I think to a large extent, what's written here really is a waste of time. All you could possibly get out of it is motivation to practice, or motivation to find a real teacher who can get to know you personally and help you to see your own BS, and to see through your own BS. I'm not saying anyone is full of BS any more than anyone else is, especially me. We're all full of shit. And I don't think blogging is going to change that.
I really enjoy discussing things. Some of you have made some really insightful comments. And I've personally gotten a lot of value out of a general feeling of support from some of you recently -- in a sense we really are a sangha, so to everyone who's still here, thanks for sticking around.
But what are we doing? Lately there's been a lot of venom. A lot of people seem to be upset, and several others have left.
It seems like even Brad's mostly given up blogging, unless he sees something he's gotta comment on, like for example getting lumped in with Zenmar and Mike Cross.
What do we hope to get out of blogging? I mean, some of the stuff is good -- what kind of Zafu works best, tips on sitting, etc. That's all good... Boring, but good.
Arguments over philosophy? What could be farther from Zen practice? Tips on finding good teachers? Brad's covered it. Vegetarianism? Brad's covered it. Hell, I suspect everything you could possibly say about Zen (which isn't a lot) has been said by people a lot wiser than I am.
Every idea one could possibly have about Zen is just an idea, and on a blog we can't do anything but exchange ideas. I can write all day about 'vast wonder' but all I'm really passing on is a two-dimensional idea.
I really like you all, but... what are we doing? Some of us have been practicing zen longer than others... some of us haven't started practicing yet. Some are afraid to post for fear of looking dumb or getting ridiculed. Some of us are posting like crazy, looking for some kind of support, for ego, or whatever. We're all just human beings, and we seem not to be relating to each other very well anymore. Maybe we're wasting too much time with this stuff. So why ARE we still posting here? Can anyone tell me? I wanted to continue the sense of community that we had on Brad's blog, but it seems like we're starting to lose that anyway. No?
What have you gotten out of Flapping Mouths? What do you like about it?