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by [james]
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: What is “the body”?
Replies: 1
Views: 68

What is “the body”?

...... For a long time, I used to think that the body was more or less something the mind dragged around to experience the world with and that body meditation practises were basically training wheel methods for people who weren't ready to work with their minds. Now I think the mind is more like a f...
by [james]
Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: THE HEART SUTRA OF PRAJNA PARAMITA
Replies: 2
Views: 51

Re: THE HEART SUTRA OF PRAJNA PARAMITA

Hey Lance
Good
Try

:556:
by [james]
Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In Defense of Reification
Replies: 2
Views: 44

Re: In Defense of Reification

Ha! Ha!
Ah ha!
As real as real can be.
by [james]
Sun Sep 09, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is it?
Replies: 13
Views: 195

Re: What is it?

I cannot help but feel that the world is in the eve of something big and frightening Humankind has lost control of itself. As technology races on, our resilience dissolves Has humankind ever been in control of itself? No, I don’t think so. Resilient? Hasn’t technology been driven by the fears and n...
by [james]
Mon Aug 27, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Good discussion about post-awakening cultivation over at DW
Replies: 15
Views: 559

Re: Good discussion about post-awakening cultivation over at DW

guo gu wrote:
Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:59 am
...
just the basics is enough.
...

be well,
guo gu
Good to read your words, though I wouldn’t call them garbage myself ... :namaste:
by [james]
Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Good discussion about post-awakening cultivation over at DW
Replies: 15
Views: 559

Re: Good discussion about post-awakening cultivation over at DW

Dan74 wrote:
Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:36 pm
... I enjoy Dogen's reminders and yet the grist of my life is firmly on the before-and-after wheel, so I work with that. This is my 'now'.
One person’s now is as good as another’s.
:hatsoff:
by [james]
Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Good discussion about post-awakening cultivation over at DW
Replies: 15
Views: 559

Re: Good discussion about post-awakening cultivation over at DW

James, I agree with all of your post, except this sentence which leaves me in doubt: Awakening is of little consequence if cultivation is central. I would say that cultivation is only of consequence post awakening. Prior one is really polishing the brick into the mirror, notwithstanding all asserti...
by [james]
Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Good discussion about post-awakening cultivation over at DW
Replies: 15
Views: 559

Re: Good discussion about post-awakening cultivation over at DW

.... Now 7 years on, my practice is weak, my mind easily swayed. An opportunity lost. I'd like to put a positive spin on it, to find a silver lining and maybe there is, but I don't know what it is. Maybe I've learnt to let it be a bit. Fall down seven times, get up eight, blah blah... I don't know....
by [james]
Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:24 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: a conversation between master xuyun and grandmaster lingyuan
Replies: 22
Views: 782

Re: a conversation between master xuyun and grandmaster lingyuan

Great quote. It brought to my mind something from Suzuki Shosan, the early-edo period Soto monk, commenting on the "sinking" (energy-less) zazen that he often critiqued, and urging his students to give rise day by day to an increasingly vital practice energy: Although non-thought zazen is practiced...
by [james]
Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:53 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Everybody OK?
Replies: 110
Views: 1855

Re: Everybody OK?

desert_woodworker wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:16 am
Seeker242 wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:10 am
desert_woodworker wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:06 am
Do you know who that is? No. I see... .
So your are saying that you need to know who that is? If so, then how do you know if you know who that is?
It's YOU who I'm asking.

--Joe
“Who is on first.”
by [james]
Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Everybody OK?
Replies: 110
Views: 1855

Re: Everybody OK?

Yeah... it's been quiet. Wondering if it's a lull or we are winding down. Wow ...Dan!!! You’re back. I thought you were a goner. I hope you will be extending the same freedom that you have given yourself to the others who have been made gone, namely bokki, jundo and boda, so that this imperfect dha...
by [james]
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Getting In Position
Replies: 37
Views: 1082

Re: Getting In Position

Hi, j., I miss your rainy-day window sometimes. We need rain in this desert. The monsoon, one month into its date-range, has thus far been unproductive. A casualty of ZFI’s meltdown, that window. I miss it too. People seem ceaselessly interested in " what the Buddha taught " after his awakening, bu...
by [james]
Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Getting In Position
Replies: 37
Views: 1082

Re: Getting In Position

After jam packing a folded up blanket into a pillow case, found that still had to place yet another pillow folded in half beneath just to be able and raise myself so that can come somewhat close to my knees being forced forward into the floor. I can only get into a half lotus position, but the knee...
by [james]
Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Zazen Is Good For Nothing
Replies: 86
Views: 2888

Re: Zazen Is Good For Nothing

I wonder if I might ask you to clarify a couple of things you said, just for reference: [you] are observing the varying ways it manifests ... you want to know everything about it. This almost sounds as if you are studying it, considering it, thinking about it. I am sure that is not what you mean. I...
by [james]
Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Zazen Is Good For Nothing
Replies: 86
Views: 2888

Re: Zazen Is Good For Nothing

Hi James, Well, let’s say one is sitting for an hour and is agitated ... why not allow that condition to be during however much of the hour that it will be? Because, as I've mentioned, it will affect my ability to concentrate. I've discovered that, for me at least, a level of mental relaxation is n...
by [james]
Sun Jul 08, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Zazen Is Good For Nothing
Replies: 86
Views: 2888

Re: Zazen Is Good For Nothing

Well, let’s say one is sitting for an hour and is agitated ... why not allow that condition to be during however much of the hour that it will be? Why does there need to be a benefit? Zazen, as I see it, is in large part a letting go of resistance to the conditions of the moment and an opening of al...
by [james]
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Zazen Is Good For Nothing
Replies: 86
Views: 2888

Re: Zazen Is Good For Nothing

Regulatory? Do you mean consistently or something else to do with following a protocol or regimen or practice? If you do mean consistently then no that is not what I am getting at. After all there is nothing consistent or constant and to try and create/sustain such a condition is a fly in the face o...
by [james]
Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:48 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Zazen Is Good For Nothing
Replies: 86
Views: 2888

Re: Zazen Is Good For Nothing

Occasionally, when I have trouble sitting I'll listen to a hypnosis recording for relaxation and then go back to sitting. It works, in a more relaxed mindset I can concentrate and the mind can get quiet. It seems that hypnosis is good for something. What about the zazen part of above? Sitting with ...
by [james]
Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Zazen Is Good For Nothing
Replies: 86
Views: 2888

Re: Zazen Is Good For Nothing

Occasionally, when I have trouble sitting I'll listen to a hypnosis recording for relaxation and then go back to sitting. It works, in a more relaxed mindset I can concentrate and the mind can get quiet. It seems that hypnosis is good for something. What about the zazen part of above? Sitting with ...