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    A Zen Tale

    This is pretty sweet, enjoy!



    Gassho
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    That is quite the tale, so much wisdom there. I need to think about this for awhile.


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    Lovely, lovely tale. Thank you, Shingen.

    Reminds me of when (true story) I first came to Japan and met my first real-life Japanese "Zen Master" (my first teacher, Azuma Roshi of Sojiji). I promptly proceeded to ask him the big questions, one of which was "What is Time? What is the NOW?"

    His answer: "Now 5:30"

    Wow, I thought. HOW PROFOUND! He must mean "time is just what it is!" and it is "Now! Just this moment, 5:30!!"

    Instead, I later found out that his English was not so good, and he just thought I was asking what time it was.

    Yes, that is a Truth too.

    Gassho, J
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Love this. It's amazing what perceptions can result in! On a side note, I'd be more than happy to eat noodles with any of these crazy old farts!

    Gassho, Jeffrey
    "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."
    Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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    Thank you.


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    Edward
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo View Post
    Lovely, lovely tale. Thank you, Shingen.

    Reminds me of when (true story) I first came to Japan and met my first real-life Japanese "Zen Master" (my first teacher, Azuma Roshi of Sojiji). I promptly proceeded to ask him the big questions, one of which was "What is Time? What is the NOW?"

    His answer: "Now 5:30"

    Wow, I thought. HOW PROFOUND! He must mean "time is just what it is!" and it is "Now! Just this moment, 5:30!!"

    Instead, I later found out that his English was not so good, and he just thought I was asking what time it was.

    Yes, that is a Truth too.

    Gassho, J
    Thank you Jundo, that gave me a nice chuckle in this morning. Perception - such a funny little thing.

    Gassho
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffreyB View Post
    Love this. It's amazing what perceptions can result in! On a side note, I'd be more than happy to eat noodles with any of these crazy old farts!

    Gassho, Jeffrey

    **Slurp Slurp**

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    Perceptions, so, so important to live a life with the right perceptions, at least whenever we can.

    Jundo, your story is so funny!! I have to admit, what I got most from the video is thinking I'm hungry and those noodles (minus the bad manners and slurping ) look really good.


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    Actually, in Japan it is good manners to slurp noodles; one is encouraged to do so.
    ( and it is now 8:36 am )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shokai View Post
    Actually, in Japan it is good manners to slurp noodles; one is encouraged to do so.
    ( and it is now 8:36 am )

    gassho,
    I"m Canadian, eh, we are all about being polite all the time, eh?


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    Japanese people are very polite as well. Eating noodles is another practice :-)

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    gassho, Shokai, still learning the way and knowing nothing
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    Yes, yes, Japanese ppl are very polite I was only joking about the noodles, btw, I like to eat my spaghetti this way.



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    Love this Shingen! And I love your story too Jundo! Some days we could all use a different perspective.

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    Kelly/Jinmei

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    Thanks Shingen that was great! Jundo that little story of yours is so full of lessons on this, and it is funny because it is true. We come to things with such BIG expectations only to find it is what it is.

    I am reminded of some Buddhist debate where two Masters got together to have a Dharma talk. One participant put an orange in the hand of one of the Masters and said "What is this?" The audience waited expectantly until the Master with the orange said "Don't be silly; it's an orange."


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    Jajajjaaj loved the video and Jundo´s story!!
    Nice reminder.

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    Dancing between stillness and motion I find peace.

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