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  When a monk was traveling on the road, he met an old woman, and asked:
-I would like to know which way that leads to Chao-chou, would you please give me the direction?
The old waman replied:
-Just go straight, don't make any... continue...

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→→→→ vertical line TOPIC: NO RESPONSE OR LACK OF RESPONSE IS BETTER OR WORSE
vertical line Posted on Sep.07.2012 @ 02:11AM EDT by genericzen
no response or lack of response is necessarily better or worse
in many talks on buddhism there is this sense that the individual has done something and gone beyond some common categorization or reaction of psyche and this is said to be good, but to truly grasp the depth of the meaning of the dharma
we have to understand that its no better than the lack of that dharma, then we can see all as the eternal enlightenment without discrimination, and thats why there can really be no instruction but nirvana happens by an intuitive process
there is no correct way to read these boards or a sutra for example, you may go through painstakingly reading every posting, meditating deeply on each letter befriending every member deeply, and speaking passionately, this is surely to lead to something, probably good because the general intent here is to promote an atmosphere of zen when is condusive to accumulating wisdom and awakening to the ultimate, but at the same time, if you are just putting in random stuff and ignoring everyone else, is that necessarily worse? the answer would have to be no, the buddha is within and without equally, every happening is corresponding to the ultimate is the way it must all that happens here happens for a reason, there is no wrong way to approach it, all of it works together in a way that we  cannot understand but it does point a path, of one consciousness, where there are not seperate beings, but just one consciousness the buddha mind... thats like the essence of this meditation, its just a place... its the working of spirit here, everywhere it is different and yet everywhere it is one...
is there any benefit to doing it? its not about benefit, maybeits about beauty, but not even that really when you meditate on it, its just simply suchness
who knows it cant be definitely said to be or not be
and therein lies the truth, it is simple honesty... that is all

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Reply from Joe Chip
Sep.07.2012
06:21AM EDT 
vertical line Do you get to ride on the Lamas?
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Reply from Avisitor
Sep.07.2012
06:56AM EDT 
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vertical line Hey, Dali it so nice to see you back where you belong ... hahaha
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Reply from Joe Chip
Sep.07.2012
07:02AM EDT 
vertical line A belonging to that which exercises authority over you.
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Reply from simple
Sep.07.2012
07:32AM EDT 
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vertical line "that's too much for me"
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Reply from esoteric
Sep.07.2012
12:16PM EDT 
vertical line Some people play the same tune year after year, and cannot hear any other melody that's being played. Some people listen to others' songs, and change their tune. And some people just put down their flute and go have a cup of tea.
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Reply from Joe Chip
Sep.07.2012
12:17PM EDT 
vertical line Careful you don't inhale it.
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Reply from esoteric
Sep.07.2012
12:24PM EDT 
vertical line Everyone is part of the Great Song, adding their own part to the orchestration. But if you want to end suffering, the ceaseless frustration of trying and trying to fit into the music or change the music, then stop adding to the Song, and just be the Song. To do that, you first have to learn how to stop getting in the way, and listen.
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Reply from Joe Chip
Sep.07.2012
12:25PM EDT 
vertical line Don't play the next note.
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Sep.07.2012
12:27PM EDT 
vertical line Quote: "Careful you don't inhale it."
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Did you inhale it?
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Sep.07.2012
12:27PM EDT 
vertical line Quote: "Don't play the next note."
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Joe Chip played it.
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Sep.07.2012
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vertical line You're on a hiding to nothing.
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Sep.07.2012
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vertical line Cannot be reached by knowing, be all that you can be.
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Reply from so_teh
Sep.07.2012
05:23PM EDT 
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