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by Caodemarte
Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Slowing Down the Mind Train by Jeff Shore
Replies: 5
Views: 350

Re: Slowing Down the Mind Train by Jeff Shore

i am registering for the Jan. 3-8 Philadelphia area retreat with Jeff. if anybody here is going PM me. I will send you the registration email address if it is not up on https://beingwithoutself.org/retreats/( this is an advance notice) and I will buy you a cup of coffee in sunny Philly. Retreat at t...
by Caodemarte
Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:12 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The UK vs Iran
Replies: 19
Views: 443

Re: The UK vs Iran

Abiding nowhere, let the mind come forth (Diamond Sutra) hum, wondering if this came up when the UK seized the Iranian oil tanker? I don't remember the timing.... let us not forget, the UK is a vassal of the US these days. Let us indeed forget it as it is not the case. But there I am, abiding again!
by Caodemarte
Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 8
Views: 190

Re: Greetings

Welcome. I sent you a personal message. Please check your PM box.
by Caodemarte
Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: confirmation
Replies: 10
Views: 346

Re: confirmation

...Isn’t a fundamental aspect of practice the cultivation and recognition of not knowing ... that there is nothing to know and no one to know?... Not if it rests there. It must be resolved. Otherwise it us just a hole to climb into and a shield against genuine inquiry. And especially not if the "no...
by Caodemarte
Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: Death Poems
Replies: 38
Views: 2042

Re: Death Poems

Metta to all.
by Caodemarte
Sat Aug 17, 2019 3:37 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: The practice of Zazen
Replies: 11
Views: 332

Re: The practice of Zazen

Jundo is not wrong. I have noticed you have many theoretical ideas about what zazen is and many questions about these ideas. If you try vigorously to closely follow the many instructions out there (or better find some actual people who can give you direct guidance), most of these questions will disa...
by Caodemarte
Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:00 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: American Zen - A Brief History
Replies: 32
Views: 1003

Re: American Zen - A Brief History

Zen has not yet been really introduced to the Americas. Give it a few centuries and then maybe then we can talk about an American Zen style. It is a bit premature at this early date.
by Caodemarte
Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Zen Events
Topic: A cross zen dialogue
Replies: 3
Views: 402

Re: A cross zen dialogue

Thanks!
by Caodemarte
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:40 am
Forum: Zen Events
Topic: Upcoming Public Talk: "Growing Old in Zen"
Replies: 11
Views: 698

Re: Upcoming Public Talk: "Growing Old in Zen"

No problem. I believe Meido also does retreats in Germany on a regular basis as well.
by Caodemarte
Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Entry into Emptiness
Replies: 38
Views: 1208

Re: Entry into Emptiness

In my understanding, in Rinzai or Soto (and other forms of Zen) samadhi is not usually used to mean "empty mind" or at least not more than anything else. Definitions and usage vary, particularly across the ages and cultures, but in Zen in "modern" times samadhi usually refers to state of concentrati...
by Caodemarte
Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Zen is all of Life
Replies: 18
Views: 909

Re: Zen is all of Life

What would “identity spirituality” be? By me, identity spirituality would indicate an extreme polarized view of an individual's spirituality based on practice, affinity, or commitment. Compromise with or validation of these characteristics under a different sect, eg., Soto vs Rinzai, or in broader ...
by Caodemarte
Sun Jun 30, 2019 2:06 am
Forum: Zen Events
Topic: Upcoming Public Talk: "Growing Old in Zen"
Replies: 11
Views: 698

Re: Upcoming Public Talk: "Growing Old in Zen"

For your German friends. “Based on Jeff’s teachings in ‘Being Without Self’ but extensively revised and with new material, this book in German presents both a comprehensive and refreshing view on Zen practice; from basic meditation instructions to the controversial topic of Dharma transmission, with...
by Caodemarte
Thu Jun 27, 2019 2:33 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Zen is all of Life
Replies: 18
Views: 909

Re: Zen is all of Life

What would “identity spirituality” be?
by Caodemarte
Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Entry into Emptiness
Replies: 38
Views: 1208

Re: Entry into Emptiness

Falling into emptiness or abiding in any state is one danger wise advice would help us avoid. "Therefore, Ananda, you should train yourselves: 'We will enter & remain in the emptiness that is pure, superior, & unsurpassed.” What do you refer to, Caodemarte, with “falling into emptiness”? I know tha...
by Caodemarte
Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: Zen Events
Topic: Upcoming Public Talk: "Growing Old in Zen"
Replies: 11
Views: 698

Re: Upcoming Public Talk: "Growing Old in Zen"

Any other events in Munich those days or just this one talk? (cant view any links at the moment, asking for a for a fruend who lives in Munich) August 30 – September 3, 2019, Steyl, the Netherlands. (UPDATED) This retreat will be held in Steyl. All are welcome. Venue: Centrum Sint Michaël, Steyl, t...
by Caodemarte
Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:05 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Entry into Emptiness
Replies: 38
Views: 1208

Re: Entry into Emptiness

If one has a practice of the Zen Buddhist kind, practice correctly and sufficiently, and with help of teacher and sangha, awaken. Practicing with the help of a teacher and sangha is advantageous but not necessary, according to the Buddha's own example. Nothing, besides the obvious (being alive, etc...
by Caodemarte
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 3896

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

KeithA wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:54 pm
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Ha! What a great little sentence!...
Thanks and, if you like it, feel free to use it. Now I have to go away and dig with it!
by Caodemarte
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:10 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 3896

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

Thanks, that's helpful. Still seems to me like studying and discussing scripture would be at least as relevant as discussing the history of koans. It sounds to me like that Lin-chi's toilet paper remark was spoken in a certain social and historical context, not as a promotion of anti-intellectualis...
by Caodemarte
Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:12 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 3896

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

If the scriptures are equivalent to toilet paper and koans are esoteric and ineffable, what kinds of discussion would be appropriate for a Zen forum? ....always wondered about the concern of saying too much about a koan or in some way revealing the "answer." What does this have to do with the actua...