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  • will
    Member
    • Jun 2007
    • 2331

    It is what it is

    So I'm walking to the store and something popped up( That happens sometimes).

    It seems that there is some idea of what Zen or Zen practice is. Or what it is supposed to be. Basically, it is what it is. It is exactly what it is. Some say it is intimacy, or balance, or being beyond like or dislike, living a good life etc. But for the large part, it is perhaps all those things and none of them. It is exactly what it is.

    Some say "dropping". Perhaps it is that, but it is not the idea of dropping, nor is it the idea that it is not the idea of dropping. It is experience perhaps. It is is the moment perhaps. It is intelligence perhaps, or any of the myriad words that are used to describe it. However, It is what it is. Beyond words, beyond what we would like it to be. Beyond what we think it is.

    Gassho

    Will
    [size=85:z6oilzbt]
    To save all sentient beings, though beings are numberless.
    To penetrate reality, though reality is boundless.
    To transform all delusion, though delusions are immeasurable.
    To attain the enlightened way, a way non-attainable.
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  • Jundo
    Treeleaf Founder and Priest
    • Apr 2006
    • 39441

    #2
    Re: It is what it is

    Perhaps!

    Nice one Will. But not the "idea" of nice! :Or maybe it is. :wink:

    Gassho, Jundo
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    • prg5001
      Member
      • Apr 2008
      • 76

      #3
      Re: It is what it is

      Hi,

      I have no idea what 'Zen' is. I used to ignore all books which mentioned 'Zen'.

      At most I would say that 'Zen' is 'Buddhism' with a slight emphasis on meditation. And 'Buddhism' is a set of practices to help people to discover the true nature of reality.

      Cheers, Paul

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      • Eika
        Member
        • Sep 2007
        • 806

        #4
        Re: It is what it is

        Frank Zappa Sensei:

        You are what you is
        You is what you am
        (A cow don't make ham . . . )
        You ain't what you're not
        So see what you got
        You are what you is
        An' that's all it 'tis


        BS (appropriate initials for me don't you think?)
        [size=150:m8cet5u6]??[/size:m8cet5u6] We are involved in a life that passes understanding and our highest business is our daily life---John Cage

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        • will
          Member
          • Jun 2007
          • 2331

          #5
          Re: It is what it is

          BS (appropriate initials for me don't you think?)
          LOL

          Gassho
          [size=85:z6oilzbt]
          To save all sentient beings, though beings are numberless.
          To penetrate reality, though reality is boundless.
          To transform all delusion, though delusions are immeasurable.
          To attain the enlightened way, a way non-attainable.
          [/size:z6oilzbt]

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          • Taigu
            Blue Mountain White Clouds Hermitage Priest
            • Aug 2008
            • 2710

            #6
            Re: It is what it is

            Hi Will,

            Thank you for sharing this. I also Love Zappa roshi. Things always pop up for me, the windmill of the mind is a restless and chaotic place. And yet. 10 000 words may express silence, a few can be very noisy. It is not the wording that matters but the being-time it arises from. Putting our dirty paws on it, however brilliantly we put it and phrase it, is off the mark. Letting things totally pop is part of our path. Dogen did not collect his lectures and letters and words into a bundle to cast words in stone, he also wanted the words to reflect the ever changing nature of all things. Just a thought and pop! :P


            Gassho

            Taigu

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