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by desert_woodworker
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: Zen Events
Topic: Upcoming Public Talk: "Growing Old in Zen"
Replies: 11
Views: 367

Re: Upcoming Public Talk: "Growing Old in Zen"

Hiya, The reason is that "Zen" does not register in the mind of samsara ("Travelling"). And, it cannot. Simply DOES not. Zen and Samsara are as old as the hills, ever looking out for each other. It cannot be otherwise and IS not. Grow old with it, if you must, or wanna, sure. But Samsara (samsara) i...
by desert_woodworker
Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Music
Replies: 468
Views: 21018

Re: Music

I may have posted this one -- once, or a hundred times before -- dunno. Just a nice song. Some bits may be 'way off base, although the lyrics are probably pretty conventional, heard from here or there (almost correct). There may be some differences between the performed song and the idealized (at so...
by desert_woodworker
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: Zen Events
Topic: Upcoming Public Talk: "Growing Old in Zen"
Replies: 11
Views: 367

Re: Upcoming Public Talk: "Growing Old in Zen"

Those of us who are old in Zen are young in Zen. And those of us who are young in Zen, well, we/they might as well consider, ...may be old in Zen. But what is "Zen"? It's " undefined ", and really is more like the actuality of something divided by Zero is said to be "undefined", mathematically. The ...
by desert_woodworker
Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:49 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Zen is all of Life
Replies: 15
Views: 452

Re: Zen is all of Life

Hiya, Linda, sat with him a lot, from earliest days in NYC; sat enough. Loved him. May Bernie R.I.P. :namaste: And come back as another Great Bodhisattva... . Blessings to all his Dharma heirs, and their students! What a legacy... . Incredible. And let's acknowledge Maezumi Roshi as well. ;) --Joe
by desert_woodworker
Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: Zen People
Topic: Bernie Glassman (b. January 18, 1939 - d. November 4, 2018)
Replies: 1
Views: 134

Re: Bernie Glassman (b. January 18, 1939 - d. November 4, 2018)

Not only a good idea, but should be "the Law".

Oh, wait: that's the Dharma, right there!

--Joe
ps (pls correct me if I'm wrong; tnx.) :107:
by desert_woodworker
Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Music
Replies: 468
Views: 21018

Re: Music

If you listened/listen long enough at the end of the record, here's what you heard/hear. Some people are surprised about it to this day (well, fewer and fewer, of late; but, OK, sports-fans). :) Short and sweet. Very sweet! ;) (and yet, this feller was among those Knighted!). :lol: :namaste: Mh1hKt5...
by desert_woodworker
Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Entry into Emptiness
Replies: 36
Views: 660

Re: Entry into Emptiness

Really, my point is not everyone has access to in-person teacher or sangha relations. That does not mean one should not do zazen under such circumstances, or that their practice deserves to be judged as any less, or judged at all, as to what is correct or sufficient. Sure. Access is just that. Got ...
by desert_woodworker
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Music
Replies: 468
Views: 21018

Re: Music

Happy to post a classic, massive, year 1966 track that I was reminded of recently when I heard a snippet of it out there. "Time Has Come Today", by the Chambers Brothers. It seems perennial: time has certainly come, today. A few (four) versions were published (pressed). This is the long "album" (33 ...
by desert_woodworker
Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Wabi-Sabi
Replies: 22
Views: 807

Re: Wabi-Sabi

Repaired cat-feeding bowls, one plastic, one ceramic. Some years ago... .

Bowls are still in use. Cats are growing old... unlike the cat-keeper.

--Joe

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by desert_woodworker
Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Entry into Emptiness
Replies: 36
Views: 660

Re: Entry into Emptiness

If one has a practice of the Zen Buddhist kind, practice correctly and sufficiently, and with help of teacher and sangha, awaken. Practicing with the help of a teacher and sangha is advantageous but not necessary, according to the Buddha's own example. Old Golden-Face had five teachers. Yes, he sur...
by desert_woodworker
Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Mahakasyapa's Zen
Replies: 25
Views: 939

Re: Mahakasyapa's Zen

Enver, The story of Mahakasyapa's awakening or realization is a great one. I'd say that ideally "Mahakasyapa's ' zen ' " is also ours (the one that is available to us, I mean, and whether we come realize it or not: "No-mind"). Of course, what's required to awaken to it -- realize it -- is correct pr...
by desert_woodworker
Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: The Essence of Practice
Replies: 8
Views: 384

Re: The Essence of Practice

Mason, another association strikes. I'm recalling the poetry contest between Hui-neng (who became the 6th Ancestor of Chinese Ch'an), and the head monk of the monastery (whose name we don't as readily remember, funny). ;) The head monk was guided by a "wiping-and-cleaning" notion of practice, to cha...
by desert_woodworker
Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: The Essence of Practice
Replies: 8
Views: 384

Re: The Essence of Practice

Mason, I think this could be an interesting thread. What, for you, is the essence of practice? Can you condense it into a few words? For me it would be: "Let go." Yes, this IS interesting. :) I've heard from other practitioners I've known in several sanghas their "practice words". Whether the recall...
by desert_woodworker
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Entry into Emptiness
Replies: 36
Views: 660

Re: Entry into Emptiness

If one has a practice of the Zen Buddhist kind, practice correctly and sufficiently, and with help of teacher and sangha, awaken. Awakening is the entry to the empty state, and, yes, to the lived- and living-experience of emptiness. Further practice after awakening can allow the continued dwelling i...
by desert_woodworker
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Zen People
Topic: H.H. The Sixth Patriarch Hui Neng
Replies: 1
Views: 164

Re: H.H. The Sixth Patriarch Hui Neng

Things like this happen almost every week (on Zen Buddhist sesshin, or Ch'an Buddhist retreat).

The amazing days of our practice are not "over", by any means.

Strong practice, All,

--Joe
by desert_woodworker
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Zen People
Topic: Genjo Marinello
Replies: 3
Views: 244

Re: Genjo Marinello

Did somebody say "Astronomy"?

Granted, going "back" 24 1/2 years, there, in that old. old reference. But the Universe -- or whatever it is we have here -- is quite a bit older.

--Joe
by desert_woodworker
Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Slowing Down the Mind Train by Jeff Shore
Replies: 4
Views: 221

Re: Slowing Down the Mind Train by Jeff Shore

Just practice correctly, and the false 'mind' will "slow". Better, "die". REALLY slow. ;-) The true mind can/will then open its single wing and not be impeded by false appendages intervening. Not that there's a true mind. There's no mind, while one is awake. While one is not, or no longer awake, the...
by desert_woodworker
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 2722

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

Well, it is news to me that a student would work "in closest consultation" with other students about an assigned koan. I and all other students I knew always did our own work individually, as far as I know. Anything less would invalidate it. Also, for me, "accord" with the koan was always the consi...
by desert_woodworker
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Wabi-Sabi
Replies: 22
Views: 807

Re: Wabi-Sabi

I doubt that this may be truly Wabi-Sabi, ...but, that's part of the Art.

A temporary coffee-stain, on the O'keefe and Merritt porcelain stove top.

Title: "Sleep-Walker, With Elephant Trunk"

--Joe

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by desert_woodworker
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: photographs you have made.
Replies: 369
Views: 26890

Re: photographs you have made.

Not my photo, in that I did not expose (photograph) it. Nonetheless, I'd like to share.

Interested readers could use this bookplate image to print onto gummed paper and paste into their own books. Or, employ variations thereof (or not of).

--Joe


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