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Ah Big Zen

Postby bdog » Sat May 11, 2013 7:39 am

Who are your Zen masters?

I like Leo Babauta.
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Postby bdog » Sat May 11, 2013 8:03 am

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Postby bdog » Sat May 11, 2013 8:11 am

"He plays like a Zen Master. It's very in the moment. And in fact, very concentrated, very focused, but very much aware of what's happening."

- Barbra Streisand on Andre Agassi (1992)
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Postby bdog » Sat May 11, 2013 8:16 am

The Zen of George W. Bush

So I urged him that day to ask himself: ''Which way would the water go?''

''It makes you relax and you just flow down all that stuff,'' I'd said.

Bush had no patience for this New Age talk. ''Okay, yes. That's California,'' he said, waving a hand dismissively at me and walking away in mock disgust. ''I'm from Texas.''

In April 2006, however, Bush says he is starting to get my meaning.

''I remember -- I'm gonna quote back to you -- you said the Zen of riding,'' Bush says, leaning in close to me. He's in my space a bit, so close I can see the little mud splatters dotting his face. ''I'm beginning to appreciate more what you were talking about,'' he says.
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Postby bdog » Sat May 11, 2013 8:44 am

“The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away. Puzzling.”
? Robert M. Pirsig
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Postby bdog » Sat May 11, 2013 9:44 am

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Postby bdog » Sat May 11, 2013 10:01 am

There's kind of a Zen aspect to bowling. The pins are either staying up or down before you even throw your arm back. It's kind of a mind-set. You want to be in this perfect mind-set before you released the ball.

Jeff Bridges

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Postby john_titor » Sat May 11, 2013 10:25 am

bdog wrote:
“The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away. Puzzling.”
? Robert M. Pirsig


If I was allowed to remove one book from consciousness, his would be it.
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Postby bdog » Sat May 11, 2013 12:27 pm

"One of the things they teach you in Zen is to learn something and forget it," says Patrick Mulvey, who plays intramural basketball and practices daily Zen meditation. "If you train how to shoot the basketball, and your mind can forget but your body remembers, you can have a great experience and enjoy it more when you are playing."
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Postby Meade » Sat May 11, 2013 12:39 pm

If you meet the Buddha on the road, hit your dimmer switch.
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Postby bdog » Sat May 11, 2013 4:29 pm

One day Mara, the Evil One, was travelling through the villages of India with his attendants. he saw a man doing walking meditation whose face was lit up on wonder. The man had just discovered something on the ground in front of him. Mara’s attendant asked what that was and Mara replied, “A piece of truth.”

“Doesn’t this bother you when someone finds a piece of truth, O Evil One?” his attendant asked. “No,” Mara replied. “Right after this, they usually make a belief out of it.”
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Postby bdog » Sat May 11, 2013 8:18 pm

We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds. ~ Aristotle Onassis
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Postby bdog » Sat May 11, 2013 8:44 pm

Sozan, a Chinese Zen master, was asked by a student: "What is the most valuable thing in the world?"

The master replied: "The head of a dead cat."

"Why is the head of a dead cat the most valuable thing in the world?" inquired the student.

Sozan replied: "Because no one can name its price."
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Re: Ah Big Zen

Postby acereraser » Sat May 11, 2013 9:00 pm

bdog wrote:
Sozan, a Chinese Zen master, was asked by a student: "What is the most valuable thing in the world?"

The master replied: "The head of a dead cat."

"Why is the head of a dead cat the most valuable thing in the world?" inquired the student.

Sozan replied: "Because no one can name its price."


Sorry to pick nits, Master Sozan, but wouldn't that make the dead cat head invaluable? I know, I know, boot to the head.
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Postby SombreroFallout » Sat May 11, 2013 9:55 pm

"Remember, always give your best. Never get discouraged. Never be petty. Always remember, others may hate you. But those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself."
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