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by jundocohen
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dreams, lucid dreams, Astral projection..
Replies: 14
Views: 413

Re: Dreams, lucid dreams, Astral projection..

Hi Fuki, Folks often confuse the Buddhist observation that "reality is a dream" with reality being a dream. In fact, Dogen referred to reality as something like a "dream within a dream," a dream so dreamy that it now spins around to be as real as real can be. Thus, dream it may be, yet it is our dre...
by jundocohen
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dreams, lucid dreams, Astral projection..
Replies: 14
Views: 413

Re: Dreams, lucid dreams, Astral projection..

Personally, dreams can have some significance to the dreamer, although often a cigar is just a cigar. Lucid dreaming is possible, but is simply a state between our ordinary daylight state and deep dreaming. Astral projection, in the opinion of this writer, does not exist except that people convince ...
by jundocohen
Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Zazen Is Good For Nothing
Replies: 86
Views: 3512

Re: Zazen Is Good For Nothing

James, Again, lovely, I feel. I wonder if I might ask you to clarify a couple of things you said, just for reference: [you] are observing the varying ways it manifests ... you want to know everything about it. This almost sounds as if you are studying it, considering it, thinking about it. I am sure...
by jundocohen
Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Zazen Is Good For Nothing
Replies: 86
Views: 3512

Re: Zazen Is Good For Nothing

You seem to suggest that there's a way of sitting with 'disturbance' that's not 'in the drama'. If I may offer here, although not addressed to me (so please disregard) ... This "sitting with disturbance but not in the drama" is exactly right. We develop though this Practice the wisdom and faith to ...
by jundocohen
Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Zazen Is Good For Nothing
Replies: 86
Views: 3512

Re: Zazen Is Good For Nothing

Well, let’s say one is sitting for an hour and is agitated ... why not allow that condition to be during however much of the hour that it will be? Why does there need to be a benefit? Zazen, as I see it, is in large part a letting go of resistance to the conditions of the moment and an opening of a...
by jundocohen
Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: The Decline of Zen and Rise of Mindfulness
Replies: 37
Views: 1734

Re: The Decline of Zen and Rise of Mindfulness

For instance, how do you use theoretical physics in your book? Is it a pseudo mystical explanation, that only that Master has access to, which merely substitutes the mythical? Perhaps your application of it is more practical, I don't know. Maybe you can wet our appetite by telling us how you includ...
by jundocohen
Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Apparitions of Bodhisattva Kannon and Kōbun Chino Otogawa
Replies: 12
Views: 279

Re: Why am I at this zen forum?

Hi Lance, Whether it is "real" in an objective sense, or "real" only in your own mind does not matter so much, as it is real in some way to you. I am the type who is rather skeptical of an actual visitation to you from some hidden plane, but I do believe that you are feeling something. I am glad tha...
by jundocohen
Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: The Decline of Zen and Rise of Mindfulness
Replies: 37
Views: 1734

Re: The Decline of Zen and Rise of Mindfulness

Anyway, the book is my special flavor of "Just Sitting/Shikantaza" and all the rest that you have come to know and love from hearing me ad nauseum aound here. Gassho, J If people are causing less harm to themselves and other living things as a result of practicing a watered down version of the dhar...
by jundocohen
Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:17 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: The Decline of Zen and Rise of Mindfulness
Replies: 37
Views: 1734

Re: The Decline of Zen and Rise of Mindfulness

Regarding substance, I thing the cultural trend is generally towards the secular, and this may explain the apparent decline of interest in Zen and the rise of interest in mindfulness. In other words, in a sense the trend may be driven by the lack of substance found in religion. Actually, my book is...
by jundocohen
Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:14 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: The Decline of Zen and Rise of Mindfulness
Replies: 37
Views: 1734

