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→→→→ vertical line TOPIC: IS THERE ANY REQUIRED READING FOR ZEN BUDDHISTS?
vertical line Posted on Jul.01.2007 @ 10:17PM EDT by Jesucristo

Hi, I am an Agnostic, I have studied Christianity, Islam, Athiesm, Wicca, Kemetic Reconstructionism, Canaanitish Paganism, Satanism, Temple of Set, Thelema, Hinduism, Unitarian Universalism, Agnosticism, Gnostic Christianity, Jainism, and now Buddhism. I have found Mahayana Buddhism as a very interesting religion and would like to know if there are any particular books one should read if considering adopting the Zen Buddhist faith. I also wish to know if Bohiddharma wrote any books. Sorry if my questions are stupid, common and obvious. Thanks for reading this.


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Reply from Pendragon
Jul.01.2007
11:46PM EDT 
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vertical line There is nothing in Zen Buddhism that would interest you.
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Reply from fatnhappy
Jul.02.2007
01:31AM EDT 
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vertical line Try........... Dr. Seuss

or Shel Silverstein
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Reply from Lionel
Jul.02.2007
08:17AM EDT 
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vertical line ...but why don't you even try to read yourself the least, SIR...? Perhaps it is interesting reading & knowing yourself? Mankinds can conquer the earth but still cannot tame themselves...do we know or understand ourselves well enough... I wonder?
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Reply from stephen
Jul.02.2007
01:14PM EDT 
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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (Shambhala Library)

by Shunryu Suzuki

Essence of the Heart Sutra: The Dalai Lama's Heart of Wisdom Teachings 

by The Dalai Lama

Buddhism Plain and Simple 

by Steve Hagen

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Reply from ______
Jul.02.2007
02:35PM EDT 
vertical line Whoo and how sarcastic is that? Required reading? Don't listen to a word of what is said on this message board dear heart.
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Reply from Jesucristo
Jul.02.2007
03:10PM EDT 
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Quote: "Whoo and how sarcastic is that? Required reading? Don't listen to a word of what is said on this message board dear heart. "
.........

What is sarcastic? I don't understand.

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Reply from Lynnoh
Jul.02.2007
03:12PM EDT 
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vertical line hahahaha
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Reply from Jesucristo
Jul.03.2007
03:33PM EDT 
vertical line People on this board just jump from subject to subject and I never have any idea what the hell you are talking about....
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Reply from ______
Jul.03.2007
03:57PM EDT 
vertical line Is that good or bad?
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Reply from Woodsman
Jul.03.2007
05:37PM EDT 
vertical line Good is heaven, bad is ? I only got to the good part.
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Reply from Woodsman
Jul.03.2007
05:42PM EDT 
vertical line One has to go through the bad, alone. And then you can go and save the world, like in another 50 years. Have some tea. Seriously. On ice.
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Reply from ______
Jul.03.2007
05:55PM EDT 
vertical line Who is going to go save the world when you already saved it?
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Reply from ______
Jul.03.2007
05:57PM EDT 
vertical line Seriously.
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Reply from Woodsman
Jul.03.2007
08:59PM EDT 
vertical line How can you drink tea, any other way?
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Reply from 77 zen ror
Jul.04.2007
12:25AM EDT 
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vertical line The 3 pilers of ZEN 35 year. New wrighting is all you need. Good luck on your path of ZEN. rory
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Reply from shayne
Jul.04.2007
01:52AM EDT 
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vertical line all religions are made up. man looks and man names.
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Reply from shayne
Jul.04.2007
02:42AM EDT 
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vertical line read some books by alan watts.
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Reply from fatnhappy
Jul.04.2007
03:42AM EDT 
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vertical line Quote: "read some books by alan watts."
.........Oh yeah ....forgot about alen watts ....very god stuff as well
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Reply from Woodsman
Jul.04.2007
08:59AM EDT 
vertical line Observe everything, close the books.
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Reply from Woodsman
Jul.04.2007
02:01PM EDT 
vertical line Whoah, it worked! Maybe not. Are you reading this?!
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Reply from lehish
Jul.04.2007
04:26PM EDT 
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vertical line lol
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Reply from Woodsman
Jul.04.2007
04:29PM EDT 
vertical line It did work! It did! Or I did, one or the other is fine.
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Reply from ______
Jul.04.2007
05:21PM EDT 
vertical line I stopped reading your stuff. I jest give 'em what they want!
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Reply from Woodsman
Jul.05.2007
01:04AM EDT 
vertical line Ya little cutey.
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Reply from fatnhappy
Jul.05.2007
03:04AM EDT 
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vertical line Quote: "Observe everything, close the books. "
.........Open the books and observe everything.....you need something to break your everyday babylonian mind set ......right ?
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Reply from ______
Jul.05.2007
08:31AM EDT 
vertical line Another baby alonian heard from.
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Jul.05.2007
02:29PM EDT 
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vertical line Quote: "Another baby alonian heard from. "
.......ooops ...you popped out the vagina the all knowing being . Sorry for waisting your life . Anything constructive to say or de constructive . Ill go play with my tenker toys now .
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Reply from ______
Jul.05.2007
03:04PM EDT 
vertical line No oops about it. You don't sound sorry.
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Reply from fatnhappy
Jul.05.2007
03:05PM EDT 
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vertical line didnt think so ....ok moving on .
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Reply from ______
Jul.05.2007
03:07PM EDT 
vertical line Where to? Up?
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Reply from fatnhappy
Jul.05.2007
03:09PM EDT 
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vertical line nope still nothing
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Reply from ______
Jul.05.2007
03:11PM EDT 
vertical line Feel that? That's my spirit moving. All over ya!!
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Reply from fatnhappy
Jul.05.2007
03:13PM EDT 
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vertical line I feel nothing sept a cold keyboard buttons and a leather chair under my ass 
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Reply from ______
Jul.05.2007
03:16PM EDT 
vertical line Ah well. Stay warm if you can. ciao!
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Reply from fatnhappy
Jul.05.2007
03:21PM EDT 
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vertical line Im in arizona ........I have little choice :) ....latter tatter  
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Reply from -----0
Jul.06.2007
05:17PM EDT 
vertical line No required readings. But if you really want something, take just the opening sermon of Bankei Zen.
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Reply from ______
Jul.06.2007
07:09PM EDT 
vertical line Call yourself a salesman? Come on...believe! You can do it! But you have to believe in your self and your abilities - you know, you are the product, and it's just not coming through.
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Reply from Pendragon
Jul.07.2007
12:29AM EDT 
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Stephen, you are giving away the store.

Alan Watts was stimulating but off target. Had a good riff on the word "Security" chisled on the fronts of financial institutions.

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