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by KeithA
Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: How do I go deeper into Zen practice?
Replies: 27
Views: 511

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: 27
Views: 511

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: 27
Views: 511

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: 27
Views: 511

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: 1
Views: 64

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: 27
Views: 511

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: 44
Views: 2176

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: 27
Views: 511

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: 41
Views: 1388

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: 1120

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: 6384

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, ...
by KeithA
Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:11 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: You Are Already Enlightened
Replies: 34
Views: 6384

Re: You Are Already Enlightened

The Chan tradition does not usually refer to steps or stages. Its central teaching is that we are intrinsically awake; our mind is originally without abiding, fixations, and vexations, and its nature is without divisions and stages. This is the basis of the Chan view of sudden enlightenment. If our...
by KeithA
Wed Dec 27, 2017 1:09 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: You Are Already Enlightened
Replies: 34
Views: 6384

Re: You Are Already Enlightened

The Chan tradition does not usually refer to steps or stages. Its central teaching is that we are intrinsically awake; our mind is originally without abiding, fixations, and vexations, and its nature is without divisions and stages. This is the basis of the Chan view of sudden enlightenment. If our...
by KeithA
Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Moderation question
Replies: 6
Views: 255

Re: Moderation question

K, u r a subversive element. ur words r hurtful, and i am, 4 1, not surprised. u posses skills and art to ... fart? a good 1 can do wonders. now, in this fkdup story.. bite or spit.. or ...give em ur goods! tho, iv learned not 2 q? ur sight, it will all go 2 20/20 vision... I don't give acupuncture...
by KeithA
Sat Dec 23, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Upside Down Thinking
Replies: 16
Views: 447

Re: Upside Down Thinking

SunWuKong wrote:
Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:32 pm
A Love Letter by Nanao Sakaki

Within a circle of one meter

You sit, pray and sing.

Within a shelter ten meters large...

<snip>
That's really lovely. Thanks.

_/|\_
by KeithA
Sat Dec 23, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Upside Down Thinking
Replies: 16
Views: 447

Re: Upside Down Thinking

i was stuck in the mindfulness serenity trap for years before i started to use Right Effort and Concentration to pay attention to the events as they took place. There's mindfulness techniques, then there's a kind of mindfulness used to skin razor blades Walking on the edge of a sword, Running over ...
by KeithA
Sat Dec 23, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Upside Down Thinking
Replies: 16
Views: 447

Re: Upside Down Thinking

Buddhism is not about attaining some state of mind. Buddhism is about being clear about the mind that you have. Yet, you could also say it is about attaining some state of mind, and that state is a clear state. :smile: Yes, yes! Attaining "no attainment with nothing to attain'. Round and round word...
by KeithA
Sat Dec 23, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Upside Down Thinking
Replies: 16
Views: 447

Re: Upside Down Thinking

Hi folks, I am posting this here for the benefit of anyone who might be browsing these fora. Not really looking for a discussion, they just seemed like useful words. We have this idea and it’s part of our culture. This idea has been created in this culture. That is “if we practice properly we can g...
by KeithA
Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:40 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Moderation question
Replies: 6
Views: 255

Re: Moderation question

ah, cool! live and learn.

thanks for the response,
Keith
by KeithA
Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: Moderation question
Replies: 6
Views: 255

Moderation question

Hi folks, I have a moderation question. I have replied to a couple threads over the last day or so and have been notified that my comment is pending moderator approval. Does that mean I have been flagged as someone who is need of moderation or is it endemic to the thread, i.e. the thread is being mo...