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by michaeljc
Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: confirmation
Replies: 10
Views: 647

Re: confirmation

The acid test -
If ones fears death one has never past through the gateless gate. Any number of confirmations can't influence this.
but -
Not fearing death does not mean that one has passed through the gate

IMHO

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by michaeljc
Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: Death Poems
Replies: 38
Views: 2549

Re: Death Poems

A brighter number from a couple of years ago when he was rather well. He has dubbed 2 tracks together. https://www.facebook.com/joe.carter.33449138/videos/4613903308300/UzpfSTEzMTQwNzcxMzk6MTAyMDkwNDA3MDAzMTczODY/ We placed his ashes in the favourite guitar and buried it with the neck protruding abo...
by michaeljc
Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: Death Poems
Replies: 38
Views: 2549

Re: Death Poems

Yesterday we had a gathering in a large engineering shed on our family farm. People arrived in their casual work-style clothing. It was a real rural NZ group, which is the way Joe would have liked it. Today we bury his ashes on a patch of family land that inspired a Haiku from me years ago. I will l...
by michaeljc
Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: Death Poems
Replies: 38
Views: 2549

Re: Death Poems

12 hours ago my second son Joseph (35 yrs) took his own life. He ran free (from the psychiatric hospital in which was in and out of for some years) for the last time. His body is somewhere at the bottom of a river. Bear with me my only way to somehow send him my love in the best way I know how: to p...
by michaeljc
Wed Feb 27, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Here's How To Kensho
Replies: 59
Views: 3983

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: 1955

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: 3059

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: 38
Views: 2549

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: 141
Views: 9228

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: 1978

Re: I am zazen

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

:namaste:

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by michaeljc
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 7
Views: 731

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: 3949

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: 4306

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: 4306

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: 962

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: 1243

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: 1124

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: 1243

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: 1243

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: 388
Views: 33717

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...