Profile overview for Audessus.
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This user has mostly submitted to the following subverses (showing top 5):

1 submissions to avantgardemusic

1 submissions to Judaism

This user has so far shared a total of 1 links, started a total of 1 discussions and submitted a total of 9 comments.

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Submissions: This user has upvoted 93 and downvoted 0 submissions.

Comments: This user has upvoted 21 and downvoted 0 comments.

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5 highest rated submissions:

Pilip Jeck & Janek Schaefer: "Song for Europe" , submitted: 7/17/2015 11:15:47 PM, 3 points (+3|-0)

Talmud Study, submitted: 7/9/2015 3:42:54 PM, 2 points (+3|-1)

5 lowest rated submissions:

Talmud Study, submitted: 7/9/2015 3:42:54 PM, 2 points (+3|-1)

Pilip Jeck & Janek Schaefer: "Song for Europe" , submitted: 7/17/2015 11:15:47 PM, 3 points (+3|-0)

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3 highest rated comments:

Being a refugee from /r/zen, here's hoping that /v/zen will start off on a fresh foot and shrug off the stink of self-aggrandizing nihilists. submitted by dontgetborn to zen

Audessus 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago

It would be nice to see some posts that link to solid resources--not just to the zen movement in the U.S. (since this is presumably more accessible), but to works that have been penned by Chinese and Japanese scholars, works that fall within the Buddhist canon. From the little I know, it seems the zen tradition in Japan sort of eschews that reliance on textual analysis in favor of direct meditation practices (though of course we have the infamous koans). This is the only way, I think, that any kind of substantive, critical dialogue is going to happen on this sub. And that should prevent the kind of circle jerking you guys were talking about. Once you actually have something concrete to talk about, it tends to prevent the tendentious wheel-spinning. The main reason I came here was to learn. Hopefully there are those in this community or yet to join this community who have access to the kind of material I am talking about, as well as an adequate level of expertise to guide some sort of exegesis.

And I know that the whole point of zazen is just to sit. That is what attracts me to it. But this is a forum, so we need something to talk about. Wouldn't it be wise to at least learn the tradition and hear straight from the mouths of the masters? Just my thoughts anyway (as they are passing by).

Being a refugee from /r/zen, here's hoping that /v/zen will start off on a fresh foot and shrug off the stink of self-aggrandizing nihilists. submitted by dontgetborn to zen

Audessus 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago

Not sure why I got downvoted. Maybe I came off a little pompous. I didn't mean that. I was just trying to offer a way to keep the sub fresh. Personally, I think it would beneficial for me to see more source material. Meditation is a practice, and while I see the use in discussing the practice, I thought it also might be nice to engage with some of the traditional commentary on what we are doing or supposed to be doing, etc.

Being a refugee from /r/zen, here's hoping that /v/zen will start off on a fresh foot and shrug off the stink of self-aggrandizing nihilists. submitted by dontgetborn to zen

Audessus 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago

Thanks for the upvotes. I should clarify what I see to be of importance in reading source material. It is as pointless to talk about meditation or attainment as it is to try catching water in a net. So why bother starting a forum dedicated to that? What will there be to talk about?

On the other hand, there are some very great works in the Buddhist canon. Why not provide them to each other? Why not interpret them together? Interpretation as an ambiguous enterprise, nothing more. But maybe you are right. Perhaps I should forget myself. But then, who would be forgetting? I don't know the answers to these questions. I am just bumbling around in the dark.

I dabble with piano every now and then, nothing to qualify me as a player of the instrument. Thank you for the response, friend.

Best wishes

3 lowest rated comments:

Being a refugee from /r/zen, here's hoping that /v/zen will start off on a fresh foot and shrug off the stink of self-aggrandizing nihilists. submitted by dontgetborn to zen

Audessus 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago

Thanks. I don't care really about the upvotes or whatever, aside from the fact that I can't vote on content without them. The main thing was that it seemed that someone didn't altogether like what I was suggesting, so I thought I might clarify.