Jody, You certainly can learn from anyone and everyone. It's all up to you.
If you re-read both JMJM's and my posts you'll see we had essentially the same comments about the meditation technique you described (sea/sea creatures). Only our styles were different. Part of the reason our styles were different is the school of zen in which we were taught (Chinese Chan:Japanese zen). Part of the reason is probably also our own personalities. And in fact our personalities might have led us to our particular school, and our school certainly helped further shape our personalities or teaching style. More important than all that is that the teaching technique should be comfortable for the student so as to be most effective. That means either the teacher has to tailor his/her style to the individual (which means the teacher has to REALLY KNOW the individual - and that's next to impossible via the internet), or the student must search around for a teacher that has a style that fits him/her. I am not a teacher. I only offer my perspectives and sometimes advice from my experience. JMJM is a teacher. If you're ever at odds as to whose advice to take, even I would advise you to lean towards JMJM. Even though he's a wimpy, doting grandmother and will spoil you rotten! ...Bill! From: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Jody W. Ianuzzi Sent: Monday, September 01, 2008 1:45 AM To: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com Subject: Re: [Zen] Test of Character Hi again Bill, I like JMJM and I like your comments too. I figure I can learn from everyone. JODY ------------------------------------ Current Book Discussion: any Zen book that you recently have read or are reading! Talk about it today!Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zen_Forum/ <*> Your email settings: Individual Email | Traditional <*> To change settings online go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zen_Forum/join (Yahoo! ID required) <*> To change settings via email: mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/