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Re: practice in daily life

Postby Caodemarte on Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:18 pm

Gassho, Ed.
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Re: practice in daily life

Postby Guo Gu on Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:55 am

ed blanco wrote:
Guo Gu wrote:hi all,
how are you all doing? are you taking good care of yourself, your loved ones, and the difficult people and challenging situations in life?
be well,
guo gu


Dear Guo Gu et all, I am taking care of myself. At 73 I feel 53, and that is really good.

Of course the grave matter thingy is there. Who knows when, but really, who cares!

Yesterday after sitting and our service, my friend Mano (Butsujo) emphatically pushed Reverend Sheng-yen at me, again. "Read one book only for a while: METHOD OF NO METHOD", he said.
Okumura roshi recommends Master Sheng-yen to him often.

You had to have been there to get the weight of this suggestion. I felt quite happy and this morning down right light of being.

Thank you Reverend friend and teacher, for you work and care here. And thank all you ZFI regulars too for the same.

In gassho, in gratitude.

:O:



hi ed,
i hope you enjoy that book. gratitude to the three jewels!
be well,
guo gu
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http://www.tallahasseechan.org/
Received inka from Master Sheng Yen (1930-2009) in 1995
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Re: practice in daily life

Postby ed blanco on Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:17 pm

METHOD OF NO METHOD
The book is priceless.
Rev Shen-yen is clear in his instruction ...".. just maintain the clear awareness of the body sitting there." He goes on to instruct Silent Illumination but even that he keeps in perspective not going too far into the no-words-can-describe-this territory.

It has helped with pain among other problems. My right leg tendons at the heel tighten at times. He recommends to make the the pain part of the entire body sensation keeping posture and mind relaxed.
It works.

I liked your preface.
This is my second reading of the book but this time I did read the preface. :blush:

We, use a lot of Dogen of course and the more modern commentaries: Uchiyama and Sawaki and Deshimaro.
But Master Sheng-yen is where the rubber meets the road for Butsujo and me.
How fortunate your were to have found such a teacher.
And he you.

In gassho.

:O:
IT SPEAKS IN SILENCE
IN SPEECH YOU HEAR ITS SILENCE

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Re: practice in daily life

Postby desert_woodworker on Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:12 am

howdy, dear Mr. Ed., hermano,

ed blanco wrote:METHOD OF NO METHOD
The book is priceless.

Say what?: I paid a few bucks for it. :lol2:

But, yup, Guo Gu's and my teacher was a piece of work. A Masterwork.

Ides of March greetings, :blush:

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Re: practice in daily life

Postby ed blanco on Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:04 pm

desert_woodworker wrote:howdy, dear Mr. Ed., hermano,

ed blanco wrote:METHOD OF NO METHOD
The book is priceless.

Say what?: I paid a few bucks for it. :lol2:

But, yup, Guo Gu's and my teacher was a piece of work. A Masterwork.

Ides of March greetings, :blush:

--Joe


Yes, you have mentioned how you trained with Master Shen Yen way way back when Joe. :peace:
You have walked this walk and it shows. Thanks for all the help.

This is my second reading of it and it feels a lot better and easier to sit with it.

:O:
IT SPEAKS IN SILENCE
IN SPEECH YOU HEAR ITS SILENCE

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Re: practice in daily life

Postby desert_woodworker on Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:29 pm

Six months now since this topic was last on top... .

Practice in daily life. Yes, it continues.

I'd say that for me, it consists of two broad types or categories of practice:

    o One, the distinct practices of Ch'an Buddhism, or Zen Buddhism, as taught by teachers and learned and refined with the sangha surrounding the teacher(s), and practiced at home;

    o And, Two, using events and necessities and doings of daily life as practice, much as we do when we use samu, on retreat or sesshin, as practice.
The first helps the second. And the second helps the first by not making it seem as if there are many hours of the day between times of, well, "practice".

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Re: practice in daily life

Postby organizational on Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:48 am

hi dw,

I've chose quit smoking and meditation
as (my) study and practice.

Out of this I'm studying and practicing Following White Method fully
for the last few years.

What would be your advice?
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Re: practice in daily life

Postby desert_woodworker on Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:23 pm

Enver,

organizational wrote:I've chose quit smoking and meditation
as (my) study and practice.

Out of this I'm studying and practicing Following White Method fully
for the last few years.

What would be your advice?

Great work, choosing to quit smoking. I know it's a daily practice and study, quitting at every moment. Wishing you strong practice, there!

I still don't understand the "Following White Method", sorry. No need to explain further, I think I'd have to be smarter in order to "get it". But I remain with the Ch'an Buddhist method, plus the physical methods that my teacher taught us, which support deeper meditation practice. Of course, the "sitting" is a practice all its own, but it can use a little help. There is at least a baker's doZen of other practices that really help.

By the way, did you look into yoga practice? Is there a school or studio near you? To attend a class even once a week, and also to take the yoga practice home to practice on your own during the other days, can be a help to the body and to the relaxation.

Well, something like that is my "advice" to everybody, if they ask, and sometimes if they don't. ;)

I wonder what you're studying. Buddhist doctrine? Or, specifically Zen Buddhist writings, or _____?

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Re: practice in daily life

Postby organizational on Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:17 pm

I don't have interest in yoga, thank you.

I'm studying Buddhist doctrine.

I become sick.
i become old age.
i become dead while living.
i become here to understand buddhism like as a monk do.
cause i lost my mind and memory.
this quite direct me to meditation practice.

i live all these.
& all these lead and remind me that i'm a buddhist.

i shared somewhere:

"When we practice mindfulness in our daily lives we open to the wonders of life and allow the world to heal and nourish us."

Thich Nhat Hanh
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Re: practice in daily life

Postby desert_woodworker on Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:31 pm

Best wishes, Enver. And wishes for good health. Take good care! --Joe

organizational wrote:I don't have interest in yoga, thank you.

I'm studying Buddhist doctrine.
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Re: practice in daily life

Postby macdougdoug on Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:55 pm

exercise helps with the non-smoking, even if its just long walks.

the best method with the non-smoking is being extremely relieved and happy about not smoking
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Re: practice in daily life

Postby organizational on Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:58 pm

desert_woodworker wrote:Best wishes, Enver. And wishes for good health. Take good care! --Joe


ahh thank you friend.I'm talking more according to last year :) this even shows that i've some improvement.
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Re: practice in daily life

Postby organizational on Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:23 am

I wish i'll be alive till 2050.planning to die after then.thinking right?
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Re: practice in daily life

Postby macdougdoug on Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:49 am

I used to lie in bed at night thinking of all the wonderful things that would happen in the year 2000
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Re: practice in daily life

Postby desert_woodworker on Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:47 pm

Doug,

macdougdoug wrote:I used to lie in bed at night thinking of all the wonderful things that would happen in the year 2000

"Y2K" came and went. ;)

I think largely through the good planning and the professionalism of IT workers and corporate officials (and gov't), not much very bad things happened, no civilizations fell into deep crevasses.

When I saw the movie "2001" in 1967, I too thought there'd be such great things as in the movie by the year 2000, ...or 2001. But going back even a little further, nobody has a flying "Jetson's" car yet, either (maybe that's a good thing; but we do have private drones, some people).

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ps Doug, could you please release a post to the "Teacher" area? It's been there a few days waiting. Tnx. -J.
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Re: practice in daily life

Postby Caodemarte on Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:06 pm

desert_woodworker wrote:... But going back even a little further, nobody has a flying "Jetson's" car yet, either (maybe that's a good thing; but we do have private drones, some people)...


Wait, you mean you don’t have a flying car? How does your robot servant drive you around?
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