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by desert_woodworker
Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Entry into Emptiness
Replies: 19
Views: 142

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: 11
Views: 471

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: 203

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: 203

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: 19
Views: 142

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: 92

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: 138

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: 170

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: 1995

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: 21
Views: 655

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: 24709

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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by desert_woodworker
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Where is Joe?
Replies: 106
Views: 3115

Re: Where is Joe?

Where is that Mason fellow?

rgds,

--Joe
by desert_woodworker
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: true practice
Replies: 2
Views: 150

Re: true practice

True practice is the truest rest, sitting in the cave with the Elder and the community, when wordlessness and actionlessness is what constitutes communion and communication, ...after all is said and done (please take me literally/actually). This goes back a number of millennia, if not many. There ar...
by desert_woodworker
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 1995

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

Hi, Linda. All's well, I think. Do you mean that you did not post the text of the koan? Not sure how to interpret. Plus, I don't know what your saying "independently" means, here/there. Of course, koans can be discussed in terms of the moving-mind. But, that was never their purpose. That's my point ...
by desert_woodworker
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:46 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 1995

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

Better not to assume that ignorance can net any particular advantage, no.

--Joe
by desert_woodworker
Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Cartoon Space
Replies: 78
Views: 3902

Re: Cartoon Space

From The New Yorker:

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by desert_woodworker
Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:30 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: JOKES
Replies: 333
Views: 9583

Re: JOKES

What's the only thing proven to stop falling hair? :hatsoff:
[SPOILER]
The floor.
by desert_woodworker
Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:22 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: dependent origination
Replies: 82
Views: 1821

Re: dependent origination

The admission or observation, proper attribution, and identification of dependent origination is a part of the circumstance of the experience of it that eventuates at awakening, and in the weeks and months afterwards while still awake. Take it for a fact, otherwise, but it comes at nowhere near the ...
by desert_woodworker
Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Wabi-Sabi
Replies: 21
Views: 655

Re: Wabi-Sabi

Mailbox repair. The sheet-metal formed clasp that held the mailbox door closed wore thin, over three decades, and parted (broke), from daily friction. I replaced it with a formed and carved piece of American Cherry (wood). So far so good, six months into the change. The mail-carrier complimented me ...
by desert_woodworker
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:54 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 1995

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

This crossed my path again this weekend. I have heard it many times. here u go: The Gateless Gate, by Ekai, called Mu-mon, tr. Nyogen Senzaki and Paul Reps [1934], at sacred-texts.com 5. Kyogen Mounts the Tree Kyogen said: "Zen is like a man hanging in a tree by his teeth over a precipice. His hand...