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  • Kyonin
    Treeleaf Priest / Engineer
    • Oct 2010
    • 6742

    Dumbest excuses

    Today I woke up in a lazy mood.

    I normally wake up at 4:40 am, make some coffee, wake up and begin writing or reading. Then at 6 AM I meditate... but today I found myself giving the dumbest excuses for not doing my zazen.

    "Nah, I won't meditate because I have a lot of work. I'd better focus on my projects."

    A minute later:

    "Ah... my knee hurts from yesterday's run. I think I won't sit today."

    A minute later:

    "I think it's cold today. Not a good day for zazen"

    A minute later I exploded in laughter because I realized all the crap my mind puts between me and zazen.

    So I meditated and it was fantastic as usual.

    What are your dumbest and more memorable excuses?
    Hondō Kyōnin
    奔道 協忍
  • Seiryu
    Member
    • Sep 2010
    • 620

    #2
    Re: Dumbest excuses

    ah, my favorite one was- "nah, I don't want to meditate, the cat is just gonna meow and disturb me anyway."
    twenty minutes later of me just mindlessly surfing facebook (and no meowing of cat) I decided to get on the damn pillow. Five minutes in, the cat meows... =P

    another was- "why mediate I'm already enlightened just as I am..."

    But I think the one I use the most(too often) "I don't wanna sit zazen, I rather sleep." ops:

    Isn't it amazing how the mind will try anything to keep us off the pillow....ahhh

    thanks for the post

    Gassho

    Seiryu
    Humbly,
    清竜 Seiryu

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    • Shogen
      Member
      • Dec 2008
      • 301

      #3
      Re: Dumbest excuses

      Being reminded of the many gates between me and the cushion is an excellent teaching. Thank you Choco and Seiryu! Gassho, Shogen

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      • ghop
        Member
        • Jan 2010
        • 438

        #4
        Re: Dumbest excuses

        Originally posted by Seiryu
        ah, my favorite one was- "nah, I don't want to meditate, the cat is just gonna meow and disturb me anyway."
        My cat used to sit right in front of my zafu and just stare at me while I sat. :shock:

        I thought about using her for a zafu and then realized what a problem this would be seeing as how I never had her declawed.

        Then I realized something. It seemed that everytime I would slip off into a doze she would say, "MEOW." I then realized my cat was enlightened. She wasn't saying "MEOW," she was saying, "MU!" Dang feline was trying to help me wake up. :idea:

        Cats are buddha too.

        gassho
        Greg's Cat

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        • Seiryu
          Member
          • Sep 2010
          • 620

          #5
          Re: Dumbest excuses

          Originally posted by ghop
          Then I realized something. It seemed that everytime I would slip off into a doze she would say, "MEOW." I then realized my cat was enlightened. She wasn't saying "MEOW," she was saying, "MU!" Dang feline was trying to help me wake up. :idea:

          Cats are buddha too.
          That's awesome!

          I bow to the wisdom of your cat...
          my cat meows at me because it is Mara coming to attack me!

          Maybe we should trade...

          Gassho

          Seiryu(staring at cat trying to get face to face transmission)
          Humbly,
          清竜 Seiryu

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          • Onshin
            Member
            • Jul 2010
            • 462

            #6
            Re: Dumbest excuses

            A modern koan; Does the cat have Buddha nature? :twisted:
            "This traceless enlightenment continues endlessly" (Dogen Zenji)

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            • ghop
              Member
              • Jan 2010
              • 438

              #7
              Re: Dumbest excuses

              Originally posted by Onshin
              A modern koan; Does the cat have Buddha nature?
              "bark!"

              gassho
              Greg

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              • Seiryu
                Member
                • Sep 2010
                • 620

                #8
                Re: Dumbest excuses

                The Treeleaf of no leaf- Case one: The Enlightened Cat.

                Main Case:
                The great practitioner Onshin upon hearing a group of simple zen students discussing reason for not practicing and whether or not the feline was a help or a distraction to practice; raises up and states in a sincere tone; “Does the cat have Buddha nature?”
                Upon after hearing, the great practitioner Ghop simple replied, “Bark” then after a quick Gassho continued to mediate.

                Commentary:
                Bark, Meow
                Buddha or no Buddha
                Delusion Vs Enlightenment
                Ha! Where do you stand?
                If you can see through the cyber system you will meet this enlightened Feline face-to-face and receive the authentic transmission of Buddha-to Buddha

                Gassho

                Seiryu


                P.S-don't ask me why, I couldn't help it...
                Humbly,
                清竜 Seiryu

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                • ghop
                  Member
                  • Jan 2010
                  • 438

                  #9
                  Re: Dumbest excuses

                  Originally posted by Seiryu
                  P.S-don't ask me why, I couldn't help it...
                  I'm glad you couldn't.

                  That laugh has been wanting out for a long time.

                  Isn't it great that crazy people like us have a place where we can feel welcome?

                  thanks for the humor...i think the stone buddha of my heart cracked a smile

                  gassho
                  Greg

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                  • Nenka
                    Member
                    • Aug 2010
                    • 1238

                    #10
                    Re: Dumbest excuses

                    :lol:

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                    • Onshin
                      Member
                      • Jul 2010
                      • 462

                      #11
                      Re: Dumbest excuses

                      To which the great practitioner Onshin replied; "MU-owww!"
                      "This traceless enlightenment continues endlessly" (Dogen Zenji)

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                      • Shohei
                        Member
                        • Oct 2007
                        • 2854

                        #12
                        Re: Dumbest excuses

                        I passed up sitting cuz i was too sick... but healthy enough to play a video game or 3 and lay on the couch :?:

                        also

                        You all are nuts! Glad we are all on the same page
                        Thank you for the laugh and reminder!

                        Gassho
                        Shohei

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                        • Shokai
                          Treeleaf Priest
                          • Mar 2009
                          • 6391

                          #13
                          Re: Dumbest excuses

                          合掌,生開
                          gassho, Shokai

                          仁道 生開 / Jindo Shokai

                          "Open to life in a benevolent way"

                          https://sarushinzendo.wordpress.com/

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                          • Seiryu
                            Member
                            • Sep 2010
                            • 620

                            #14
                            Re: Dumbest excuses

                            100,000 bows to Master Feline Buddha!!!

                            That shot sums it all up!


                            Gassho


                            Seiryu
                            Humbly,
                            清竜 Seiryu

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                            • Risho
                              Member
                              • May 2010
                              • 3179

                              #15
                              Re: Dumbest excuses

                              Originally posted by Shohei
                              I passed up sitting cuz i was too sick... but healthy enough to play a video game or 3 and lay on the couch :?:

                              also

                              You all are nuts! Glad we are all on the same page
                              Thank you for the laugh and reminder!

                              Gassho
                              Shohei
                              What is going around? I've been fighting this cold for the past 3 weeks; I think it's more of theflu. I'm feeling better now, but wow this thing really took a lot out of me

                              Thanks for that awesome Koan Seiryu!

                              Gassho,

                              Risho

                              Risho
                              Email: risho.treeleaf@gmail.com

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