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Introduction: Iโ€™m a Zen practitioner from Silicon Valley. My primary Mastodon account is @mithriltabby and I talk about dice-and-paper roleplaying games at @mithriltabby.

My favorite Zen writers are Brad Warner (HARDCORE ZEN and more) and James Austin (ZEN AND THE BRAIN and more).

Todayโ€™s dharma-burger: a prepackaged single serving of cheddar popcorn, from @LesserEvilSnack. Bonus points for making it clear that theyโ€™re referencing the Laughing Buddha on the back, rather than Shakyamuni. Gets to โ€œchuckleโ€ on the facepalm-eyeroll-chuckle scale.

The literal meaning of โ€œkinhinโ€ is not โ€œmonk racingโ€.

I have a terrible memory and am not one for learning lists by rote. The Eightfold Path and the Ten Essential Precepts made a lot more sense to me when I realized that there is but one ruleโ€” Be Mindful of Cause and Effectโ€” and the lists were actually unit test suites.

The Full Moon Ceremony does not involve baring the buttocks of the Buddha.

The Full Moon Ceremony does not involve baring the buttocks of any of the sangha.

If you meet the Buddha on the road, you are not supposed to kill him for his treasure and XP.

It is not the custom of monks to ride Mardi Gras floats, shouting โ€œshow me your Zenโ€ and throwing prayer beads.

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