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either/or

Postby genkaku » Thu Jan 22, 2009 3:24 pm

Sometimes I think we all have an either/or gremlin in our minds: Either you read scripture or you do a meditation practice; either samsara or nirvana; either you keep the rules or you break them; either a layman or a monk; either mindful or confused; either compassionate or angry; either this or that .... It goes on and on whether talking out loud or keeping it secret. Either/or.

But I always liked the story about the Korean Zen teacher Soen Sa Nimh, who was once asked, so to speak, at a public meeting, "Sometimes when I meditate, I feel like such a schmuck." And Soen Sa Nimh replied, "You're either a Buddha or a schmuck -- there is no in-between."

And that's the way it seems to be -- you either see through the "in-between" or you end up as some silly Buddha or schmuck. Either/or strikes me as a good, tentative route. But the emphasis needs to be on the word "tentative." Hammers are tentatively useful when you want to pound a nail, but you wouldn't lug a hammer around all day long, right?

Just some noodling. :)

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Re: either/or

Postby bodom » Thu Jan 22, 2009 4:35 pm

What happened to the Middle Way?

:namaste:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo

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Re: either/or

Postby genkaku » Thu Jan 22, 2009 5:06 pm

bodom_bad_boy wrote:What happened to the Middle Way?

:namaste:


It's right where it always was. :)

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Re: either/or

Postby bodom » Thu Jan 22, 2009 5:08 pm

genkaku wrote:
bodom_bad_boy wrote:What happened to the Middle Way?

:namaste:


It's right where it always was. :)


Of course it is. I forgot where i left it. :smile:

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To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


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