In for Sanity and the Good LifeThis site honours Shankaracharya Brahmananda (1871-1953) and his gurudeva Krishnananda.
No - Talents, Skills, and the Good Life
The site advocates a good and deep enough life and sound sleep too. Further, 'No' in 'No Mission' derives from Japanese No, which is derived from 'talent' or 'skill'.
No performers are storytellers who express something essential by the means in their hands. No plays traditionally advocate peace, long life, and prosperity, and at least one type of them contain supernatural beings and has humorous parts. No texts survive in full - about 2,000 of them. And some style innovations have also been taking place lately.
Making fit use of your talents and skills for the good life are advocated - at times irreverently, at times without a thought in the head (these are major facets of Deep Zen, dhyana, meditation). Health is into it . . . the site's concern for health is thoroughly holistic.
A Story of Light
A student came to the Zen abode of Gasan and departed a few years later. Gasan cautioned him,
"Studying the truth speculatively is useful as a way of collecting preaching material. But remember that unless you meditate constantly your light of truth may go out." [Zf 55]
Winsome Buddhist Ways and Others
I consider a human as inherently whole, with organic systems capable of relating and interacting to others within limits - maybe not full well at the first attempts. The division of man into body, mind and soul (or being) is useful. This triune unity interacts with the environment and others in it, and much can go wrong at times. Much can go well too.
I bring knowledge of winsome Buddhist ways from Buddha's own teachings, with few elements added to it.
This is to say that the Gold Scales's profile is advocating a good life, whereas "Those who mortify their bodies have not understood the doctrine." [Asvaghosha, in Amitabha 10]
"From little acorns tall oaks grow." [American]
Filets or titbits (keywords and key phrases) of this and that teaching can be assembled, stringed and sorted further to arrive at stringed teachings and derived handling programs for those who care to learn how to. The approach is rooted in essential cybernetics. It helps handling and dealing with life too. Aligned with it, there are things to advocate; things to go against to the degree they appear to make good folks flounder, or undermine decent, good living; and there are things to highlight as well.
As for attitudes behind selections and words, the best ideas behind or within a work (ie page) or page system may not be revealed until the overall effects sail in on you. For example, if guru swindling about the Christian message is exposed and not backed up, it does not mean that I am a Fundamentalist Christian or against Hinduism.
I go against being taken in, go against tomfoolery and swaying people away from rational enough outlooks, and that does not mean I go gainst all gurus either.
Mission or Policy
SIR ALFRED Hitchcock (1899-1980) on his mission in life: "To simply scare the hell out of people."
Sir Alfred, known to audiences as "master of suspense", also said: "Themes emerge as we go along."
Now and then things are quite in line with Sir Alfred's lax-looking: "Themes emerge as we go along." We often think that is an appropriate way.
Great swindles that are called divine, need to be exposed for what they are. Have you considered that letting innocents pay for the crimes of culprit is far from ideal? Now that sort of business is what Christianity is about. It would be stupid to confuse divine righteousness with such a scam. Who is a swindler? Jesus. He calls his alleged Father righteous for sacrifices arranged as a religion which utilizes brutality against innocents to favour the sinners on and on. It is ugly. Normally, single persons who take to such vile doings, probably turn insane as time goes by. Scapegoating is neurotic, and fairness and what is truly divine, must be markedly different.
These things that are briefly touched upon now, could help some to understand why Jesus says he did not come for sound persons, only for sick ones. They are compared to sick, stunted sheep, then. See his words [Matthew 9:12; John 10:27]. If you do not want to be a sick sheep any more, see what you can do about it. At any rate, it should be essential to stop cooperating with evil. Victims of false teachings and brainwashing, however, may not be able to derive immediate benefit from staggering clarifications and great solvency teachings.
How does your stuff relate to that of the ancient philosopher Confucius?
To like from one's heart is in part as good as to honour reverently. We like Confucius, or Kongfu Zi as he is called too. His analects are classics in culture-forming. Confucian heritage also consist of teaching stories and incidents and thinking in a large, educative encounter.
Gold eggs and more tools for thinking
I advocate a constructive Taoism: Gold Eggs Taoism - very helpful and beneficial for most part. [Link]
You say some things that Dogen said earlier. Is there a connection?
I have developed a typical, extensive mode of presenting points that levels with that of Eihei Dogen (1200-53) as the Zen reverend Nishijima has understood his ways of presentation. [Link]
Cracking jokes apart, I prefer to assist good thinking. Fables and many other stories are some of the finest helpers for those who grow up, for savoury stories can cater to some growth. That sort of "stuff" is needed world-wide. Jerome Bruner shows the value of stories in building, forming, and cementing culture.
Zen, dhyana, meditation are great uplifters. The site contains quite essential information on how to derive benefit from various ways of meditation. That part of education - along with the one that caters to growth of rich INNER and self-processed imagery or figures at large - needs encouragement today.
Millions of page visits till now
The site may have had sixteen million site page visits so far, and perhaps more. It could well be that things that "interest the Child in me, may be of interest to[the Child (id) in others too." The ability to become interested and enjoy life and things is fine. The Child with a capital C is a TA (Transactional Analysis) term. What is meant by it, has been nuanced by Eric Berne and others. The Child (innate drives in a human) is witty, observant, full of pranks, want to play - zestful, and so on. There are some excellent reasons to take care of one's deep child nature. Health depends on it, psychosomatic medicine shows, even massively. For the lack of zest and good id care, some get much hurt and ill and suffer throughout life.
Why is all for free?
Sharing ideas and methods with others could assist some of them, even a lot. Gifts are well spent that do not dwarf the ones involved.
"An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field," said Niels Bohr (1885-1962).
You may add if you like, "- and has yet survived, even to profit copiously." So it helps a lot to be a Survivor. What is more, keep an open mind about much, for a Beginner's Mind may reach high, it is taught in Zen [Zeb]. Such an attitude can be open and receptive enough to derive benefits.
Asb: Carus, Paul. Amitabha. A Story of Buddhist Theology. Chicago: The Open Court Publishing Company, 1906.
Zf: Reps, Paul. Zen Flesh, Zen Bones. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1971, updated 1997.
Zeb: Suzuki, Shunryu. Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. New York: Weatherhill, 1971.
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