--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, "Jarvis Stamply" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> 
> From: "Ahmed" <> Can you tell me discrimination is not useful in 
> lives, in planning for the future, in discovering and solving 
> issues, and in
> > advancing science not only for better physical understanding but 
> > spiritual understanding and acceptance? >>
> Have you read Krishnamurti's At The Feet of The Master? It is a 
great little
> book. It also talks about the importance of discrimination.
> That is one thing that I find a bit annoying about Zen. The 
attitude that
> "one size fits all" and that you should eat a shit sandwich and 
enjoy it as
> much as filet mignon. Somewhere it just seems very dumb.

I have found that zen is simple, but life remains complicated.

Zen is a simple practice but when we are done we go out and continue 
to exist in our complicated lives.  We have to.  It's not practical 
for most of us to do otherwise.  But we are grounded in our zazen, 
wnd we have our mindfulness and our compassion that we develop in our 
practice.  But the actual situations I encounter remain as complex as 
before.  How do I deal with that?

Lets take the precepts.  There's the 10 grave precepts.  Only 10?  
Heck no.  There's billions of precepts.  They manifest in so many 
different ways in our lives.  I once heard "The gates of prajna, 
samadhi, and sila are as numerous as grains of sand in the river 
Ganges." (or something like that)

That's why 10 precepts aren't "enough" and why they are only training 
precepts.  Living precepts isn't about following rules, it's about 
manifesting our practice in our everyday lives.  The precepts are 
just a start to guide us.

Same goes for wisdom and meditation - there are so many ways these 
manifest themselves when we actually get out there.  

I read like crazy - lots of books.  Why?  Because it's not just about 
my own life, it's about everybody else too.  "Sentient beings are 
numberless, I vow to save them all."   When I try to educate myself 
on Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Greek mythology, Hinduism, Tibetan 
Buddhism, Taoism etc., that is part of understanding the viewpoint of 
other human beings.  If I'm stuck in my little zen hole that's not 
going to happen no matter how much compassion I can manifest for 
them.  "All beings" is a lot of freakin' people, and they're NOT 
going to be Buddhists.  So I educate myself to be more understanding 
and tolerant.  

But - one thing at a time.  When I read I just read.  When I sit I 
just sit.  My practice keeps me from getting confused and 
overwhelmed, and worrying about the complications and contradictions 
I come across.  I put knowledge in my head, then I sit and let it 
digest.  There's a balance to it. 


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