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Re: Baker's Do-zen of Zen Buddhist Practices

Postby Avisitor on Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:59 am

jundo wrote:
Avisitor wrote:From what I have read, I am surely disappointed that there was not more discussion about such practices rather than just a list


Let me try to disappoint more. :)


People here are just so nice ... lol

desert_woodworker wrote:Av,

Wishes for the final week of Winter.

--Joe


This week has predictions of 18 inches of snow
Winter has not given up its grip upon the northeast

Soon it will be time to plant this summer's beauty and this autumn's harvest
And the cycle continues for yet another year
Only wish people actually felt and saw what happens when it is time to harvest an animal
Then maybe, a different attitude may come about towards eating meat

Edit: what kind of practice is it ... when one follows what one understands about Buddhism?
Never mind. I am thinking may be this really isn't for me.
Disclaimer: There is no intent to be offensive in my posts. None was intended and none should be interpreted as such.
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Re: Baker's Do-zen of Zen Buddhist Practices

Postby desert_woodworker on Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:12 am

hiya, again, Av,

Avisitor wrote:Edit: what kind of practice is it ... when one follows what one understands about Buddhism? Never mind. I am thinking may be this really isn't for me.

Nonsense! But...

I'm always one to answer a rhetorical question; it was part of my training at the Ivy university as a Philosopher.
Avisitor wrote:Edit: what kind of practice is it ... when one follows what one understands about Buddhism?

The question is cloudy and not specific. Can't you be a little more vague, please? :lol2: But I'll take a kindly stab at it, to please myself:

    One old Ch'an worthy woke-up one time, we are told, and (he) said:

    "Now at last I know that my eyes are horizontal, and my nose is vertical".
Not bad! Just THAT kind of practice. Simple. Ordinary. But very, very, very clear, in the effect(s) it brought.

'Don't settle for cheap imitations',

--Joe
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Re: Baker's Do-zen of Zen Buddhist Practices

Postby desert_woodworker on Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:12 pm

Av,

It may have been Dogen, at Rujing's place in China, who said that. And maybe others have, too.

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Re: Baker's Do-zen of Zen Buddhist Practices

Postby desert_woodworker on Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:48 am

Av, et al.,

Yes, it was Dogen, for one.

Here's an accounting of the tale, at the time of the utterance:

    As the famous story goes, when Dogen Zenji came back from China, he was asked, “What did you bring back from China to Japan?”

    He said, “I came back empty-handed.”

    “What did you learn?”

    “Not much, except gentle-heartedness.”

    “And,” he added, “I learned that eyes are horizontal, nose is vertical.”
The text can be found online here at Lions Roar, in words of Eido T. Shimano Roshi:

http://www.lionsroar.com/eyes-are-horiz ... r-problem/

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