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  One day when Fa-yen Wen-i (885-958), one of the well known Chinese Ch'an masters,
has ascended his seat. From the assembly, a monk came out and asked:
-What is one drop of water from the fount of Tsao-ch'i?
Fa-yen repied:
-It's... continue...

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vertical line Posted on Nov.25.2008 @ 09:10PM EDT by Rebecca

One Zen monk is passing through a forest.Suddenly he becomes aware that a tiger is following him,so he starts running.But his running is also of a Zen type.He is not in a hurry; he is not mad.His running too is smooth,harmonious.He is enjoying it.It is said that the monk thought in his mind,"If the tiger is enjoying it,why shouldnt I?"

And the tiger is following him.Then he comes near a precipice.Just to escape the tiger he hangs from the branch of a tree.Then he looks downward; a lion is standing in the valley, waiting for him. Then the tiger reaches there,on the hilltop,and he is standing near the tree.The monk is hanging in between.

The monk laughs. Then he looks up.Two mice- one white, one black- are cutting at the branch.He says"This is life! Day and night,white and black mice are cutting. And wherever I go,death is waiting.This is life!" And it is said that the monk achieved satori- the first glimpse of Enlightenment.This is life! There is nothing to worry about;this is how things are.Wherever you go death is waiting,and even if you dont go anywhere day and night are cutting your life.So the monk laughs loudly.

Then he looks around, because everything is fixed.Now there is no worry.When death is certain why worry? Only in uncertaintyis there worry. So he looks around to see how to enjoy these last few moments. He becomes aware that just by the side of the branch there are some strawberries and he eats them. They are the best strawberries of his life. He enjoys them,and is said that he became Enlightened in that moment.


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Reply from Rebecca
Nov.25.2008
09:13PM EDT 
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I really need to learn how to copy and paste! 

This is sooo funny to me. I just see this monk running in slow motion all happy...just picture it! Ha!

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Reply from emancipate
Nov.25.2008
10:37PM EDT 
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“What if a demon were to creep after you one night, in your loneliest loneliness, and say, 'This life which you live must be lived by you once again and innumerable times more; and every pain and joy and thought and sigh must come again to you, all in the same sequence. The eternal hourglass will again and again be turned and you with it, dust of the dust!' Would you throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse that demon? Or would you answer, 'Never have I heard anything more divine'?”

 - Friedrich Nietzsche

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Nov.26.2008
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“What if a demon were to creep after you one night, in your loneliest loneliness, and say, 'This life which you live must be lived by you once again and innumerable times more; and every pain and joy and thought and sigh must come again to you, all in the same sequence. The eternal hourglass will again and again be turned and you with it, dust of the dust!' Would you throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse that demon? Or would you answer, 'Never have I heard anything more divine'?”

 - Friedrich Nietzsche

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......... Ohhh.... to face life, again, hits much scarier.....
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Reply from emancipate
Nov.26.2008
01:43AM EDT 
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If worry was once possible and now seen as neurotic/unnecessary, what the hell is he doing as playing dress up and applying the 'monk' label? Nietzsche called Buddhism (as he did Christianity) a type of nihilism.

Namaste

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Reply from emancipate
Nov.26.2008
01:53AM EDT 
vertical line Noises and garbles.
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Reply from zen-zen
Nov.26.2008
06:50AM EDT 
vertical line Fear is the mind killer.

Fear of life is the byproduct of the fear of death.

To seek relief from the very existence because of suffering is to deny one's true nature as a part of the whole.

Into a soul absolutely free from thought or emotion
Not even the tiger has room to insert it's fierce claws
One and the same breee passes over the pines in the mountains
and the oak trees in the valley
But why do they make different notes?

No thinking
No reflecting
Perfect emptiness
Yet therein something moves
Following it's own course

The eyes can see it
but no hands can take hold of it

The moon in the stream
Clouds and mists are mid-air transformations,
yet aboce them shine eternally the sun and the moon

Victory is for the one, even before the combat
who has no thought of himself
Abiding in the no-mindness of the great origin. -A taoist monk
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Reply from emancipate
Nov.26.2008
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Quote: "Fear is the mind killer.

Fear of life is the byproduct of the fear of death.

To seek relief from the very existence because of suffering is to deny one's true nature as a part of the whole.

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Fear is a form of love.

Allow me to undeny my nature as a part of the whole...

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Reply from zen-zen
Nov.26.2008
09:35AM EDT 
vertical line Surely I cannot deny anything from you. :)
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Reply from Lynnoh
Nov.26.2008
03:28PM EDT 
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it's sorta funny that these stories should happen to come up here..and how "worry" and the like...and maybe I should go "yipee" as I laughed most the morning long.... then but I miss my son..and now I cry

told a friend this morning that..most times it is flying..but sometimes, inevitably one foot touches the ground

on dropping to the ground

"roar!!!!!!!!!!"

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Reply from Lynnoh
Nov.26.2008
03:29PM EDT 
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Reply from Rebecca
Nov.27.2008
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vertical line Quote: "

“What if a demon were to creep after you one night, in your loneliest loneliness, and say, 'This life which you live must be lived by you once again and innumerable times more; and every pain and joy and thought and sigh must come again to you, all in the same sequence. The eternal hourglass will again and again be turned and you with it, dust of the dust!' Would you throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse that demon? Or would you answer, 'Never have I heard anything more divine'?”

 - Friedrich Nietzsche

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......... This is much more real.

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......... This is much more real.

We cant all be Monks. And to me the true "test" ,challenges ,are facing the everyday realities of life. And then not  directly mentioned is the people around you who are living and suffering in their own life. The compassion and personal pain it can bring on just to watch that. So then enters Zen. What a real inner challenge it is to bring it all together. Its not just about one. Its about us all.Really can one be around the realities and not sit down for a good cry after?

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Reply from -----0
Nov.27.2008
12:57PM EDT 
vertical line The "Parable of the Strawberry" by Chuang Tzu originally gives only the plain facts and does not comment on what the man would be saying or thinking. Have you added your own interpretation?
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Reply from Rebecca
Nov.27.2008
04:26PM EDT 
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vertical line Quote: "The "Parable of the Strawberry" by Chuang Tzu originally gives only the plain facts and does not comment on what the man would be saying or thinking. Have you added your own interpretation?"
......... No,I dont think so
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Reply from lehish
Nov.28.2008
04:21AM EDT 
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Quote: ".Really can one be around the realities and not sit down for a good cry after?"
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thanks sharing

gassho

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Reply from zen-zen
Nov.28.2008
06:06AM EDT 
vertical line "Parable of the Strawberry"? Descriptive. :)

No thinking, no reflecting...
Moon on the stream...
The most perfect taste of a strawberry.
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Reply from lehish
Nov.28.2008
06:33AM EDT 
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Quote: ""Parable of the Strawberry"? Descriptive. :)

No thinking, no reflecting...
Moon on the stream...
The most perfect taste of a strawberry.
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no thinking
"No thinking, no reflecting...
Moon on the stream...
The most perfect taste of a strawberry.
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Reply from zen-zen
Nov.28.2008
07:22AM EDT 
vertical line No thinking.
The taste of fresh coffee.

*bow*
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Nov.28.2008
11:12AM EDT 
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Reply from ______
Nov.28.2008
12:33PM EDT 
vertical line You guys are really really good. 
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Reply from Lynnoh
Nov.28.2008
02:12PM EDT 
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Quote: "You guys are really really good. "
.........

aroma

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Reply from zen-zen
Dec.01.2008
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vertical line As an expression of my appreciation towards you I'm posting another poem to the forum.
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