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Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Postby Anders on Thu May 18, 2017 7:23 am

Meido wrote:Nice to see you here btw.

:Namaste:

~ Meido


Thanks. I've been travelling almost nonstop for the past five weeks, to Peru and then Poland, so thought I'd dip my toes in again now the dust has settled.

I was reflecting on it this morning and it occurs to me that motivation/aspiration is sort of the flipside to expectation and probably a good toggle to fiddle with to manage these things.
I remember one time during a retreat where I was really sucking myself into a hole of "I'm not getting what I want out of this. I'm wasting my effort here". Then after a while a voice whispered within "Who are you practising for?" That who was kind of a double-whammy in that it hit me both as a "is all this just for yourself?" and a hard slapping "WHO?" And suddenly I didn't much care about what I got out of it for the remainder of the retreat.
"Even if my body should be burnt to death in the fires of hell
I would endure it for myriad lifetimes
As your companion in practice"
--- Gandavyuha Sutra
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Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Postby Meido on Thu May 18, 2017 3:31 pm

Reading this post, I'm happy you poked a bit :lol2:

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Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Postby Jok_Hae on Thu May 18, 2017 7:35 pm

Meido wrote:Thanks, Keith!

Incidentally, before I was called Meido, it was Keith. My mother still prefers the latter :)

~ Meido


Your mother understands her job. :)

A trivial story:

I was originally going to be named "Richard", a good royal name. Family politics intervened because of an uncle with the same name, so my dad threw his hands up and went with "Keith". I have never really like the name, if I am being honest. But, it doesn't matter much in the end, does it? :lol2:

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Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Postby Anders on Fri May 19, 2017 7:00 am

Meido wrote:Reading this post, I'm happy you poked a bit :lol2:

~ Meido

:PP:
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I would endure it for myriad lifetimes
As your companion in practice"
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Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Postby Caodemarte on Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:06 am

I just ordered a copy of "The Rinzai Zen Way" from Amazon for delivery on publication in March. Looking forward to it!
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Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Postby Meido on Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:36 am

Well, that's a surprise! I had no idea a listing was up so far in advance. The description could use some editing.

If that's indeed the cover art, it's the first I've seen it. Nice to have old Hakuin on the cover, though I'm sure he'd give me 30 blows for the book.

Caodemarte, I suspect you may well be the first person to order this.

:Namaste:

~ Meido
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Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Postby Caodemarte on Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:50 am

Meido wrote:Well, that's a surprise! I had no idea a listing was up so far in advance. The description could use some editing.

If that's indeed the cover art, it's the first I've seen it. Nice to have old Hakuin on the cover, though I'm sure he'd give me 30 blows for the book.

Caodemarte, I suspect you may well be the first person to order this.

:Namaste:

~ Meido


Do I win a prize? :peace: Thanks for writing the book!
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Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Postby Meido on Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:57 am

Yes, attendance at a long sesshin of your choice at Korinji. :lol2:

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Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Postby Caodemarte on Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:12 am

Be careful what you offer in jest. I will be going to a short sesshin elsewhere in January and the time I can take off is limited. However, you never know where I will show up!
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Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Postby Meido on Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:26 am

No jest!

Always welcome.

~ Meido

P.S. Talking to some author friends, I've learned that it's normal for upcoming publications to have placeholder/pre-order listings like that one pop up on Amazon, as word gets out through the distributor grapevine that a project is in the works. Eventually the image/text will be updated to more accurately reflect the book (good news...the current text leaves a lot to be desired).
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