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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby desert_woodworker on Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:35 pm

Hakuin wrote a bit about the Great Doubt. And, as well, about the Great Death.

He wrote, too, that the depth of eventual realization was equal to the depth or
intensity of the Great Doubt that a practitioner is able to arouse.

    "If your doubt measures ten degrees, so will the awakening." --Hakuin
T.P. Kasulis writes (in Zen Action; Zen Person, pp. 107-8), specifically, about this,
and also quotes Hakuin below:

    "In other words, the more diligently the student practices, the more
    he or she will abandon former ways of experiencing and the deeper
    will be the realization. Furthermore, through the manifestation of
    the Great Doubt, awakening is assured: 'Once the Great Doubt arises,
    out of a hundred who practice, one hundred will achieve a break through;
    and of one thousand, a thousand will break through'. This breakthrough
    is sometimes called the Great Death (daishi)."
Hakuin tells us in addition that this is something that cannot be known easily.

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby Larry on Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:36 pm

On Friday a friend of mine was literally doubting why he should bother continuing with his practice. I gave him the Hakuin quote "At the bottom of great doubt lies great awakening." Interesting coincidence :)
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby desert_woodworker on Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:59 pm

Larry,

Nice! Good quote you quoted to the friend (let's hope it sticks; or, stings).

I'd say, one need only begin, and continue.

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby Larry on Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:15 pm

Ironically he's a Hindu Advaita Vedanta practitioner :hide: But was greatly encouraged by a zap of Zen :lol2:
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby desert_woodworker on Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:39 pm

hi,

Larry wrote:Ironically he's a Hindu Advaita Vedanta practitioner :hide: But was greatly encouraged by a zap of Zen :lol2:

How 'bout that.

God bless him. And Hakuin. And ...you!

Whatever it takes! The Dharma is flexible and foldable as prepared- or unprepared- Origami paper.

A friend here makes origami cranes of US 1$ bills. But I cringe at such use of legal-tender. I get sheafs of 100 US singles from the bank about twice a year and hand them out to whoever accosts me in public and asks for some dough. The rate increases beginning around Thanksgiving time, and going through Christmas. I started this when Obama was first elected, and doubled-up on it when Trump, or Tramp, unfortunately took what's called "Office". My wallet is always fat full of singles at the ready. ;) Sure, it does little good. Traded mostly for "Old English 800", maybe?, a strong, rot-gut, high-gravity Malt Liquor, made by Miller, since 1964... . But, you never know. Some Moms and Pops have kids in tow, and ask for pocket-change. I give them "folding-stuff", as the priests in our conservative Catholic parish used to call it. Much crisper, in the pocket, to those given. No tell-tale jingle. The priests preferred the silence of it, too, compared with jingling Silver, in the Sunday wicker baskets wielded and wangled on long handles, poked through the pews past each person, please. ;-)

:Namaste:

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby Larry on Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:47 am

On the odd occasion I've visited a Catholic Church I'm always a little wary of what's "poked through the pews" :lol2:
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby desert_woodworker on Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:20 pm

L.,

Larry wrote:On the odd occasion I've visited a Catholic Church I'm always a little wary of what's "poked through the pews" :lol2:

Now, now! ;) :lol2: :) :blush: :heya:

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby Larry on Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:30 pm

Just to show there's no religious bias, how about....
Instruction to students....Mount Baldy :lol2: :hide:

I'm now leaving the country :lol2:

There aren't many venues for stand-up Zen :lol2:
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby desert_woodworker on Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:12 pm

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"Every time is a first time."

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby organizational on Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:46 pm

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"If it is first time there can't be hostility."

    -Mine words
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby desert_woodworker on Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:59 pm

organizational wrote:"If it is first time there can't be hostility."

    -Mine words

(I hope that may be universally true. I look toward North Korea's Kim Jong Un, and USA's Donald Trump, and I have to wonder, though).

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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby organizational on Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:18 pm

i don't know them.yet this will be some what personal but i don't speak with my neighbor's son (my old friend), i have problems with my dad(who is old and old headed) always and i see all the people around me as my enemy(who live in turkey)

i think these all happen to me because of lack understanding of Zen.
because of not practicing zen, i mean.

thnks,

and

Namaste
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby organizational on Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:07 pm

if i gonna tell what i live with my dad this would be another book.
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby organizational on Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:28 pm

Can who practice Zen be an enemy of anyone?

i think this is impossible-
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby Larry on Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:41 pm

We're all human :)

Some people even attempt naughty jokes on Zen forums :lol2:

I'm having lunch tomorrow at a Turkish restaurant :)
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby organizational on Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:52 pm

Larry wrote:I'm having lunch tomorrow at a Turkish restaurant :)


Have you ever have dizziness without having alcohol?

Turks cause so.

Good luck friend!
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby organizational on Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:02 pm

Alcohol is free here! :)
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby Larry on Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:29 pm

See you later :)
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby Larry on Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:31 pm

organizational wrote:Have you ever have dizziness without having alcohol?

Sometimes when I read your posts :lol2:
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Re: Your Favorite Dharma Gems

Postby desert_woodworker on Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:08 pm

"... Be 'square inside' — live by principle; and 'round outside' — exercise expedience."

    - Ch'an Master Sheng Yen; 108 Aphorisms, #33 (partial)
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