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  • No disrespect intended towards the topic, but the first thing into my head after reading it was the old silly: I love myself I think I'm grand. I go to the movies And hold my hand. I put my arm around my waist And when I'm fresh, I slap my …
  • How about dissing the unenlightened and elevating the enlightened?
    in supremacists Comment by genkaku April 12
  • @alex -- I do hope you will note the responses here that seek to avoid this particular mistake or that one in Zen practice. Looking back over a number of years, I find that the mistakes I made were some of the best teachers I ever had... and that no…
  • As a footnote to this discussion, here is a 1939 interview done with a Charles Monroe in Massachusetts. I have always admired -- if squeamishly -- Monroe's approach to the death penalty, which he dislikes and yet realizes, as an American, he is part…
  • PS. Don't forget that once you have collected them, there will be the added chore of giving them away. I was lucky enough to find someone who was keen on books and gave him the majority of mine ... quite a stash over time.
  • Thanks all -- comments appreciated. I guess my frequency was that pictures are harder to escape than knicker-twisting imaginings. Forgetting in a welter of feeling doesn't seem to work ... or hasn't in previous incidents. How long will it take…
  • Tangentially, it occurred to me the other day ... That most if not all of the founders of one spiritual lineage or another were relatively wealthy and/or well educated by background. Wealth (even as a trickle-down attribute) creates leisure and tim…
  • OK, if such a question (what is true in life) really plagues your mind, don't forget the necessary salsa: What is untrue in life? And you couldda had a V-8!
  • 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 person might have been 'good to go' -- capable of ap…
  • @federica -- Please take good care of my good friend, federica.
  • @jewel -- Welcome. Hope you find something useful here. Sometimes I think of monasticism as one of the corner-office versions of Zen practice ... everyone thinks that becoming a monk would be a mark of attainment... you know, the old corporate la…
  • In the "Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment" (blissfully short), author Thaddeus Golas observes trenchantly, "When you have learned to love hell, you will be in heaven." And in his 12th century letters and opinings ("Swampland Flowers: The Letters …
  • OK, take a deep breath. Nothing special, just a deep breath ... you've done it before. In out ... nothing exhausting or virtuous. And in the midst of that breath, do your utmost -- your very VERY best -- NOT to live in this moment. C'mon, there's…
  • My wife has often said - if it's not funny it's not true. @Fosdick -- I like your wife.
  • 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, "beware the sage." None of this is a joke, therefo…
  • "Non-existence" is a misnomer in Buddhism. What is generally meant in use of this term is the lack of an abiding self, which is not a misnomer in Buddhism. Lack of an abiding self can feel, on first encounter, like nihilism. It isn't. Take, for e…
  • Say "thank you" and do the dishes.
  • @Linc -- As always, thanks for your efforts. Without you, I'd be sunk. I do hope that whatever improvements you make, they will not make life too complex for computer-doofuses like me. These days, at my age, "improvement" is too often a code word…
  • Since the pot appears to be boiling, I thought I'd add this carrot as well: PS. And perhaps this small addendum:
  • @federica -- Not sure exactly what needs clarifying, but I'm willing to try. This is just a pet peeve/koan of sorts for me: On the one hand, human beings are social creatures who love to cuddle; on the other, cuddling never answered a serious questi…
  • @Kerome I do find it interesting that old people are not more interested in learning about death. Buddhism has a great deal to say about it, and you’d think that those lessons become more critical to learn as you get older. But for example my …
  • An internet chum of a certain age summed things up nicely, I thought: "I'd like to die with a smile on my face, but I guess I'll take what I get." One of the things I notice at my age, 78, is that mucking about, waxing sage about death or improve…
  • With the greatest of respect, @genkaku , first of all, I would presume (harshly perhaps, for which I earnestly apologise in advance) that the major part of care and upbringing was down to your wife; @federica -- There was when my kids were l…
  • @prospecthearts -- On the one hand, you are absolutely right to fear like the fires of hell the fallout from having children. Never mind all the goody-two-shoes blather -- having kids is an exercise (like Buddhism) for those willing to pay attention…
  • Minus the snootiness, the approximate maxim of Francois de La Rochefoucauld seems to hold up: "The intelligence of the mass [people] is inversely proportionate to its number." And that brings me back to none other than my own participation: Howev…
  • what can I do for work (for now) that would not be harmful to anyone, @Diana3407 -- Shoulder your responsibilities. There is no such thing as an occupation or deed that does not reach out of even the most-purified precincts and touch or ming…
  • My fave on the "honoring veterans" front is, as it has been, "if you really want to honor veterans, stop making them."
  • When it comes to meditation, a line I always liked is: "There is a difference between doing nothing and doing nothing."
  • I favor noting all the holidays, including birthdays. Of course at my age you tend to get forgetful. PS. Will someone please tell me who, exactly, calls human birth "precious."
  • Doing things "on your own" carries great power with it. The downside is a thinly-veiled pride. Doing things espoused by others carries much support. The downside is the potential for laziness. My own feeling is that whichever trap you choose to …
  • Pay attention and take responsibility. Stop imagining any such thing as "good karma." That will just provoke bad karma. Remember, just because you are indispensable to the universe does not mean the universe needs your help. As a Zen teacher o…
  • When it came to Buddhist practice, my Zen teacher once suggested to me: "Take care of your family."
  • So basically since the 1970’s you’ve put in a lot of effort and have no definitive answer @Kerome -- Did I say that?... definitive answers tend to peter out, don't you think? If they didn't, how "definitive" could they be?
  • There was a pedal-to-the-metal phase for me -- maybe ten or 20 years -- but credulous adulation (even that which made common-sensical sense) -- took a hit with my retirement. The Dharma is not a joke, but there's no escaping the laughter. Trying to …
  • @paulyso -- The George Carlin Sutra is invaluable: Shitpisscockcuntcocksuckermotherfuckertits .... sowa ka.
    in Pain Comment by genkaku October 2018
  • My wife has to remind me to charge the cell phone I own: It seems that the thing runs out of juice even if I don't use it except to contact either immediate family or the AAA towing service. That means almost never: There's a land line if I want to …
  • 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 they will think Dharma is worth something."
  • As someone once observed, "Without ego, nothing gets done." To which I am inclined to add, "With ego, what is accomplished turns out to be flawed."
  • The Hindu Vedantist Swami Vivekananda got it right: "The mind [he was referring to intellect] is a good servant and a poor master." Yes, it's scary. But that doesn't mean it's not true.
  • Besides missing the mark, too many no's is every bit as flummoxed as the yes's that preceded them. Ask any daisy or sneeze.
  • Wherever there is something "else," there will be a problem. Wherever there is nothing else, there will be a problem. What's the problem? Exercise patience and courage and watch. Or, as a teacher once instructed me, "Forgetaboutit."