Sorry about my misleading writing but I wasn't bored. I diverted my attention to studying for other classes and planning for the future because time is swiftly evaporating. So the cause was urgency amidst a fire.
I understand what you mean by I can learn a lot simply through attentive observation of my teacher. When you (the universe) pay attention to the universe (you), everything becomes brighter. All that matters is mindfulness (absorption). I am mindful when I multi-task. But "optimizing" is important when you have some goals. "These are all just intellectual classifications and are not really pertinent to zen practice." Complete agreement here. In fact, I'm tired of this intellectualization. I'm tired of my unproved rationale of a complete, structured, simple, self-reliant way to enlightenment (which is just plain old ultimate honesty). I'm tired of this intellectualization because I preach it daily in real and virtual life, yet I haven't accomplished it. I've become the worst possible thing: a hypocrite. So, I will devote myself singularly to gaining the theoretically sound awakening and skillful means I so incessantly--but hypocritically--speak of. But according to my ideas, I will not completely abandon communication. I will choose more carefully when responding (e-mail, speech, actions) according to affinity and necessity of my views. Thank you for understanding. "The supreme misfortune is when theory outstrips performance." ~Leonardo da Vinci On 5/6/06, Bill Smart <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > On Saturday, May 06 Eugene Wrote: > > >And the practical approach in Ahmeds longer posting (9917), where he > >describes his handling boredom in classrooms, seems very OK to me. I > >can not judge how Zen masters would agree to his approach, but I > >think that is exactly how to handle these kind of situations and > >still be very mindful. > > Ahmed's description of his handling of boredom in his classroom was very > disappointing to me and certainly not a model I would recommend you to > adopt. In the first place boredom is not something that is thrust upon > you > by your environment. Boredom, like anger, happiness, sadness, etc.., > comes > from within you (your 'self') and is projected out onto the environment. > Boredom specifically stems from the individual's inability to appreciate > the > environment and/or circumstances they are presently in, and therefore does > provide as much stimulation or validation of the 'self' as you crave. > > What is the reason for YOUR boredom? > > In the second place piling activities on top of activities only dilute > your > ability to perform any of these activities with high quality. If you just > concentrate on doing one thing with quality - like listening to your > teacher > and the classroom discussions WITHOUT making value judgments on them, like > valuable/not-valuable, interesting/non-interesting, > pertinent/not-pertinent, > etc...- I guarantee you that you won't be bored and will learn a lot. > > If you can look at a sunset or listen to a chorus of song-birds or stare > into a fire and not be bored, and not be tempted to start thinking of > other > things to 'optimize the time', then certainly you can do the same with a > teacher, even one that you have judged to be unprepared. > > ...Bill! > > > > > > Current Book Discussion: any Zen book that you recently have read or are > reading! 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