Anthony,
 
Well, it would hard for me to know, given my lack of experience here, but I 
agree that it seems  less corrupt.  But maybe there are two sides to this 
coin.  I think Americans are cynical and increasingly corrupt in both values 
and deeds. But  my opinion is jaded by  how rude and self-serving so many of 
them are.   In contrast, the Japanese are very cordial.  Maybe they "stick it 
to you" as well, but if so, they are so polite about it, I  have to applaud 
them;)
 
Truthfully though, it may indeed  simply be a cultural difference.  They are 
very comfortable with routine, tradition and quality.  (Recent Toyota 
exceptions).   But even THAT might reflect their increasing idealization of 
American values.
 
Kristy
 


--- On Thu, 1/13/11, Anthony Wu <wu...@yahoo.com.sg> wrote:


From: Anthony Wu <wu...@yahoo.com.sg>
Subject: Re: [Zen] Re: So what should I do?
To: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com
Date: Thursday, January 13, 2011, 5:25 PM


  







Kristy,

Another thing that impressed me is a lack of corruption in Japan. Yes? Maybe 
they know how to conceal it. The same is in Singapore. The opposite is in China 
and Indonesia. They say if you invest $100, $95 goes to corrupt officials in 
Russia, but 'only' $70 in China. The remaining $30 has made phenomenal progress 
in the country.

Anthony

--- On Fri, 14/1/11, Kristy McClain <healthypl...@yahoo.com> wrote:


From: Kristy McClain <healthypl...@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [Zen] Re: So what should I do?
To: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com
Date: Friday, 14 January, 2011, 7:51 AM


  






Anthony,
 
Perhaps you are correct about the Japanese, but they built a strong economy 
post-war. They are polite-- a welcome respite from the slick rudeness of 
American pundits and people.  What intrigues me now is the difference in 
hospital administration here.   I'm learning a great deal.
 
As to the other, uncertainty is the only certainty.  Thus, welcoming it into 
our circle at the tea table can perhaps provide a counter-balance to many of 
the other egotistic influences in our lives.  I see it as a means wherein  I am 
comforted that the bad stuff will cease in time, and the good stuff  won't  
last forever.  So my heart is humbled, and my gratitude expands.
 
Shall we take tea together? ;)
 
*bows*
 
Kristy
 


--- On Thu, 1/13/11, Anthony Wu <wu...@yahoo.com.sg> wrote:


From: Anthony Wu <wu...@yahoo.com.sg>
Subject: Re: [Zen] Re: So what should I do?
To: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com
Date: Thursday, January 13, 2011, 3:52 PM


  






Kristy,
 
Maybe both certainty and uncertainty are expressions of ego. In my case, just 
like Dave's, I am bothered by uncertainty associated with profit and loss. But 
after a good zazen session, when dualistic thinking is weaker, I feel more 
certain.
 
Different people experience different aspects in the land of the rising yen. 
After all, they are hardworking. If you arrive in Europe or the USA on Friday 
afternoon and want to talk business, the best counteroffer you obtain is an 
invitation to a restaurant or a gold club. But in Japan, considering you have 
come a long way, they don't mind talking business on Sunday. But that was ten 
years ago. I hope they stay the same right now, though most people there 
realized their prime time is over.
 
Anthony


--- On Thu, 13/1/11, Kristy McClain <healthypl...@yahoo.com> wrote:


From: Kristy McClain <healthypl...@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [Zen] Re: So what should I do?
To: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com
Date: Thursday, 13 January, 2011, 9:59 AM


  






Hi Anthony!:)
 
Very curious!  I just checked in to read here, and wanted to add a comment  to 
this..
 
I actually feel the opposite is true for me.. Certainty-- in my experience , 
indicates a presense of ego.  That need to feel " right:, or "sure" that such a 
thing, thought, or experience  is correct.
 
Hope all is well with you.. I'm learning about Japan-- a wonderful place to be!
 
*bows*.. K


--- On Wed, 1/12/11, Anthony Wu <wu...@yahoo.com.sg> wrote:


From: Anthony Wu <wu...@yahoo.com.sg>
Subject: Re: [Zen] Re: So what should I do?
To: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com
Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 5:13 PM


  





Dave,

Don't take uncertainty lightly. It is a difficult problem. I have uncertainty 
too.

Though I understand it is, at least in part. caused by a strong ego, I cannot 
overcome ego either. So lets work together.

Anthony

--- On Thu, 13/1/11, Dave P <wookielife...@yahoo.ca> wrote:


From: Dave P <wookielife...@yahoo.ca>
Subject: [Zen] Re: So what should I do?
To: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com
Date: Thursday, 13 January, 2011, 6:47 AM


  

I understand where you're coming from, but for me the problem is contamination. 
Since everyone has a desire to be healthy, I don't know what's a healthy way of 
avoiding contamination and what's an unhealthy way. 

How do you deal with the uncertainty?

--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, "SteveW" <eugnostos2000@...> wrote:
>
> 
> 
> --- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, "Dave P" <wookielifeday@> wrote:
> >
> > I've been trying to keep up with the zazen, mostly with success, and 
> > keeping up with the mindfulness, but I still have the nagging question that 
> > troubles my OCD:
> > 
> > What do I do when, in order to confront my OCD, I must do something that 
> > feels "wrong," that feels like I'm endangering myself?
> > 
> > I know you're not experts on OCD, but you must have had some experience 
> > with a fear that seemed completely rational. It is, of course, the 
> > uncertainty that hurts the most. Any suggestions?
> >
> Hi Dave. When I was younger, I was troubled by obssesive checking behavior. I 
> have found that, for me, it is a matter of just being mindful of the anxiety, 
> as it arises, without either trying to run away from it or run toward it. And 
> then I choose to do something else that is unrelated in order to redirect my 
> attention. In my case, I enjoy karate, so I would go work on a kata, or form 
> exercise. But any activity that you enjoy will do. The OCD is just a glitch 
> in your amygdala brain center. Just be mindful of it, label it as just a 
> glitch that is not really "you", and then redirect your attention to 
> something else. Worked for me.
> Steve
>














      

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