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June 22, 2011

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I agree, what The Zennist said is troublesome. Morality does serve a very vital purpose although it has nothing to do with enlightenment. To borrow from Napoleon, it keeps the poor from murdering the rich.

I understand what you mean, but if your article is taken to the extreme it could look like this:

"Hey! Who are you and what are you doing in my house?"

"I am a zen monk mam and as I passed by I felt a bit hungry. So I killed that guard dog outside, smashed that nice window on your nice house, and entered for some nice meal in your kitchen."

"But you cant do that. Arent you buddhists supposed to uphold some moral precepts or something like that?"

"No mam. My specific lineage and teacher taught us to hell with all moral principles. By the way, thanks for the money, I needed some."

"What, what?! Thats my money!"

"Dont worry mam you ll surely earn some more in time ahead. Btw…I havent had any sex in a long, long time. Do you want me to rape you there on the floor or on that sofa?".

"How dare you you…you insolent zennist. You ll surely go to hell for this!

"No mam. I am assured stream entry and nirvana as long as I keep my focus on the dharma."

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