6/14/2012 4:11pm, #21
The moves are too similar to the Kwan-do. These are my least favorite weapons.
6/14/2012 4:20pm, #22
6/14/2012 5:34pm, #23
The iron rake, another effective weapon. Like with the monk's spade, my garden has no defense.
6/27/2012 9:29am, #24
So far, I want to gag.
6/27/2012 9:49am, #25He closed his eyes and inhaled deeply, emptying his mind of all thought, fixing on nothing, until he was free to take in everything. The eye of his mind filled the sky and looked down on the green earth below before departing to explore the heavens. Moving freely in the farthest reaches of the cosmos, he occupied galazies and worlds beyond description or knowledge, untils his awareness filled the entire vast emptiness of the void. And then it was still. Neither moving nor seeking, unaware of self or other, it was one with all things, simply being.
A Zen practitioner did not write this book, unless he deliberately was using poetic rhetoric...but rather, it reads like someone who took someone else's poetic rhetoric as what Zen meditation is really like.
And that quote is pretty much exactly what Bodhidharma was NOT pointing to in the Bloodstream Sermon.
6/27/2012 10:42am, #26
Well, at least the fights seem to be MMA instead of Wire fu.
6/27/2012 10:56am, #27
Wait, zen is all about "unawareness"?
****...I think I have to start over now.
6/27/2012 12:36pm, #28
6/27/2012 12:46pm, #29
You mean it has nothing to do with motorbikes? ****!
In seriousness, Ausslander is the most zen guy I know - I was so genuinely impressed he could sit in zen without stirring whilst I puked like a donkey outside the tent
6/27/2012 1:03pm, #30
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A Better Reference for Zen
It's great to learn about the inaccuracies in the book I recommended. It sounds like it's definitely more of a fun martial arts adventure story than a teaching tale about Buddhist philosophy.
I have been reading through a different book that DOES advertise itself as being scholarly and historical in it's setup, and I have found it to also be an enjoyable read.
This book by Ferguson charts the history of Chan Buddhism by giving little biographical summaries of different leaders of the religious movement. It includes a fair amount of translations of primary sources which are pretty beautiful to read. I found that having it broken down into little periods related to specific historical personalities makes it more fun to digest slowly over time.