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Offline mister nobody

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« on: December 05, 2016, 03:07:43 pm »

     A shift that can occur, the shift named enlightenment in Buddhism.  What can be said?  Now this body is eighty-six years old,
   But yes, what can be said? 
    Nothing the mind can grasp.  Look for an attitude, outlook, point of view, way of looking at things.  Something in that range.
         The shift comes not with an excited claim of ownership.  Thoughts like “Now I've got it!  Now I understand!  Now I'm enlightened!”  No.  There is only a deep calm.  There is only This, an ever changing show given to you free, and This doesn't live in the world of thought.
          Enlightenment is something you live, something you do, an activity.  The shift into blessed enlightenment is available to all, though few accept.  Buddha found it with his all-nighter under  the bodhi tree, his thoughts unburdened by the intricate schools and divisions that would form the world religion that bears his name. The line of enlightened ones back to when speech was rudimentary or absent.  And since.  A few will make that shift, and mostly they will remain silent.  Why cause attention to be directed their way?  What would they say?  Six have come into this life.  How do you see them?  What do you look for?
          Many years ago I put some thoughts on an Alan Watts site; otherwise this is a maiden voyage into the world of forums.  And it will be a short voyage unless there is interest.  Mind seems to produce an endless flow of thoughts that hint of this thing.  Should they continue in print?
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Re: only This
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2016, 12:12:57 pm »
Hey Old-timer,

I hope you'll stick around. Nothing can be said, but we go on talking anyway.

Newbies need inspiration more than answers. How to provide inspiration?
My first formal meditation training was with Shunryu Suzuki in the 60's and later with Kobun, Robert Aitken and many other teachers (mainly zen). However, I've spent the most time practicing on my own, which is all I do now. I'm living in a rather isolated area so I miss connecting with other practitioners. Despite my interest in zen I've made an effort to remain secular. You can visit my website at


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