If so, we keep more octopuses, to make fortunes by fortune telling. 
No karma, no self and no theories are true in the Buddha world. We are not 

--- On Thu, 18/11/10, <> wrote:

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Date: Thursday, 18 November, 2010, 9:57 AM



No THEORY or CONCEPT is absolutely any better than another. One theory may fit 
the observed 'facts' better in one circumstance, and another competing theory 
may fit the 'facts' better in a different circumstance.

A better theory for me than karma is no karma. No karma, no self, no theories, 
Just THIS!


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Anthony Wu
Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2010 4:21 AM
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If karma did not exist, why were you born a smart woman, why I, stupid man? 
What is a better theory than karma?


--- On Wed, 17/11/10, Kristy McClain <> wrote:

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Subject: Re: [Zen] Re: FW: Amazon book
Date: Wednesday, 17 November, 2010, 6:18 AM


You are starting with a premise that karma exists. How do you know it does? k 

--- On Tue, 11/16/10, Anthony Wu <> wrote:

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Subject: Re: [Zen] Re: FW: Amazon book
Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 1:13 PM


Most of us are deeply bound by karma so that we are bored by 'just this'. I 
believe we can find satisfaction by just sitting down and eventual 
enlightenment, but we are way from that 'goal'. So perhaps Bill can improve his 
way of teaching like guiding children away from their toys.


--- On Tue, 16/11/10, Maria Lopez <> wrote:

From: Maria Lopez <>
Subject: Re: [Zen] Re: FW: Amazon book
Date: Tuesday, 16 November, 2010, 7:17 PM


Thank you for both links. It's been particularly interesting reading 
controversial Brad W reply in connection with Big Mind and Genpo Roshi...and my 
conclusion about the whole thing is, that hearts feel profoundly grateful for 
having found Thich Nhat Hanh dharma in those years in which his home was not 
too crowded, not too polluted by westerners speculation, aggression and most of 
it self, ego. There are teachings that shouldn't be passed onto westerners in 
such a light way. Big Mind might be one of those (I wouln't know because first 
hearing was in American websites) . And yet there is the possibility that in 
the original eastern environment (perhaps under a differente name) have the 
effect of a most powerful way of breaking through the self by exposing it. 
Building up a bond in the process with other practitioners sailing in the same 

People don't want the simplicity of Buddhism and not certainly zen. I wouldn't 
put the blame to anyone but just in oneself incapacity of seeing what is there 
presented in simplicity. For instance Anthony himself has pointed out more than 
once the boredom of "just this" or sitting down. We look for excitement all the 
time. No one external to blame afterwards if we get hurt but just oneselves 


--- On Tue, 16/11/10, ED <> wrote:

From: ED <>
Subject: [Zen] Re: FW: Amazon book
Date: Tuesday, 16 November, 2010, 5:44

"Big Mind"
"Merzel began developing the "Big Mind" process in 1999, after having taught 
more traditional Zen meditation and koan study for more than twenty years. The 
process is intended to allow anyone — including non-Buddhists — to experience 
"the enlightenment of the Buddha". 
The process is designed as a combination of Eastern meditation and Western 
psychological techniques to transmit the essence of Zen teachings in a way that 
is readily accessible and relevant to Westerners, a realization they can 
further deepen through meditation.
The Big Mind process is claimed to enable participants to get in touch with 
various aspects of themselves by inviting them to identify as and speak from 
these aspects or states of mind. 
The teacher walks participants through interactions with different aspects of 
their mind, including ordinary, finite ones such as the Protector, the Skeptic 
and Desiring Mind; and possibly less familiar, "transcendent" ones such as the 
"Non-Seeking/Non-Grasping Mind", "the Way", and "Big Mind and Big Heart".
Since 1999, he has offered workshops to more than 20,000 individuals all around 
the world. In addition to presentations in cities in North America and Europe, 
Genpo Roshi has made "Big Mind" available on DVDs and online.
Also see:

--- In, Kristy McClain <healthypl...@...> wrote:

To the contrary. I do not recommend Big Mind , necessarily. In fact, I have 
said here that it is not a process that works for me. It seems a bit like group 
therapy, but not about zen. 

I know it well, as I have a home in UT, (though I live in CA). Gempo Roshi's 
zen center is just two miles from my home there. I did attend many meditation 
groups , classes and even a few retreats there.. I am friends with Diane Musho 
Hamilton, and she received her transmission from Gempo Roshi.

Actually, I have been critical of this teaching model in the past, but now-- 
Well, I truly feel that there are different methods that work for different 
personalities and cultures. So, if one finds Big Mind meaningful, thats okay by 
me. I don't believe in one recipe. I do think it may attract people who would 
not normally include zen, or any spiritual practice in their lives. If so, 
then, I think there is a benefit to society at large.

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