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  • if enlightenment could happen at any moment, then why practise at all? Once upon a time there was a little bird who refused to fly south for the winter. His friends tried every argument they could think of, but the little bird was adamant: H…
  • ... or, as the French might have it, "Jamais deux sans trois."
  • What would it actually take to stop this guy? I mean, apart from the obvious..... @federica -- I hesitate (almost) to say, The Second Amendment.
  • In those awful moments... Look over the hoard or three or four. Quiver in your boots. Now look closely ... how well-dressed they are; how supple their rejoinders; how kool their clothes; how smart and casual they are ... and what a tongue-tied klut…
  • For the story-prone and Zen-inclined, a good list is: http://www.101zenstories.com/
  • What happens when no "thank you" is expected or demanded? My mother used to say, "Don't get too holy by next Thursday." As long as you think there is some sort of brass ring or gold star for involving yourself in Zen or Buddhism, for exactly that…
  • @Kundo -- Tnx for the tale. When I once complained to my Zen teacher (abbot of a Japanese monastery) about leg pain when sitting in meditation (zazen), he said he knew what I was talking about: "For the first seventeen years, it was pretty painfu…
  • One that sticks in my craw: "It is what it is."
    in Platitudes Comment by genkaku May 24
  • Synopsis, please...? @federica -- @person pretty much nailed it. PS. As an addendum, I am one of what I hope is a growing number of people who bridle every time they hear the phrase, "drugs and alcohol." Let's get this straight: Alcohol I…
  • In Zen, sometimes "the four propositions" are employed for study: It exists. It does not exist. It both exists and does not exist. It neither exists nor does not exist. And the teacher the Zen teacher Ummon once observed approximately, "Whe…
  • When I flunked out of a Zen monastery, it depressed the hell out of me. My sky-high aspirations were more full of poop than a Christmas turkey. I was a lousy student. Looking back now, I see the adventure as one of the most important and affirmin…
  • During my first nine years of formal Zen practice, it was rare -- I mean really rare -- that anyone mentioned either "enlightenment" or "the precepts." At first, I was miffed that such heavy-duty Buddhist constituents were apparently set aside. B…
    in Inquiry Comment by genkaku May 18
  • I think that anyone who consents to actually practice what Buddhism preaches will have to admit it: Buddhism is a pain, both literally and metaphorically, in the ass. Why? Because no one can out-think it, as torrents of caring 'scientists' continue …
  • At the risk of repetition and the ever-present self promotion, here is a one-page cheat sheet I once wrote for a young Christian woman who visited the small temple here as a means of learning what she called "tolerance." Whether she ever learned tol…
    in Initiation? Comment by genkaku May 11
  • Practice makes perfect ... including to remember that as surely as there is generosity in the universe, so there is greed and grasping ... you know, the ones who play the generous ones for suckers.
  • Once upon a time, in the long ago and far-away, there was a period during which levitation caught the public eye. Maybe in the 1970's or '80's. A lot of people wanted to get in on the action and my mother, who was a curious soul, read a bit here and…
  • Go ahead and make a mistake. Over time, it is the mistakes that float to the surface as the most credible and useful lessons no matter what name is used. Just my guess.
  • The wonderful thing about well-entrenched habits is that if you start paying close attention to them, they tend to dissipate all by themselves.
  • it would uphold the feelings because they never tackled them themselves head on - they just kept going for temporary aleviation that just upheld the cycle. Sending her meta. @Kaydeekay -- agree.
  • Hmmmm... does suffering recognize international borders? Pardon my lingo, but I think the question itself is utter bullshit ... another way of wasting time that might otherwise be spent in practice. Practice what? Why suffering, of course. What i…
  • @David -- "Spreading the dharma" has always left me a bit flummoxed: How would anyone go about spreading what they couldn't escape in the first place? PS. Reminds me a bit of that Zen scoundrel Ummon who was said to have observed, "When you can't…
  • At the risk of repeating.... I once asked my teacher -- Kyudo Nakagawa -- what role hope and belief played in Zen practice. He said, "For the first four or five years [of practice] hope and belief are necessary." "And after that?" I asked. "After…
  • As to "achieving/reached Nirvana" -- if you have "achieved/reached" anything whatsoever, doesn't that mean you've missed the point?
  • ^^^^^^ ... and you do a hell of a job!
  • It has always marveled me that women, having survived the agony of childbirth, should then consent to have still MORE children.
  • Wonderful to imagine you could "give up" what you never had in the first place ... a bit of imagining that supports rather than clarifies the very thing you claim to be reducing. In the army, we used to label such activities as a "clusterfuck."
  • How does a beginner meditator who knows nothing go about achieving this? If you know nothing, you're home free.
  • Among the addictions encountered along the way, there is the addiction to worry and the half-hidden conviction that worries will make me a better person. Who would I be without my worries? It's a great way to avoid practice and assert ego. None o…
    in Guilt Comment by genkaku March 18
  • Just as a footnote, I like to remember that "materialism" is crediting things with a material and abiding nature. "Materialism" is not the same as "acquisitiveness" which bases itself in the notion that I am bigger and better if I have more bathroom…
  • I don't care if he's an incarnation of dog shit. He helps to make the daisies bloom and that's good enough for me. I like him.
  • An internet friend of mine summed the matter of death up in a way I can credit at 78. He wrote, "I'd like to die with a smile on my face, but I guess I'll take what I get." Fussing with death is like fussing with blue sky: The sky doesn't mind and t…
  • ... and, as always, thanks to all who make it all happen!
  • @federica -- Wonderful! Reminds me of a time when a bunch of sangha members were idly gossiping in a coffee shop, everyone taking a shot at what they wanted to be when they "grew up." Sez one 40-something woman, "I want to be a rich ... sexy ... sai…
  • Might also try "The Straight Story ," which is a kind of "Bucket List" without the money and is based on a true story. ()
  • For some reason, this discussion reminds me of the third-grade verse I once learned and laughed at: Everybody's doin' it Doin' it, Doin' it -- Picking their nose And chewin' it, Chewin' it, Chewin' it....
  • For a little fun, I took a somewhat different tack yesterday and created a petition directed at hackers worldwide: Pick a date in the future (say Aug. 16), hack into the so-called social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and as many other sites as pos…
  • As long as you don't imagine you are doing "good," that's probably pretty good.
  • Hope you may find the time to go out and make some living, breathing, not-make-believe "friends."
  • The miracle of artificial intelligence is that it can do everything perfectly, the very attribute some Buddhists assume they are striving for. The miracle of human intelligence is that it can do things imperfectly, the very attribute some Buddhists …
  • My opinion was that if I'm paying $180/mo for a $40/mo-grade server, the support team had better be on-point and engage their brains when I file support tickets re: upgrading things once every two years. When I was growing up, the business m…
  • The fear of freedom is interesting.