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Good news, thank you. Mettā
Toggle Commented Jan 5, 2021 on Health Update at The Zennist
Any updates?
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2020 on A Second Stroke at The Zennist
Toggle Commented Dec 19, 2020 on A Second Stroke at The Zennist
You’ve often frowned upon Dōgen’s Sōtō school of Zen in your posts, but could the practice of ‘just sitting’ serve to allow the mind to be still and let intuition blossom? Perhaps Sōtō Zen practice is like this from Chapter 3 of the Lankavatara: “Be not like the one who looks at the finger-tip. For instance, Mahāmati, when a man with his finger-tip points at something to somebody, the finger-tip may be taken wrongly for the thing pointed at...” Could Sōtō Zen practice be the finger-tip, and the adept student meditates to recognise this as a means to an end: Calm the mind to let intuition find the way?
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2020 on The Right Attitude for Awakening at The Zennist
“I”, “you”,”they”, “we” and the anecdote of affirmative action... all to sandwich some basic Buddhist tenants? What happened to the absurdity of dualism, the distinction between the perception of self versus no-self, and the dissolution of distinction between the perceiver and the perceived?
Toggle Commented Sep 12, 2019 on The big hoax in Buddhism at The Zennist
I’m a bit taken aback that you’ve included Suzuki and Alan Watts in a post about “the demonic.” Can you elaborate (either here or in another post) how Suzuki and Watts “ruined” Zen Buddhism while they, in fact, introduced it to Westerners? Where those new students took Zen was hardly the fault of either teacher.
Toggle Commented Jul 2, 2019 on California and the daimonic at The Zennist
Just as there is an instantaneous moment of awakening ... is there also a moment where the student becomes a master?
Toggle Commented May 26, 2019 on The curious and the student at The Zennist
Thank you.
How does ‘The Blue Cliff Records’ differ from ‘Zen Flesh, Zen Bones’?
But could it be possible that sitting meditation is an exercise to allow, as it were, intuition to realize Zen and the luminous mind? Perhaps seated meditation is a means to an end.
Can someone who does not have a teacher realize the “mysterious secret” on their own? I often wonder if this is possible, given that the Buddha (according to canon) achieved enlightenment on his own.
After several years of following your blog, I’d love to read a compilation of your thoughts, comments, observations and personal lessons in the form of a book.
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Feb 15, 2019