Well, this is what I meant by linguistic tricks. I was on another forum in 
which I was talking about how my OCD was related to my fear of death. I had two 
different reactions - one along the lines of "why worry about death?" (telling 
someone with OCD not to worry or why worry is exactly the wrong thing to do) 
the other was that I had to admit that my OCD was an illusion. This last one 
really bothered me, and the poster went further on to say that "disease = dis 
ease," which I thought was trite and not very helpful. I soon gave up on that 

--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, <billsm...@...> wrote:
> Dave,
> My comments are embedded in your post below:
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> Of DP
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> I have been doing zazen for awhile now, but I've gone weeks and months at a
> time without doing it... getting up and doing it regularly is very difficult
> for me.
> [Bill!] Difficulty is a good thing - a teaching thing.
> I like to consider myself, in the words of Evelyn Underhill, a "practical
> mystic." I find koans sometimes useful, but I find that I am also drawn to
> the ideas of Thich Nhat Hanh, of imbuing everything with purpose (of course,
> this can be hard with OCD, in which every action seems to have hidden
> consequences).
> [Bill!] I would think that anyone with OCD would not find it difficult at
> all to 'imbue everything with purpose'.  That's what OCD means, doesn't it?
> Zen is the opposite of that.  Zen has no purpose, no goal.  Zen is Just
> I'm a little turned off by some of what I find obfuscating in some zen
> messages, the people who hide behind linguistic tricks. Is that a little too
> cynical? Am I asking too many questions? :)
> [Bill!] What I think you see as 'linguistic tricks' in zen are probably just
> the results of frustration at trying to communicate non-dualistic
> experiences using language which is based on dualisms.  That, or an attempt
> at using language in a non-ordinary way (like koans, which you said you find
> 'useful' sometimes) to help induce a break in dualistic thinking.
> .Bill!


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