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by Dan74
Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:16 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: “Ordinary”
Replies: 7
Views: 125

Re: “Ordinary”

What is the present experience as it is? Do we even know it, distracted as we are with gain and loss, me and mine, my precious opinions and reputation? How can we speak of it "as it is" if we don't know anything "as it is"? For as long as there is the knower and the known, there are just stories, n...
by Dan74
Mon Jan 20, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: What is Zen?
Replies: 52
Views: 1638

Re: What is Zen?

loves' the unjust wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:46 pm
Can you comprehend what i mean when i say effortless?
Probably not. Could you say more about it?
by Dan74
Mon Jan 20, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: “Ordinary”
Replies: 7
Views: 125

Re: “Ordinary”

Last week a Buddhist told me the reason why Buddha came was to preach that we just go about our ordinary lives, and continue to live as we already do. I guess “ordinary” could be open to definition. Indeed! "Ordinary' and 'effortless' are the most misunderstood words in online Zen. My own understan...
by Dan74
Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: What is Zen?
Replies: 52
Views: 1638

Re: What is Zen?

Indeed!

"Ordinary' and 'effortless' are the most misunderstood words in online Zen.
by Dan74
Sun Jan 12, 2020 6:06 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: a question
Replies: 31
Views: 410

Re: a question

While practicing Zen we are human beings, aren't we? So we care what we care for.

Perhaps we become more aware of this 'caring'. See it clearer for what it is.

Until when we care, we just care.
by Dan74
Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Repentance Practices
Replies: 98
Views: 4622

Re: Repentance Practices

Most of the replies don't resonate with my experience. Evil karma = ignorance, yes, I am ignorant, otherwise what am I doing here? Repent means I acknowledge it, I face it. In this facing, in the moment of full acknowledgment there is purification. Beginningless because I can discern no beginning. I...
by Dan74
Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Today I'm explaining Zen and Enlightenment
Replies: 70
Views: 1462

Re: Today I'm explaining Zen and Enlightenment

Spike wrote:
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:59 pm
Dan74: what was that post all abbot? :lol:
Beats me! :lol:
by Dan74
Mon Dec 30, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Today I'm explaining Zen and Enlightenment
Replies: 70
Views: 1462

Re: Today I'm explaining Zen and Enlightenment

It seems that the actual teachers getting banned and joe gone hasn't stopped the proliferation of teachers. i think u r right. what do you propose? a zen site where every 1 is silent or pats another's back? see, dan, zen is a practice of extreme questioning. if you run around screaming: stop it!.. ...
by Dan74
Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Not Equanimity
Replies: 72
Views: 786

Re: Not Equanimity

Enver, on ZFI I met a Turkish lady named Ela, who was from Izmir and a student of James Ishmael Ford, I believe. I think they did Skype sessions. Yes, Ela Gurdemir. She’s still in my Skype contacts. And easily contactable via Google. We both have a good memory. I met up with Ela some years back in ...
by Dan74
Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:11 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Not Equanimity
Replies: 72
Views: 786

Re: Not Equanimity

Many (most?) people who come to spirituality/Zen are wounded more than lazy. This is just some 'random radar' opinion with no basis, right? Because I for one don't see the people here as crips or unwhole, whatever their challenges may be, and I would not want to characterize anyone as lingering "wo...
by Dan74
Mon Dec 30, 2019 4:55 am
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: members we like to hear from...
Replies: 19
Views: 487

Re: members we like to hear from...

bokki wrote:
Mon Dec 30, 2019 12:09 am
heya!..members,
just some random questions..
where is fuki,
joe,
E of H, eric
oh, and many
others...
many of them.
tiered of a foolish bunch?
understood, i am 1 of a foolish bunch.
are you ok, though, are you still..hm
would be nice to see u here.
luv.
:560:
by Dan74
Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Not Equanimity
Replies: 72
Views: 786

Re: Not Equanimity

I don't have advice, only reflections, stray thoughts.

Many (most?) people who come to spirituality/Zen are wounded more than lazy. If you kick a lazy person, it can help. Not so if you kick a wounded one.
by Dan74
Sun Dec 29, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Not Equanimity
Replies: 72
Views: 786

Re: Not Equanimity

Is it helpful to talk like that, I wonder?
by Dan74
Sat Dec 28, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Not Equanimity
Replies: 72
Views: 786

Re: Not Equanimity

[james] wrote:
Sat Dec 28, 2019 8:32 pm
Ooch ... Dan!
Now there’s an ugly mug.
“Is this actually you in the picture?”
That is me!

Enver, on ZFI I met a Turkish lady named Ela, who was from Izmir and a student of James Ishmael Ford, I believe. I think they did Skype sessions.
by Dan74
Sat Dec 28, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Not Equanimity
Replies: 72
Views: 786

Re: Equanimity

And I can't have any trust without knowing a bit about the other person. This takes stories. Yes, fabrications, to a large extent, you are right. But when people share stories that are meaningful to them, as much as they (we/I) overinvest in such narratives, it gives us a glimpse of what that perso...
by Dan74
Sat Dec 28, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Not Equanimity
Replies: 72
Views: 786

Re: Equanimity

The thing about the comment on Linda and all sorts of personal comments on a forum... my experience has been that we just cannot trust our views about other people formed from their posts or even an exchange of messages. Personal comments, wholesome and helpful, are fine (though how is one to know ...
by Dan74
Fri Dec 27, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Not Equanimity
Replies: 72
Views: 786

Re: Equanimity

Is this actually you in the picture, loves'? The thing about the comment on Linda and all sorts of personal comments on a forum... my experience has been that we just cannot trust our views about other people formed from their posts or even an exchange of messages. Even in real life we sometimes get...
by Dan74
Tue Dec 24, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Equanimity
Replies: 24
Views: 898

Re: Equanimity

I don't have to explain externals to you, bokki. You know how to be reactive and must have some insight into the processes that lead to that. As for finding your misplaced equanimity, it's probably at the same Lost&Found as mine. Once I make it there, I will ask for yours. They might require an ID, ...
by Dan74
Tue Dec 24, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Equanimity
Replies: 24
Views: 898

Re: Equanimity

Perhaps you see equanimity, and the cultivation of equanimity, as a false refuge from the harsh realities of this human realm of being. It could be so ... hiding, safe and secure, under the blankie of equanimity. very well said. It could also be an energy of courage and confidence in meeting and in...
by Dan74
Sun Dec 22, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: This Forum in Particular
Replies: 47
Views: 2473

Re: This Forum in Particular

If you can convince clyde, then yes. Clyde, i am convincing you! rival forum? i mean, like, ..i mean.. if he had reluctantly, does he not have a wish for it to grow, but i read you Dan, why bother..? i like to bother. a zen forum is a nice topic 4 me. call me an idiot, i c much, why not let zen spa...