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by Dan74
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Unification
Replies: 9
Views: 81

Re: Unification

It can be frustrating for sure!

A Zen teacher, Joko Beck said
“Practice has to be a process of endless disappointment. We have to see that everything we demand (and even get) eventually disappoints us. This discovery is our teacher.”
by Dan74
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:10 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Unification
Replies: 9
Views: 81

Re: Unification

I guess in Buddhism we begin to realise that our ideas of self, of other, of objects out there and me in here are just that - ideas, which have no substantial reality. So like Spike said 'no what to separate from'.. But this of course, can be just another idea, until there is the enduring recognition.
by Dan74
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Unification
Replies: 9
Views: 81

Re: Unification

Maybe it's seeing that there was never any real separation to begin with, just a bunch of delusory thoughts and habits to drop?
by Dan74
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Is there not a “truth”?
Replies: 37
Views: 557

Re: Is there not a “truth”?

I'm reminded of the xin xin ming: No need to seek the real; Just extinguish your views. Well, sure ... seeing the reality of my views is a basic factor in recognizing the real. In any case, seeking (and finding) the real will not make it any more or less real. I think when it's comes to things like...
by Dan74
Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Is there not a “truth”?
Replies: 37
Views: 557

Re: Is there not a “truth”?

Not sure which part you don't understand. I find 'zennie' answers often too abstract, coming as they typically are, from folks like you and me, who are not fully enlightened, who still struggle with their messy minds. To leave that out strikes me as somewhat disingenuous. People write, express from...
by Dan74
Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Is there not a “truth”?
Replies: 37
Views: 557

Re: Is there not a “truth”?

TBH, one of the things I puzzle over is why many folks post short 'zennie' answers (I don't mean so much here, but in all kinds of Zen places online) rather than a heartfelt personal reply.. I confess I fall into the same trap lately, kinda conforming unconsciously to these perceived expectations. ...
by Dan74
Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Is there not a “truth”?
Replies: 37
Views: 557

Re: Is there not a “truth”?

Views may indeed be provisional, but speaking up can be a very good thing. More often than not, though, it isn't. And as a general rule I agree with Anders that it can be useful 'to psychologise' and ask 'what does this serve'? Simply because it seems to me that spiritual bypassing is rife and goes...
by Dan74
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Is there not a “truth”?
Replies: 37
Views: 557

Re: Is there not a “truth”?

TBH, one of the things I puzzle over is why many folks post short 'zennie' answers (I don't mean so much here, but in all kinds of Zen places online) rather than a heartfelt personal reply.. I confess I fall into the same trap lately, kinda conforming unconsciously to these perceived expectations. B...
by Dan74
Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Is there not a “truth”?
Replies: 37
Views: 557

Re: Is there not a “truth”?

Views may indeed be provisional, but speaking up can be a very good thing. More often than not, though, it isn't. And as a general rule I agree with Anders that it can be useful 'to psychologise' and ask 'what does this serve'? Simply because it seems to me that spiritual bypassing is rife and goes ...
by Dan74
Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: yunmen’s dried shit stick
Replies: 27
Views: 515

Re: yunmen’s dried shit stick

I guess the obvious, first reaction to the koan is what Linda wrote: "everything is Buddha". I thought like that for a long time. Case solved, let's move on to the next one. But I was wrong. "Everything is Buddha" is bullshit. If everything is Buddha, then a rapist is Buddha as well. And bombs kill...
by Dan74
Sat Sep 29, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: yunmen’s dried shit stick
Replies: 27
Views: 515

Re: yunmen’s dried shit stick

Yunmen picks up a dry shitstick, it transforms into a whisk.

Who is it that makes distictions?
by Dan74
Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: What is Rinzai Zen? Q&A with Meido Moore
Replies: 16
Views: 359

Re: What is Rinzai Zen? Q&A with Meido Moore

So essentially a not-two 'experiencing' with the whole being? One could say that, though you can see how the words sabotage the point. I would just say that if one sees, for example, a statue of Fudo Myo-o, one arises as Fudo. Seeing a statue of Kannon, one arises instantly as Kannon. Also, the pow...
by Dan74
Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: What is Rinzai Zen? Q&A with Meido Moore
Replies: 16
Views: 359

Re: What is Rinzai Zen? Q&A with Meido Moore

Thank you. :namaste:

So essentially a not-two 'experiencing' with the whole being?


I guess the various levels of 'stuckness' in terms of both the energy and awareness require a great deal of precise work to integrate into every situation...
by Dan74
Wed Sep 26, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: What is Rinzai Zen? Q&A with Meido Moore
Replies: 16
Views: 359

Re: What is Rinzai Zen? Q&A with Meido Moore

Or am I missing the point? I don't think so. It is essentially an empathetic and bodily - rather than primarily conceptual - interaction with art. Right. Some folks have a very physical reaction to art. That this is rare is possible due, I think, to the fact that we've develped a deep disconnect be...
by Dan74
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: What is Rinzai Zen? Q&A with Meido Moore
Replies: 16
Views: 359

Re: What is Rinzai Zen? Q&A with Meido Moore

While I can imagine that there are specific and valuable instructions in connection with this, the notion doesn't strike me as odd at all - this empathetic appreciation of art is what all people who love art know well. Or am I missing the point?
by Dan74
Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: What is Rinzai Zen? Q&A with Meido Moore
Replies: 16
Views: 359

Re: What is Rinzai Zen? Q&A with Meido Moore

Just watched it and really encourage others with even a tiny bit of curiosity about Rinzai Zen to do likewise. I thought Meido does a fine job of putting across the flavour of his lineage. :bow2: :bow2: :bow2:
by Dan74
Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Birthday, Marcel (fuki) !
Replies: 9
Views: 144

Happy Birthday, Marcel (fuki) !

Can you hear the echo? The crickets??

Forum is emptiness, and emptiness is forum (as Anders quipped many moons ago). :lol:

But hey! May you attain supreme enlightenment for the sake of all of us.


_/|\_
by Dan74
Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: Haiku thread
Replies: 29
Views: 1123

Re: Haiku thread

not a haiku..

Mist blankets autumn fields again.
Corn stalks and dry leaves.
And on the other side
Ripe black sunflowers.
by Dan74
Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: "I used to think X, but now I think Y... "
Replies: 9
Views: 338

Re: "I used to think X, but now I think Y... "

Thanks, Joe.

My intention was not to minimise the importance of awakening.
by Dan74
Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: What is “the body”?
Replies: 23
Views: 629

Re: What is “the body”?

Forgive me the simplistic take on this question, but it reminded me of the following story about Kusan Sunim, one of the foremost contemporary Korean Zen masters. At the age of twenty-six he was stricken by a severe illness that caused him a great deal of pain. Upon seeing him in this condition, a f...