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  One day a Vinaya master asked a Zen master:
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vertical line Posted on Oct.13.2008 @ 07:14PM EDT by shaybay511
Hello, I recently read a novel for class and now I am trying to compose a paper based on Zen. I am having a hard time because I am not familiar with Zen. Has anyone read Yasunari Kawabata's Snow Country and if so, can you explain to me 1) why is this novel a haiku prose 2)what is the function of nature in the novel 3) how do these features advance the central theme of the story? My paper is due Thursday but we are having a revision workshop in class tomorrow. I put something together really quick just to get credit but it does not sound good at all. Please HELP!!!
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Reply from Woodsman
Oct.13.2008
08:52PM EDT 
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vertical line Well it's a story about a geisha right? 
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Reply from Woodsman
Oct.13.2008
08:56PM EDT 
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vertical line Mono no aware. What's that?
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Reply from Woodsman
Oct.13.2008
09:07PM EDT 
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vertical line Three marks of existence... what are those?
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Reply from shaybay511
Oct.13.2008
09:49PM EDT 
vertical line Yes. It was about a geisha and a guy who were having an affair of some sort.
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Reply from shaybay511
Oct.13.2008
09:51PM EDT 
vertical line I have no idea what any of that means. I barely understood the novel so the questions you are asking do not ring any bells.
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Reply from shayne
Oct.13.2008
10:02PM EDT 
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vertical line read the zen principles at the top of this website and also history.
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Reply from shaybay511
Oct.13.2008
11:38PM EDT 
vertical line Yea, I guess I am too special to understand. Maybe I am not clearing my mind but I do not see how any of that information answers my questions. Thanks for your efforts though. I'll have to go with what I have and be done with it.
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Reply from 9999999
Oct.14.2008
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vertical line thinking i do not think that any of us have read that novel--probably cant help
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Reply from immortal 1
Oct.14.2008
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Zen is at the heart of Buddhism.  It is an abstract understanding that cannot be put into words, so it is difficult to teach.  So Buddhist rituals and teachings are not intended to teach Zen, which I would call 'stillness' for lack of a better term, or any at all for that matter.  Buddhist rituals and teachings are only intended to restructure action and thought so that the person may have a chance to see Zen for themselves.

Meditation does not bring, or cause, enlightenment.  Its just easier to see it from there.  If you want to get a good look at the valley, climb the mountain.  Or sprout wings.

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Reply from lehish
Oct.14.2008
07:23AM EDT 
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vertical line Quote: " Meditation does not bring, or cause, enlightenment.  Its just easier to see it from there."
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see what as though "from' what ?

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Reply from Woodsman
Oct.14.2008
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vertical line is butt the same as but? what?
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Reply from Woodsman
Oct.14.2008
11:16AM EDT 
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vertical line Back to the topic :

The prose style gives special emphasis to words, that are usually tossed about like toilet water in a bowl. "Pittoo!" sorry.  As word usage changes with the slowing down of thoughts, and the direction away from immediate gratification places special emphasis on choice we begin to open up to experiences where value can be seen in the absence of waste.

And I do classroom lectures, in scrubs, ( nursing attire ).
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Reply from Lynnoh
Oct.14.2008
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I haven't read this novel..what is it about? is there a particular theme that you noticed?sounds interesting.

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Reply from Lynnoh
Oct.14.2008
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vertical line we all talk in proze
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