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by clyde
Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: It's not you. It's not me. It's not personal.
Replies: 0
Views: 135

It's not you. It's not me. It's not personal.

This was posted recently on Norman Fischer’s Facebook page: "The essence of mindfulness is that you stop taking your life so personally. That’s the essence of what we are discovering here. My life is not really my personal possession, and that is exactly my problem, that I take my life so personally...
by clyde
Mon Oct 12, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: All for what?
Replies: 12
Views: 380

Re: All for what?

Chanting practices might be more adaptable in periods of acute stress. It helps to chant out loud persistently when the mind chatter is loud and persistent. I know this is a zen forum, but developing a more complete tool box of practices might be helpful in the future. Developing a ‘tool box’ is an...
by clyde
Sun Oct 11, 2020 2:29 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tenzin Palmo
Replies: 5
Views: 410

Re: Tenzin Palmo

Thank you.
by clyde
Sun Oct 11, 2020 12:43 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tenzin Palmo
Replies: 5
Views: 410

Tenzin Palmo

Can anyone tell me the meaning of or anything about the three spots which I highlighted on the photo of Tenzin Palmo?
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by clyde
Tue Sep 29, 2020 6:55 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: To sit or not to sit?
Replies: 1
Views: 208

To sit or not to sit?

From Issho Fujita’s collected essay, Zazen and Everyday Life: All of the events in everyday life challenge us to choose between doing zazen or not. There is a mountain of excuses nearby for postponing or stopping zazen. Within this situation, it is necessary, in order to continue zazen, to have a vi...
by clyde
Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Buddha, the Original Zen Master
Replies: 18
Views: 753

Re: Buddha, the Original Zen Master

oryoki wrote: Tue Sep 15, 2020 3:07 pm Where is that non-stick frying-pan that would transmit the un-ubiding nirvana to me? :smile:
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by clyde
Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:26 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: shikantaza
Replies: 1
Views: 239

shikantaza

I’m reading more of Issho Fujita’s essays and came to this passage, which is a beautiful description of shikantaza and the Soto Way: So, without trying to do what is not possible and entrusting everything with peace of mind to zazen and soaking in that wholeness, it would be enough to simply continu...
by clyde
Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Buddha, the Original Zen Master
Replies: 18
Views: 753

Re: Buddha, the Original Zen Master

Astus; You’re making a problem where there is none and I believe you know it.
by clyde
Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Buddha, the Original Zen Master
Replies: 18
Views: 753

Re: Buddha, the Original Zen Master

Here’s another note about the Flower Sermon when the Buddha held up a flower and Mahakasyapa smiled - Mahakasyapa, the first Zen disciple, smiled and between the Buddha and Mahakasyapa there was a mind-to-mind transmission. Mahakasyapa could have thought or done many things. He could have motionless...
by clyde
Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Buddha, the Original Zen Master
Replies: 18
Views: 753

Re: Buddha, the Original Zen Master

Are you suggesting that seeing the Morning Star caused the Buddha’s awakening? The only other role the star can have in the story is to mark the time of awakening as around dawn, but then, seeing or not seeing it has no relevance. It also fits the usual Zen stories of suddenly seeing or hearing som...
by clyde
Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:39 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: This simply doesn't make any sense.....
Replies: 36
Views: 1351

Re: This simply doesn't make any sense.....

I really am not trying to be provocative, but I am finding the lack of a coherent and rationale explanation to this without ambiguity hugely frustrating, to the extent that I am on the verge of abandoning this practice altogether. Thanks for your time all clarification welcomed! :namaste: I’m readi...
by clyde
Thu Sep 10, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Buddha, the Original Zen Master
Replies: 18
Views: 753

Re: Buddha, the Original Zen Master

Words! Perhaps “cause” was too much. Seeing the Morning Star didn’t cause the Buddha’s awakening, but, as Zen Masters have often described, an external occurrence (e.g. - the sound of a stone hitting bamboo) is sometimes a “simultaneous event”. Better? Not better at all, because then seeing the sta...
by clyde
Tue Sep 08, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Buddha, the Original Zen Master
Replies: 18
Views: 753

Re: Buddha, the Original Zen Master

Words! Perhaps “cause” was too much. Seeing the Morning Star didn’t cause the Buddha’s awakening, but, as Zen Masters have often described, an external occurrence (e.g. - the sound of a stone hitting bamboo) is sometimes a “simultaneous event”. Better? And Keizan doesn’t say the Buddha “formed no th...
by clyde
Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Buddha, the Original Zen Master
Replies: 18
Views: 753

Re: Buddha, the Original Zen Master

Astus wrote: Tue Sep 08, 2020 8:20 am And how does zazen relate to awakening when seeing the morning star?
Whatever the precipitating cause, as explained in the Denkoroku,
Śākyamuni Buddha himself formed no thought of attaining the way.
which is a description of zazen.
by clyde
Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:01 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Buddha, the Original Zen Master
Replies: 18
Views: 753

Buddha, the Original Zen Master

Elsewhere I wrote, All Zen sects and lineages trace their history back to Bodhidharma, the First Zen Patriarch; and further back to Mahakasyapa, the First Patriarch who, Zen legend has it, smiled when the Buddha gave a direct teaching, beyond words and letters, by holding up a flower; and so Zen tra...
by clyde
Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: The Tortoise and the Hare
Replies: 6
Views: 378

Re: The Tortoise and the Hare

There’s too much in the OP for me to comment on, but I have been thinking about this: In the Zen tradition there is the story about the Buddha Shakyamuni transmitting THE CORE OF HIS TEACHINGS in front of a large assembly of monks. All the Buddha did was, that he picked a flower and raised it in fro...
by clyde
Sat Aug 22, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Can a lazy person awaken?
Replies: 32
Views: 1758

Re: Can a lazy person awaken?

Genjo, Good points. Thank you. Of course I was being ‘playful’ with Bodhidharma’s words and mindful of Bankei’s words. Zen is sometimes known as “the sudden school” which points to the nature of awakening as an accident (“Enlightenment is an accident. Practice makes us accident prone.” - a Zen sayin...
by clyde
Sat Aug 22, 2020 3:54 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Can a lazy person awaken?
Replies: 32
Views: 1758

Re: Can a lazy person awaken?

Hmm . . . in addition to teachings by Bodhidharma and Bankei, here is a contemporary Zen teacher, Peter Taylor (Korean Jogye tradition): Lazy Zen A serious Zen practice takes effort and discipline. You have to sit in meditation. You have to bow. You have to give yourself over to practice. The aim of...
by clyde
Sat Aug 22, 2020 12:15 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Can a lazy person awaken?
Replies: 32
Views: 1758

Re: Can a lazy person awaken?

Thank you. I have no doubt that the Rinpoche’s teachings are very good and may be Zen-like(?), but as a lazy person I’m not prepared to listen for almost 1.5 hours to Part 1 of 5 sessions for a total of almost 7 hours!

Maybe you can say what the “practice for lazy people” is?
by clyde
Thu Aug 20, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Tibetan incense stick holder?
Replies: 3
Views: 348

Re: Tibetan incense stick holder?

Thank you. I can’t say I’m surprised. I thought it was a recently made piece from India/Tibet, so I thought that at least the characters/symbols were accurate/meaningful. Oh well. It does work well as a tower incense burner.

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