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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?

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“What should be done for his disciples out of compassion by a teacher who seeks their welfare and has compassion for them, that I have done for you, bhikkhus. There are these roots of trees, these empty huts. Meditate, bhikkhus, do not delay or else you will regret it later. This is our instruction to you.” - MN 19

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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:

:namaste:
“What should be done for his disciples out of compassion by a teacher who seeks their welfare and has compassion for them, that I have done for you, bhikkhus. There are these roots of trees, these empty huts. Meditate, bhikkhus, do not delay or else you will regret it later. This is our instruction to you.” - MN 19


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