Tag Archives: Kwan Um School of Zen

Roitman & Lombardo Pt 5: No One Ever Finishes

JUDY: It’s a total misunderstanding of how that really operates. DIANE: So, it was a matter of only looking for short-term benefits for themselves, and misunderstanding that we’re really all fingers on the same hand. JUDY: Yes, and also a … Continue reading

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Roitman & Lombardo Pt 4: Compassion and Wisdom

STAN: But ultimately you return to the group, you return to the world. JUDY: Don’t leave off walking meditation. STAN: And (we also do) walking meditation, which many people see as a form of relief between the periods of sitting … Continue reading

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Roitman & Lombardo Pt 3: The Cruelty of Moral Codes

JUDY: You have to be careful because it’s not that there’s an I and a you. DIANE: Explain that. JUDY: So, here’s my hand. DIANE: Five fingers up. JUDY: Right. So this finger is angry at that finger. Isn’t that … Continue reading

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Roitman & Lombardo Pt 2: Confronting Suffering

STAN: I’m not as reluctant as Judy to use abstractions such as good, but I share her wariness about these abstractions. What really matters is what we do in any given situation. The Buddha always said: I teach the truth … Continue reading

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Roitman & Lombardo Pt 1: Goodness Doesn’t Exist

I’m not interested in what goodness is because I don’t think there is such a thing. What I am interested in, for example in your situation, you want to write about your childhood. In writing about your childhood, you are … Continue reading

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Fish Hooks, Shenpa and Stumbling Down the Goodness Trail

I should have known when I interviewed two Zen practitioners that the first thing they would do is question me. In my meeting with Zen Master Stanley Lombardo and Dharma Master Judy Roitman, they questioned everything: This project’s goal. My … Continue reading

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Goodness is the Wrong Question

Plato’s concept of goodness and the startling thought that my entire project could be based on a fallacy were among the topics Stanley Lombardo, Judith Roitman and I tossed around during a 70-minute conversation yesterday. I kid you not when … Continue reading

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