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by [james]
Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: The Hindrance of Ill Will
Replies: 9
Views: 236

Re: The Hindrance of Ill Will

SunWuKong wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:21 pm
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So, as someone who hears the teachings and sits daily, and from my personal experience, that's how it rolls :107:
It would be a privilege to sit with you Eric H.
Some day.
by [james]
Sat May 26, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Aesthetic Consciousness
Replies: 33
Views: 425

Re: Aesthetic Consciousness

bodhi wrote:
Sat May 26, 2018 12:07 am
If you prick us in samadhi, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh?
Sure, go ahead.
by [james]
Fri May 25, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Aesthetic Consciousness
Replies: 33
Views: 425

Re: Aesthetic Consciousness

Have you ever considered, or experienced, aesthetic consciousness? Do you think it might be fitting to characterize samadhi as aesthetic consciousness? From Miriam-Webster: The Origin and Etymology of “Aesthetic”: borrowed from German ästhetisch "pertaining to taste or discernment," borrowed from N...
by [james]
Fri May 25, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: photographs you have made.
Replies: 154
Views: 3658

Re: photographs you have made.

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by [james]
Tue May 22, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: photographs you have made.
Replies: 154
Views: 3658

Re: photographs you have made.

What’s the strawberry for?
Impressive knife ... steel or wood?
by [james]
Sat May 19, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: photographs you have made.
Replies: 154
Views: 3658

Re: photographs you have made.

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by [james]
Sat May 05, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Food and Zen
Replies: 10
Views: 293

Re: Food and Zen

I don’t see similarity between fasting (a cleansing/purification exercise/ritual/obsession) and not eating after midday (a daily, deliberate encounter with hunger and the character of one’s cravings). The caloric intake from eating two vs. three meals need not be significantly different and, whereas...
by [james]
Fri May 04, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Food and Zen
Replies: 10
Views: 293

Re: Food and Zen

Let's use this topic to discuss the role of food, diet, mealtime practice forms you've learned, etc. In other words: everything food as it intersects with your Zen practice! The absence of food can also be an important part of training/practice. I have always had a curiosity about and an admiration...
by [james]
Sun Apr 29, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Nothing goes...
Replies: 479
Views: 7085

Re: Nothing goes...

bodhi wrote:
Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:39 am
Okay, now that that’s settled does anyone have any good fart jokes? I’ve been passing gas lately like a mofo and could use some comic relief.
Would a methane joke cut it? :558:
by [james]
Sat Apr 28, 2018 1:47 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Zazen, Noise, Sound, Silence
Replies: 54
Views: 788

Re: Zazen, Noise, Sound, Silence

In the end, it's our desire for the situation to be something other than it is that gets us in trouble. Any difficult situation is a useful opportunity to challenge our own expectations and to push against the boundaries of our comfort zones. So, I think, nothing wrong with a bit of trouble if we c...
by [james]
Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Zazen, Noise, Sound, Silence
Replies: 54
Views: 788

Re: Zazen, Noise, Sound, Silence

bodhi wrote:
Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:42 pm
Trucks don't sing, that's fantasizing. If a sound is unpleasant it's unpleasant, there's no need to fantasize that it not. That's probably an unhealthy thing to do.


Here’s another beauty...


Just one more ...
by [james]
Fri Apr 27, 2018 2:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Music
Replies: 137
Views: 3143

Re: Music



by [james]
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Announcements, Forum News
Topic: How is Zen Space doing - a poll for all members, active, inactive, lurkers, come one, come all!
Replies: 197
Views: 3332

Re: How is Zen Space doing - a poll for all members, active, inactive, lurkers, come one, come all!

It wasn’t fun at all and now it’s gone and that’s an improvement. The idea of improvement is based on a craving or aversion arising from reaction to the present situation. Each moment is already, always, fresh and unconditioned regardless of a perception or a need or a desire that improvement might ...
by [james]
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Announcements, Forum News
Topic: How is Zen Space doing - a poll for all members, active, inactive, lurkers, come one, come all!
Replies: 197
Views: 3332

Re: How is Zen Space doing - a poll for all members, active, inactive, lurkers, come one, come all!

fuki wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:08 pm
bodhi wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:40 pm

Improvement?
That happens by itself if we're not result-orientated,
searching for improvements is the very imbalance we're trying to correct, thus the attempt is the impediment.
So are you saying, Mr. Fluffy, that fart jokes are an improvement?
by [james]
Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Zen Tradition and Innovation
Topic: Training and Practice
Replies: 4
Views: 195

Training and Practice

I noticed, in another thread here some time ago, that Meido’s place, Korin-ji, was called a training monastery. Meanwhile, here in zen1.space, I have never heard anyone here refer to their zen activity as anything other than Zen practice. In my view there is a difference in intent and purpose. Train...
by [james]
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Koans for Troubled Times - Joan Sutherland
Replies: 2
Views: 147

Re: Koans for Troubled Times - Joan Sutherland

Thank you lindama!
by [james]
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: Research Space
Topic: The Nature of Awareness
Replies: 47
Views: 857

Re: The Nature of Awareness

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by [james]
Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Research Space
Topic: The Nature of Awareness
Replies: 47
Views: 857

Re: The Nature of Awareness

There are many false-starts, which actually begin as dead-ends and stay that way. Such could result in useless spinning of the wheels or wearing-out of the sandals! I don’t accept the premise of false starts and dead ends as something to be avoided. Nothing stays the way it is. Awareness brightens ...
by [james]
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Research Space
Topic: The Nature of Awareness
Replies: 47
Views: 857

Re: The Nature of Awareness

desert_woodworker wrote:
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:38 pm
Yeah, the faulty concepts through which one sees. Or, the optics one's totin', or has been born with
Such as the concept that faulty concepts is a faulty concept.
Could be ... I can only work with the changing optics I have. Even the blind can see.
by [james]
Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Research Space
Topic: The Nature of Awareness
Replies: 47
Views: 857

Re: The Nature of Awareness

J., ...speculating about the nature of awareness and of self has prompted and stimulated me to undertake a stronger enquiry into this subject, both in my meditation and through research into what others have had to say. Fearless Adventurer and Traveler, James!, going where millions have gone before...