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by KeithA
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: "I used to think X, but now I think Y... "
Replies: 7
Views: 204

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: 26
Views: 455

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: 26
Views: 455

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: 411

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: 559

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: 1697

Re: Never Surrender!

clyde wrote:
Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:49 pm
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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: 1408

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: 1408

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: 1697

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: 349

Re: Hello from Madrid, Spain

:waving:
by KeithA
Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: Haiku thread
Replies: 27
Views: 941

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: 268

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:
by KeithA
Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:21 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

You need not push life about... I have been thinking about these words, as they struck a chord with me. In chi kung practice, a common admonition is to never push one's chi where one wants it to go. Instead, the instruction is to lead it. This seems like a useful way to consider our mindset while p...
by KeithA
Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: a conversation between master xuyun and grandmaster lingyuan
Replies: 22
Views: 782

Re: a conversation between master xuyun and grandmaster lingyuan

As our friend Genkaku was always suggesting: "Practice and see what happens" :) Ah Adam yes, one of the first sober ones I've had the pleasure of meeting on the interweb, I remember him often, particulary when I see thorns (roses) :) I was up in his neighborhood recently. One of these days, I would...
by KeithA
Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Nothing goes...
Replies: 888
Views: 15505

Re: Nothing goes...

I always love a good Program, Shutter priority, Aperture priority, Manual exposure wheel gag :lol: experienced "ghost hearing" ever since a wee little kid, really nothing you want to cultivate unless you're looking for a career in Satanism :lol: :lol: Does the package include health insurance and a...
by KeithA
Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: a conversation between master xuyun and grandmaster lingyuan
Replies: 22
Views: 782

Re: a conversation between master xuyun and grandmaster lingyuan

The juxtaposition between effort and non-effort is always an interesting topic. I shared this quote in another thread where the topic was about "non-effort" (or became the topic, seems to be a "hot topic" for many, "non-seeking, "non-doing" and all, which I've never seen a "Taoist" confused about i...
by KeithA
Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Nothing goes...
Replies: 888
Views: 15505

Re: Nothing goes...

There is lots to learn from the world religions, if one is open to it. Babies and bathwater, and all.. :117: Yes, I think he should be quoting more Hinduism :D I am quite sure I was a Christian monastic in a past life. Okay, I am not sure of that at all. But, it speaks to me in a way I don't quite ...
by KeithA
Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Nothing goes...
Replies: 888
Views: 15505

Re: Nothing goes...

Yes! How dare you brandish that new fangled machine that edits Truth :lol: A good description of religion! :lol: https://i1.wp.com/i63.tinypic.com/2saar81.jpg Great shots. But limited scope for taking the P :lol: Are you talking about the PSAM wheel lol?' And I couldn't hear a thing :lol: I'll have...
by KeithA
Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: a conversation between master xuyun and grandmaster lingyuan
Replies: 22
Views: 782

Re: a conversation between master xuyun and grandmaster lingyuan

The juxtaposition between effort and non-effort is always an interesting topic. I think it highlights why Zen is a mystical pursuit, versus a philosophical one. The philosopher seeks to explain the unexplainable via ideas and concepts. The mystic seeks those same answers via experience. Step careful...
by KeithA
Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The Definition of Noodling
Replies: 19
Views: 341

Re: The Definition of Noodling

if you say "pineapple", I will hit you thirty times! I am just going to ignore the strawberry comment.. :116: Olives, mushrooms and garlic for me, thanks! I'll have a Big Complete Pizza, thanks. Zen_circle_web_en.png They don't serve this in the anxious clown restaurant, I shall have to talk to wai...