May 21 – A, 2023

The New Hammock Post Enables The Hammock To Hang
Hammock With Occupant
A hammock is my version of a Zazen cushion.
Zen purists will have none of it,
A Zen purist is an anomaly.
A contradiction in terms.
Purists have no pace within light years of Zen.
They cannot accuse me of Zenlessness
without establishing their own Zenlessness as well.

Zen popularized the phrase,
"If you meet the Buddha on the road,
kill him!"
The same applies to Zen purists.

Zen is where you find it
and how you practice it.

Sitting Zazen came into vogue
as a way of controlling adolescent practitioners of Zen 
who were placed in monasteries 
along with a sizeable financial donation
by wealthy parents hoping the monks
would be better parents than they had time or desire for.

Now everybody thinks sitting Zazen is a thing
Zenites do,
when it is only a thing
people seeking emptiness/stillness/silence/solitude do.

And hammocks work well in that regard.


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Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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