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  • I forget who said it, but I always liked it: "Do not be too virtuous. Too much virtue makes a person crazy."
  • attracts a certain kind of person, someone with a kind of gentleness, sensitivity and purity. Sometimes they surprise you... Stick around. The glow dims or waxes, but whose business is that? Everyone suffers or has unsatisfactory corners in …
  • Welcome @lookingforlight. Hope you find something useful here. Besides your reading adventures, I suggest you take up a small agenda of meditation. In this way, what is called Buddhism will not become a crystal slipper you feel you must adhere to an…
  • As a possibility within this sometimes complex mix: To the extent (financially/psychologically) possible, consider adding a third party (social worker, home health aide, psychologist) to the chemistry of an aging parent and younger family member as …
  • But if what's happening to me is more like a diving well, where there is no light at the end of the tunnel and it just keeps getting darker, they'll be a point where I've gone too deep and there isn't a chance to make it back. I think one of…
  • I'm assuming this isn't normal. @specialkayme -- The fact that you assume it isn't normal is the only abnormal thing going on, from where I sit. If you assume that meditation is going to strew flower petals in your path and everything is goi…
  • Everyone suffers in or out of uniform. I once corresponded with a military chaplain about the moral ambiguity of his profession. If his highest authority said "thou shalt not kill," how did that square up with his profession within a military cha…
  • When it comes to dying, a buddy of mine had the last word when he wrote, "I'd like to die with a smile on my face, but I guess I'll take what I get."
    in How to die Comment by genkaku July 21
  • I keep my practice pretty private in order to not have toxic people infect it. @karasti -- Funny ... there was a time when I kept my practice pretty private in order not to infect others, toxic or otherwise. These days, my grip has relaxed a…
  • If I don't go, I'll end up just walking away and giving up altogether. @dhammachick -- Wanna bet? Is that before or after you walk away from sneezing?
  • Why? It's like the army ... do it because the sergeant says so.
  • Assuming you mean zazen, you might try, https://zmm.mro.org/teachings/meditation-instructions/ If you're looking to assert your ascendancy, have a hotdog.
    in zen Comment by genkaku July 9
  • This is something that I, as a one-time-student who is now 'of a certain age,' wonder about: Put one way, it is the natural progression of the child or student whose parents/teachers die or retire or relinquish or whatever ... leaving the child or s…
  • A sense of humor helps.
  • Eg.... People often misquote the Bible as saying, "Money is the root of all evil." The correct quote is, "the love of money is the root of all evil." Sticking with the roots for a moment and sidestepping the inevitable pissing contest about "evil…
  • Without being too negative about it, did it ever occur to anyone that the greatness of anything relies as much on what is unknown about a place or person as on what is known? Caveat emptor. Whether great or sullied, other people and places can in…
  • No one can grasp the past. No one can grasp the future. No one can grasp the present... Might as well smile, don't you think?
    in One less time Comment by genkaku June 30
  • In one sense, what is called the truth is a lonely place. The problem is that the truth is open to one and all, so how could it possibly be lonely ... how could that possibly be true? Whether conferring with others or not, the truth is verified b…
  • The story of Adam and Eve is just an early explanation of why men eat ribs ... or something like that
    in Adam and Eve Comment by genkaku June 24
  • I kind of like the quote from the movie, "Fury" [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fury_(2014_film)] that goes, "Ideals are peaceful. History is violent." A living koan: What will a (wo)man do when violence is not enough and what is called peace is not …
  • My teacher's teacher was hell on "waste." There were endless tales of his visiting the kitchen in the monastery and retrieving bits of greens the cooks had thrown away rather than adding to the pot. With age, however, I find there is a whispering…
  • ... and never forget my mother's admonition, "Don't get too holy by next Thursday."
  • a new country, a new culture, a new phase of my life The past is ungraspable. The future is ungraspable. And when you get down to it, the present is ungraspable as well. Enjoy the kangaroos.
  • A little bit of personal experience. As a Zen student, I was once given Joshu's "mu" as a koan to munch on. [A monk asked Joshu, "Does a dog have Buddha Nature or not?" Joshu replied, "Mu" ("no" or "not")"] As a new and dutiful student, I munched…
  • As hard as anyone might try, there is no escaping the world of so-called samsara. It is probably more sensible to stick with Thaddeus Golas' ("The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment") observation that "when you learn to love hell, you will be in heav…
  • Not to be a wet blanket, but of my own wowser moments I remember and cherish and can retail from time to time, perhaps the most compelling was the recognition that arose after the wowser. It was then, in the quiet after-space, that I realized I was …
  • @DhammaDragon -- "We complement each other" might be a little weird unless you were addressing your honey.
  • My own nesting point: "Reincarnation" is what happens in Hollywood. "Rebirth" becomes apparent in actual-factual practice. Every breath is reborn of something that was never born and lives anew ... sort of. Saying "something" is of course saying t…
  • Perfect doesnt exist. @HOZAN -- If perfect doesn't exist, how then can you assert "I am here to help me learn as part of my path to accept imperfection and change." Are you saying perfection doesn't exist but imperfection does???? Cozy, p…
  • ... and yet, no insult intended, what is NewBuddhist if not a location where we can all dither this way and that in search of what might roughly be called perfect ... a state we might claim not to know or own, but we damned sure would like to attain…
  • There is no "must," but one of the reasons I put in a plug for breath -- and possibly breath-counting -- is that breathing is real: Without it, not only is there no practice, there is also no life. Buddhism concerns itself with life and not so much …
  • I'm a fan of counting exhalations -- one to ten and begin again. When something like a Big Mac interferes, just go back to one. The counting offers focus, even if it too can be a pain in the patoot. My feeling these days is that anyone who can co…
  • @karasti -- Lord, I remember those days and you have my sympathy. When it comes to naughty and nice, for some reason I remember driving on a back road with my two, then young sons. Both were in love with the cuss words they seemed to pick up as a…
  • I am used to spin, self-promotion and BS from politicians, but it's disappointing when Buddhists indulge in it. @SpinyNorman -- My take: It takes a while to realize that such a disappointment exists in any well-appointed outlook. Buddhists, …
  • I enjoyed the article too.
  • Zen is sometimes referred to as "the teaching outside the scriptures." It's a snazzy line, but when you look things over, I think every teaching represents "the teaching outside the scriptures." Why? Because each teaching -- however profound or wack…
  • I'll admit that I might have preferred sitting on the Left Bank of the Seine pondering existentialism (and perhaps being surrounded by lovely brainy women), but the question that interests might remain unanswered: "If I'm so smart, how come I'm not …