Brad Warner: “I 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."
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“The 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 ‘Can you tame the wild beast?’ ”

“This 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: “Even 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 💯, talking about down-to-earth human experience.

I finally get it 

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.

@Shaunyata I get the feeling that this has been going on for a long time, but most Buddhists are just too polite to make contradictions explicit. e.g.: Eihei Dogen says “firewood turns to ash, and does not become firewood again; in this way, you do not return to birth after death”, which contradicts reincarnation (which some Buddhists are *very* attached to).

@anatta Hakone Gardens in Saratoga, California is also lovely, if you wind up near Silicon Valley.

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:

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