Are You Kidding, Bill??? You made such a brilliant response to my original question of 'What are the Precepts'? The key is the zazen. To sit and clear your mind of all outside influences.
I followed a practice of solitude for years. Of study and zazen. A solitary practice may be just what Daniel needs on his path of Enlightenment. I do agree that a Sangha can help, but that is Daniel's right to choose. Yes, solitary practice can be full of pitfalls, but a disciplined mind can overcome them. And faithful sessions of zazen will build that discipline. My local Sangha became too Political, and I retreated to solitary practice again. If this is YOUR group, and Daniel can no longer share with us because His practice does not follow Your Pathway, then I no longer wish to participate. I will retreat to my pillow and breathe, and contemplate the rising and falling of existence. Sincerely, Chris --- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, "Bill Smart" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > No! No! No! That's not okay! If you don't stop trying to practice > alone RIGHT NOW, you can't be in the group anymore and you can't > share anything with us. > > Please reconsider! > > ...Bill! > > --- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, daniel sherwood <desherwood7@> > wrote: > > > > I'm going to try it alone for right now, But I'll share my > expreiences with the group. Would that be Ok? > > > > > > > > > > ----- Original Message ---- > > From: Bill Smart <BillSmart@> > > To: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com > > Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2007 4:51:26 AM > > Subject: [Zen] Re: beginning again > > > > I practice by myself also, but that is by circumstance and > certainly > > not by choice. > > > > PRACTICING alone is fraught with snares and pitfalls, most of which > > are virtually undetectable without guidance, or at least group > > interaction. > > > > TRYING TO PRACTICE alone is, in my not-so-humble opinion, > practically > > impossible. > > > > Unless you have had a good begining and some solid experience with > > zazen, I would discourage you from TRYING to practice alone. The > > best thing would be to find a sangha or sitting group in your area > > that has a qualified teacher. If there are none in your area I'd > > encourage you to plan a trip to somewhere that does, and spend a > week > > or so with a good teacher to get you started. After that you should > > keep in close contact with the teacher to help you work through any > > difficulties or distractions you encounter. > > > > I don't know how good an e-sangha would be for a beginner. It might > > be okay. I have never participated in one so I just don't know. I > > did check out the website of the Lotus Meditation Center in Seward, > > NB, and in spite of my predispostion to skepticism based on their > > previous postings, was very pleased at the content. I hope your > > e-experience there will be beneficial to you; but do consider > finding > > a local sangha, or even going to Seward, to get a good start to > your > > journey. A good start is very important because you're going to be > > traveling for a > > long, long time - forever, in fact. > > > > Bon voyage...Bill! > > > > --- In [EMAIL PROTECTED] ps.com, daniel sherwood > <desherwood7@ ...> > > wrote: > > > > > > Thanks for the advice. I'm trying to practice Zen myself. > > > > > > > > > ----- Original Message ---- > > > From: Bill Smart <BillSmart@ ..> > > > To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] ps.com > > > Sent: Monday, November 12, 2007 5:06:17 AM > > > Subject: [Zen] Re: beginning again > > > > > > --- In [EMAIL PROTECTED] ps.com, "cid830" <summitjags@ ...> > wrote: > > > > > > > > what are the precepts? > > > > > > > cid830, > > > > > > Knowledge of Buddhist Precepts, Refuges, etc..., are not a pre- > > requiste > > > for practicing zen. In fact in most cases they are, as is all > > > knowledge, a hindrance. > > > > > > The only thing necessary to practice zen, if that is your > interest, > > is > > > to sit - meaning do zazen. Pacticing zazen clears your mind of > all > > > intellectual and emotional clutter, including concepts such as > > > precepts, refuges, right:wrong, I:you, beginner:sensei, etc... > > > > > > Forget about all the other things you have read or been taught. > > Just > > > sit. That's enough. 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