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November 26, 2008

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"Rabbit's clever," said Pooh thoughtfully.
"Yes,"said Piglet, "Rabbit's clever."
"And he has Brain."
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit has Brain."
There was a long silence.
"I suppose," said Pooh, "that that's why he never understands anything."
- from 'The Tao of Pooh'

UKU comments:

Or hiding the spirit. But that's only in our minds, that's not reality.

We're Buddhas right now but our deluded minds can't realize that.
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You/anyone are NOT "buddhas right now", you confuse POTENTIAL with ACTUAL, ... what is potential, is not actual to the "fool lost in samsara"

Toilet water full of shit and urine is POTENTIALY drinkable, but is not in ACTUAL, such that it is not purified.

Your fallacy and ignorance is called reductionism.

Secondly that you call the spirit "not reality" is called the nathattavada heresy of denial of the Atman/spirit/citta/soul.

Uku, you are a demon as proofed by your own tongue.

You boil in a stew of your own ignorance. Further proof that 99.99999999% of all Zen is existentialism and Humanistic BS.

Thank you for your great post. :) Sorry, I forgot to thank you.

With palms together,
Uku

Interesting post. One common mistake is to assume that shikantaza is just sitting, nothing else. Yes, it is sitting, but that's not all. If a practitioner thinks that practicing Soto Zen Buddhism is nothing but sitting, it's a dangerous point of view. It is said (like Shunryu Suzuki Roshi for example) that Zazen is everything we do. But this should be understood in a correct way. Of course shitting ain't the same like sitting but if you shit in a same way like you sit, *pim*, then you're in the essence of Buddhism.

Soto like Rinzai too are heading for the realization for dropping our body and mind off. Fundamentally they're the same. Different kind of practice but in the end, same purpose; to drop of the body and mind. Usually people find much more easier to practice Rinzai because Soto is not so much about using words; Soto goes straight to the essence of the reality; it points straight to the Buddha Dharma. But that's why it can be a way where practitioner gets frustrated; nothing happens, just boring sitting. And that's the whole point. To not to cling, avoiding attachments to Zazen or Buddhism. It might feel boring because it's the reality just as it is. Not boring in a reality but because our deluded minds always wants something, are looking for something, it might feel boring. Or useless. Or hiding the spirit. But that's only in our minds, that's not reality.

We're Buddhas right now but our deluded minds can't realize that. That's why we have Buddhists practices; to get rid of our deluded minds, to get to know our Buddha nature, to shine the mirror again.

LOL, some Buddhists in China and Japan even think that if the master's physical body did not decay after his death, then he is a Buddha.

To the extreme, there are some practices in Japan which involve the consumption of only aromatic herb and spice before one own death so that the body would be self-mummified and not smell like a stinking corpse!

This goes so show, that unless one realizes the True Self, one will alway look at the physical body as self, in life or in death, LOL

Bodhiratna

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