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  One day when P'ang layman (740-808)was selling bamboo baskets at the market place of Hung-chou.
Seeing a monk begging alms, he took out a cash and said:
-Can you tell me how to appreciate alms?
The monk had nothing to say.
P'ang... continue...

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vertical line Posted on Aug.20.2007 @ 12:59PM EDT by ______
[A] mature contemplative is far more simple than any child or any novice, because theirs is a more or less negative simplicity-the simplicity of those in whom potential complications have not yet had a chance to develop. But in the contemplative, all complexities have begun to straighten themselves out and dissolve into unity and emptiness and interior peace. The contemplative, nourished by emptiness, endowed by poverty and liberated from all sorrow by simple obedience, drinks fortitude and joy from the will of God in all things.

Without any need for complicated reasoning or mental efforts or special acts, the contemplative's life is a prolonged immersion in the rivers of tranquility that flow from God into the whole universe and draw all things back to God.

For God's love is like a river springing up in the depth of the Divine Substance and flowing endlessly through His creation, filling all things with life and goodness and strength.

All things, except our own sins, are carried and come to us in the waters of this pure and irresistible stream.

~Thomas Merton.

We become like vessels that have been emptied of water that they may be filled with wine. We are like glass cleansed of dust and grime to receive the sun and vanish into its light.

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Reply from boymonk
Aug.20.2007
01:12PM EDT 
vertical line I'm currently reading a book called: simpleosity. Oddly, it's not so simple, oy vay!
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Reply from Woodsman
Aug.20.2007
01:25PM EDT 
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vertical line Wear rubber thongs in shower. thanks
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Reply from ______
Aug.20.2007
03:04PM EDT 
vertical line Great jokes, shame about the, er, the er, um, jokes. You could've been on to sumpin there...ah well, seriously. Any more jokes?
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Reply from ______
Aug.20.2007
03:05PM EDT 
vertical line Oh yeah, of course, everythong a joke, butts, seriously why the rubber, eh? hmmmm?
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Reply from Woodsman
Aug.20.2007
03:58PM EDT 
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vertical line Knock knock?

Who's there?

Nobody.

Nobody who?

Are you serious?

Well, yeah, I was just answering the question.

So your name is nobody?

Yeah.

Uh huh, just open the door.

Who's there?

Ya sound a tad bit... angry.

...
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Reply from ______
Aug.20.2007
04:36PM EDT 
vertical line wahey, it's not very often I'm right but you're wrong again and you didn't even try to answer the question. Thing a thong - how does it go?
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Reply from Bezoomy
Aug.20.2007
11:32PM EDT 
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vertical line Are you the contemplative that learned this?
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Reply from daisho
Aug.21.2007
07:17AM EDT 
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vertical line interesting post. unfortunately all threads around here get hijacked right from the get go. probably no surpirse this is the smallest zen message board community on the net. shame too, considering it's a halfway decent hub for those new to zen to get some info, and have a discussion all in one place.

before i crashed out last night i found a much more interesting forum for zen discussion. a little searching and i'm sure you'll find it as well. anyways goodluck =)
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Reply from daisho
Aug.21.2007
07:21AM EDT 
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vertical line ha. i just read who the OP was posted by. odd. anyways ta-ta... been fun the whole 4 days i was here.





















































































or not.
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Reply from Woodsman
Aug.21.2007
09:15AM EDT 
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vertical line You'll fit in there.
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Reply from Lynnoh
Aug.21.2007
09:43AM EDT 
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vertical line Daisho, I understood it all except the shame. Lynn
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Reply from Lynnoh
Aug.21.2007
09:44AM EDT 
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vertical line good luck 
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Reply from Lynnoh
Aug.21.2007
09:55AM EDT 
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vertical line I was here or not... good point..yeah woke with the knowledge I was never here before...  I've awakened before to the nowledge that everything had changed..but not tot his...how strange the feeling of there eing nothing to rely on ...
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Reply from boymonk
Aug.21.2007
01:18PM EDT 
vertical line ta... and don't forget to write, dear.
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Reply from ______
Aug.22.2007
10:31AM EDT 
vertical line Quote: "interesting post. unfortunately all threads around here get hijacked right from the get go. probably no surpirse this is the smallest zen message board community on the net. shame too, considering it's a halfway decent hub for those new to zen to get some info, and have a discussion all in one place.

before i crashed out last night i found a much more interesting forum for zen discussion. a little searching and i'm sure you'll find it as well. anyways goodluck =)
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yuck - halfway decent
nasty threadjacker
no surprise
obsessing on size
get gone
where
yaboo
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Aug.22.2007
10:33AM EDT 
vertical line Quote: "ha. i just read who the OP was posted by. odd. anyways ta-ta... been fun the whole 4 days i was here.





















































































or not.
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oddball
breaker
ball
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Oh yes, I'm odd all right.
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Reply from Woodsman
Aug.22.2007
09:08PM EDT 
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vertical line all?
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Reply from Woodsman
Aug.23.2007
08:38AM EDT 
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vertical line All is to right, as "______" is to wrong?
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Reply from ______
Aug.23.2007
09:14AM EDT 
vertical line That's a poor koan. Everything I meet is good.
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Reply from Lynnoh
Aug.23.2007
09:57AM EDT 
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vertical line hmmm
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Reply from Woodsman
Aug.23.2007
10:06AM EDT 
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vertical line Quote: "That's a poor koan. Everything I meet is good."
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wrong, but alright.
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Reply from ______
Aug.23.2007
10:21AM EDT 
vertical line Well, it's all right for him, alright? And yeah, everything that I meet is good for the me. But if you like, if you want, you can try and talk about what is beyond the good and the bad and the right and the wrong, because I am not. Get it?
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Reply from ______
Aug.23.2007
11:08AM EDT 
vertical line Oh yeah, and it was, and I had, as in experienced, as it had me, as in a hold of, a rough morning last night.
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Reply from Woodsman
Aug.23.2007
11:11AM EDT 
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vertical line Just came inside to get my watch, and check the time. Yes, it is correct.
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Reply from ______
Aug.23.2007
11:12AM EDT 
vertical line I seems to be, alright, now, so I will eat something tasty and good.
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Reply from Woodsman
Aug.23.2007
12:05PM EDT 
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vertical line Just sat down, with some iced tea, after having gone on a run for some more salvageable wood for use in the stairway of the tree fort, then the tractor ran out of gas in the driveway.
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Reply from Woodsman
Aug.23.2007
12:06PM EDT 
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vertical line Oh, I don't do koans.
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Reply from ______
Aug.23.2007
01:14PM EDT 
vertical line I know. Me neither.
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Reply from ______
Aug.23.2007
01:20PM EDT 
vertical line Two chickens I've been looking for and worrying about, have appeared prodigals. Equilibrium reigns.
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Reply from Woodsman
Aug.23.2007
01:45PM EDT 
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vertical line People make me nervous.
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Reply from 77 zen ror
Aug.24.2007
07:09PM EDT 
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Breath in Breath out

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