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  • mhoke46375
    Member
    • Jun 2010
    • 18

    Sense of Humor

    Gassho everyone,


    I have always tried to deal with all things in my adult life with humor. At least since my divorce 32 years ago.

    It does no good to cry, so you might as well laugh. There's nothing so serious you can't laugh at it somehow. Are things I have tried to remember. At times others have looked down on me because of that view. When my mother died, I led the way in remembering some of the times my brother and sister and I made her so angry. In the end we could all laugh.

    I have recently decided that my affinity for Buddhism may have come from this outlook. Suffering is universal and life is a miracle of a gift. Enjoy it all.

    And don't forget to laugh if you can and cry when you need to.

    Gassho,

    Marty
  • Shugen
    Treeleaf Unsui
    • Nov 2007
    • 4535

    #2
    Re: Sense of Humor

    Meido Shugen
    明道 修眼

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    • CraigfromAz
      Member
      • May 2010
      • 94

      #3
      Re: Sense of Humor

      Originally posted by mhoke46375
      There's nothing so serious you can't laugh at it somehow.
      Whenever I get into a situation where I am upset and can't laugh about it, that's an indication that the small mind has taken control and some focused awareness is necessary. I can't say it always immediately allows me to laugh, but it certainly takes the edge off the supposed crisis.

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      • Geika
        Treeleaf Unsui
        • Jan 2010
        • 4971

        #4
        Re: Sense of Humor

        Originally posted by CraigfromAz
        Originally posted by mhoke46375
        There's nothing so serious you can't laugh at it somehow.
        Whenever I get into a situation where I am upset and can't laugh about it, that's an indication that the small mind has taken control and some focused awareness is necessary...
        Ooh! Thank you, I will remember this.
        求道芸化 Kyūdō Geika
        I am just a priest-in-training, please do not take anything I say as a teaching.

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        • AlanLa
          Member
          • Mar 2008
          • 1405

          #5
          Re: Sense of Humor

          Pardon my muse: Did the Buddha have a sense of humor? Seriously. Is there any evidence in all his words that people later recalled of him ever telling a joke? Ok, I'm gonna guess no on that. But maybe he showed other forms of humoristic sense. The historical Buddha and sense of humor just don't seem to fit for me, although I completely agree about the need and usefullness of having a sense of humor, but if you are so perfectly enlightened do you need a sense of humor anymore? Maybe once you can see through all the jokes there's no point in humor anymore. And if you realize it is all one big joke, is there any point in laughing?
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          Courage/Love
          Awareness/Action!

          I sat today

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          • Saijun
            Member
            • Jul 2010
            • 667

            #6
            Re: Sense of Humor

            Originally posted by AlanLa
            Pardon my muse: Did the Buddha have a sense of humor? Seriously. Is there any evidence in all his words that people later recalled of him ever telling a joke? Ok, I'm gonna guess no on that. But maybe he showed other forms of humoristic sense. The historical Buddha and sense of humor just don't seem to fit for me, although I completely agree about the need and usefullness of having a sense of humor, but if you are so perfectly enlightened do you need a sense of humor anymore? Maybe once you can see through all the jokes there's no point in humor anymore. And if you realize it is all one big joke, is there any point in laughing?
            Good morning friends,

            Perhaps here it is appropriate to mention that Lord Buddha has, since the day of his parinibbana, been undergoing a process of deification: scrubbing away all the humanity, all that could connect him to normal deluded beings such as myself. Not unlike the Christian Jesus, I think. And it is sad that this happens; once the teacher becomes something more than human, becomes a God or something more, the teaching becomes useless.

            What good does the teaching of Jesus do if He was God in a way that no other human could ever be? What good is Buddhism if the teacher is not human, is elevated to a realm above even the devas and Brahma? The line between the "human" Siddhartha Gotoma and the "superhuman" or "divine" Buddha is, I believe, non-extant. If there is a line separating humans and Buddhas, then humans cannot be Buddhas.

            If humans can become Buddhas, if humans have the potential to become Buddhas, then there can be no separation. Just as there is never a point that the acorn is separate from the oak tree.

            If humans laugh, surely Buddhas laugh. If humans cry, surely Buddhas cry. Buddhas are subject to old-age, illness, and death like the rest of us. To say that they are deadly serious is to say they're no longer human. Indeed, the common thread between all of my spiritual elders, regardless of tradition, is their ability to laugh. Laugh at happiness, laugh at sadness. Laugh with a compassionate heart.

            Will a Buddha laugh at another's suffering? Perhaps not. Will the Buddha-laugh joyfully resonate as I walk the Path? Maybe so.

            These are just my thoughts, nothing more. If I am mistaken, or if something I say offends, please correct me.

