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by michaeljc
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 4
Views: 118

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: 37
Views: 760

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: 42
Views: 1005

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: 42
Views: 1005

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: 338

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: 349

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: 388

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: 349

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: 349

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: 233
Views: 9068

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: 93
Views: 3020

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: 2091

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: 1957

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: 191

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...
by michaeljc
Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Differing views of shikantaza
Replies: 76
Views: 2421

Re: Differing views of shikantaza

Here, one may become a "partial reader" out of pure fatigue.
Oh - come now, it's only 1,984 words :lol:
by michaeljc
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Differing views of shikantaza
Replies: 76
Views: 2421

Re: Differing views of shikantaza

Claiming to understand another's understanding is a little precarious I would say

It is difficult enough, even with one's wife ! :113:
by michaeljc
Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:21 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Differing views of shikantaza
Replies: 76
Views: 2421

Re: Differing views of shikantaza

lindama wrote:
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:52 am
desert_woodworker wrote:
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:38 am
Linda, you're hired!

Now, what of shikantaza... .

--Joe
It's not for me to say. I noticed what I noticed.... that all. I've sat on both sides, know nothing.
Linda -

You are most surely the road-side tea-serving lady reincarnate :)
by michaeljc
Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:45 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Fathers Day USA Observance
Replies: 3
Views: 155

Re: Fathers Day USA Observance

Thanks Joe :waving:

Being a second-time-round father is kinda special. I have more time and wisdom nowadays. One has to treasure each day as they grow so fast

For any out there who have not had children my theory still applies: nothing is better or worse, only different

Cheers

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by michaeljc
Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: The Experience of Zazen
Replies: 29
Views: 1516

Re: The Experience of Zazen

It ain't a method. It is house cleaning :)
by michaeljc
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: My Two Cents Worth
Replies: 47
Views: 1069

Re: My Two Cents Worth

Zennie PC kinda means. "leave no ripples" :113: