Post title: The Heart of the Practice
(Oct 4 2012 at 11:25 PM)
I spoke out at the Kobun memorial sesshin last July about the need to find words to communicate the heart of the practice that is zazen, as a matter of survival now.
Seems clear to me that unless I act from the place in which I find myself, and find satisfaction in the feeling and close experience of my own necessity, I'm part of the problem instead of the solution when it comes to global warming.
For Zen to flourish, my guess is that more will be required than jettisoning ceremony, chant
Post title: The Real Zen (Comment on Brad Warner's "Hardcore Zen" blog)
(Sep 20 2012 at 01:20 AM)
I heard Baker speak at San Francisco Zen Center, he wrapped up by saying "respond with your concentration." I'm told he could arrive at the Zendo after a late night of drinking and sitting after sitting, become more centered; an adept, was how he was described to me by the person who observed this.
Because he was adept at sitting cross-legged and adept at raising money, Shunryu Suzuki had no choice but to approve of his understanding, for the sake of the business of bringing Zen to America.
Post title: From My Own Experience
(Sep 4 2012 at 01:46 PM)
I aspire to realize the Gautamid's practice, but for me this is a matter of relaxing and waking up to stuff that's already going on for me (or falling asleep to it).
I don't think his description was sufficient for me to practice. I think most folks who call themselves Buddhist would take it for granted that the Gautamid's description was sufficient, but I would say if that were true, then why isn't everybody practicing the way he described and experiencing "deliverance from thought, beyond g
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