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For all...Zen is for you August 29, 2005 10:17 PM

Zen can be accepted in the broad sense as Zen itself, or the Truth itself, apart from it's narrow sectarian interpretation as a school of Buddhism.  When Zen is seen in such a broad sense, Zen means the Truth, or the Absolute;  it is not limited to Buddhism alone, but is the basis of all religions and all philosophies.  In this sense, Zen does not remain simply the core of Buddhism, but it works to deepen and revive any religion or philosophy.  for instance, there can be Christian Zen, or Taoistic Zen; there can be Zen interpretations of Christianity or of Taoism.  

Zen is a way of life that all of us are capable of living and able to share ...Zen is within everyone and for everyone.  Together we will learn and grow...there can be no wrong answers or bad questions...your questions & answers help us all to grow...           

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I love Zen! August 31, 2005 2:33 PM

Hi Carol! Zen is for all for sure. I agree. My past experiences growing up and being surrounded by Zen Monks was beautiful and spiritual...They would go and stay a week at camp and just be silent and they had great smile.Essiethanks*  [ send green star]
 August 31, 2005 3:54 PM

Take care of today..and look forward to tomorrow! 

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 August 31, 2005 4:58 PM

the wanderer

"Room Full of Flowers"

I love the Zen Art!

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 August 31, 2005 8:12 PM

sooo true Carol.. that was beautiful, thank you  [ send green star]
Zen September 01, 2005 3:39 AM

Now, in this moment we know that we are Zen and Zen is us.

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Hello Carol and everyone.. September 17, 2005 10:21 PM

Carol, I really appreciate the way you have described 'Zen' ..  It truly is a way of life.  We can each seek truth and wisdom through meditation regardless of a particular religious preferrence.  It is for all, and Zen can be in each one if we choose it to be. 

Beautifully stated Carol, and thank you! 



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Maggie September 18, 2005 6:16 AM

Thank you!  You have also described Zen, beautifully! 


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together September 21, 2005 10:51 AM

 In the garden of Zen we all flow together into empty mind.

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 September 21, 2005 4:48 PM

Things of the past are already gone things yet to be,distant beyond imagining the way is just this moment these words plum blossoms fallen gardenia just opening... Ch'ing Kung....  [ send green star]
 November 18, 2005 10:09 AM

came across a great historical note on Zen..

Zen began in China in the sixth century as a meeting of Indian Buddhism with Taoism, merging the speculative with the practical, the metaphysical with the earthy. Called Ch'an in China, it stressed meditation over teaching as the shortest, and steepest, way to realizing the Buddha-mind inherent in all of us.

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 December 25, 2005 6:41 AM

I heard that,in Indian thought,god is projection of egoism of human,egoism of universe. The shadow of egoism of universe is reflected in human mind.

So if there is not human mind,god is not existed.From people who waked and extinguished,there is not egoism and god. This thought is also in Buddhism.

Every one should't be able to look at Buddha.

But Buddhist adore Buddha and made statue of Buddha.

Zen was produced by disputing this.

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 February 16, 2006 8:29 PM

Vaishnava siddhanta says: The Supreme Being is not void or empty but replete with unlimited personal qualities and characteristics that are all perfect.  [ send green star]
 February 16, 2006 9:17 PM

Just like many religions here! We have Buddhist, Krishnas, Jewish, Muslim, Christian...and many more earth & spriitural religions/beliefs, who share the same heart, hope & vision! This is the True nature of Zen. We are interdependent and we not only appreciate each other but we openly revere each other & constantly acknowledge that interdepency. Now that is beautiful and warms my heart!
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 February 16, 2006 10:24 PM

One of the most famous episodes in Buddha’s life relates how, since his fame had spread, a woman once came to him with her dead child, and asked him to bring him back to life. While consoling her, the Buddha asked her to bring him a few mustard seeds from any house where no death had taken place; and though she went from door to door, this woman had to return to the Buddha with the news that she had not been able to find any such house. This would be the great teaching of the Buddha: whatever is born must die, and there is no permanence except sorrow; and to free us from this sorrow, one must become free from desire itself. The Buddha’s last words, in paraphrase, are said to have been, "Growing old is the dharma of all composite things."  [ send green star]
 February 17, 2006 6:27 AM

Sarvo that was so beautiful! Buddha was definitely one of the most enlightened ppl who ever lived. understanding the Zen of life can be so rewarding.. life's worries and anxieties fade and our life may be filled with luv and happiness always..  [ send green star]
anonymous  March 11, 2006 12:02 PM

Zen seems to simplify things.It can be done when cooking,and walking.It helps us feel more connected.

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 March 14, 2006 5:15 AM

I have just joined the group, and am reading through the threads. So far, I am finding them very informative, and I can see where Zen is applicable to all faiths, including my own.

Thank you Carol, for this very enlightening group!

Peace and blessings,


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