Since everybody is lurking waiting to be excited. Here is a multiple choice to 
think about. The samurai code quoted by Edgar is a perfect example of the 
'present' moment. How about the past and the future? What is the position of 
karma in zen? 
A.  Karma is a universal law nobody can escape from. It is the essence of 
Buddhism and also of some schools of zen.
B.  Karma relates to the past and the future, so it is nothing to do with zen. 
Whether or not it represents the truth we don't care.
C.  Karma is a fairy tale. You need something to scare kids, so they behave 

--- On Sun, 23/11/08, Edgar Owen <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

From: Edgar Owen <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Subject: Re: [Zen] Re: TEST
To: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com
Date: Sunday, 23 November, 2008, 11:48 PM


The samurai code especially emphasizes that Zen is living our lives in the 
moment in the constant presence of death. Thus do we gain an immense 
appreciation for every transient moment of life and live it to the fullest.


On Nov 23, 2008, at 10:28 AM, Bill Smart wrote:

--- [EMAIL PROTECTED] ps.com, Edgar Owen <[EMAIL PROTECTED] ..> wrote:
> Edgar
Edgar et al,

I'm stll here lurking only. My father was very ill and I had to fly 
to the US to be with him. Unfortnutaely he died when I was somewhere 
over the Pacific Ocean flying out of Tokyo. I was informed of his 
death when I turned on my mobile phone upon arriving in Detroit.

I was a good death for him. He had been fighting lymphoma (cancer of 
the lymph nodes) for 4 or 5 years and has been in severe discomfort 
for at least the last serveral months. He died on 05 Nov, just 3 
days short of what would have been his 91st birthday.

I am now residing in my father's apartment in a retirement home which 
is connected to the nursing home which houses my mother who is 89 and 
has Alhzheimer's. I have the opportunity to bring my mom up to the 
apartment every day,and to interact not only with her but with all 
the other Alhzheimer patients. It you want to see Buddha Nature 
unfettered and unadulterated you should spend time with some elderly 
people such as these. They are such an inspiration! No clever games 
or silly posturing. It is true WYSIWYG (what you see is what you 
get), and that is what I call Buddha Nature - Just THIS!

I have been and will continue to be very busy trying to sort out all 
the financial arrangements with will allow my mother to receive all 
the benefits to which she is entitled and allow her to live the rest 
of her life in comfort and with secutity. Much of that is dealing 
with truts and lawyers and brokers and bankers. Also there was the 
mountain of mail which accumulated over the past several months full 
of bills and medical insurance jargon that I still haven't been able 
to fully penetrate. ALso there is of course the arrangements with 
Social Secutiy, my dad's pension and health insurance and hopfully 
some VA surviving spouse benefits. The last part of this is planning 
and accompanying her on a to northern California to a facility near 
two of my daughters - Castro Valley or Santa Rosa areas.

I will continue to lurk, but don't expect much in the way of postings 
for probably through the first of the year.

With deep appreciation. ...Bill!


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