Self-care is implicit in the Bodhisattva Vow. Undertaking an infinite task requires rest along the way.

β€œIf you think you can find one shortcut in Zen, you have already stuck your head in a bowl of glue.”
β€” Ch’an Master Ta-hui (1089–1163)

Brad Warner: β€œI believed for a long time that "enlightenment" is a transition from the ordinary to the extraordinary. That might be the most basic mistake I made.”

β€œShow me your Zen!”
β€œI laughed at the idea of entering .”
*high five*

Brad Warner: β€œI can recite the names of Santa’s eight reindeer from memory, but even after thirty-some years of working with Buddhism I have never been able to recite the eight noble folds of the Noble Eightfold Path without looking them up.”


As I see it, Buddhism has one rule: *Be mindful of cause and effect.* The Eightfold Path, the Grave Precepts, etc. are unit tests for your mindfulness.

"I think my programming is faulty," the robot said. "Can you fix it?"
"Sorry, buddy," the tech said. "I can't fix sentients' programming."
The robot turned to leave.
"But I can show some workarounds, and teach you to change your own programming. Will that do?"
"That will do."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

β€œThe emerging consensus of American Zen, on the other hand, seems to me an attempt to capture that beast, anesthetize it, pull out its claws and teeth, and force it to breed tame, clawless, fangless offspring. These offspring will then be slaughtered, their bodies dried and salted, and then packed into plastic bags with a picture of the original beast on them and the words WILD BEAST JERKY in flaming red and the slogan β€˜Can you tame the wild beast?’ ”

β€œThis beast isn't a kitty cat or a puppy dog. It's not only not tame, it is deranged. Even if it doesn't kill me tonight, it could kill me tomorrow night. It's totally unpredictable.”

Warner: β€œEven though I can't say anything definitive about Zen, I can say a little about what Zen means to me. To me Zen is like some kind of crazed wild beast with big fangs and slashing claws. The task I have set for myself is to try to somehow make friends with that beast so that I can sleep next to it in the warmth of its fur with a certain degree of confidence that it probably won't decide to tear me to pieces, disembowel me, and eat me.”

Started reading Brad Warner’s latest, LETTERS TO A DEAD FRIEND ABOUT ZEN today. He continues to keep it πŸ’―, talking about down-to-earth human experience.

My sangha have been studying Dogen's Mountains and Rivers Sutra lately. His "mountains walking" make excellent sense to me because I understand plate tectonics, but that may not be the metaphor he intended.

Hello! I’m Max Kaehn. I’ve been practicing Zen for about ten years now, in the Soto School. My local sangha is in Sunnyvale, California:

My general-purpose Mastodon account is @mithriltabby, and my role-playing game account is @mithriltabby. I’m also on various other social networks mentioned on my home page at .

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