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by KeithA
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: Zen Community Round Table
Topic: Looking ahead...(split from ZFI topic)
Replies: 168
Views: 4199

Re: Looking ahead...(split from ZFI topic)

Hi jinglebell (what was your previous nik?) Yes, I agree. Although I was never on the E-Sangha staff, I remember a great deal of displeasure and censure of things like a modern Zen understanding of "monk", notions like post-mortem rebirth and permanent nirvana and the like. Truth be told, there is ...
by KeithA
Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Seon
Topic: Soen Yu, breathing exercises taught by Zen Master Dae Bong
Replies: 2
Views: 121

Re: Soen Yu, breathing exercises taught by Zen Master Dae Bong

Nice. I'm curious about the origins of Seung Sahn's breathing exercises. Zen Master Seung Sahn's body was always giving him trouble, so this was something he came up with to help with that. It's not meant to be as heavy as chi kung or the like, although if you have a background in that, it is basic...
by KeithA
Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: New Zen Forum invitation
Replies: 72
Views: 2279

Re: New Zen Forum invitation

Unannounced maintenance window? Doesn't sound like they know what they are doing. They are "on the top of it", didn't you hear the man? ;) "On the top of" what, I wonder? The window?? Desperately clinging to it, as it swings in the wind? I just checked, and the site is still down. Man, you guys jus...
by KeithA
Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: New Zen Forum invitation
Replies: 72
Views: 2279

Re: New Zen Forum invitation

Boda wrote: So why does DW meet the challenge and ZFI fail? Both have/had participants that either don't study/practice Buddhadharma or don't/didn't practice under the guidance of a teacher. DW has not been successful cultivating the Zen side of things. The only reason we are here is because ZFI tan...
by KeithA
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: New Zen Forum invitation
Replies: 72
Views: 2279

Re: New Zen Forum invitation

If I’m right, it’ll either end up being a TreeLeaf clone were members are expected to bow in deference to the every utterance from the Master in melodic sonance, or it’ll suffer the same fate as ZFI. If I’m wrong then who knows what’s possible. Mmmm...cynicism. Like a nice warm blanket that comfort...
by KeithA
Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: New Zen Forum invitation
Replies: 72
Views: 2279

Re: New Zen Forum invitation

If I’m right, it’ll either end up being a TreeLeaf clone were members are expected to bow in deference to the every utterance from the Master in melodic sonance, or it’ll suffer the same fate as ZFI. If I’m wrong then who knows what’s possible. Mmmm...cynicism. Like a nice warm blanket that comfort...
by KeithA
Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Seeking enlightenment (satori/bodhi)
Replies: 17
Views: 509

Re: Seeking enlightenment (satori/bodhi)

As a good friend was always saying: Practice and see what happens. Whatever we think will happen, it isn't that. I am always littering the forums with this poem, but I love it for when this subject arises: As long as I don't aim, I won't miss. With the catalpa bow, I shoot an arrow Toward the open s...
by KeithA
Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What is an existential threat to Dharma?
Replies: 84
Views: 2251

Re: What is an existential threat to Dharma?

PuerAzaelis wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:38 am
Dharma will never become extinct, there are no existential threats to it.
This. :good:
by KeithA
Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: “My Three Years on the Soto Zen Buddhist Association Board: a Brief Reflection”
Replies: 11
Views: 647

Re: “My Three Years on the Soto Zen Buddhist Association Board: a Brief Reflection”

Thanks Matylda, that looks much like what I am hearing. Maybe some day a true master might emerge in the West that captures everyone attention. But to be honest, this is what’s been tried and tried, and maybe the humble path of tending to and building the temple is a greater good? Meh, I would bewa...
by KeithA
Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: How do I go deeper into Zen practice?
Replies: 39
Views: 1058

Re: How do I go deeper into Zen practice?

