Actually, it wasn't me who wrote that but I agree; it's neither correct nor incorrect to say that in zen we make choices. One the one hand, thoughts often spontaneously arise giving us the illusion that we created that thought. On the other, once that thought has arisen it becomes a question of what we do with that thought. We choose to act on it, or not. The 'how' of moving to another carriage (for example) lies in the choice/act: When the dog is barking to be let out at 3am on a winter's night do we choose, "Damn! If I just lie here maybe he'll stop barking. Ah, but if he shits on the carpet I'll have to clean it. Right, I'll get up but the mutt's gonna get a kick for this ...." Or do we choose, "Oh shit"... and just get out of bed and let him out?
Robert Kirbo <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: On Thu, 27 Dec 2007 16:54:11 -0800, mike brown wrote: > Notice there is a complete absence of CHOOSING. To make sure of that I > would change the word DETERMINING in the third sentence to REALIZING or > ACCEPTING. I am deeply familiar with Zen, as a practitioner for more than 30 years. It is neither correct nor incorrect to state that if one "practices Zen" that one does not "make choices." As humans, we make choices, and practicing Zen is a choice. --------------------------------- Support the World Aids Awareness campaign this month with Yahoo! for Good