Susan, I second what leafjoy said, I also release the fish 
immediately. I would NEVER eat another animal as I've been a 
vegetarian for over 20 years. I guess we could all take every single 
thing we do in life and weigh it to see how harmful it is to others. 
Like, shouldn't you walk to work instead of drive so that your car's 
emissions don't pollute the precious air? But then if you walk to 
work, think how many insects' lives are at peril!! You could squash 
dozens!! What I'm trying to say is, none of us are perfect, never 
will be, no matter how much we pray or sit!! Peace to you friend. 

--- In, "Susan" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> 
> Oh my, the poor fish! Couldn't you both find a less harmful way of 
> practicing zazen?
> Susan
> --- In, "Blossom" <pinkmudblossom@> 
> wrote:
> >
> > leafjoy, You just don't know!!  :)  Fishing is my all-consuming 
> > passion, and when I read your description of your day, I was 
> > there with you on that lump of grass! There is no better way to 
> > practice zazen (for me, anyways) than to fish. Thanks for 
> your 
> > experience. Peace, and Fish On! ~Blossom~
> > 
> > --- 
> > 
> > In, "mtpathy" <leafj0y@> wrote:
> > >
> > > Yesterday "May 14th",i got up around 6:30am went 
> outside,breathed in
> > > the sweet air and thought to myself "self maybe you should go 
> > fishing".
> > > I sat in my car,turned it on then drove to the lake,where i 
> found a 
> > > nice lump of grass to sit on.
> > > I cast several times till i hit what i believed to be 
the "sweet 
> > spot",
> > > then i watched as the white and red dobber bobbed up and down 
> the
> > > gentle ripples of the water.
> > > I chose to go fishing so i could practice attentiveness/zazen 
> a 
> > > setting that was slow and peaceful,throughout the day as i sat 
> come
> > > to the conclusion that fishing is quite a wonderful metaphore 
> for the
> > > practice of zazen.
> > >
> >

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