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Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

Postby christopher::: » Fri Jan 30, 2009 1:28 am

I think we have reached the stage where we can start to mention this publicly. Others are already starting to mention this, on other forums. A group of current and former E-sangha members has been working together over the last week, attempting to construct a global Zen Forum. The Dhamma Wheel was a direct inspiration for us, and the Dhamma Wheel admin/mod team has been very very very helpful, providing encouragement, assistance and advice.

Our name will be Zen Forum International. The focus will be Zen traditions, however we hope very much to be like the Dhamma Wheel, as well as Drolma's Buddha Lounge, in that people from all traditions (as well as non-Buddhists) feel comfortable and welcome.

Again, I want to thank you all here. I also want to thank Leo and the E-sangha community, cause without them none of us would ever have met one another, or learned all that we have learned. We bow to everyone, our dharma sisters and brothers, for your support, input, assistance and inspiration.

Christopher
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~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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Re: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Jan 30, 2009 1:45 am

Good luck with that endeavor! May it be successful!

Maybe I'll check-in from time to time once it is up and find some answers to some koans that stumped me when I practiced Zen some 20 years ago or so. :buddha1: :group:

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Re: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

Postby Individual » Fri Jan 30, 2009 2:18 am

TheDhamma wrote:Good luck with that endeavor! May it be successful!

Yeah. Send us a link when you make it! :)
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Postby Ben » Fri Jan 30, 2009 3:13 am

Congratulations Chris!
It is indeed fantastic news!
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Postby kc2dpt » Fri Jan 30, 2009 3:34 am

Good luck.
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Postby retrofuturist » Fri Jan 30, 2009 3:44 am

Greetings,

I'm really looking forward to this. I think it's an excellent initiative with great potential.

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Re: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

Postby Tex » Fri Jan 30, 2009 4:04 am

I wish you all the best on this, can't wait to see the finished product.

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Re: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

Postby Dhammanando » Fri Jan 30, 2009 4:13 am

Congratulations! I hope it will be of benefit to many.

:toast: (that's apple juice, btw, not beer)

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Postby jcsuperstar » Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:10 am

Dhammanando wrote:Congratulations! I hope it will be of benefit to many.

:toast: (that's apple juice, btw, not beer)

Best wishes,
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pssht, youre in thailand, it should be that green drink.. whatever that stuff is.. and in baggies not cups
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Re: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

Postby Dhammanando » Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:30 am

Hi JC,

jcsuperstar wrote:
Dhammanando wrote:Congratulations! I hope it will be of benefit to many.

:toast: (that's apple juice, btw, not beer)



pssht, youre in thailand, it should be that green drink.. whatever that stuff is..


If you insist.

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and in baggies not cups


Pfft, you can't propose a toast with baggies.

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Re: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

Postby dumb bonbu » Fri Jan 30, 2009 9:27 am

congrats! :toast:
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Postby Cittasanto » Fri Jan 30, 2009 9:33 am

well done, didn't know a new forum was starting
Maybe I'll pop over from time to time.
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Postby Annapurna » Fri Jan 30, 2009 9:49 am

Best wishes! :group:
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Postby christopher::: » Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:55 am

Thank you all, for your kind wishes!!

We purchased our url address yesterday, with nothing to put up yet...

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Postby m0rl0ck » Fri Jan 30, 2009 12:03 pm

christopher::: wrote:I think we have reached the stage where we can start to mention this publicly. Others are already starting to mention this, on other forums. A group of current and former E-sangha members has been working together over the last week, attempting to construct a global Zen Forum. The Dhamma Wheel was a direct inspiration for us, and the Dhamma Wheel admin/mod team has been very very very helpful, providing encouragement, assistance and advice.

Our name will be Zen Forum International. The focus will be Zen traditions, however we hope very much to be like the Dhamma Wheel, as well as Drolma's Buddha Lounge, in that people from all traditions (as well as non-Buddhists) feel comfortable and welcome.

Again, I want to thank you all here. I also want to thank Leo and the E-sangha community, cause without them none of us would ever have met one another, or learned all that we have learned. We bow to everyone, our dharma sisters and brothers, for your support, input, assistance and inspiration.

Christopher
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Oh Boy! Thank you and good luck with it. I'm looking forward to it :clap:
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Re: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

Postby bodom » Fri Jan 30, 2009 1:28 pm

Thats awesome! If i wasnt a Theravada Buddhist i would most definitely be a Soto Zen Budhist.

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Re: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

Postby christopher::: » Fri Jan 30, 2009 1:54 pm

m0rl0ck wrote:
Oh Boy! Thank you and good luck with it. I'm looking forward to it :clap:


Thank *you*...
Just make sure you guys bring some of that green beverage over.

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bodom_bad_boy wrote:Thats awesome! If i wasnt a Theravada Buddhist i would most definitely be a Soto Zen Budhist.


To be honest, maybe its just me, but I have yet to notice any significant difference.

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"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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Re: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

Postby bodom » Fri Jan 30, 2009 1:55 pm

christopher::: wrote:
bodom_bad_boy wrote:Thats awesome! If i wasnt a Theravada Buddhist i would most definitely be a Soto Zen Budhist.


To be honest, maybe its just me, but I have yet to notice any significant difference.

:group:


Just the name. Soto Zen reminds me of the Theravada thai forest traditon without the forest. :lol:

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah

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Re: Zen Forum International: Coming soon!

Postby zavk » Fri Jan 30, 2009 2:29 pm

Can't wait! :clap:
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Postby christopher::: » Fri Jan 30, 2009 3:02 pm

zavk wrote:Can't wait!


zavk!

:namaste:

bodom_bad_boy wrote:
christopher::: wrote:
bodom_bad_boy wrote:Thats awesome! If i wasnt a Theravada Buddhist i would most definitely be a Soto Zen Budhist.


To be honest, maybe its just me, but I have yet to notice any significant difference.


Just the name. Soto Zen reminds me of the Theravada thai forest traditon without the forest. :lol:



We're perhaps too busy getting s.t.o.n.e.d..?

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~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009


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