I am only looking for a little inner peace in a fast paced world. 
But, I do agree with what you have said. Regardless of your age, 
truth,is truth.

-- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, "pandabananasock" 
> 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 
> 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?

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