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Grumpy Zen™ forum that explores the nature of reality through conversation. We start each weekly discussion group with an idea. It is open to anyone with a PHD, a Passion for Having Dialogue.
The emotions that come up during the discussion are a part of the process, thus the name Grumpy Zen. Emotion is neither right nor wrong and it is impossible (and unhealthy) to avoid. The emotion becomes as much a point of the discussion as the original topic. As we become more aware of the emotions that come up, it becomes easier to place our focus on the topic without the bias that the emotion causes. As we learn to recognize and bypass the bias we become more able to explore the real truth in the topic and make progress toward our ultimate destiny, which is awakening.
Everything in our universe is evolving. It is easy to accept this fact when thinking of physical reality, the universe of things. But the universe includes so much more than physical things. What about ideas? Concepts? Ideals? Since nothing is permanent, I propose that concepts and ideals are also subject to change. Now, that may be open to question, but certainly, our understanding of concepts and ideals are clearly subject to change.
Grumpy Zen is a forum to discuss our understanding of these concepts in a safe environment where the dialogue is not limited by polite language norms, niceness. We put our ideas out there in our own imperfect way. What is expected in the forum is an acceptance of the person and way the statement is made. We are welcome to argue the facts about the statement without denigrating the person making it.
The universe is not a just place. The universe is just a place. It is up to us to make our way as best as we can. There are forces that affect us throughout our existence. Awakening involves a measure of understanding of such forces combined with an acceptance of the very nature of the reality we live in. Clearing our minds of impediments that keep us from recognizing what we observe is an important skill to cultivate. Lively guided discussion helps us develop this skill.
The point of Grumpy Zen is to help us see through the clouds that living life put in our perception.