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September 20, 2010


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true words...

literally? ;-)



I like your new diet. That old way of consuming is for youngsters. Potato chips and sodas. :) When you young you can get away with that kind of diet, but when you grow up, you must learn to feed yourself. :)



Thanks for the words. I often think, as a look around before sitting, that the BP's(bib people) are the major league, and I am fighting to make AAA.


Swag can be useful in the beginning but is of no help in the long run, nor in clarifying the great matter. Indeed, swag can be a continual source of distraction.
So much better to practice whole-heartedly--on and off the cushion.


Like you, I was at first attracted to swag, especially the ling robe. When I earned the long robe, it became clear after a few months that I was now a manniken for zen swag. With that kind of gear, many eyes watch and judge every move to see if the wearer is worthy. To see if the robe is swag they want. And then the ghost of Zen Master Seung Sahn whispered in my ear: if you are attached to zen swag you go straight to Hell like an arrow. Pitchuuu. So, how can you use zen swag to help this suffering world. So I pressed my robe nice and straight, sat still, took a long deep breath, and hit the chugpi.


Oh... I LOVElove reading this: "the BP's (bib people)". That be me... wanting it, getting, don't know where to store it! Thanks, bob!

I always wondered why the robes (brown jackets worn by Thich Nhat Hanh's BP's) were over-sized. Someone then explained that it gave room to grow. Someone else also said wearing the zen priest robes all the time (to cook, clean, etc.) gave them a feeling utter humility and realization of how easy it is to get tangled in trappings.

Me, I don't need no steenkin' robes to get tangled, tripped up, and fall in the manure pit. :-D


Clothes are a reflection of our individual preferences. We all know that by seeing how someone dresses, we can tell a lot about their particular mind-set.

I like the idea of Buddhist robes as being similar to the robes a judge wears. When on the bench, a judge tries to do his job according to the law, which means not getting too attached to his personal desires or opinions. Wearing the standard judge's robes, rather than individual-preference clothes, is a way of remembering that intention.

Barry Briggs

Thanks, everyone, for your funny/generous/thoughtful/supportive comments.

Stuart's idea of robes stripping away preference is quite on-target, I think.

And I like Michael's (CEOSherpa) view that the robes can use us, or we can use the robes. Our choice.

Chong Go Sunim

"Me, I don't need no steenkin' robes to get tangled, tripped up, and fall in the manure pit. :-D"

LOL!! Thanks Genju! It's true, they just become clothes once you're used to them. I still have to work just as hard with the manure pit.

mama p

'tis why i let my hair grow in again ;) 'stealth zen"!

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