In for Sanity and the Good Life
No - Talents, Skills, and the Good Life
"Good health and good sense are two of life's greatest blessings" [Publilius Syrus]
'No' in 'No-mission' derives from the Japanese word No, which is derived from 'talent' or 'skill'. Stunning No plays of Japan point to such as beautiful women and gods. There is room for the farcical too. As for the Gold Scales, it advocates a proficient, good, sound and deep enough life to remain genuine. Such No - deep skilfulness - counts a lot. And carefully "stringed steps" can help a lot in life too.
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.
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. Ayurveda, acupuncture (with shiatsu) are also taken into account, and of course sound, ◦deep meditation with its many health benefits.
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." [Reps 1997:55]
Winsome Buddhist Ways and Others
Try to 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.
There is knowledge of winsome Buddhist ways from Buddha's own teachings, with few elements and accrued, limiting designs 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." [Japanese and American proverb]
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 and dawn on you. Jumping to conclusions is a lot less.
It is fit to against being taken in, to go carefully against tomfoolery and against the 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) known to audiences as "master of suspense", said: "Themes emerge as we go along." Now and then things are quite like that.
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
Basically, constructive Taoism is advocated here: Gold Eggs Taoism can help good guys on and up: you never know. [Link]
You say some things that Dogen said earlier. Is there a connection?
The Gold Egg model that is used as a substratum om a fair amount of structured essays on the site, can level with how Eihei Dogen (1200-53) is said to form his, according to the Zen reverend Nishijima. [Link]
Gold Eggs back up good thinking, handling and dealings. Also, fables and many other stories are some of the finest helpers for those who grow up, for savoury stories can cater to development, and could be needed. The American psychologist 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.
The Value of Good Pranks
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 Dr. 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 at least as many excellent reasons to take care of one's deep child nature as one's dog. 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.
"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." Sometimes it helps to be a non-deranged Survivor. What is more, keep an open mind about many things, for the noble Beginner's Mind may reach high, it is taught in Zen [Suzuki 1971]. Such an attitude could be open and receptive enough to derive benefits.
All For Free? Costing Nothing?
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.
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Reps, Paul. Zen Flesh, Zen Bones. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1971, updated 1997.
Suzuki, Shunryu. Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. New York: Weatherhill, 1971.
Waley, Arthur. The No Plays of Japan. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1922.
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