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Two small thoughts:
* To the best of my knowledge, my [Zen] teacher never acknowledged a successor -- i.e. someone who had attained a suitable and adequate understanding of the Dharma. Such a pe… ((more))
When it comes to the intellect, my money is on Swami Vivekananda who once wrote, "The mind [he meant intellect] is a good servant and a poor master."
And, perhaps the free-floating suggestion, "be… ((more))
One of my Zen teacher's teachers was once asked about the practice of charging impecunious-but-sincere newcomers so much for Zen retreats. He laughed and said, "Oh yes -- charge them a lot. That way … ((more))
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 a… ((more))