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by desert_woodworker
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 4
Views: 84

Re: Ideas

Michael, a few years ago at ZFI, I wrote about how global warming is more important near the POLES of the earth, as that's where the greater heating is occurring. Averaged over the whole earth, the heating may only be about a degree C, but near the poles the heating effect is greater. And from this ...
by desert_woodworker
Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Music
Replies: 256
Views: 6350

Re: Music

Old man, 55 years ago or more, told me,

"There're only two kinds of music:

Popular music, and UN-popular music". :lol:

Here's to both, :hatsoff:

--Joe
by desert_woodworker
Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 4
Views: 84

Re: Ideas

GG, one should practice, but when one introduces lightness/gentleness, least amount of effort, everything falls into place. Agreed, Guo Gu. Our shih-fu taught us right, I'd say. I remember that one of the bits in our Ch'an liturgy was a "prayer", which in English, contained a line, "We pray, ...for ...
by desert_woodworker
Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: JOKES
Replies: 46
Views: 1105

Re: JOKES

Not much of a joke, 'fter all. --Joe
by desert_woodworker
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ordinary Buddha by Thich Nhat Hanh
Replies: 6
Views: 129

Re: Ordinary Buddha by Thich Nhat Hanh

Dear Guo Gu, Glad you are safe!, and that the Ch'an Center there has not been wrecked by the storm. Sure, but Linji was talking to monks, monastics (!), i.e. , 24-7 practitioners of the Dharma. Can we be as assiduous as those monastics? If not, we'd do well to ... try to be. Here's how. --Joe joe, y...
by desert_woodworker
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: JOKES
Replies: 46
Views: 1105

Re: JOKES

Sharkantaza. Just sitting.

--Joe

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by desert_woodworker
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Differing views of shikantaza
Replies: 76
Views: 2287

Re: Differing views of shikantaza

It's as much a result as a practice, I'd say.

Strong practice,

--Joe
by desert_woodworker
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Unification
Replies: 21
Views: 282

Re: Unification

Hi, Enver!, Just to wake up is enough (necessary; and, sufficient). When one is awake, one may see that there is just one being (if that many). My Ch'an teacher taught that, for a practitioner, there is most naturally a progression: from Scattered-Mind, to One-Mind; from One-Mind, to No-Mind. At the...
by desert_woodworker
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Best Shikantaza Ever
Replies: 14
Views: 285

Re: Best Shikantaza Ever

Best is when method(s) disappear, and cannot be grasped.

Methods are good, though. :hatsoff:

--Joe
by desert_woodworker
Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 4
Views: 84

Re: Ideas

Michael, and Son, Our famous USA inventor about 100 years ago is credited with this quote: "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." - Thomas A. Edison Congrats!, to both you and your son in going so far and producing a pump prototype that shows si...
by desert_woodworker
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Is there not a “truth”?
Replies: 37
Views: 626

Re: Is there not a “truth”?

James, et al . , It occurs to me to mention that the Buddha evidently denoted a quartet of "Truths" (at least as far as translation to English goes). James, are these (or those) truths, anything like what you had in mind in asking your question? "The Four Noble Truths" are what I mean. They appear ...
by desert_woodworker
Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Music
Replies: 256
Views: 6350

Re: Music

The other depressing old track from childhood (by someone) will come to me, sometime. I'll post it, then. But meanwhile, here's The Grateful Dead ( Los Muertos Agradecidos ), in 1980 in NYC with their "Fire on the Mountain". JIXtLUVkAeI Fire On The Mountain by: The Grateful dead Long distance runner...
by desert_woodworker
Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Music
Replies: 256
Views: 6350

Re: Music

Bob Lind's "Elusive Butterfly" (1966). Another great one, blasting out of New York stations (esp. WMCA 570 AM) onto my two-transistor pocket radio, made in Japan. n_L4rkIibtE Elusive Butterfly (1966) You might wake up some mornin' To the sound of something moving past your window in the wind And if ...
by desert_woodworker
Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Music
Replies: 256
Views: 6350

Re: Music

" Everyone's Gone to the Moon ". Everyone heard, or heard about it:? Mr. Jonathan King (1965) 73ks2TPPyho Everyone’s Gone to the Moon (1965) by: Jonathan King Streets full of people, all alone Roads full of houses, never home Church full of singing, out of tune Everyone's gone to the moon Eyes full ...
by desert_woodworker
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Music
Replies: 256
Views: 6350

Re: Music

Yessiree, some tracks, ...two of them almost as of, or as if, the most depressing and seedy that I recall from my youth. And, contrastingly, two of the most strange and inspiring (at least at the time), almost "Science-Fiction" tracks, of (popular) music. I'll post them in a bit, maybe even within t...
by desert_woodworker
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Is there not a “truth”?
Replies: 37
Views: 626

Re: Is there not a “truth”?

hiya, Linda, Lots of things don't make sense, it's a call to sink in. And, that's GOOD, that lots of things don't make sense. :namaste: It shows the limitations and prescribed-domain of the moving-mind, which is not a mind at all, but just movement " somewhere between the brow and hairline ", as the...
by desert_woodworker
Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Is there not a “truth”?
Replies: 37
Views: 626

Re: Is there not a “truth”?

hiya, james, No truth, no; but a way of being, yes. It takes sufficient and correct practice. (just to reiterate) I’m reading your reiteration as a statement of truth as you see it. You might or might not go wrong, then, because in so doing, you're making your own truth. Best is to practice correctl...
by desert_woodworker
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Music
Replies: 256
Views: 6350

Re: Music

You've seen this (?), Billie and Dusty (2004), constituting ZZ Top, at Clapton's "Crossroads" guitar festival (?).

by desert_woodworker
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ordinary Buddha by Thich Nhat Hanh
Replies: 6
Views: 129

Re: Ordinary Buddha by Thich Nhat Hanh

Sure, but Linji was talking to monks, monastics (!), i.e., 24-7 practitioners of the Dharma.

Can we be as assiduous as those monastics?

If not, we'd do well to ...try to be.

Here's how.

--Joe
by desert_woodworker
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Time swiftly passes by
Replies: 38
Views: 1118

Re: Time swiftly passes by

Night words:

"Time swiftly passes by, ...and opportunity is lost.
Each of us should strive to awaken; Awaken!
Take heed: do not squander this precious Human life
."

--Zen Master Dogen (1200-1253)