Re: The Decline of Zen and Rise of Mindfulness

Regarding substance, I thing the cultural trend is generally towards the secular, and this may explain the apparent decline of interest in Zen and the rise of interest in mindfulness. In other words, in a sense the trend may be driven by the lack of substance found in religion. Actually, my book is...
by jundocohen
Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: The Decline of Zen and Rise of Mindfulness
Replies: 37
Views: 1734

Re: The Decline of Zen and Rise of Mindfulness

These things run in cycles. Mindfulness and meditation was a fad for many people, and might not stick, but for some people it might lead them into Buddhism in search of more substance. I am writing a short book now trying to make "Shikantaza" approachable to the "mindfulness" folks. It does have the...
by jundocohen
Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Zazen Is Good For Nothing
Replies: 86
Views: 3512

Re: Zazen Is Good For Nothing

Regulatory? Do you mean consistently or something else to do with following a protocol or regimen or practice? If you do mean consistently then no that is not what I am getting at. After all there is nothing consistent or constant and to try and create/sustain such a condition is a fly in the face ...
by jundocohen
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: How do you imagine an Ideal Forum?
Replies: 11
Views: 352

Re: How do you imagine an Ideal Forum?

I am just curious who is this Mr. Changzhao who shows up and immediately starts rearranging the furniture? The forum structure is good. Members need to police themselves. Politeness should always be foremost (we all overstep sometimes, but generally one should bend over backwards to be respectful, g...
by jundocohen
Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: The job and purposes of forum moderation
Replies: 47
Views: 1071

Re: The job and purposes of forum moderation

I want to say that I have not found the moderators here anything but fair and reasonable. Okay, there have been a couple of cases of overreaction (few and far between in my book), and maybe in the very early days some assumption that I was an anarchist Buddha-denying Koan Introspection-bashing devil...
by jundocohen
Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:34 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Zazen Is Good For Nothing
Replies: 86
Views: 3512

Re: Zazen Is Good For Nothing

Yet, all Dogen apologists disingenuously say there is one way only: that it is "Best", that it is "Supreme", that it is "Complete", that it is everything else, out the Wazoo. Just to be clear on my little personal view, I would never say it is the only way, or even the best way, for everyone. (I ev...
by jundocohen
Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: The Historical Rinzai and Koans
Replies: 11
Views: 538

Re: The Historical Rinzai and Koans

If you just mean that teachers say and do stuff, sometimes not conforming to usual common logic and grammar rules, in order to express Zen perspectives and get folks to realize so for themselves ... well, we all still do that! I do not mean that, as that is not what is meant by direct pointing.[ Hi...
by jundocohen
Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: The Historical Rinzai and Koans
Replies: 11
Views: 538

Re: The Historical Rinzai and Koans

I hope I may jump in here to dissent a bit, especially as the topic is whether Linji was or was not a "Koan" fellow in the Rinzai way. We cherish Linji too on the Soto side, and Dogen often quoted him. First, "Koan Introspection Zazen" did not exist until many centuries later, and even most of the K...
by jundocohen
Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Cancer Ango 3
Replies: 7
Views: 203

Re: Cancer Ango 3

Peace to all. If I may, we have our Zazenkai this weekend and will offer Metta for your sick relative, your family and for you.

Gassho, J
by jundocohen
Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Zen Tradition and Innovation
Topic: metta practice
Replies: 37
Views: 1516

Re: metta practice

Even a skeptical fellow like me has a warm place for Metta practice. I explain to our folks that an angry thought, word or act adds a drop of anger into the world which will tend to impact those around us, our family and community and (in this interconnected world) maybe even people and events tens ...
by jundocohen
Tue Jul 03, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Zazen Is Good For Nothing
Replies: 86
Views: 3512

Re: Zazen Is Good For Nothing

Hi, Roshi, Jundo, no, I don't say those things. I say however, and repeat again, that the Dogen Apologists do not admit that their claims (etc.) are made from the point of view of awakening, from "body and mind fallen away" (fallen-away at least in Master Dogen, as confirmed by Dogen's Ch'an master...