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by desert_woodworker
Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi
Replies: 102
Views: 1027

Re: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi

Mason, Take this to a fresh thread if desired: just a comment or five from me, here. I think what you've written is uninformed by correct Zen Buddhist practice: Well, let's take a look at it from the koan perspective. No connection with koans or a koan whatsoever; but, let's let that go... . Meditat...
by desert_woodworker
Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:10 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Zen sickness
Replies: 35
Views: 434

Re: Zen sickness

Thanks, Enver. To discover what correct practice is for yourself, please ask a teacher who knows you well in the Dharma-practice context. Be safe! Thank you for trusting me!, _/\_ , --Joe Joe-- :558: don't know why don't you reply? thnks.well said..., What is the correct practice? "One thing at a ti...
by desert_woodworker
Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi
Replies: 102
Views: 1027

Re: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi

Mason,
Mason wrote:
Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:14 pm
After awakening, purification. After purification, awakening. Over and over, perhaps endlessly.
Before awakening, purification. After awakening, pollution. During pollution, practice.

("The Three Poisons [Greed, Hatred, and Ignorance] rise endlessly; I vow to transform them".)

--Joe
by desert_woodworker
Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:52 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi
Replies: 102
Views: 1027

Re: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi

... given the parameters of the thread then sure - better not to go off on a tangent. Not sure what else is left to say then. Yes, thanks, Anders, for not going off-topic. Indeed, the point of the OP is specific and pointed, not narrow. The Roshi's teaching on the matter is to the point. I've just ...
by desert_woodworker
Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi
Replies: 102
Views: 1027

Re: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi

Of course postures should be adopted and adjusted to fit the conditions of students who are beginners, who have disabilities or injuries, and so on. Folks need to start where they are. But it seems that discussions about meditation posture rarely focus on the essential point: why is the classic 7-p...
by desert_woodworker
Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:12 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi
Replies: 102
Views: 1027

Re: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi

See the OP. We're not talking about koans. Thanks, maybe another time, but I'd really like to see the emphasis kept on "committing everything to the posture", during those times when this serves as a helpful intervention. Perhaps some here understand Uchiyama Roshi's suggestion from ...experience. I...
by desert_woodworker
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:41 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi
Replies: 102
Views: 1027

Re: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi

Kaya wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:14 am
Nope.
See, that's what I thought.

--Joe
by desert_woodworker
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi
Replies: 102
Views: 1027

Re: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi

I can go with "reveals the koan". Another way of phrasing it might be "awareness in zazen may turn up our most intimate spiritual longing and question". Multi-tasking is not a good plan with regard to practice (zazen), and that's my point. If it's a koan, then a koan. If it's shikantaza, then shika...
by desert_woodworker
Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Pilgrimage into the Mountains of Madness
Replies: 47
Views: 626

Re: Pilgrimage into the Mountains of Madness

hi, M., You are a wonderful friend. I am eschewing all drugs and alcohol for the rest of my life, or at least for the time being. Thanks Joe. Mason, I sure wish I could shake your hand, brother. Thanks for taking my comments as they were intended. I took a chance at being misunderstood, or being cas...
by desert_woodworker
Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi
Replies: 102
Views: 1027

Re: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi

Awareness of the activity of mind in zazen reveals the fundamental koan: "Who am I?" Very funny! I doubt you mean "reveals the koan". Huh? Something botched, there. ;) But it's OK. The topic is posture, and using it as a life-saver, or at least as a Get-Out-of-Jail-Free card, for the while. ;) Unti...
by desert_woodworker
Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Zen sickness
Replies: 35
Views: 434

Re: Zen sickness

I think the more frightening and shattering and common "Zen sickness" ...is when we do not practice at all.

(and/or, don't practice correctly).

--Joe
by desert_woodworker
Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:55 am
Forum: Announcements, Forum News
Topic: Zen Space gets a new owner!
Replies: 13
Views: 362

Re: Zen Space gets a new owner!

Dan, you're not goin' away, so all's well. And swell. Anyone who takes on this mantle is jake by me. Like you! And Clyde! Hi again, Clyde. And thanks to all takers. Past, Future, and in-between. You're mostly Givers. --Joe ikebana_vase_4inch_diam_permanent_metal_frog_inside_to_secure_blossoms_768pix...
by desert_woodworker
Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:51 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Words of Wisdom
Replies: 96
Views: 3647

Re: Words of Wisdom

"The Tathagatha is the mind of the sentient being".

--Ashvaghosha, AWAKENING OF FAITH IN THE MAHAYANA
by desert_woodworker
Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:44 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Pilgrimage into the Mountains of Madness
Replies: 47
Views: 626

Re: Pilgrimage into the Mountains of Madness

On Zen Buddhist sesshin, sleep-"deprivation" is encouraged, sometimes, for those who can benefit from it (and, it is actually modestly built-in to the sesshin schedule). ;) Drug-use (whether one calls it "cannabis", or whatever) is not . A Precept is "not indulging in the wine of delusion". It's the...
by desert_woodworker
Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:24 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi
Replies: 102
Views: 1027

Re: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi

Mason, et al. , The Roshi is not expounding on "posture in 'Soto' ". I see this as an attempt to eschew labels, but eschew at your own peril! Even "Nirvana" has a name. It's okay to use labels when they are appropriate (that is, when the label fits). I think "Soto" is a good label for Uchiyama Roshi...
by desert_woodworker
Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi
Replies: 102
Views: 1027

Re: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi

hi, Mason, You're right Joe, I just wanted to emphasize that the "everything" in "commit everything to the posture" is not only about letting go of distracting thoughts but really means everything , that is, the whole universe. As such it works both as a teaching on the basic Buddhist level and also...
by desert_woodworker
Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Rohatsu eve
Replies: 4
Views: 108

Re: Rohatsu eve

Meido, blessings all around!, to your circle of Rohatsu sesshin participants. I hope the Morning Star was good to at least one person aboard, as it was to Shakyamuni. That would truly be the greatest blessing of a lifetime, and for all the sangha, for having participated in the miracle, having been ...
by desert_woodworker
Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:47 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi
Replies: 102
Views: 1027

Re: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi

M., Whatever the posture is, "commit" to it, to short-circuit the distracting influence of unhelpful and unwanted distracting "thoughts". That's some good, basic Buddhism but I don't think it fully captures the meaning of the Soto emphasis on posture. Yeah, no, maybe so, maybe not. The Roshi is not ...
by desert_woodworker
Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi
Replies: 102
Views: 1027

Re: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi

K., Your use of the word "prejudice" when others express an opinion different from yours is a clear pejorative and thus degrades your argument. Well, no. Prejudging what "posture" is is just that: prejudging . The Roshi is talking about posture. Whatever posture you have, use, and strike is just tha...
by desert_woodworker
Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Zen sickness
Replies: 35
Views: 434

Re: Zen sickness

Enver, I wouldn't worry about it. But just ask your teacher if you are interested. (if no teacher, then maybe no need to worry, either. I think it may manifest only in the presence of pretty intense practice, not likely to occur if practice is only instigated by oneself, and not by teacher and sangh...