            Much Metta,

            Perry
            To give up yourself without regret is the greatest charity. --RBB

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            • Geika
              Treeleaf Unsui
              • Jan 2010
              • 4971

              #7
              Re: Sense of Humor

              Originally posted by AlanLa
              Pardon my muse: Did the Buddha have a sense of humor? Seriously. Is there any evidence in all his words that people later recalled of him ever telling a joke? Ok, I'm gonna guess no on that. But maybe he showed other forms of humoristic sense. The historical Buddha and sense of humor just don't seem to fit for me, although I completely agree about the need and usefullness of having a sense of humor, but if you are so perfectly enlightened do you need a sense of humor anymore? Maybe once you can see through all the jokes there's no point in humor anymore. And if you realize it is all one big joke, is there any point in laughing?
              Whenever I have truly been in the moment, and I feel a small sense of awakening, the first thing I feel the urge to do is laugh for no reason. One time, I was on the bus, just riding and going with any imaginary stories what weaved in my mind, and some where in this flow something clicked and I felt suddenly alive and real. I just wanted to laugh. I was surrounded by all these strangers and I felt connected to them, and there was some kind of big joke they weren't getting...
              求道芸化 Kyūdō Geika
              I am just a priest-in-training, please do not take anything I say as a teaching.

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              • Jundo
                Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                • Apr 2006
                • 39026

                #8
                Re: Sense of Humor

                Originally posted by AtomicSpud
                Perhaps here it is appropriate to mention that Lord Buddha has, since the day of his parinibbana, been undergoing a process of deification: scrubbing away all the humanity, all that could connect him to normal deluded beings such as myself. Not unlike the Christian Jesus, I think. And it is sad that this happens; once the teacher becomes something more than human, becomes a God or something more, the teaching becomes useless.

                ...

                If humans laugh, surely Buddhas laugh. If humans cry, surely Buddhas cry. Buddhas are subject to old-age, illness, and death like the rest of us. To say that they are deadly serious is to say they're no longer human. Indeed, the common thread between all of my spiritual elders, regardless of tradition, is their ability to laugh. Laugh at happiness, laugh at sadness. Laugh with a compassionate heart.
                Yes, a little survey on the subject leaves the impression that Gautama Buddha was rendered in the Suttas as a pretty serious fellow. The most I could find in the way of humor attributed to him was, perhaps (folks may be reading between the lines here even to find this much humor) the odd pun or sarcasm here and there in otherwise very serious talks. Truly, it was the literary style of the day ... what was expected in the culture of a religious adept, and part of the process in which the Buddha was dipped in gold, put on a pedestal, divested of blemishes and stripped of much humanity.

                Yes, I think Perry hits it on the head. It is all part of a process of "hagiography" ... I sometimes write ...

                In my view, "Buddhas" are symbols for human potential. The historical Buddha was a human being. A Buddha or Ancestor (Jesus or any Saint in any religion) dies and ... century by century ... those in the religion (looking from afar at what those attainments actually were on the part of their "religious heroes" and with need to depict their power) start to imagine, fantasize and exaggerate the wonderful nature of the teacher and teaching into something super-human. What was merely "Great, Profound and Wonderful" must become "Mysterious, Wondrous and (often) Ridiculous". The result is called an "hagiography"

                A hagiography is a biography, usually of a saint or saintly person, and usually written to idealize their life or justify their sainthood. In other words, a hagiography is usually a positive presentation of a life, rather than an objective or critical biography. When using a hagiography as a research source, the purpose and style must be taken into consideration, as the writer probably omitted negative information and exaggerated or even created positive information about the subject of the hagiography. Lives of the saints are typically hagiographies.
                That does not mean that his teachings were not wondrous, that does not mean that there are not true miracles of liberation in this practice ... It just means that people may be looking for miracles afar when they are right before our eyes.
                Yes, if humans laugh, surely Buddhas laugh. If humans cry, surely Buddhas cry. A good dose of humor manifests Wisdom about this world. And further ... "sadness and crying" are not "Dukkha" (suffereing) if we fully are at one with circumstances that are sometimes smiles sometime tears. Sadness is only "Dukkha" if one resists the sadness and circumstances in an effort to reject life.

                Gassho, J
                ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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                • AlanLa
                  Member
                  • Mar 2008
                  • 1405

                  #9
                  Re: Sense of Humor

                  We should have a Buddhist joke thread. Or maybe we do.... My memory here tells me we've had something like that. I know the pictures thread has some funnies in it.

                  Three Buddhas walk into a bar...

                  Go ahead, someone give it a punch line :lol:
                  AL (Jigen) in:
                  Faith/Trust
                  Courage/Love
                  Awareness/Action!

                  I sat today

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                  • mhoke46375
                    Member
                    • Jun 2010
                    • 18

                    #10
                    Re: Sense of Humor

                    what did the zen monk say to the hotdog vendor?

