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Deep Zen can be evolved more than a little bit. The central, deep or inner 'beginner's mind' is inside everyone. It could do good to develop it. Artistic training assists that.

We should ponder things and live out best teachings, and do it as balanced as we can. Great and encompassing submissions form parts of plots in some cases, and maddening, unfit teachings err. There is room in Buddhism for more than one typical approach to gain the Nirvana realm, but that fact alone does not imply that all approaches are equally good for a human - in the beginning, along the middle stretch, and in the long run and the end. Buddha allows for good inquiry in the Kalama Sutta. Besides, it may be good to know that he did not keep helpful teachings secret, that he did keep some methods for a chosen few. That is well implied in such as:

Dharma Wheel The Blessed One [said] "I have set forth the Dhamma without making any distinction of esoteric and exoteric doctrine; there is nothing, Ananda, with regard to the teachings that the Tathagata holds to the last with the closed fist of a teacher who keeps some things back.

[◦Last Days of the Buddha (Maha-parinibbana Sutta, Digha Nikaya 16), 2:32]

Adapt tactfully and smartly in such a light as you make your way on and up.

Zen Twig

ZEN mind is alternately called a beginner's mind, a deep mind, or a blank mind. Deeper mind states can come slowly, in stages, through regulated cultivation, or rather suddenly. There is room for two approaches. The general psychology of Zen is quite like the overall structure of Carl G. Jung's analytical depth psychology, tells Claire Myer in her chapter of Transpersonal Psychologies, a book edited by Charles Tart [book data below]

Cosy artistic or cognitive development can have just those hallmarks of a deep, rather independent (free) mind or spirit that we advocate.

As for the words you see below, they are basically from other contexts (settings). Some parts of them are lifted over into this setting, and maybe two or three well-known sayings were amalgamated (blended) before they were condensed into novel sayings related to Zen.

In the cases where certain famous men or women are referred to after a tenet, the chances are they have uttered things on other subjects, in other settings, but with not too remote points - that is, I could make use of fragments in them.

Each "sta fermo" canto below rests on its own 'legs'. The statements are "woven together" according to rules so that they form a Tao-fostering table, all in all, reasonably well understood. There is a system of criss-crossing sayings according to a still hidden metre. Maybe you can learn it.


First Canto

Zen man

THE REAL Zen is not one of bitching.

The all right Zen man is not as whimsical as it looks, hopefully.

If a man can't be a Zen man (one with an active, deep independent mind) in the place where he is, he cannot be that sort of artistic yet. The Zen artist often needs to be vigilant and effectively interrupt the all too clumsy gangs in their tactics.

To do Zen without ado is fine. Learn to count the costs as well.

Zen is Tao, and Tao is Zen, writes Dr. D. Suzuki.

The prowess of the best of Zen men and other artists links up with the carefully sifted and geared up experiences in a life. [Cf. Johann Friedrich Von Schiller]

Zen twig

One is to go for deep, inner happiness and not merely wait for it to come one's way. ◊

Cat life is also a form of good Zen artistry, in a nutshell.

No pretences are needed in sticking to the Zen way of life.

The best force of art is to be copied and even highly appreciated as a sort of metaphysical supplement infringing on the reality of nature; or perhaps placed alongside it for special reasons instead of surrender. In this way predominant Zen artistry with its various forms of prowess go into a life-long battle, not a dream. And the image-rich Zen man could really be needed. He's not at all to be a little peripheral figure entertaining rich people, he's more needed than that, more important than that. The outcome of his many artistic incubations and his inward, largely hidden processings, may be likened to that of a melon that grows in man, and even better, like a child in its mother's womb.

A wise man should have untold 'Zen-mind' (deep mind) ores inside.

To serve grand ideas with a major work is not bad, nor is it all there's to Zen artistry.

Zen twig

ZEN ARTISTRY can help good and more immediate perceptivity on and up. It helps to get candid.

Some grand-looking essentials of the Zen mind can be: something to hope for, something neat to do, something to love, with lots of things to avoid, including sloven women.

Much is determined by our interactions on day-to-day basis. And Zen isn't all there is to good living. Paying bills should hardly be overlooked for it. [#1.2]

At Last

  1. Many experiences may effectively interrupt your diving unless you are observant. Be so.
  2. Things that seem grand on the surface, may lead to sloven self-help practice in the long run. Avoid being sloven in walking the self-help path toward greater inner freedom and more success in the open.
IN NUCEExperience some measure of "walking success" by walking Zen. It is an art.

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Edit: Tart, Charles, ed. Transpersonal Psychologies. New York: Harper Colophon, 1977.


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