As long as I don't aim, I won't miss. With the catalpa bow, I shoot an arrow Toward the open sky. -Zen Master Ryokan, Trans. Sensei Kazuaki Tanahashi _/|\_ I practise darts about a hour per day, if you either say I aim or do not aim you receive 30 blows :jumping: https://cdn.pixabay.com/photo/2017/...
by KeithA
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: How do I go deeper into Zen practice?
Replies: 39
Views: 1058

Re: How do I go deeper into Zen practice?

That's exactly what your teacher told you. Our job is to attain "nothing to hinder". The Heart Sutra says "no attainment, with nothing to attain". In one sense, that's literally true. Originally, there is no thing or event called "attainment". The teaching is don't attach to the idea of attainment....
by KeithA
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: How do I go deeper into Zen practice?
Replies: 39
Views: 1058

Re: How do I go deeper into Zen practice?

A hindrance to what? If there's nothing to gain, then there's nothing to hinder. That's exactly what your teacher told you. Our job is to attain "nothing to hinder". The Heart Sutra says "no attainment, with nothing to attain". In one sense, that's literally true. Originally, there is no thing or e...
by KeithA
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:38 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: How do I go deeper into Zen practice?
Replies: 39
Views: 1058

Re: How do I go deeper into Zen practice?

"I want to go deeper..." is a big hindrance. To steal a friend's words: practice ane see what happens. My 2 cents, spend or discard, as you please. _/|\_ Keith A hindrance to what? If there's nothing to gain, then there's nothing to hinder. That's exactly what your teacher told you. Our job is to a...
by KeithA
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: New to the idea, currently in a state of flux
Replies: 4
Views: 271

Re: New to the idea, currently in a state of flux

Good day everyone, as a rebellious teen I spent most of my teenage life debating the merits of Christianity and ultimately becoming an atheist. Now in my life I'm a year shy of 30 and once again questioning my own beliefs, souls, eternity, heaven, some of these things are similar, some make no sens...
by KeithA
Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: How do I go deeper into Zen practice?
Replies: 39
Views: 1058

Re: How do I go deeper into Zen practice?

No Zennist me. But I wish you would post more often Keith. Thanks for the kind words, Simon. And for reminding me that I misspelled "and"! :tantrum: No Soto person me, so I didn't want to interfere too much. The teacher said: Whenever I try to talk to the teacher at the Zen center about this, she j...
by KeithA
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective
Replies: 117
Views: 4247

Re: Pure Land teachings from a Zen perspective

A ginormous can of worms... edit: and nothing to do with Zen The "One Mind" or "Big Mind" is a term used in Ch'an/Zen for Dharma-body or Buddha-nature: All Buddhas and All Living Beings are Just This One Mind Teachings of the Buddhas and Zen Ancestors on Mind-Only, Buddha Nature, and Nonduality col...
by KeithA
Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: How do I go deeper into Zen practice?
Replies: 39
Views: 1058

Re: How do I go deeper into Zen practice?

"I want to go deeper..." is a big hindrance. To steal a friend's words: practice ane see what happens.

My 2 cents, spend or discard, as you please.

_/|\_

Keith
by KeithA
Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The world is getting worse and worse
Replies: 42
Views: 1679

Re: The world is getting worse and worse

Thanks for posting this link. We seem to be addicted to fear and anxiety. It's oddly comfortable and self-righteous. :shrug:

_/|\_
by KeithA
Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Rebirth in everyday life
Replies: 25
Views: 1231

Re: Rebirth in everyday life

Hello friends, His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet said the future life should be something meaningful, something useful to others. so that's buddhist practitioner's sort of way of thinking. so in any way, at the time of end so we really need some counseling, i think very very useful, very useful,...
by KeithA
Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: You Are Already Enlightened
Replies: 34
Views: 6510

Re: You Are Already Enlightened

You fell for the old snake and rope trick eh? :P hehe...maybe so, maybe so. :smile: The words "You are already enlightened" are a dog whistle to folks who put more stock in the various teachings regarding levels. I erroneously thought that was the direction of the post, to poke some fun at Guo Gu, ...