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07 October 2006 @ 12:56 pm
When one looks at scriptures, and the words of the Zen Masters, one sees that what is meant by "human being" is really the whole world, the whole universe. To have faith in this seems to me to be the keystone of practice, for this is the great goal of Zen, to feel and live from a point where the whole world is yourself. Looking deeply into it, how could this be the case? Isn't there something we can do or change to make us feel this way? Of course the mind looks for ways to convince itself of the great truth, to spin it in words and then try to feel that way through effort. But this is only to create an imaginary picture, and then step into that picture, the way a writer will sometimes star in his own movies. How are we to approach this question, this koan? Even though we feel very much separate from others, how are we to realize, deeply and in a fundamental way, that we are all of a piece? I don't have an answer, but invite to discuss this and wonder at it.


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07 October 2006 @ 12:38 pm
Rather than say what Zen is or isn't, or try to persuade others of the correctness of a certain form of practice, I open this community journal to invite a looking deeper into what is going on in our world, our minds, our lives. I would hope that people refrain from quoting scriptures as the final word on things, as if the words of any Buddhist master were anything more than a ladder thrown to help others climb. I also hope that there will be a spirit of free inquiry here, and a real wondering at what life really is. As far as we can code this in language, we will try. Welcome.


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