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    Tennis...or...ZENnis

    Anyone else watching the French Open?

    They have such concentration and skill. Shikantaza with a tennis racket.

    Maybe someday Zen temples will have a tennis court out back :shock:

    just beyond the Rock Garden 8)

    surrounded by bonzai :P

    just a thought :idea:

    gassho
    Greg

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    Re: Tennis...or...ZENnis

    Hello Greg,

    The local Thai/Laotian temple has volleyball courts out back .

    It's really cool to see the orange robes flying around!

    Metta,

    Saijun

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    Hi.

    I watch some, but really not much, and i do think it is an very interesting sport once you learn some of it, and have played some yourself...
    And of course there's the cheering for the local boy to...


    Mtfbwy
    Fugen

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    I played some back 10 or 11 years ago and loved it. it was great exercise and fun (and fast which i dig)! to watch not my thing so much but that goes with many things. I am a hands on type.
    Definitely some intensity there

    Gassho
    Shohei

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    Re: Tennis...or...ZENnis

    Not a tennis fan, but here is an old thread about zen and sports

    viewtopic.php?f=1&t=1180&p=31794&hilit=zen+sports# p31794

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanLa
    Not a tennis fan, but here is an old thread about zen and sports

    viewtopic.php?f=1&t=1180&p=31794&hilit=zen+sports# p31794
    Cool. Thanks. I must've been on hiatus at the time ops:

    gassho
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    Re: Tennis...or...ZENnis

    Funny . . . when I first saw the title of this thread, I thought it was a reference to the show Nip/Tuck. A main character's rich bored housewife actually took up some new-agey "Zennis" lessons with a hot instructor. :lol:

    But seriously,

    Quote Originally Posted by ghop
    They have such concentration and skill. Shikantaza with a tennis racket.
    that's true. I admire athletic people as I am so totally . . . not.

    Gassho

    Jennifer

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    Bjorn Borg


    My first Zen teacher during my HS tennis years... :mrgreen:

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    That moment that you lob that ball in the air. Just as one raises the racket. All in one movement. One motion.



    Reminds me of Zen and the Art of Archery



    I loved/love tennis. I can stay watching three hours of it.
    I know it sounds PC, but...one of the few sports where women have been able to get equal attention as their male counterparts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghop
    Anyone else watching the French Open?

    They have such concentration and skill. Shikantaza with a tennis racket.
    So long as one plays diligently, running here and there to score the points that one can, with the goal (amid 'win some and lose some') to win what can be won ...

    ... all the while as there is nothing to win or lose, no place not the court, no "out" possible, no game that is not already One and Won ...

    ... experiencing from time to time amid the serves and returns, that court, racket, ball, net, sun, sky, you and your opponent are truly One and Won ... just Tennis Tennising Tennis ...

    ... THEN this "Open" is simply Shikantaza ... Game, Set, Match. 8)

    Gassho, J

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jundo
    So long as one plays diligently, running here and there to score the points that one can, with the goal (amid 'win some and lose some') to win what can be won ...

    ... all the while as there is nothing to win or lose, no place not the court, no "out" possible, no game that is not already One and Won ...

    ... experiencing from time to time amid the serves and returns, that court, racket, ball, net, sun, sky, you and your opponent are truly One and Won ... just Tennis Tennising Tennis ...

    ... THEN this "Open" is simply Shikantaza ... Game, Set, Match.
    JUNDO :!: :!: :mrgreen:

    are you back? :P

    gassho
    Greg

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    Re: Tennis...or...ZENnis

    I like a couple of long distance sports, running and cycling. Like anything else, moments on the cushion are there off the cushion too.
    If I run for a long time, and there are no obvious dangers like traffic, I run a sort of kinhin. Breath,step, step breath and with what is. Other senses needed for running like, hearing and alert eyesight, light steps all work but become more like impulses, like your heart beating and lungs working while you eat or watch TV.

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