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by Dan74
Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: What to do about Zen teachers and controversial behavior
Replies: 41
Views: 476

Re: What to do about Zen teachers and controversial behavior

Regarding the Shimano discussion, I recall there were many suggestions (including in the media) that it had helped blow the whole thing wide open, while there have been many who for years tried to hush it up and keep the status quo. There are many epithets flung around like muck-raking, dirt on thei...
by Dan74
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Announcements, Forum News
Topic: Zen or nonzense
Replies: 45
Views: 938

Re: Zen or nonzense

I think I've mentioned my views of what makes a good forum a number of times, so I feel I shouldn't really be taking more air, other than say that whatever vision clyde has, I hope he is more resolute than I had been in mine. Looking back, I had felt like an impostor or at least an imposition on man...
by Dan74
Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: Setting all Warning levels at zero
Replies: 8
Views: 159

Re: Setting all Warning levels at zero

I could've sworn I had written to you about it, fuki. At the time, I simply didn't know how to reset it. I still don't. But others might.

Though I do suspect that warning levels are empty and lack inherent substance.
by Dan74
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: What is "enlightenment"
Replies: 35
Views: 599

Re: What is "enlightenment"

This article has some very good quotes on the subject:

https://tomdas.com/2016/10/28/buddhism- ... t-happens/
by Dan74
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: site's Attachment-quota has been reached
Replies: 10
Views: 256

Re: site's Attachment-quota has been reached

This microcosm of life, a small hub of zennies and oddballs, is indeed full of disappointments, frustrations and just plain rubbish. Well, colour me surprised!

I also hope we all return, El G, Anders, and other members. And that we keep on returning.
But for a good reason.

_/|\_
by Dan74
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Apologies
Replies: 12
Views: 249

Re: Apologies

Crystal, Jundo is no demon to me. Far from it.
by Dan74
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Announcements, Forum News
Topic: Dear Members
Replies: 91
Views: 1788

Re: Dear Members

It's clear that many folks don't agree with this change. But I suggest we look beyond our preferences for a moment and bring out the best in us to see what we can make of this place, of this opportunity to come together and share our practice, our love of Zen. Who knows, perhaps in time, the teacher...
by Dan74
Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Apologies
Replies: 12
Views: 249

Re: Apologies

That said, I am still not sure what makes a good vibrant Zen forum. My guess is that it needs a critical mass of Zen people of substance who while being primarily focused on Zen, are relaxed, welcoming and don't take too much oxygen. They also need to have the time to post regularly and maintain an...
by Dan74
Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Apologies
Replies: 12
Views: 249

Re: Apologies

...on the second thought...
by Dan74
Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Announcements, Forum News
Topic: Dear Members
Replies: 91
Views: 1788

Re: Dear Members

No, fuki. guo gu and meido will have no place in the new Zen Space. They are teachers, you see
by Dan74
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:11 am
Forum: Announcements, Forum News
Topic: Dear Members
Replies: 91
Views: 1788

Re: Dear Members

The intention to create a free space for Zen friends to share and interact without the presence of the teachers is understandable and I hope you succeed. For me, the teachers not only shared valuable insights, but helped focus the place on Zen. I never felt any of the teachers here 'lord' it over ot...
by Dan74
Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:55 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Joe is a Funny Person
Replies: 45
Views: 1011

Re: Joe is a Funny Person

How is this thread in Beginner's Space? I just wonder what the folks who come to this forum and look in the Beginner's Space to see what Zen is about and chance upon this would think..
by Dan74
Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Ultimate Goal
Replies: 34
Views: 886

Re: Ultimate Goal

In my experience, paying attention and honesty are important. Habitual patterns arise. Notice it. Keep noticing. Go deeper.

Sometimes, as if by a miracle, they fall by the wayside, the habits, and we don't notice until later. Zazen may well have something to do with it.
by Dan74
Sat Dec 22, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Prejudice
Replies: 22
Views: 697

Re: Prejudice

Enver, prejudice is quite a natural thing, I think. What I've found useful is to bring the attention to my responses as "prejudice" arises. In the body, the emotions, the stories.. Pay attention to them, don't indulge. Where does it come from? Probably from the age-old pattern of comparing - worryin...
by Dan74
Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi
Replies: 140
Views: 2584

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: 140
Views: 2584

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: 140
Views: 2584

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: 67
Views: 1224

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
Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Announcements, Forum News
Topic: Zen Space gets a new owner!
Replies: 13
Views: 703

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: 703

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.