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by desert_woodworker
Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: American Zen - A Brief History
Replies: 22
Views: 1235

Re: American Zen - A Brief History

We've barely seen the beginning, and have long to see the end, of what western cognitive psychology and consciousness studies will do, in their continuing and eventual influence on Zen Buddhist practice in the west, I'd say (not just USA). Neuroscience will probably advance and others will catch up ...
by desert_woodworker
Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:40 am
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: Death Poems
Replies: 41
Views: 2470

Re: Death Poems

Heard a San Francisco hospice fellow M.D. on radio today talking about conversations he's had with people soon to die. The issue of "fear" was a big one. But, were they (the about-to-die) fearing the experience of dying (and the run-up to it), or "what-may-come-afterwards"? He's a Doc who has much e...
by desert_woodworker
Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: confirmation
Replies: 14
Views: 555

Re: confirmation

It's not candy.
by desert_woodworker
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: Death Poems
Replies: 41
Views: 2470

Re: Death Poems

Condolences, Michael. Pardon my lateness in extending this message of sympathy to you and your family. I feel comradery with all or most named "Joe": Joe Campbell, and myself, e.g . Wishes, as we approach the Solstice, in north and south. --Sawdust and woodchips guy 12 hours ago my second son Joseph...
by desert_woodworker
Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: confirmation
Replies: 14
Views: 555

Re: confirmation

If there's living marrow in your bones, you probably WILL go for it. Unless you become sickly. Then, you may strive to continue, but not move to some new phase, the one encouraged and informed by your teacher, and by your own intuition matching his or hers. Best, Fuki, and Enver. just wondered It's ...
by desert_woodworker
Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Beginner Question
Replies: 17
Views: 704

Re: Beginner Question

avisitor wrote:
Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:42 am
Strong practice!
Yes, sirree Bob, Strong practice!

(No baloney)

:namaste:

--Joe
by desert_woodworker
Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Zen People
Topic: Koun Franz (19?? - not dead yet)
Replies: 3
Views: 278

Re: Koun Franz (19?? - not dead yet)

Cold ash. This takes some work.

But the result is very warming. For oneself and for all beings.

--Joe
by desert_woodworker
Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Music
Replies: 505
Views: 27260

Re: Music

For fun (he'd like that):

Here's a fellow (1926-1997) who has a bit to sing about the Four No-ble Truths: No Bull.

by desert_woodworker
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: The practice of Zazen
Replies: 11
Views: 415

Re: The practice of Zazen

What's that about zazen?

Just practice correct zazen.

--Joe
by desert_woodworker
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: American Zen - A Brief History
Replies: 22
Views: 1235

Re: American Zen - A Brief History

Clyde, Of course there isn’t an American “no-mind”. But there is, according to many American Zen teachers, a distinct American form of Zen practice. Did you miss it? This is what I mean, above, by "peculiarities". This is certainly not a distinct "form", but a form or forms which are hoping to conve...
by desert_woodworker
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Trying to live a right life
Replies: 67
Views: 3615

Re: Trying to live a right life

You got? You give.
by desert_woodworker
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Trying to live a right life
Replies: 67
Views: 3615

Re: Trying to live a right life

I still give away $2 bills. They're so unusual that some recipients glare at them a few moments: Real? Fake? Counterfeit? Play-Money? ;-) Just give. All's swell, --Joe Just give? Then does it become something that is just another form of reaction?? Nothing there to be mindful of? Just going through...
by desert_woodworker
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: grace
Replies: 38
Views: 1233

Re: grace

Clyde, And while I practice and encourage others to practice, there are people who have awakened spontaneously; i.e., without any practice. Though they may be FEW -- very few -- their un-practiced putative awakening has thus probably not been confirmed by an accomplished teacher, which, in the Ch'an...
by desert_woodworker
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: grace
Replies: 38
Views: 1233

Re: grace

Clyde, I was reading a classic book on Tibetan Buddhism and read the following description of the “direct path”, that liberation is “without any apparent preparation.” That quote may be misleading you, Clyde. I think that what's meant is that awakening is not practiced-for. In other words, one does ...
by desert_woodworker
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: The Second Fruit
Replies: 15
Views: 1073

Re: The Second Fruit

Your teacher can tell you what's what.

No teacher?

Ok, then you already know (ouch!).

See what Nonin Roshi used to say hereabouts (at ZFI). He was a straight-shooter; now retired as Abbot, and from teaching (I think). But, still teaching us... .

:namaste:

--Joe
by desert_woodworker
Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: Zen Events
Topic: Upcoming talk in NYC: "Chan, Freedom, and Relationships"
Replies: 1
Views: 254

Re: Upcoming talk in NYC: "Chan, Freedom, and Relationships"

Go do a great job, Guo Gu. In my adopted home-town.

Miss you.

Hope all's well, all the family, and all the sangha.

--Joe (Guo Xiang)
by desert_woodworker
Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Entry into Emptiness
Replies: 39
Views: 1298

Re: Entry into Emptiness

loves' the unjust wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:01 pm
Joe--,
Nothing has an importance out of the practice?
I'd say that if you're invested-in, and concerned about, correct practice, then you will consider it to be important, yes.

If you have a teacher, the correctness of correct practice will become clear.

--Joe
by desert_woodworker
Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: American Zen - A Brief History
Replies: 22
Views: 1235

Re: American Zen - A Brief History

Is there a distinct “American Zen”? And if there is, how would you describe it? There's no distinct American Zen, now, Clyde, no; and, I hope not. There may be peculiarities of American Zen- practice , versus those peculiarities of practice in the East (China; Japan; Korea; Vietnam), but this is on...
by desert_woodworker
Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: JOKES
Replies: 336
Views: 15256

Re: JOKES

Why did the guy get out of the Chicken egg business?

[SPOILER]
It was the same thing, ova, and ova!
by desert_woodworker
Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Music
Replies: 505
Views: 27260

Re: Music

Ok, Enver, et al. !, Here is " America's Number One Hit " (1963). ;) G2sH6h0ViDg Tell Him by: The Exciters I know something about love You've gotta want it bad If that guy's got into your blood Go out and get him If you want him to be The very heart of you Makes you want to breathe Here's the thing ...