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by KeithA
Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Polishing tiles
Replies: 29
Views: 576

Re: Polishing tiles

As in Master Dae Kwang said in Keith's post: and also the talk by ZM Dae Kwang here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVSia2_eI2U There is no good or a bad answer to a koan. There is no God or philosophy in Zen. But There is just "Now". Oh, there is a good and bad answer! I have endured enough head ...
by KeithA
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:18 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Best Shikantaza Ever
Replies: 20
Views: 564

Re: Best Shikantaza Ever

I agree that in one sense they do point to the same "thing", if we can call it a thing. But they do have different qualities and for me anyway, integrate with my life in different ways. Kind of like when we eat a salad and then a piece of fruit. They both have the same purpose, to satisfy hunger. B...
by KeithA
Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: From Kaya
Replies: 3
Views: 174

Re: From Kaya

:waving:
by KeithA
Mon Oct 22, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Best Shikantaza Ever
Replies: 20
Views: 564

Re: Best Shikantaza Ever

<snip> I suppose in some sense we can say "every koan", but koans relate to my life in different ways. The cat koan has a different point than Bodhidharma's beard, for example. Different strokes. :) Hey Keith :) For me, all koans (again, including shikantaza) point to the same thing, and I'm never ...
by KeithA
Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: yunmen’s dried shit stick
Replies: 59
Views: 1219

Re: yunmen’s dried shit stick

[james] wrote:
Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:33 am
Why “fortunately”?
Because, as Guo Gu said, we would be ensnared by it! 8-)
by KeithA
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Best Shikantaza Ever
Replies: 20
Views: 564

Re: Best Shikantaza Ever

The modern koan may go something like: If you try to do something in shikantaza you loose your life as it is right now. If you don't make some effort at awareness you continue in your samsara, not doing shikantaza. How do you do shikantaza?” -Larry Christensen- That last paragraph is something spec...
by KeithA
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: yunmen’s dried shit stick
Replies: 59
Views: 1219

Re: yunmen’s dried shit stick

guo gu wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 3:15 am
a student of the way asked yunmen, “what is buddha?”
yunmen replied, “dried shitstick.”

what do you all think?
guo gu
Fortunately, it has nothing to do with a shit stick.

_/|\_
by KeithA
Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Best Shikantaza Ever
Replies: 20
Views: 564

Re: Best Shikantaza Ever

The modern koan may go something like: If you try to do something in shikantaza you loose your life as it is right now. If you don't make some effort at awareness you continue in your samsara, not doing shikantaza. How do you do shikantaza?” -Larry Christensen- That last paragraph is something spec...
by KeithA
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: "I used to think X, but now I think Y... "
Replies: 9
Views: 402

Re: "I used to think X, but now I think Y... "

For me, the overwhelming belief I had in the beginning was that there was some kind of final destination, and if only I could get there, I would be happy.

These days, and I felt this way for quite a while, my sense is that it doesn't get any better than it is just now. :559:

_/|\_
Keith
by KeithA
Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Ask a Question
Topic: Question on Jukai (Sewing pre-Soto Precepts)
Replies: 27
Views: 825

Re: Question on Jukai (Sewing pre-Soto Precepts)

FWIW, use of the "16 precepts" (3 refuges + 3 pure precepts + 10 grave precepts) for the lay refuge ceremony is a Soto-specific thing. Elsewhere, taking the 3 refuges and then the 5 lay precepts is the norm. Back to topic: i appreciate places that offer some study, classes, or lecture regarding the...
by KeithA
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Ask a Question
Topic: Question on Jukai (Sewing pre-Soto Precepts)
Replies: 27
Views: 825

Re: Question on Jukai (Sewing pre-Soto Precepts)

Hi Laysitter, I believe, quite strongly, that practitioners should never even be asked to take precepts, much less feeling pressure to do so. For the record, I have seen this in my own tradition, and I have been given some minor negative feedback for having that notion. I have even talked a couple p...
by KeithA
Sat Sep 01, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Importance of lineage/ what is transmitted / etc etc
Replies: 19
Views: 589

Re: Importance of lineage/ what is transmitted / etc etc

Dan wrote: ...some common sense. Honestly, this is the thing that seems lacking whenever this topic comes up. There is a lineage chart hanging up at the Providence ZC, the international head temple of the Kwan Um School of Zen. I doubt it is historically correct. Still gonna practice, tho! :106: _/|...
by KeithA
Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Good discussion about post-awakening cultivation over at DW
Replies: 15
Views: 793

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

https://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=69&t=29215 Perhaps some folks here have something to add too. From my side, just a little anecdote that convinced me that it is imperative to have close contact with a trusted teacher at times of intense practice. I had very close contact with a teacher 2003-...
by KeithA
Wed Aug 22, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Never Surrender!
Replies: 55
Views: 2131

Re: Never Surrender!

clyde wrote:
Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:49 pm
:560:
:bow2:
by KeithA
Wed Aug 22, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Psychodelics and Buddhism: Lion Roar article and Brad Warner's response + a few thoughts
Replies: 60
Views: 1936

Re: Psychodelics and Buddhism: Lion Roar article and Brad Warner's response + a few thoughts

It occurred to me I didn't read the original article from Lion's Roar.

Yeah, no. :shock:

I see why Warner reacted the way he did. But, I still disagree that it spells the end for "American Zen", whatever that is. He was being a bit dramatic there.

_/|\_
by KeithA
Wed Aug 22, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Psychodelics and Buddhism: Lion Roar article and Brad Warner's response + a few thoughts
Replies: 60
Views: 1936

Re: Psychodelics and Buddhism: Lion Roar article and Brad Warner's response + a few thoughts

Hi all, I finally got a chance to read Brad Warner's post about the Lion's Roar article. A couple things jumped out at me: 1. There is no such thing a monolithic "American Zen" or "Western Zen". It's loathsome and tiresome to generalize that way. 2. Warner is probably being a little intentionally ov...
by KeithA
Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:42 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Never Surrender!
Replies: 55
Views: 2131

Re: Never Surrender!

It's a thorny issue and I suspect different lineages have different takes on it and use a variety of skilful means (and sadly sometimes, unskilful ones) to make use of surrender, submission and trust. For me, it came up in my very first Zen retreat. I went in thinking I had Zen pretty much figured ...
by KeithA
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Madrid, Spain
Replies: 9
Views: 448

Re: Hello from Madrid, Spain

:waving:
by KeithA
Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: Haiku thread
Replies: 29
Views: 1315

Re: Haiku thread

Warm humid morning
Up and down, 108 times
Birds just waking up


_/|\_
by KeithA
Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Forum meetings
Replies: 18
Views: 396

Re: Forum meetings

I met seeker242 at a Sangha weekend once. Also Chris A. and James Ford from the Boundless Way group (they both no longer in my region). I am not sure if James was ever on ZFI, but i thought he was in the very beginning. :hatsoff: