Dear Bill,

Everyone multi-tasks all the time. I think the discussion is not on 
multi-tasking or not, but on the degree of multi-tasking. This makes 
the discussion more complex than simply saying "don't!".

When you walk, you do a lot of tasks. Muscle contraction and 
distraction, coordination, planning where to step, and so on. To 
know how many tasks these are at the same time, go talk with someone 
who has difficulties with walking. Talking is also a very complex 
process. You use over sixty muscles, these have to be controlled by 
complex brain processes, and so on.

'Just driving a car' is a very complex multi-tasking process - ask 
someone who is taking driving lessons right now, and is trying to 
figure out how to handle all these controls while trying to don't 
hit other obstacles. Eating and speaking with your spouse at the 
same time can be less multi-tasking than just driving a car!

If I would pretend to be a wise Zen monk I would explain this 
dualism in multi-tasking perhaps like: Everyting is multi-tasking 
and nothing is multi-tasking. Multi-tasking and not-multi-tasking is 
the same. Multi-tasking has always been and multi-taksing does not 

(Now don't hit me for jesting with Zen language, or using the 
expression 'Zen language'!)


--- In, "Bill Smart" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> On Wednesday, May 03 Eugene wrote:
>  >But if multi-tasking is 'allowed in Zen' (don't hit me for this 
> >phrase...), what does the text of Suzuki mean that I cited in my 
> >previous post?
> I hit you one-hundred times!
> Nothing is 'disallowed', but multi-tasking does not lend itself 
well to
> being one with your actions.  'When sitting, just sit - when 
walking, just
> walk.  Above all don't wobble!'.  That's a paraphrase of a zen 
> addressing this same issue.  I know there are people that can 
> better than others.  Perhaps there are people that can multi-task 
and still
> maintain a oneness with their actions.  I can't, and from the 
teachings and
> writings of all the patriarchs it appears they couldn't either.  
> teachings are not ambiguous on this point.
> ...Bill!

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