This community is created and maintained by meihua as an extension of their journal, but anybody is welcome (and encouraged!) to read and comment. :) However, please restrict yourself to anonymous comments only. Any comments not made anonymously will be screened. This is a deliberate step to prevent "zen debate syndrome", which I shall make no effort to define, but I'm sure you know what I mean. :)
I've been wondering for a little while how to approach my zen study. I've studied by myself for some time and I'm now interested in exposing a little of my study, as I feel it's become a little too comfortable.
One common route is to take part in debates, but I'm unsure about this. I distrust rhetoric and my sometimes easy ability with it; I'm not sure how to take part in a debate without ego getting in the way. I'm sure this will be useful for me at some point but I don't think it is quite yet.
So, one idea I've been mulling over is the public, anonymous viewing and discussion of koans. This would be a continuation of my private study, in that I've read this particular collection of koans for many years, but also an opportunity to involve other people (if they're interested!)
I'm considering making regular public posts of koans from the classic collection The Gateless Gate with the specific request that all comments are made anonymously (including my own). I've no idea if there will be any discussion at all, but that's not the most crucial point; mostly, I just want to put these koans in a public place and take the chance to write down my reactions to them.
As noted above, please restrict yourself to anonymous comments only. Any comments not made anonymously will be screened.