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by desert_woodworker
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: What to do about Zen teachers and controversial behavior
Replies: 41
Views: 478

Re: What to do about Zen teachers and controversial behavior

p.s: Joe, as careful as I am with language there is always the potential for misunderstandings. My use of “the John Tarrant Roshi matter” was intended to be a neutral way of pointing to our discussion of “what to do”. Right, Clyde. As there's no such "matter", there's nothing to do. And I suggest w...
by desert_woodworker
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: What to do about Zen teachers and controversial behavior
Replies: 41
Views: 478

Re: What to do about Zen teachers and controversial behavior

Let the people directly involved handle it. Let's not encourage this site to handle third-party machinations of the unnecessary kind. "Working through" stuff is fine for people who must do that, but this is not a psychotherapy site (I hope). Everything in its proper and competent place (I hope). --J...
by desert_woodworker
Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: What to do about Zen teachers and controversial behavior
Replies: 41
Views: 478

Re: What to do about Zen teachers and controversial behavior

To answer the question in the thread title,

Let the people directly involved handle it.

Tnx,

--Joe
by desert_woodworker
Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Off Topic
Replies: 108
Views: 1222

Re: Off Topic

Crystal, I came here as a Vajrayana/Theravada practitioner with an interest in Zen, and so far I've learned hardly anything Kudos ! , Crystal; wonderful. You're ahead of the curve, then. As Enver may have pointed out, our practice is -- and results-in -- unloading, not loading. Unburdening and uncov...
by desert_woodworker
Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: What to do about Zen teachers and controversial behavior
Replies: 41
Views: 478

Re: What to do about Zen teachers and controversial behavior

Clyde, Does any of this make you think differently about the general principle of allowing facts to stand or about how to handle the John Tarrant Roshi matter? Thanks for your careful and considerate reading, and your careful and considerate reply. To this question of yours, " Does any of this make ...
by desert_woodworker
Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:31 am
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: What to do about Zen teachers and controversial behavior
Replies: 41
Views: 478

Re: What to do about Zen teachers and controversial behavior

Clyde, I don't think there should be such a topic or thread here. It's all covered elsewhere ad infinitum , and ad nauseum . Again, as I opined in a private email, these things have been handled through proper channels at the time of their hottest heat, and are by now history and dead embers. They'v...
by desert_woodworker
Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Science
Replies: 15
Views: 253

Re: Science -- Signs of Life

Even from geostationary orbit above the earth, there are very clear signs that there is life on Earth. One that shows as signs in the earth's atmosphere demonstrates in particular that there is intelligent life on Earth (even without noticing that there are cities visible on the continents): Airplan...
by desert_woodworker
Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: What to do about Zen teachers and controversial behavior
Replies: 41
Views: 478

Re: What to do about controversial teachers

All of us are always referring to ourselves. There is One being, if that many. This site need not be or become a warning place about certain teachers, nor provide space for criticism of them. By all means, if we have a friend who wants to hook up with a teacher whose behavior one feels one can be cr...
by desert_woodworker
Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: What to do about Zen teachers and controversial behavior
Replies: 41
Views: 478

Re: What to do about controversial teachers

I wouldn't say that this site in particular is one in which "everything needs to be brought out in the open". Especially when it's all been done before, other places, and multiple times. I think that rehashing this sort of thing is disguised behavior of the sort that Buddhists call "Downgrading Othe...
by desert_woodworker
Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:47 am
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: What to do about Zen teachers and controversial behavior
Replies: 41
Views: 478

Re: What to do about controversial teachers

lindama wrote:
Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:41 am
desert_woodworker wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:04 pm
Let's let the echoes stop.

--Joe
amen
Thanks, Linda. And as I say, Why weigh anything heavy? It serves no purpose. Nor Porpoise.

--Joe


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by desert_woodworker
Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Void in the Head
Replies: 24
Views: 471

Re: Void in the Head

hi, Marcel ( good to see you posting again; hope the flu has "flown!"), When everything stops, for weeks, months, or longer, there is void. "Void" compared to WHAT?! Void, compared to ...what you think you feel NOW. When nothing moves, and cannot be made (forced... ) to move, then is one -- then, on...
by desert_woodworker
Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: What to do about Zen teachers and controversial behavior
Replies: 41
Views: 478

Re: What to do about controversial teachers

Let's let the echoes stop.

--Joe
by desert_woodworker
Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Zen People
Topic: John Tarrant Roshi
Replies: 8
Views: 132

Re: John Tarrant Roshi

Hi, Linda, glad you're here and have chimed-in too. I was hoping you might. I too would not mind seeing this entire split-off thread expunged . Sponged.... . Please?? ;) Now that we've read it -- those who have -- no need to keep it. Aitken Roshi had some good teisho on "Gossip". I'm not one for gos...
by desert_woodworker
Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Zen People
Topic: John Tarrant Roshi
Replies: 8
Views: 132

Re: Koans that you have made

Cao., Right. We were the 1st Affiliate sangha in the history of the Diamond Sangha (DS), of the now more than 22 affiliates, and we learned "all about it". Our DS teacher of 20 years standing/sitting also sat us all down and shared the doings and decisions and documents pertinent to the matter, pron...
by desert_woodworker
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Zen People
Topic: John Tarrant Roshi
Replies: 8
Views: 132

John Tarrant Roshi

I had heard about him.I'm sure he is definetely and inteligently a qualified master.Especially if you commend.But I'm on the side to look after my own parents for now.As they are very old, tired and ill.In this way i'm hoping to come some several progress also.This may also prevent from waste of ye...
by desert_woodworker
Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Koans that you have made
Replies: 30
Views: 681

Re: Koans that you have made

Good koan thanks for sharing. In fact, there IS no Zen, even though the Ch'an master did not say so. But, there is correct Zen Buddhist practice. Teachers (and the environment and sangha surrounding them) teach that. (wishes to you again, Enver, that you may find such a situation if you want to and...
by desert_woodworker
Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: The Weight of Pottery...
Replies: 7
Views: 198

Re: The Weight of Pottery...

hi, [James], 'morning, Got you well bracketed, there. Is this the same class where a student showed up with a U-Haul and 472 pounds (maybe kilos, I don’t recall)... I don't think it was in Europe, Canada, nor England, no. But if so, I think their copies of Ray Bradbury's famous SF novel, Fahrenheit ...
by desert_woodworker
Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Koans that you have made
Replies: 30
Views: 681

Re: Koans that you have made

Good to see you back, Clyde. I see another reason that some may be here, and that is to share and practice our own expression of our appreciation of Zen Buddhist practice and teaching. This is different from just posting quotes or internet memes by other writers, quoting scripture, or rehearsing koa...
by desert_woodworker
Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: The Weight of Pottery...
Replies: 7
Views: 198

Re: The Weight of Pottery...

It's quite important that one's 10,000 hours of practice be guided by a competent teacher and competent study of the teachings. In my opinion, at least. In mine, too. Opinion; and experience. ;) I think it's important to begin correctly, to receive corrections along the way, and to continue correct...
by desert_woodworker
Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Void in the Head
Replies: 24
Views: 471

Re: Void in the Head

finaly, i get tired of this contemplating issues after all these years.all i am is about to begin truly practice, as whatever it is.[/b] This sounds very good, Enver. If you are able, and if you are open to it, I hope you can associate yourself with a Zen Buddhist teacher, and with the sangha surro...