Ed,

You interpretation of 'zen stink' as being 'unpleasant to those who have not
reined in their aversions' has merit.

On the other it is a historical stylistic affectation in zen to compliment
others by saying things that appear to be negative and criticisms.  An
example would be calling someone's teaching style like a 'doting old
grandmother', which is a way of saying they are very gentle in their
teaching and perhaps don't require their students to work as independently
as other teacher.  'Zen stink' could just as well be interpreted as someone
who is so enthusiastic about their experience that their exuberance is a
little 'over-the-top'.

Either way I don't consider it a real criticism. It's just a colorfully
expressed observation.

...Bill! 

   
From: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com [mailto:zen_fo...@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of ED
Sent: Thursday, November 11, 2010 9:25 PM
To: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Zen] Re: FW: Quote from St. Thomas Aquinas

  

Bill,
A stink by any name is still a stink, unpleasant to those who have not
reined in their aversions. OTOH, in some religious/spiritual traditions,
everything is God.
--ED
 
--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, <billsm...@...> wrote:
>
Ed,

Since this is an e-forum I guess it would be more correctly called
e-stink...Bill!
 
 
 
Bill,
"Stage seven is the glow in which you are radiating yourself as truth. You
will feel totally in contact with yourself, and your presence will radiate
from you like a glow. This will continue until you have fully presented
yourself to others. The Zen people refer to this as "the Zen stink".  See:
http://www.godening.com/FAQ.htm
Surely not stage seven already?  ;-) ;-) ;-)
Aromatically and thornily yours,
--ED
 
> Mayka,
>
> Oh yes! And Ed has quite an aroma also. But those are just the things you
have to put up with if you're going to catch a baby tiger
¦Bill!



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