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by michaeljc
Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: How you create no karma?
Replies: 43
Views: 1556

Re: How you create no karma?

How to create no Karma?

Easy: leave no ripples

Which ain't so easy

But still doable

Zen is like this. Very ordinary. Nothing mysterious
by michaeljc
Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:39 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Soto and Rinzai
Replies: 32
Views: 737

Re: Soto and Rinzai

We can talk about these things in a clinical sense which is kind-of-fun, or to satisfies our intrigue. I am not too attracted to teachers who categorise and quantify practice-experiences and infer “progress”. Personally, I feel that each time we sit, we are back to the beginning with no history and ...
by michaeljc
Sat Feb 15, 2020 5:04 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Soto and Rinzai
Replies: 32
Views: 737

Re: Soto and Rinzai

How does a Soto practitioner know when they’ve entered the same energetic state as Kensho? Is it confirmed by their teacher? Or is it a little more haphazard? n When you fall flat on your face in mud like Hakuin you can be pretty sure you are on the right track :D Actually, it really can and does h...
by michaeljc
Sat Feb 15, 2020 2:03 am
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: Haiku thread
Replies: 134
Views: 10084

Re: Haiku thread

See if this works https://www.facebook.com/100013872517636/videos/800543010418109/ This was taken on the day we buried my mate. A family cemetery has grown since I was young. An early settler is buried there too but one would have to research to find out who. There is another Pre-European mass grave...
by michaeljc
Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:20 am
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: Haiku thread
Replies: 134
Views: 10084

Re: Haiku thread

Image
by michaeljc
Tue Feb 11, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: Haiku thread
Replies: 134
Views: 10084

Re: Haiku thread

Thanks folks I have only just resumed sitting and hence my post. When I am not sitting I do not post on a zen forum. I visited my friend 2 days before his death. I said "I only know that you are going to somewhere beautiful - it is nothing to do with God or religion" He made a massive attempt to rep...
by michaeljc
Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:25 am
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: Haiku thread
Replies: 134
Views: 10084

Re: Haiku thread

Ode to my best friend

In the bay
where we used to play
we buried your ash
this day
by michaeljc
Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: Death Poems
Replies: 41
Views: 3179

Re: Death Poems

A brighter number from a couple of years ago when he was rather well. He has dubbed 2 tracks together. https://www.facebook.com/joe.carter.33449138/videos/4613903308300/UzpfSTEzMTQwNzcxMzk6MTAyMDkwNDA3MDAzMTczODY/ We placed his ashes in the favourite guitar and buried it with the neck protruding abo...
by michaeljc
Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: Death Poems
Replies: 41
Views: 3179

Re: Death Poems

Yesterday we had a gathering in a large engineering shed on our family farm. People arrived in their casual work-style clothing. It was a real rural NZ group, which is the way Joe would have liked it. Today we bury his ashes on a patch of family land that inspired a Haiku from me years ago. I will l...
by michaeljc
Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: Death Poems
Replies: 41
Views: 3179

Re: Death Poems

12 hours ago my second son Joseph (35 yrs) took his own life. He ran free (from the psychiatric hospital in which was in and out of for some years) for the last time. His body is somewhere at the bottom of a river. Bear with me my only way to somehow send him my love in the best way I know how: to p...
by michaeljc
Wed Feb 27, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Here's How To Kensho
Replies: 59
Views: 4280

Re: Here's How To Kensho

The same old "mine is bigger than yours" stuff :lol:
by michaeljc
Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: What to do about Zen forum Moderators and controversial behavior
Replies: 30
Views: 2126

Re: What to do about Zen forum Moderators and controversial behavior

Gossip can be such a cruel insidious weapon
especially when spiced with madness of crowds

So many have gone to gallows
or hung on a cross

or stoned, burnt

It is better that 100 guilty go free
than 1 innocent be trampled
beneath 100 feet
by michaeljc
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: What to do about Zen teachers and controversial behavior
Replies: 45
Views: 3271

Re: What to do about Zen teachers and controversial behavior

About teachers but not from them. Teachers are still banned here right?

Sorry, but from the deep south this looks really weird

I'm with Joe. I have a deep aversion to public kangaroo trials

Cheers

m
by michaeljc
Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: Death Poems
Replies: 41
Views: 3179

Re: Death Poems

I formulated mine decades back:

When I go
- know
the twisted road, I rode
to no avail
Ha!
by michaeljc
Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Announcements, Forum News
Topic: Dear Members
Replies: 142
Views: 10881

Re: Dear Members

I haven't logged on here for a while. Haven't been sitting so nothing worthwhile to say. No sitting = no Zen Anyway - up comes this thread. Wow - I was shocked Mind, there are clubs for every rank in the military for good reason Though, I always valued teachers' input - not because they were teacher...
by michaeljc
Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: I am zazen
Replies: 20
Views: 2101

Re: I am zazen

Enver M. wrote:
Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:48 am
I am zazen
Lovely

:namaste:

m
by michaeljc
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 7
Views: 828

Ideas

Here is a place to relay ideas, however crazy. I have always relished ideas, driving my Dad crazy. I am a trained geologist and also a diesel mechanic. My eldest son is trade engineer. We have a commercial workshop on the farm. As some of you know I spent 5 years offshore in developing countries as ...
by michaeljc
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Is there not a “truth”?
Replies: 49
Views: 4183

Re: Is there not a “truth”?

I immediately related to Pablo's first comment. I too came to Zen through suffering. There was never any problem or question to solve, only relief from suffering. Realisations have come and gone but truth remains just a word. I am reminded of my long dead mother. In response to my brother raising su...
by michaeljc
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: yunmen’s dried shit stick
Replies: 59
Views: 4509

Re: yunmen’s dried shit stick

Another way of interpreting it could be that the described item is past its usefulness for the described function Just as Buddhism is, moment by moment In truth I am never comfortable interpreting koans It belittles them somehow - what? I prefer the Rinzai approach - sit with it Bro/Sis. No answer w...
by michaeljc
Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: yunmen’s dried shit stick
Replies: 59
Views: 4509

Re: yunmen’s dried shit stick

Why use a dry stick when there are leaves?

How about a fresh green stick with leaves?