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#157448 - 06/18/05 01:34 AM Zen upside yo' head
JoelM Offline
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A beginning student complained to his master that the meditation practice of following the breath was boring. The Zen master unexpectedly grabbed the student and held his head under water for quite a long time while the student struggled to come up. Finally, he let the student go.
"Now how boring is your breath?" he asked.

-Zen Mondo



-yes, this is the daily zen

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#157449 - 06/18/05 02:38 AM Re: Zen upside yo' head [Re: JoelM]
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some of these Zen guys teach rough...slapping with sandals, getting beatup in the kitchen fetching soup (or as some would write, 'soap'), and now forced bobbing for apprentices. lol

I don't know about this Zen stuff...maybe I'll just stick to full-contact kumite.

ok, on topic:
We don't fully appreciate the things in life until they are taken away.

"Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most."

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#157450 - 06/18/05 11:31 AM Re: Zen upside yo' head [Re: Kintama]
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I got a good giggle from this one...tickled me funny bone, it did! Best part: student no worse off fromt the lesson.

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#157451 - 06/19/05 01:06 AM Day 2 [Re: JoelM]
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It is a big mistake to think that the best way to express yourself is to do whatever you want, acting however you please. This is not expressing yourself. If you know what to do exactly, and you do it, then you can express yourself fully.

- Shunryu Suzuki

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#157452 - 06/19/05 05:39 AM Re: Day 2 [Re: JoelM]
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There's a big difference between express and excess. Doing "whatever you want" only leads to ruin. Doing what you feel to be truly good and right is expressing yourself.

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#157453 - 06/19/05 01:24 PM Re: Zen upside yo' head [Re: Kintama]
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Kintama, if you should see me try to do something else, you wouldn't bee complaining about my spelling

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#157454 - 06/19/05 05:54 PM Re: Day 2 [Re: JoelM]
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Freedom of speech does not mean it is always wise to speak freely.
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Don't let the door hit ya' where the good lord split ya'
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#157455 - 06/20/05 12:17 AM Day 3 [Re: JoelM]
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After the ecstay, the laundry.

- Zen saying


(I know what you're thinking, bite your tounge)

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#157456 - 06/20/05 01:01 AM Re: Day 3 [Re: JoelM]
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if you take drugs, your clothes may get dirty

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#157457 - 06/20/05 01:03 AM Re: Day 3 [Re: nenipp]
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(my tongue hurts like hell, but my fingers work just fine)

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