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December 31st, 2004
08:14 pm
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If all of Buddism could be sumed up into one phrase or saying, what would it be?

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January 31st, 2004
07:42 am
[shiba_inu]

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National flavorings
I've heard it said that zen is like tofu: very nutritious but has no flavor of its own so it takes on the flavor of whatever it's cooked with. This observation seems to be borne out when one considers the differences in Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and American (to name just a few) schools.

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January 11th, 2004
12:07 pm
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Sitting Regularly
My time sitting feels an awful lot like...

well...

sitting.

I'm still very new and still learning. Is there something else I should be experiencing?

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December 22nd, 2003
11:21 pm
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Forget What You Think You Know
The words on the page read, "My vote is that we...make the commitment to let go of what we think we know, so we can be open to the real truth of our experiences." It's from Tap Dancing in Zen by Geri Larkin, which I was reading in Starbuck's tonight.

What I experienced was seeing my own reflection in the mirror, and saying to myself, "Sandy, let go of what you think you know." I felt a tightening in my chest. I felt the tears prick at the backs of my eyes. I was suddenly aware that the walls were green, the floor was slate, and that Christmas music was playing. I was aware of the student across the room studying for the bar exam. Aware of the youthful barristas' playful banter. Aware of the traffic passing by outside. Aware of my boyfriend talking on his cell phone.

Then all of these "things," all of these "ideas," all of these separatenesses merged with me and became one. I was the green wall, the slate floor, the Christmas music, the student studying, the barristas' conversation, the traffic, my boyfriend's voice, and on and on until there was no "I" any longer. I'm not sure exactly what happened, or whether I can convey it accurately. It was as if I got the briefest glimpse of how reality just may really be...

Or then again, maybe I had too many jalapeno peppers on my dinner tonight.

Current Mood: Aware

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December 15th, 2003
09:55 am
[ouroborous]

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Is Zen Selfish?
[crossposted from my journal]

That's something I was thinking about on my way in to work.

An LJ friend recently posted that they were considering a change in religion because, among other things, Zen seemed very self-centered.

This engendered a number of reactions in me. First was indignation and a desire to be snippy -- Zen is, after all, the one "flavor" of Buddhism that I most commonly identify with.

Another reaction that I had was incredulity; Zen is just one tiny, tiny branch on the tree of Buddhism. There are other traditions that focus differently. Tibetan Buddhism, for instance, has compassion and service to others as one of its primary tenets. Perhaps try that, rather than abandoning Buddhism entirely.

But above and beyond this, it got me to thinking. Is Zen selfish?
More on selfishness in Zen...Collapse )

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December 9th, 2003
12:04 pm
[ouroborous]

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Karma, a ramble in one part...
This shall henceforth be known as "Part Two of Tom's Pretentious Posts Where He Acts Like He Has a Clue But Obviously Really Doesn't."

Karma. Whatsit?
Rest of pretentious ramble hidden behind cut, at the request of nymnees who's kinda bossy but I love her anyway...Collapse )

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December 8th, 2003
12:02 pm
[ouroborous]

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Why Ordinary Mind?
I think a reasonable question that might be asked is, why is this journal called "Ordinary Mind?"

The simple answer is that it is aimed more towards adherents of the "Ordinary Mind" flavor of Zen Buddhism as taught by the likes of Charlotte Joko Beck and others. But this begs the question -- what is ordinary mind Zen?
There, it's cut. Are you happy, Em????Collapse )

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11:29 am
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The Nature of Enlightenment
I would like to wish everyone happiness on Buddha’s Enlightenment Day. Here is an article on Rohatsu if you would like to learn more about it.

My local Zen center, Ocean Eyes Zen Center, celebrated Rohatsu last Saturday with a one-day retreat. Zen Master Ji Bong gave us a dharma talk on enlightenment. He always puts so much into his talks that it’s difficult to remember it all. The humorous parts tend to stay with me, and that’s no doubt why he and other Zen instructors use humor in their lessons.

Ji Bong told us about a meeting he had with Zen Master Seung Sahn shortly after receiving transmission from him. Seung Sahn told Ji Bong, "Great Zen Master, still one slip and one banana peel away from falling on your ass."

The Abbot at Ocean Eyes says there’s no such thing as enlightenment. He says enlightenment is just a word, just one more idea we have to put down. I’ve read somewhere that there are no enlightened people, only enlightened acts.

What do you all think about the nature of enlightenment? Or should we think about it at all? Maybe we should just sit, and see what comes. :)

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10:10 am
[ouroborous]

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Shhhhh...
We've been a quiet community lately -- maybe it's time to start kicking things up a notch. I'll compose a deep, wise post about Zen for you all to laugh at and refute, later today ;)

Okay, I'd like to hear from the OTHER people on here a bit. Thanks craneheaven for posting. How about the rest of you lurkers. Em? How's your practice going? Scott? Let's make this the sangha it was intended to be :)

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12:55 pm
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Mind Spinning
This morning was a tough sit....mind racing ahead of the moment to the day's concerns....nothing unusual about this, this 'monkey mind' of mine...I guess its a good dose of humble pie for gettiing complacent...for getting stuck in goal pre-occupations and pretending that I am not...I am glad to be able to have this 'space' not share this...

Midnight
in a wind swirl;
snow's whiteness.

~P

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