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Re: Oryoki

Postby Jugglesaurus on Sun Feb 10, 2013 3:57 pm

We had genmai after zazen this morning, and did it floor style. I've never done it with so few people, after a "normal" zazen instead of at a big sesshin, and I think it felt quite different. Less intimidating, somehow.
Genmai should be terrible. It's overcooked mushy rice, even though the seasonings are nice - but it's somehow really nice and comforting. I'm even attempting to pickle some vegetables with salt and pressure overnight so I can have them with grain in the morning.
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Re: Oryoki

Postby Pedestrian on Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:48 am

Thanks for all of these useful posts!
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Re: Oryoki

Postby Jok_Hae on Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:27 am

In Kwan Um, we use four bowls, on the floor. I always see it as an opportunity to really practice together action. It is also a great opportunity to see my own selfish behaviors, which always occurs when someone is casually munching away while everyone else is finished. I just can't believe people can be so oblivious. Anyway, silent meals are a dance and an opportunity to pay attention.
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Re: Oryoki

Postby Carol on Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:31 am

Jok_Hae wrote:In Kwan Um, we use four bowls, on the floor. I always see it as an opportunity to really practice together action. It is also a great opportunity to see my own selfish behaviors, which always occurs when someone is casually munching away while everyone else is finished. I just can't believe people can be so oblivious. Anyway, silent meals are a dance and an opportunity to pay attention.


That's another thing ... I have trouble eating quickly. And, for many people, it's unhealthy and bad for digestion.
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Re: Oryoki

Postby Pedestrian on Mon Feb 11, 2013 2:03 am

How speedy is it usually?
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Re: Oryoki

Postby Carol on Mon Feb 11, 2013 2:24 am

Pedestrian wrote:How speedy is it usually?


I guess it depends on different places. At our place usually I'm OK. Though sometimes it seemed too fast. Especially when I'm deep into retreat eating reequires a lot of chewing and looking and tasting and smelling.
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Re: Oryoki

Postby Jok_Hae on Mon Feb 11, 2013 2:38 am

Carol wrote:
Pedestrian wrote:How speedy is it usually?


I guess it depends on different places. At our place usually I'm OK. Though sometimes it seemed too fast. Especially when I'm deep into retreat eating reequires a lot of chewing and looking and tasting and smelling.



One of our teachers is always saying "Chew your food!". There is a diffence, I feel, between gobbling everything down and eating with intention. I tend not to be first, but never last. Middle Path and all! LOL!
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