I am very new to this group. I do take Zen seriously. Maybe too
seriously! I believe much in the practice, although I am far from a
good practitioner. I welcome your knowledge, for my ignorance is
profound, but I want to encourage newcomers to follow their own path.
And to Al... I feel you have mocked the practice in prior postings,
if I am wrong, I do apologize.
Thank You, Chris
--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, "Bill Smart" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> I recently made some postings that caused some participants
> unpleasantness. Sometimes that's okay, and I certainly have been
> know to purposely rattle a few cages, but in these recent postings
> that was not my intent. So...I would like to clarify my past and
> future postings as follows:
> I do not own this forum, so cannot exclude anyone. For the most
> I wouldn't want to exclude anyone, with the possible exception of
> those that blatantly post marketing material. Al, the forum
> moderator, can exclude participants, but I have not known of a case
> in the past 3 or 4 years that he has done so.
> We all participate in this forum voluntarily. Some particpate very
> seriously, some jokingly. Some, like me, participate sometimes
> seriously, and sometimes jokingly. I offer no apologies for this.
> Most importantly, you should not depend on this forum for spritual
> other advice. Do not believe everything you read here, or anywhere
> for that matter.
> Believe in youself. Just sit. If you're lucky enough to have
> a good teacher or group with which to participate, beleive in them
> with all your heart. They will help you in your practice.
> Enlightenment is a product of the desire of the student, not the
> skill of the teacher. A earnest teacher cannot lead a false
> to enlightenment. On the other hand a earnest student can become
> enlighted under a false teacher; or without a teacher at all.
> Just sit.
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