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by michaeljc
Wed Feb 27, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Zen Tradition and Innovation
Topic: Here's How To Kensho
Replies: 59
Views: 1449

Re: Here's How To Kensho

The same old "mine is bigger than yours" stuff :lol:
by michaeljc
Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: What to do about Zen forum Moderators and controversial behavior
Replies: 30
Views: 771

Re: What to do about Zen forum Moderators and controversial behavior

Gossip can be such a cruel insidious weapon
especially when spiced with madness of crowds

So many have gone to gallows
or hung on a cross

or stoned, burnt

It is better that 100 guilty go free
than 1 innocent be trampled
beneath 100 feet
by michaeljc
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: What to do about Zen teachers and controversial behavior
Replies: 45
Views: 1077

Re: What to do about Zen teachers and controversial behavior

About teachers but not from them. Teachers are still banned here right?

Sorry, but from the deep south this looks really weird

I'm with Joe. I have a deep aversion to public kangaroo trials

Cheers

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by michaeljc
Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: Death Poems
Replies: 27
Views: 805

Re: Death Poems

I formulated mine decades back:

When I go
- know
the twisted road, I rode
to no avail
Ha!
by michaeljc
Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Announcements, Forum News
Topic: Dear Members
Replies: 138
Views: 3411

Re: Dear Members

I haven't logged on here for a while. Haven't been sitting so nothing worthwhile to say. No sitting = no Zen Anyway - up comes this thread. Wow - I was shocked Mind, there are clubs for every rank in the military for good reason Though, I always valued teachers' input - not because they were teacher...
by michaeljc
Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: I am zazen
Replies: 20
Views: 1032

Re: I am zazen

Enver M. wrote:
Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:48 am
I am zazen
Lovely

:namaste:

m
by michaeljc
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 4
Views: 271

Ideas

Here is a place to relay ideas, however crazy. I have always relished ideas, driving my Dad crazy. I am a trained geologist and also a diesel mechanic. My eldest son is trade engineer. We have a commercial workshop on the farm. As some of you know I spent 5 years offshore in developing countries as ...
by michaeljc
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Is there not a “truth”?
Replies: 49
Views: 1875

Re: Is there not a “truth”?

I immediately related to Pablo's first comment. I too came to Zen through suffering. There was never any problem or question to solve, only relief from suffering. Realisations have come and gone but truth remains just a word. I am reminded of my long dead mother. In response to my brother raising su...
by michaeljc
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: yunmen’s dried shit stick
Replies: 59
Views: 2438

Re: yunmen’s dried shit stick

Another way of interpreting it could be that the described item is past its usefulness for the described function Just as Buddhism is, moment by moment In truth I am never comfortable interpreting koans It belittles them somehow - what? I prefer the Rinzai approach - sit with it Bro/Sis. No answer w...
by michaeljc
Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: yunmen’s dried shit stick
Replies: 59
Views: 2438

Re: yunmen’s dried shit stick

Why use a dry stick when there are leaves?

How about a fresh green stick with leaves?
by michaeljc
Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Non-conceptually, what is?
Replies: 12
Views: 519

Re: Non-conceptually, what is?

Non-conceptually, what is? It is what it is. What ever realisation occurs it is only temporary No need to bother contemplating such things. This is for philosophers Poor zen - so often interpreted as a philosophical formula Just practice zazen. It brings what it brings, then it is gone Just my view ...
by michaeljc
Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is it?
Replies: 13
Views: 643

Re: What is it?

To add add another threat: A financial meltdown?
by michaeljc
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: "I used to think X, but now I think Y... "
Replies: 9
Views: 681

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

I try to answer the question

What did I believe back then?

What do I believe now?

Sorry - its in the too hard basket :113:

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by michaeljc
Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is it?
Replies: 13
Views: 643

Re: What is it?

Actually, I was not referring to climate change. I am not prepared to discuss climate change as it is now off-limits throughout most of the world. It is no longer possible to discuss it in a balanced manner. Anyone questioning the narrative in any way is regarded a crank. I was referring to the high...
by michaeljc
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What is it?
Replies: 13
Views: 643

What is it?

I cannot help but feel that the world is in the eve of something big and frightening

Humankind has lost control of itself. As technology races on, our resilience dissolves

One sneeze and the lamps go out

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by michaeljc
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: photographs you have made.
Replies: 340
Views: 17371

Re: photographs you have made.

Is it Jundo, boda or bokki? :lol: Well, there are 3 people in the shot. You figure it out :117: Ah, the mindfulness of the trained photographers eye :D I hadn't noticed the other two. One appears to be holding a guitar. Maybe Brad or Spike :lol: Larry! You are disturbing other students. Go sit in t...
by michaeljc
Sun Aug 05, 2018 5:11 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Words of Wisdom
Replies: 96
Views: 4595

Re: Words of Wisdom

The path is more important than reaching the destination
Source: some ancient Japanese dude
by michaeljc
Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Never Surrender!
Replies: 55
Views: 2978

Re: Never Surrender!

I point out that in Zen Buddhist practice, surrender is not part of the system of training, Joe - To me, surrender is an integral foundation of zen practice. It is linked to the elimination of ego also - trust requires surrender, what? It is, as Linda points out, to do with self, not one's teacher ...
by michaeljc
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:00 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: A Small Mischaracterization ..
Replies: 42
Views: 2893

Re: A Small Mischaracterization ..

and some Soto Zen folks who interpret non-seeking and Dogen's famous "practice = verification" statement to mean that there is no need for awakening, fruition of practice, or realization. But neither of these viewpoints is what I would consider a classic or mainstream Zen one . This is clearly an e...
by michaeljc
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Taking a break
Replies: 6
Views: 269

Taking a break

[Mod note: split from original topic to avoid continued off-topic discussion] Bye folks I am not going to look a this forum for 2 months. Will check in then to see if things have improved Thank you students for the little snippets of wisdom and motivation Thank you Meido for your skillful means :nam...