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  Ching-yuan Wei-hsin, a Chinese Ch'an master, once said this:
Thirty years ago, when having not studied Ch'an,
this monk saw mountain was mountains and water was water.
Later, when following the good teacher's guide, this monk... continue...

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→→→→ vertical line TOPIC: FASTING AND SILENCE
vertical line Posted on Jan.24.2009 @ 06:18PM EDT by Woodsman
They seem to go together. But then a few questions come up, of benefit, to whom, for what? What is gained? What is lost?

The impulse to fast, comes as a certain response to sickness, sick of being one way, just going about things in the similar fashion. It's a dead end, any of it, with a name.

 So it seems that a kind of radical departure takes place, at least as an impulse to begin.

One cannot, leave out compassion which is at the core, because the acts of omission may be interpreted as negative, by others, if others are around... that may be one of the causes of the fast, certainly of the silence.

Because, it's been happening naturally, aging does it, at least for me, the patterns of life fail, but nature is always interesting. So I am listening still, but not to people. And I am speaking, but not to people. I speak in silence, and eat, in silence, naturally.

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don't eat dehydrated bananas ?

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vertical line ok banana baby ;)
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there's an image ?

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vertical line there doesn't have to be, for feeling.
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Quote: "now that contains an image "
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what image ?

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see?
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vertical line you said "contains an image"....don't know an image, so what were you referring to ?
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vertical line a banana baby? See? Can you?
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words are an image ?

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vertical line sounds even are, don't even think about turning on the radio around me, baby
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said words

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so what image ?

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