                    Make me one with everything!

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                    • Jundo
                      Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                      • Apr 2006
                      • 39026

                      #11
                      Re: Sense of Humor

                      Originally posted by AlanLa
                      We should have a Buddhist joke thread. Or maybe we do.... My memory here tells me we've had something like that. I know the pictures thread has some funnies in it.

                      Three Buddhas walk into a bar...

                      Go ahead, someone give it a punch line :lol:
                      Well, maybe time to start another one. Let's get some favorites and classics out there ...





                      and of course ...

                      Q: Why don't Buddhists vacuum in the corners?
                      A: Because they have no attachments.

                      --------------------------
                      The wise Zen Master is visiting New York one day from Tibet. He goes up to a local hot dog vendor and says, "Make me one with everything."

                      The hot dog vendor fixes him a delicious hot dog and hands it to the Zen Master, who proceeds to pay with a $20 bill.

                      The vendor puts the bill in the cash box and closes it.

                      "Where's my change?" asks the Zen Master.

                      The vendor responds, "Change must come from within."

                      --------------------------


                      Q: How many Zen buddhists does it take to change a light bulb?
                      A: Three -- one to change it, one to not-change it and one to both change- and not-change it.

                      -------------------------


                      A student once asked Zen teacher Steve Allen,
                      "If you were given a wish-fulfilling jewel, what would you wish for?"
                      "To stop wishing," replied Allen.

                      ------------------------

                      Breathe in. Breathe out.
                      Breathe in. Breathe out.
                      Forget this and attaining Enlightenment
                      will be the least of your problems.


                      Be patient and achieve all things.
                      Be impatient and achieve all things faster.

                      Gassho, Jundo (oh, I gotta million of them!)
                      ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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                      • Engyo
                        Member
                        • Aug 2010
                        • 356

                        #12
                        Re: Sense of Humor

                        Three Zen monks decided to practice meditation together. The first monk asked, "Where do we want to sit today?" The second monk replied, "Well let's go out to sit today." The third monk inquired, "Why not 'virtually' sit with others in the Treeleaf Zen Hall?" The second monk looked at the first monk and asked, "Do you think we should tell him?" The first monk said, "The virtual thingy at Treeleaf doesn't work. Sometimes you see the others, a lot of sometimes you don't!" All three decided to go to the lake instead.

                        The Zen monks arrived at the lake, sat by the water's edge and closed their eyes in concentration. Then suddenly, the first one stood up and said, "I forgot my mat." He stepped miraculously onto the water in front of him and walked across the lake to their hut on the other side.
                        When he returned, the second monk stood up and said, "I forgot to put my other underwear out to dry." He too walked calmly across the water and returned the same way. The third monk watched the first two carefully in what he decided must be the test of his own abilities. "Is your learning so superior to mine? I can match any feat you two can perform," he declared loudly and rushed to the water's edge to walk across it. He promptly fell into the deep water.

                        Undeterred, the third monk climbed out of the water and tried again, only to sink into the water. Yet again he climbed out and yet again he tried, each time sinking into the water. This went on for some time as the other two monks watched.
                        After a while, the second monk turned to the first and said, "Do you think we should tell him where the stones are?"

                        Gassho,

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                        • Dojin
                          Member
                          • May 2008
                          • 562

                          #13
                          Re: Sense of Humor

                          Marty i must agree with you. i admit i have not read all of the other comments but i did read a few of Jundo's Jokes ( i liked them i must show them to my fiancee ).
                          but what you wrote i dead on. especially the last part... about not forgetting to laugh and cry when one needs to.
                          that was wonderful. thank you.

                          Gassho, Dojin.
                          I gained nothing at all from supreme enlightenment, and for that very reason it is called supreme enlightenment
                          - the Buddha

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                          • Tb
                            Member
                            • Jan 2008
                            • 3186

                            #14
                            Re: Sense of Humor

                            Hi.

                            Even though i'm a humble Ordained Zen Priest in Training, and not an authority of any sort, id like to say that a sense of humor is essential in our practice.
                            I wrote about this some time ago and i'll just copy paste something here

                            1. smile
                            Always have an smile on your lips.
                            This makes not only you having an positive mindset.
                            It also spreads like a disease to people around you, making more people having a smile/positive mindset making...
                            http://fugenblog.blogspot.com/2010/08/s ... ctice.html

                            But as stated in the thread, laugh when laughing, cry when crying, but don't get hung up it.
                            Although i think you will find that you tend to, after a while, go for one side more than the other, i don't know why ...

                            Mtfbwy
                            Fugen
                            Life is our temple and its all good practice
                            Blog: http://fugenblog.blogspot.com/

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                            • AlanLa
                              Member
                              • Mar 2008
                              • 1405

                              #15
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