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  • andyZ
    Member
    • Aug 2011
    • 303

    Practice of a lifetime

    Hi All,

    I came across today with a wonderful quote from one of the interviews with Kyudo Nakagawa Roshi in one of the blogs that I read:

    You need to be cheerful, courageous and patient. When these things are achieved, there's no need to study Zen.
    http://www.blackmoonzendo.com/zenabbot.shtml
    It's just so simple and makes perfect sense. However, who can honestly say about themselves that they have really achieved those? This is a practice of a lifetime.
    Gassho,
    Andy
  • Kaishin
    Member
    • Dec 2010
    • 2322

    #2
    Re: Practice of a lifetime

    Thanks for sharing, sounds like a funny guy. Lots of good stuff. One point of objection though:

    Q. What is the function of zazen [roughly, seated meditation, the core practice of Zen]?

    A. Zazen is so you can realize your truth.
    Wouldn't it be more accurate to say that "Zazen *is* realizing your truth." :?:
    Thanks,
    Kaishin (開心, Open Heart)
    Please take this layman's words with a grain of salt.

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    • andyZ
      Member
      • Aug 2011
      • 303

      #3
      Re: Practice of a lifetime

      Originally posted by Matto
      Q. What is the function of zazen [roughly, seated meditation, the core practice of Zen]?

      A. Zazen is so you can realize your truth.
      Wouldn't it be more accurate to say that "Zazen *is* realizing your truth." :?:
      I agree with you but you have to see who this interview is directed to. Seems to me that is intended for general public or beginners. For someone who hasn't sat it'll be hard to explain how zazen, or washing dishes "is realizing the truth".
      Gassho,
      Andy

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      • Kaishin
        Member
        • Dec 2010
        • 2322

        #4
        Re: Practice of a lifetime

        Originally posted by andyZ
        Originally posted by Matto
        Q. What is the function of zazen [roughly, seated meditation, the core practice of Zen]?

        A. Zazen is so you can realize your truth.
        Wouldn't it be more accurate to say that "Zazen *is* realizing your truth." :?:
        I agree with you but you have to see who this interview is directed to. Seems to me that is intended for general public or beginners. For someone who hasn't sat it'll be hard to explain how zazen, or washing dishes "is realizing the truth".
        True!
        Thanks,
        Kaishin (開心, Open Heart)
        Please take this layman's words with a grain of salt.

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        • ghop
          Member
          • Jan 2010
          • 438

          #5
          Re: Practice of a lifetime

          Originally posted by andyZ
          I came across today with a wonderful quote from one of the interviews with Kyudo Nakagawa Roshi in one of the blogs that I read:You need to be cheerful, courageous and patient. When these things are achieved, there's no need to study Zen.http://www.blackmoonzendo.com/zenabbot.shtmlIt's just so simple and makes perfect sense. However, who can honestly say about themselves that they have really achieved those? This is a practice of a lifetime.
          Thanks for the quote. And the reminder that I have much studying to do :wink:

          gassho
          Greg

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          • Jundo
            Treeleaf Founder and Priest
            • Apr 2006
            • 39472

            #6
            Re: Practice of a lifetime

            Hi Andy,

            Thank you for sharing the interview, Andy. Kudo Nakagawa was a wonderful Rinzai teacher with, obviously, a mischievous sense of humor.

            Originally posted by Matto
            One point of objection though:

            Q. What is the function of zazen [roughly, seated meditation, the core practice of Zen]?

            A. Zazen is so you can realize your truth.
            Wouldn't it be more accurate to say that "Zazen *is* realizing your truth." :?:
            Yes, Zazen *is* realizing Truth..

            Which is why we sit, so we can realize our Truth. 8)

            Gassho, J (also pretty mischievous). 8)
            ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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            • JohnsonCM
              Member
              • Jan 2010
              • 549

              #7
              Re: Practice of a lifetime

              Zazen is the truth realizing itself. We sit so that we can "join in" on the realization.
              Gassho,
              "Heitetsu"
              Christopher
              Sat today

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