Self deluded moron Ack
Have some balls and use your own words at least.
Do you even know the goal of philosophy?
You either have the swing or you don’t.
I’m here Dan, I don’t need to elaborate on being.
Being needs no explanation.
You either get the joke or you invent a religion or philosophy to describe how you don’t get the joke.
Either way, quite amusing.
You either are tearing down the dualistic barriers or you are erecting them.
Which are you doing here?
Seeking this is as difficult as you would like it to be.
There are words and there is direct perception.
Words from those who directly perceive are indirect.
The very distinction between dualism and monism is again dualism: there is not a dualist Universe and a Zen one, or a world of logic and one of intuition, but merely two ways of looking at the same Tao. Zen does not oppose things, it unifies them. Even that bastion of logic and dualism that is (hard) science is not beyond the reach of Zen and Zen ways of thinking.
“is” and “is-not” or “has” and “has-not”...dualism.
Dualism isn’t evil.
It’s just a deluded state of mind.
It’s a tool.
A tool to learn the difference between what is real or not real.
Unless one has passed the gateless gate, they haven’t.
This is the uprooting of normal mind.
I only appear to resist your dualism.
I have unasked the question.
One speaks in koans to side step dualism.
To bypass the snakes.
Douglas Adam's famous “answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything”, is fourty-two, the only problem being that the actual question is unknown.
He didn’t lie, you are, to yourself and anyone who comes here.
It’s easy and lazy to say I am coping out and what I say is empty.
I certainly have trifled with emptiness and absurdity.
One must wrestle with them.
Language is dualism.
Beyond dualism there is no contradiction between humor and profoundness.
In other words, that perhaps even a dullard like you can grasp, philosophy is something too important to take seriously.
Know what I mean jelly bean?!
Zen is a form of humor.
So funny, so funny, the farting masters prove it.
Farts are funny and smelly, which makes it even funnier.
I won’t explain the smelly goat to dualists.
Can’t be done.
If you can’t get the joke, you are the joke.
Better compare Zen with an artistic practice, which tries to achieve a particular state of mind, that shares some properties with humor, the drawings of Magritte or Escher, or the phenomenon called “intuition” in (otherwise) rational thought, though it doesn't precisely overlap any of them.
Ok someone like Dan would say, yuh resist my logical dualism, yuh are mad then.
Madness is a state of mind where the barriers can’t be removed.
When there is no longer the element of surprise to the reader, the kōans no longer fulfill their function. So like in any other form of art, the trick is to subtly balance the order and chaos.
The idea is not to think of nothing, for it is not by putting our minds to sleep that we chance becoming Awake.
From “Gödel, Escher, Bach (“A Mu Offering”)”:
Perhaps Zen is instructive because it is humorous. I would guess that if you took all such stories entirely seriously, you would miss the point as often as you would get it.
Maybe there's something in your Tortoise-Zen.
Can you answer just one question for me? I would like to know this: Why did Bodhidharma come from India into China?
Oho! Shall I tell you what Jōshū said when he was asked that very question?
He replied, “That oak tree in the garden.”
Of course; that's just what I would have said. Except that I would have said it in answer to a different question—namely, “Where can I find some shade from the midday sun?”
Without knowing it, you have inadvertently hit upon one of the basic questions of Zen. That question, innocent as it sounds, actually means, “What is the basic principle of Zen?”
How extraordinary. I hadn't the slightest idea that the central aim of Zen was to find some shade.
Oh, no—you've misunderstood me entirely. I wasn't referring to that question. I meant your question about why Bodhidharma came from India into China.
Smelly Goat Zen