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Post by Phantasm on Sun Sep 06, 2015 9:14 am

place to copy paste koans or zen parables

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Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.

Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor's cup full, and then kept on pouring.

The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. "It is overfull. No more will go in!"

"Like this cup," Nan-in said, "you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?"
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Post by Guest on Tue Sep 08, 2015 1:26 am

To what shall
I liken the world?
Moonlight, reflected
In dewdrops,
Shaken from a crane's bill.

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Taken from The Zen Poetry of Dogen: Verses from the Mountain of Eternal Peace, by Steven Heine

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Post by Phantasm on Wed Sep 30, 2015 5:50 am

This is Taoism not Zen but meh.
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Ego enslaves us by making us too dependent on what other people think. We become easily incensed when we fail to get the approval or concurrence we expect. When that happens, it is easy for ego to control us because of our overwhelming need to be seen by others as being correct.

If we were to give in to the ego's craving for attention, we would quickly find that it can never be satisfied. An entertainer can be the idol of millions and still feel utterly alone. Once the ego grows out of balance, it can easily become a bottomless hole, forever wanting more.

We want to master the ego, not to become its servants.

This means letting go of the need to defend. We relinquish the desire to convince or persuade others. We can hold onto our views without having to make any points, prove anything, or justify any positions. When we free ourselves from this falsehood, we gain clarity. We begin to see that begin defensive is an enormous waste of energy and achieves nothing useful. Our views do not gain any validity when we defend them, nor do they lose any validity when we choose not to defend.

- Derek Lin, The Tao of Daily Life
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Post by Night Eyes on Wed Sep 30, 2015 5:58 am

This goes really well with my conditions of worth thread, we spend half our lives living to meet other peoples expectations and hoping we will be loved for it

only when we see this can we start the Journey back to our true selves x

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Post by Guest on Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:00 am

"What is true zazen? What do you mean by Zen becomes Zen and you become you? You become you is a very important point. You become you. When you become you, even though you are in bed, you may not be you most of the time. Even though you are sitting here, I wonder whether you are you in its true sense. So to be you is zazen." - Suzuki Roshi

You should rather be grateful for the weeds you have in your mind, because eventually they will enrich your practice.
Pt. 1 : Right Practice "Mind Weeds", p. 26

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