The word 'sincere' is somewhat subjective but always understood from the first person point of view, i.e., knowing when you are being sincere is easier than knowing when others are. I'm sure that the people in the court who heard the zen master pluck the one note on an instrument when the emporer asked the meaning of it all thought this guy was either crazy, or just being insincere in his one note plucking answer to the emporer. And yet, the zen master could have indeed been expressing his answer to the question in the most sincere was possible. What's great about the net for a board like this is; even if some things are off topic or downright WAY off topic, even when something offends us, etc., and makes us think it's a bad use for the forum itself, no paper has been wasted. Like spam, we can just hit a button and move on to the next that may be a little useful. I think the better question would be, how many of us actually keep up with our practice in a way that benefits us. Zen can be Zazen - and that may include some discussion in between those practicing periods... or it can be something we apporach from a purely intellectual point of view. Not to appear dogmatic, but for practical reasons, I really think you can only toss around the ideas of Zen if you're sitting regularly. Zen doesn't work well for an armchair topic even though lots of people enjoy making it such. So -- if you're reading this and realizing that you haven't spent a few minutes sitting today, why not get away from the computer and do a little sitting(?)!! After all, it only takes a few minutes........... Craig
pandabananasock <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> skrev: After about a year of inactivity, I have resumed posting on this forum. I've had a lot more time than usual to spend online due to my high-maintenance girlfriend's recent, temporarily disabling operation (just a foot surgery, nothing serious) and the fact that she is pretty much useless in her disabled, opiate-riddled condition. I've been working odd hours and posting in-between making her food and running her errands. THE POINT IS: only one of my recent posts has been sincere, about an actual "problem" concerning Zazen (that really long one). A couple have been half sincere and half in jest. And most have just been short and in jest. I remember at one point there was a big push by the moderator to focus posts on sharing ideas from books, teachers, and personal practice, and to avoid just posting a few self-serving paragraphs about our supposed boundless knowledge of Zen without citing where we got these ideas, and to also avoid masturbatory diatribes about how much more Zenner we are than other people (Wierd Al Yankovic said it best: "Think you're pure of heart? I know I'm a million times as humble as thou art!"). I admit it, I'm probably one of the most guilty of self-service and non-citation on this forum, however: I don't want to dilute the message board. I don't want to come off as self-serving, one of those people who seem to post just to be able to read their own words in masturbatory awe. I don't want to post little jokes in response to people who are seeking sincere responses from experienced practitioners, if is a waste of the seekers' time. I guess I am just unsure of the boundaries, but I am young (23!!), inexperienced, and maybe possibly only be posting more due to my on-call at-home status. I realize that this forum does not consider itself an authority on zen, but I would like to know what the moderator and other members feel that the boundaries concerning sincerity should be so that this forum's members and I may progress in a manner that is most congruent to the goals of the forum and membership. So how about it? Is there a line to be crossed, and if so, where should it be drawn? What does everyone think? --------------------------------- Går det långsamt? Skaffa dig en snabbare bredbandsuppkoppling. Sök och jämför hos Yahoo! Shopping.