good lord, i never thought i'd see divisive political threads in sways until this one.
what's the surfing equivalent of an atheist in a foxhole? a newbie paddling out to mavericks? cyclops? teahupoo?
My original post was to show how casual and simple the religion of surfing is.... No rules really, just acceptance of a higher power that you can't control.... The waves are there or they are not.
And the pursuit of the pleasure of surfing.
The Religion of Surfing or The Church of Yew, should transcend the failings of all other religions. No politics, no higher levels, deities or figureheads, no corporate funding, no penalties for not believing....
The Church of Yew is all about better health and enjoying the pleasures of life, connecting with the rhythms of nature and better acceptance of the world and all within it.
Belief without persecution.
Joy without pain.
Existance without expectation.
And free wax.
Maybe skip putting down "Jedi" as a joke on the cencus and admit where your heart is... List 'Surfing' or 'The Church of Yew' as your religion.
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"Surfing at its finest is instant Zen. Focus, clarity and unfettered awareness."
This is certainly true when the surf gets big.
My brother has been involved with Zen for two or three decades, now. We've always been very different in almost every way possible, but after talking to him about it recently, I realized that part of what he gets from meditation is quite similar to what I've been getting from surfing since 1961.
I don't think that chanting "OM" will get you improved muscle tone or an adrenaline rush, though...
DropkneeSL wrote: I don't think that chanting "OM" will get you improved muscle tone or an adrenaline rush, though...
My Zen history is pretty rusty. But I believe the Bodhidarma is credited with founding Shaolin martial arts too. Not too bad for muscle tone, balance, reflexes and stamina. Some consider martial arts to be a form of meditation for mind-body unification.
Zen is not about chanting and meditation. It is about Awareness. As Zen masters have said, "Zen is nothing," "What are you doing right now? Just do it," "Don't make anything," "Remove the speck of dust from the mirror ..." Sounds like BS until you have an understanding of what Zen is.
There are many paths to the Zen objective.
Why is it that in most all cultures the most rightwing fanatical extremist also tend to be the most religious. i.e.,USA, Iran, Israel, etc.
There, that should get it going...or get it locked down.
"Why is it that in most all cultures the most rightwing fanatical
extremist also tend to be the most religious. i.e.,USA, Iran, Israel,
because extremists by nature are moral bigots who must wrap themselves in a cloak of moral superiority, usually their religion, to justify their hatred of opponents and critics and whatever actions they take against them.
And the more extreme, the more hypocritical.
Tennessee Congressman Scott DesJarlais, a married physician who ran as a Tea Party Christian who is pro-life and anti-abortion, and in the past called for shooting abortion providers if necessary, pressured his mistress to get an abortion against her will, and knocked up a co-worker and a patient who he than urged to get abortions as well. When interviewed, he stated "God forgives me for my mistakes," and then reconfirmed his anti-abortion stance.
So let's keep the religion out of surfing, we don't need the water pollution.