How is this "more evidence" that sitting zazen in a monastry (or not) is a
waste of time? I would argue that if Margie had already been sitting when this
insight occured (or discovered a Zen centre soon afterwards) her experience
might have been far deeper. In fact, but for the synchronistic event of finding
the book on zen she might never have 'built' on the experience. People fail at
university all the time, but we wouldn't say that studying at one is often a
waste of time. Mike.
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From: Edgar Owen <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Monday, 29 September, 2008 22:26:57
Subject: Re: [Zen] Re: What's after Satori
Very precise and to the point description. More evidence that sitting in a
monastery doing zazen for years is often just a waste of time.
On Sep 29, 2008, at 7:37 AM, roloro1557 wrote:
One way I can describe my experience of Satori is that it was a
complete obliteration of all the overlays on my consciousness:
language, thought, future, past, role (wife, mother, etc). Even my
body disappeared (female, sore left arm, whether I was dressed, etc).
All the overlays foisted on me by culture, other people and my own
ego-self just completely fell away in an instant. I didn't even know
I'd had Satori until years later. I knew something "big" or extremely
unusual had happened to me, but I had no words for it. I've never even
discussed it until the last few years. But at the same time I never
forgot it...I don't mean I thought about it all the time - it was just
there quietly in the background.
After Satori the genie is out of the bottle, so to speak. One goes
back to "ordinary" life, even though one's life can never be
"ordinary" again. It's a paradigm shift. One goes back to "ordinary"
life with one's view of life radically and irrevocably changed.
I fixed breakfast.