further from the top of a hundred foot pole.”
There is no longer any plan or intention.
by [james]
Wed Dec 11, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: KENSHO. Your experience, your thoughts..?
Replies: 48
Views: 514

Re: KENSHO. Your experience, your thoughts..?

It doesn't require kensho to recognize that zen practice is a deliberate life of courage. i understand what you are saying, but do not agree. so, basically, you are saying that an insight into one's own nature is ... what? a joke? I’m saying that recognition of zen practice as a deliberate life of ...
by [james]
Wed Dec 11, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: KENSHO. Your experience, your thoughts..?
Replies: 48
Views: 514

Re: KENSHO. Your experience, your thoughts..?

As per Christian Humphreys, after climbing the "thought" pole, this describes the existential leap from thought to direct awareness, i.e., kensho, or insight into true nature. It doesn't have anything to do with concepts like (living a life of) courage, etc. Kensho-jobutsu--self-realization, becomi...
by [james]
Tue Dec 10, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: KENSHO. Your experience, your thoughts..?
Replies: 48
Views: 514

Re: KENSHO. Your experience, your thoughts..?

james. There is no door in shikantaza. Shikantaza cannot be faked. Shikantaza cannot be problematic. How does he go further from the top of a 100 foot pole? do you remember when you started shikantaza, was it the same as it is now? It has only ever been shikantaza, and yes, much the same. More sett...
by [james]
Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: KENSHO. Your experience, your thoughts..?
Replies: 48
Views: 514

Re: KENSHO. Your experience, your thoughts..?

Spike wrote:
Mon Dec 09, 2019 3:47 pm
That is as may be, but for me, you're not the one entitled to ask it.
Why is that, would you say.
by [james]
Mon Dec 09, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: KENSHO. Your experience, your thoughts..?
Replies: 48
Views: 514

Re: KENSHO. Your experience, your thoughts..?

Spike wrote:
Mon Dec 09, 2019 1:56 pm
[james wrote: Shikantaza cannot be faked.
That is hilarious.
Nothing hilarious about it. Shikantaza cannot be faked.
Spike wrote:
Mon Dec 09, 2019 1:56 pm
[james wrote: How does he go further from the top of a 100 foot pole?
That is so zen.
It’s a simple question. How does he go further?
Not kensho, that’s for sure.
by [james]
Mon Dec 09, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: KENSHO. Your experience, your thoughts..?
Replies: 48
Views: 514

Re: KENSHO. Your experience, your thoughts..?

As I recall, Dan74, described how shikantaza can become problematic for some if the door is still closed. Is it really Shikantaza if the door is still closed? Or just fake it till you make it? There is no door in shikantaza. Shikantaza cannot be faked. Shikantaza cannot be problematic. How does he ...
by [james]
Sat Nov 23, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: HELLO!
Replies: 13
Views: 552

Re: HELLO!

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by [james]
Sat Nov 23, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: The Zen of Everything
Replies: 17
Views: 943

Re: The Zen of Everything

Spike wrote:
Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:29 am
My god, what a complete, total, 100% bunch of ignorant, disrespectful crap!
Is that your opinion?
I wasn’t planning on listening. Now, I probably won't.
by [james]
Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dorian
Replies: 3
Views: 121

Re: Dorian

... Prayers for the Bahamas. They are getting hammered by the strongest storm, in history , ever to hit them... :sad: :bow2: Climate change? What say Floridians? Some supposedly knowledgeable people say that much of Florida will be submerge sooner rather than later. Spike, as a newly arrived inhabi...
by [james]
Sun Sep 01, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 5
Views: 355

Re: Greetings

seigan wrote:
Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:03 pm
This is my first post on this board. I've been lurking for quite some time and I've enjoyed many of the threads immensely.
.....
It is a pleasure to virtually meet you all.

Gassho,
Seigan
Hello Seigan,
Thanks for making the jump from reader only to participant.
Greetings and welcome.
james
by [james]
Fri Aug 30, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Fruit Flies
Replies: 56
Views: 912

Re: Fruit Flies

it is not appropriate to make statements such as “only humans can practice”. Sure it is, that is Buddhism. Sheng Yen thought it was entirely appropriate, because that's Buddhism. How can Sheng Yen, Dōgen, the Buddha know that this is so? How can someone think they know better, probably know better,...
by [james]
Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: DAILY LIFE
Replies: 27
Views: 2470

Re: DAILY LIFE

loves' the unjust wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:26 pm
Dailylife is my practice.
What distinguishes dailylife as a practice from daily life as it is?
by [james]
Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Fruit Flies
Replies: 56
Views: 912

Re: Fruit Flies

As regards to whether animals can practise, again I couldn't say that they can't, Master Sheng Yen says they can't. He said "Among all living beings only humans can practice". Dogen Zenji himself says "Of all births, human is best" The concept of “practice” may well be entirely a human contrivance ...
by [james]
Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: confirmation
Replies: 14
Views: 562

Re: confirmation

—— A person needs some guidance to understand what one experiences. —— He just said to ignore it and keep practicing. —— A person doesn't know what he doesn't know And someone who knows can certainly help Isn’t a fundamental aspect of practice the cultivation and recognition of not knowing ... that...
by [james]
Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Fruit Flies
Replies: 56
Views: 912

Re: Fruit Flies

Animals generally move out of the animal realm when their previous bad karma is exhausted, which is a very rare occurrence. Why do you say that it is a very rare occurrence? It is somewhat absurd to attach a timeline to this. How many kalpas and aeons have any of us been wandering through the six r...
by [james]
Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Fruit Flies
Replies: 56
Views: 912

Re: Fruit Flies

Seeker242 wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:19 pm

... and when it comes to practicing the dharma, human opportunity far surpasses them all, except for maybe the Pure Land rebirth.
That reminds me to make an addendum to my DNR card: No Pure Land rebirth dharanis to be recited over my dead or dying body.