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by clyde
Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:20 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: American Zen - A Brief History
Replies: 14
Views: 314

Re: American Zen - A Brief History

What do you mean “more focus on bodhidharma.” Please explain.
by clyde
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: American Zen - A Brief History
Replies: 14
Views: 314

Re: American Zen - A Brief History

I agree, Ruth Fuller Sasaki certainly deserves mention with D.T. Suzuki and Alan Watts as influential persons in Zen coming to America. And while I agree that American Zen is still young and unfolding, I disagree that it’s too soon to talk about American Zen. The article identified at least one char...
by clyde
Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: American Zen - A Brief History
Replies: 14
Views: 314

American Zen - A Brief History

In a Facebook group, this link to this old article on “How Did Zen Come to America?” was recently posted. Part 1: https://www.elephantjournal.com/2012/11/american-zen-a-brief-history-part-i/ Part 2: https://www.elephantjournal.com/2012/11/the-opening-of-the-american-psyche-a-brief-history-of-zen-in-...
by clyde
Sat Jul 06, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: Haiku thread
Replies: 97
Views: 5580

Re: Haiku thread

I don't know if that little verse brings peace or something else. I was sitting on a beach in Malaga, Spain just two days ago, watching my students play in the water. Then I closed my eyes and heard the waves. Memories of the sound of the waves in Melbourne, Australia flooded in, the bitter feeling...
by clyde
Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Zen People
Topic: Bernie Glassman (b. January 18, 1939 - d. November 4, 2018)
Replies: 1
Views: 174

Bernie Glassman (b. January 18, 1939 - d. November 4, 2018)

Roshi Bernie Glassman, Zen is all of life, he said, and in everything we do, we can bring to bear “the Zen of action, of living freely in the world without causing harm, of relieving our own suffering and the suffering of others.” https://www.lionsroar.com/zen-is-all-of-life-remembering-roshi-bernie...
by clyde
Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Music
Replies: 469
Views: 21293

Re: Music

by clyde
Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Words of Wisdom
Replies: 130
Views: 7450

Re: Words of Wisdom

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by clyde
Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Music
Replies: 469
Views: 21293

Re: Music

by clyde
Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:16 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 2782

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

The koan seems to focus on the man hanging from a tree by his teeth and the life-and-death question. But there is another person in the koan - the person who sees the man hanging from a tree by his teeth and asks the life-and-death question. What sort of person sees a man hanging from a tree by his...
by clyde
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 2782

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

The koan seems to focus on the man hanging from a tree by his teeth and the life-and-death question. But there is another person in the koan - the person who sees the man hanging from a tree by his teeth and asks the life-and-death question. What sort of person sees a man hanging from a tree by his ...
by clyde
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 2782

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

One of the great values of consulting with a genuine spiritual friend is that you quickly find out if you have truly cleaned up or are just stinking up the place. It is always one’s own odor, of course, but, for almost all people, it is difficult to smell their own stink. Pee . . . Yuu!! Yes, “a ge...
by clyde
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:33 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 2782

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

The koan work with the Sangha is the relationship with the Sangha, including sitting silently together or living together, like the rest of life. :) Yes, one’s relationship to a sangha is a koan! Yes, I understand that traditional Rinzai koan practice exists in the relationship between a Zen studen...
by clyde
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 2782

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

It’s my understanding that in the Rinzai school koans are ‘worked on’ by the student with their teacher. But other schools (e.g. - Soto) and even in some lineages of the Rinzai sect koans are approached and handled differently, including discussing koans with sangha members.
by clyde
Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:16 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Words of Wisdom
Replies: 130
Views: 7450

Re: Words of Wisdom

by clyde
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: true practice
Replies: 2
Views: 198

true practice

I recently viewed a talk (“Mixing Buddhism”) by Brad Warner. In it he referenced a quote he couldn’t quite remember but thought it might have been by Suzuki Roshi in Zen Mind/Beginner’s Mind. The quote was about “true practice”. I don’t know if the following are what Brad was trying to remember, but...
by clyde
Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:25 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: JOKES
Replies: 333
Views: 11068

Re: JOKES

“Rage Yoga [reyj yoh-guh] noun: a practice involving stretching, positional exercises and bad humour, with the goal of attaining good health and to become zen as f*ck. ”


by clyde
Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 2782

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

Off-topic posts removed.

Please stay on topic.
by clyde
Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 2782

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

Here is how Guo Gu explains “discriminating mind”: “All of the teachings in Chan and buddhadharma expose the truth about delusion, which is fueled by the discursive, discriminating mind. The discriminating mind is not your intelligence—you need that. Nor does it refer to our ability to distinguish b...
by clyde
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Zen Practice
Replies: 94
Views: 2551

Re: Zen Practice

NOTE: I asked loves’ the unjust about Fuki’s suggestion and he concurred.
by clyde
Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 2782

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

"The fruit of practice isn't the conceptual understanding of something, or an experience of something; it’s a feeling we have for life; a way we live our life; and even though zen is zen and we all come to see the same thing about our life through the practice, it really is unique for each one of u...