Re: personal revelations

Date: Sat Feb 22 2003 - 18:59:15 EST

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    In a message dated 2/22/03 5:58:05 PM Eastern Standard Time,

    > Quite likely. Buddhism is the world religion I know least about - though I
    > do
    > know that Zen isn't its only variety. Richard Gere, from whom the "good
    > thoughts"
    > statement came, understands himself (I believe) to be a Buddhist so you'd
    > have to argue
    > with him. (& whatever their goal may be, I don't think most Buddhists can
    > avoid all
    > conscious thought.)
    > Shalom,
    > George

    Zen is the crystalization of Buddhism which originated in India traveled to
    China southward to Japan. I say crystalization because the practical japanese
    removed all the cultural accretions and used it as it was meant to be used,
    strictly as a spiritual discipline. The samurai warriors trained with it and
    Japanese artists use it in calligraphy, the tea ceremony and even in archery
    in which a student is told to let the arrow shoot itself. Yes it is
    impossible to remove all conscious thought, but making learned behavior
    intuitive is an ideal goal not necessarily an achievable goal. But then a
    man's reach should be further than his grasp, don't you think?

    Who's arguing?


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