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by KeithA
Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: A Small Mischaracterization ..
Replies: 35
Views: 757

Re: A Small Mischaracterization ..

I remember a talk by a Rinzai teacher who said that we can take an awakening and turn it into a tidy experience that we look back on, just another prop for the story. Yes, certainly true...and I think in fact likely, absent a post-kensho path of clarification and embodiment taking that awakening as...
by KeithA
Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: The Decline of Zen and Rise of Mindfulness
Replies: 37
Views: 661

Re: The Decline of Zen and Rise of Mindfulness

in the final analysis, isn't everything a phase? :117: You know I hate being wrong. :102: :lol: Fuki wrote: Well everything is merely a modification of ephemeral consciousness that's for sure, so everything constantly changes, much ado about nothing . You make, you get eh? Don't make Zen, it's good...
by KeithA
Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: The Decline of Zen and Rise of Mindfulness
Replies: 37
Views: 661

Re: The Decline of Zen and Rise of Mindfulness

I imagine that most of these meditators are not part of a traditional practice with a teacher and all that jazz. I have no justification for this imagining, it's just a guess. This got me thinking about cultural trends and the general declining interest in Buddhism and the rising interest in secula...
by KeithA
Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: The Decline of Zen and Rise of Mindfulness
Replies: 37
Views: 661

Re: The Decline of Zen and Rise of Mindfulness

From a Zen sample of one, we have seen attendance at our Center increase pretty dramatically. We now have a parking problem, which is new one for us! Any guess as to why? What town is this in, perhaps it's sheer population increase? It's been just paying attention to communicating better, etc. Noth...
by KeithA
Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: The Decline of Zen and Rise of Mindfulness
Replies: 37
Views: 661

Re: The Decline of Zen and Rise of Mindfulness

I love the increase in mindfulness interest. Practice is showing up in the most unusual places. Sure, it's not Buddhist practice, which is a completely different thing in most respects. But I am glad people are taking time to see what appears from the stillness. From a Zen sample of one, we have see...
by KeithA
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Zen Tradition and Innovation
Topic: metta practice
Replies: 37
Views: 475

Re: metta practice

Anders stole my thunder a little, but the great lesson for me when I learned about Metta practice is that it begins with me. Having low self-esteem and fear of success, I found the direction of love for myself to be the right message at the right time. I don't imagine one can have love to give to th...
by KeithA
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Zen Tradition and Innovation
Topic: metta practice
Replies: 37
Views: 475

Re: metta practice

I love Metta practice. We do a thing called "special chanting", where we offer some practice in a directed way. We chant "Kwan Se Um Bosal" (Guanyin) for a while, keeping an object of compassion in mind. As far a Metta practice goes, we have a Refuge Recovery group that meets on Monday evenings at o...
by KeithA
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: A Definition of Enlightenment
Replies: 81
Views: 1183

Re: A Definition of Enlightenment

bokki wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:55 pm
Also, a note to my future self: stop saying dumb shit!! :114:
LOL, Keith, Sir, please do not stop!
i find every post of yours very,..ugh, ..should i say
enlightening?
yes,
please never stop!
That's very kind of you to say, Bokki. :bow2:
by KeithA
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: My Blog
Replies: 7
Views: 222

Re: My Blog

Let's be careful what we wish for!! :104:

Lol!
by KeithA
Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Announcements, Forum News
Topic: Welcome Clyde as a Moderator at Zen Space
Replies: 22
Views: 444

Re: Welcome Clyde as a Moderator at Zen Space

A great addition! Thanks for helping to herd us Zen cats, Clyde!

:109:
by KeithA
Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: A Definition of Enlightenment
Replies: 81
Views: 1183

Re: A Definition of Enlightenment

I guess what it all boils down to is this: Ultimately, there is no before and after enlightenment. That's a very big mistake. In fact, there is no bigger mistake, in my view. And yet, there is still something to do. To think that there isn't is also a mistake. Also, a note to my future self: stop sa...
by KeithA
Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: A Definition of Enlightenment
Replies: 81
Views: 1183

Re: A Definition of Enlightenment

Not arguing, because in a sense I agree with most of this. But it begs the question: If, for example, an "unenlightened" Sure, from the perspective of separate and distinct beings. But, in the end, picking up the cup is just picking up the cup. See the kong an that Clyde offered up. :117: As I unde...
by KeithA
Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: A Definition of Enlightenment
Replies: 81
Views: 1183

Re: A Definition of Enlightenment

Not arguing, because in a sense I agree with most of this. But it begs the question: If, for example, an "unenlightened" person picks up a cup and an "enlightened" person picks up a cup, how is the action different? Maybe the question was rhetorical, but I'll have a go, anyway. Nope...I offered it ...
by KeithA
Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: A Definition of Enlightenment
Replies: 81
Views: 1183

Re: A Definition of Enlightenment

Not arguing, because in a sense I agree with most of this. But it begs the question: If, for example, an "unenlightened" person picks up a cup and an "enlightened" person picks up a cup, how is the action different? Hi Keith, thanks for the reply. For me there is a difference it terms of having a s...
by KeithA
Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: A Definition of Enlightenment
Replies: 81
Views: 1183

Re: A Definition of Enlightenment

Keith's question, If, for example, an "unenlightened" person picks up a cup and an "enlightened" person picks up a cup, how is the action different? reminded me of this: CASE 26. TWO MONKS ROLL UP THE BLINDS Hogen of Seiryo came to the hall to speak to the monks before the midday meal. He pointed w...
by KeithA
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Ask a Question
Topic: the desire to have children
Replies: 34
Views: 594

Re: the desire to have children

It's heart warming to see loving parent "raising" children in a healthy enviroment, though most parents who have kids aren't ready for them sadly, since they're not mature enough themselves for such a responsibility, a parent really needs to be selfless and have no psychological issues which stand ...
by KeithA
Sat Jun 30, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: A Definition of Enlightenment
Replies: 81
Views: 1183

Re: A Definition of Enlightenment

If, for example, an "unenlightened" person picks up a cup and an "enlightened" person picks up a cup, how is the action different? It isn't Some Roshis may disagree :) How can you tell I've just been dipping into Meido's book again :D I am happy to be corrected. I will read my post some time down t...
by KeithA
Sat Jun 30, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: A Definition of Enlightenment
Replies: 81
Views: 1183

Re: A Definition of Enlightenment

Enlightenment means to see what harm you are involved in and to renounce it. To me that definition tells more about the practice (before enlightenment or awakening) than the awakening itself. Not that one stop practicing after awakening, but the practice has different quality as I know. And althoug...
by KeithA
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: A Definition of Enlightenment
Replies: 81
Views: 1183

Re: A Definition of Enlightenment

At about 8:30 PM as the sky darkens, the fireflies come out. As kids we called them "lightning bugs". As a retired professional conservationist after 21 years, I know they are endangered. From my three-story condo with woods on the side and back, the fireflies start at patio level, where I join the...
by KeithA
Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:11 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: A Definition of Enlightenment
Replies: 81
Views: 1183

Re: A Definition of Enlightenment

hi, boda, What is a Zen Buddhist theorist? It's off-topic, but of course a mere theorist is someone who is not an experimentalist/practitioner. Let's say it's somebody who's read tons of Suzuki, Watts, and others, who in fact have nothing to do with practice.... , but who may be nonetheless enthusi...