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by Dan74
Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi
Replies: 127
Views: 1282

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

Ah, I see now. Sorry, Kaya, I thought you were saying it was, but you were quoting Joe. Anyway..
by Dan74
Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi
Replies: 127
Views: 1282

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

I'd say, if you or readers here are Zen Buddhist practitioners in a formal setting (Teacher and sangha), then let the teacher illuminate aspects of posture. Ideas of actualization of oneself and of the universe are too much b.s. front-loaded baggage [garbage], and not helpful in the midst of deep p...
by Dan74
Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi
Replies: 127
Views: 1282

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

Some years back, on a forum that no longer exists, I met a Turkish Zen Buddhist called Ela, who lives in Izmir. Some years later we met up in Istanbul and meditated together on a bench in a quiet mosque courtyard. There are Buddhists in Turkey for sure, I think there are even groups that meet up in ...
by Dan74
Sat Dec 15, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Ideal Posture
Replies: 12
Views: 145

Re: Ideal Posture

Your answers generally hit home for me, Mason, not to say this is a good thing... :112: Students sometimes make a teacher into the Teacher and sometimes a teachers believes that in order to do his or her job, they need to appear as the Teacher. I've seen both scenarios play out somewhat. Ah well... ...
by Dan74
Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Pilgrimage into the Mountains of Madness
Replies: 47
Views: 654

Re: Pilgrimage into the Mountains of Madness

Meanwhile I was learning from an online teacher about how to strengthen the perception of luminosity in order to clearly penetrate emptiness, and it was there that I started to go crazy. This phrase rang alarm bells for me. "Online teacher"? Someone who knows what they are talking about? Someone wh...
by Dan74
Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Announcements, Forum News
Topic: Zen Space gets a new owner!
Replies: 13
Views: 371

Re: Zen Space gets a new owner!

Thank you, James. Also for the honest feedback throughout.

:bow2: :bow2: :bow2:
by Dan74
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Announcements, Forum News
Topic: Zen Space gets a new owner!
Replies: 13
Views: 371

Re: Zen Space gets a new owner!

Thank you, Meido, very kind of you and certainly appreciated. Not at all sure I was the right man for the job but I did what I could. Wishing clyde better fortune.
by Dan74
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Pilgrimage into the Mountains of Madness
Replies: 47
Views: 654

Re: Pilgrimage into the Mountains of Madness

Over the years of reading web fora, I've come across several people describing intense practice without sufficient teacher supervision that resulted in unfortunate outcomes. I suspect everything worth saying has already been said above. I dunno… maybe spend some time just digging dirt, getting some...
by Dan74
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi
Replies: 127
Views: 1282

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

Enver M. wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:26 pm
god damn what is siddhis?..
I guess siddhis are special powers, seeing your past lives, reading minds, that sort of boring stuff.

I used to have a lot of these in my early days. Then I had a kensho and they stopped. So it goes.
by Dan74
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Pilgrimage into the Mountains of Madness
Replies: 47
Views: 654

Re: Pilgrimage into the Mountains of Madness

Over the years of reading web fora, I've come across several people describing intense practice without sufficient teacher supervision that resulted in unfortunate outcomes. I suspect everything worth saying has already been said above. I dunno… maybe spend some time just digging dirt, getting some ...
by Dan74
Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: the true human body - how does it move its arms?
Replies: 80
Views: 980

Re: the true human body - how does it move its arms?

I think you miss the point of what Enver is trying to communicate . . . Glad you're confident that you understand Enver's mind and can interpret the meaning of his memory story for the rest of us (without falling victim to the fallacy of authorial intent, I hope). Please proceed. In the meantime I'...
by Dan74
Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: the true human body - how does it move its arms?
Replies: 80
Views: 980

Re: the true human body - how does it move its arms?

Is life about rules and propriety? Do you work? Are you happily married? Do you operate a motor vehicle? Ever attend a sesshin? Is there a problem with propriety or rules, as appropriate, in life? Don't these things actually help? Can me and my biker buddies come over for a party? Just kidding You ...
by Dan74
Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Announcements, Forum News
Topic: Zen Space gets a new owner!
Replies: 13
Views: 371

Zen Space gets a new owner!

Hello Folks

I am happy to announce that clyde has taken over the ownership of Zen Space!

I wish clyde all the best in rejuvenating the Forum and hope we all support him in making this place a worthwhile one.

_/|\_
by Dan74
Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: the true human body - how does it move its arms?
Replies: 80
Views: 980

Re: the true human body - how does it move its arms?

I think you miss the point of what Enver is trying to communicate, Kaya. It is sometimes tricky with his English, but the talk about rules, behaving dopily etc misses the proverbial arrow by a mile for me.

Is life about rules and propriety?
by Dan74
Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: the true human body - how does it move its arms?
Replies: 80
Views: 980

Re: the true human body - how does it move its arms?

Half of the time I have no idea what the folks are saying, so forgive the intrusion, but let's make sure we play nice, avoid projecting and inadvertently causing harm. _/|\_ Thanks Dan, though I would argue that our transgression was one of playfulness and not aggressiveness! :bow2: :bow2: :bow2: I...
by Dan74
Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: the true human body - how does it move its arms?
Replies: 80
Views: 980

Re: the true human body - how does it move its arms?

Half of the time I have no idea what the folks are saying, so forgive the intrusion, but let's make sure we play nice, avoid projecting and inadvertently causing harm.

_/|\_
by Dan74
Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Pilgrimage into the Mountains of Madness
Replies: 47
Views: 654

Re: Pilgrimage into the Mountains of Madness

Mason, glad you seem to be feeling better. I'd like to second both the good wishes and solid advice above. I am neither a Zen teacher nor a mental health professional, so I suggest you seek advice from them first and foremost. My first thought was that rather than conceptualising things like "reform...
by Dan74
Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: What is called ignorance?
Replies: 37
Views: 725

Re: What is called ignorance?

Regarding rituals, there is plenty. But they serve a purpose. How one manages, handles him or herself through the various rituals and demands, says a lot about practice. Chinese and Korean sanghas tend to be a bit more lax, in my experience, while the Japanese tend to be more exactling. Each approac...
by Dan74
Wed Nov 21, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: What is called ignorance?
Replies: 37
Views: 725

Re: What is called ignorance?

All Zen training places that I know of have a curriculum of books they recommend and discuss. In Korea, the Seon monks and nuns spend some time studying the Sutras. Out of all Buddhist schools, Zen has probably produced the largest amount of books. So not sure, Enver. Purity is not big in Buddhism, ...
by Dan74
Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Many koans or few koans?
Replies: 29
Views: 576

Re: Many koans or few koans?

I agree with Meido, and with you. Don't be sorry. All's swell. Strong practice, --Joe "Start" there... . :namaste: --Joe ...just to awaken is not sufficient. Sorry, but I don't believe you have anything to teach, especially above Meido, or in general. Seems to me, teaching is dangerous business, an...