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Paul Reps: A Different Kind of Zen Construct

This will be the fourth construct we have used as a model or framework for looking at/into Zen. As a reminder these constructs are upaya (skillful means), or ways to frame Zen for teaching purposes. As all words are constructs but not all constructs are words, we have to expand our meaning of framing.

So look at each sense as framing material: seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching and thinking. Words depict which senses to implore ( i.e. tuning about the smell of coffee) is a type of association. So does seeing (points of view), hearing (getting what you said), tasting (textures, temperature, spicy-bland, good-bad) touching (smooth-rough) smelling (full-faint, good-bad), and thinking (positive-neutral-negative).

The impact of Zen in Japan has been not simply personal, or social, but cultural as well.,simplicity%2C%20and%20self%2Dgrowth.

So Tuesday night we’ll explore the upaya approach of Paul Reps in the small book: Zen Telegrams: chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/

Here is how it will work:

  • Look through the attached pdf above

  • Find three poems that resonate

  • Determine the “teaching: it elicits from you

  • Write your own Reps-haiku-like response

  • Tell us about your experience

I look forward to seeing you in person at the First Congregational Church or Falmouth in the Church Parlor (2nd floor, hall on the right and last door on the left) or via Zoom:

If you are new come on Zoom at arrive at the Parlor at 6:30 or we can chat. The service is 7-8:45 PM/ET

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Unshin Sangaku Dan Joslyn-sensei

Founder and Guiding Teacher

Falmouth Soto Zen Sangha

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