In reading through the responses another thought came into my head.
In going back to the Christian example, a person takes a wafer and wine during Communion BECAUSE they are a Christian. But not all Christians take communion and many don't think it's even necessary.
I wonder if anyone could...
A GUIDELINE FOR BEGINNERS
Purposes in Zazen:
In his “Zen Fables for Today”, Richards McLean retells the following story:
“Why must I meditate in order to achieve enlightenment?” demanded the
prince of the teacher. “I can study, I can pray. I can think on issues clearly....
Becoming An Expert On What Matters
"Believe me, it's better to produce the balance-sheet of your own life than that of the grain market."
Seneca, On The Brevity Of Life, 18.3b
The things that some people manage to be experts in: fantasy sports, celebrity trivia, derivatives and commodities...
Morality: To know the danger of belief.
A Jedi knows how contradicting beliefs of what is right and wrong can lead to devastating crimes and conflicts. A Jedi takes a step away from the subjectivity of opinion in favour of the peace of objectivity. A Jedi does not force their values upon others.
I find that respect is "triggered" or "activated" (for lack of a more accurate verb) according to the things that I have no choice but to notice and feel a commending toward. For instance, someone who actually exhibits certain virtues in their natural demeanor more than they simply talk about such...
What's the internal temperature of a Tauntaun? Lukewarm!
Your reception at the IP study hall chat is going to be anything BUT that! If you're a Monday to Fridays worker, and your hump day is feeling like an uphill struggle, you can look forward to a good 'ol chat amongst Jedi come the weekend. See...
Was thinking the other day, to me the IP worked best as a platform to explore 'patterns' in topics, as an exercise in breaking out of rigid mindsets - and not to be seen as teachings..... and as a program done so in a diverse range of topics related to the various entry points people find themselves...