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Giving Up Self-Improvement

This one goes out to Cocomama and everyone else who berates themselves when they judge that they have fallen off the wagon (myself included).




































Scanned from the pages of The Life and Letters of Tofu Roshi by Susan Moon.

Thanks to Richard Berman for hunting down a copy of Tofu Roshi in the dark days when it was out of print.

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cocomama
Jun. 1st, 2001 08:50 pm (UTC)
I dont expect to ever be perfect, but I think the effort makes the journey interesting. I am well accquainted with the 'life's a journey, not a destination' which is why I ENJOY trying to enrich my life.

I will agree, however, that "If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?" --Dogen

If I gave up trying to improve myself, I would just be depressed. It's the only goal and without it I would just not be me. I think trying to enrich my life (not trying to become successful, not trying to become rich, not trying to be perfect, but trying to find contentment and peace with myself) is a good thing. That was interesting reading, though, thank you.
kmo
Jun. 5th, 2001 01:32 pm (UTC)
But did you think it was funny?
It kinda sounds like you took the Tofu Roshi material as a criticism. You said you found it "interesting," but the author intended it to be funny. I was hoping to lighten your spirit a bit.

You certainly don't need to justify the persuit of self-cultivation to me. I'm the guy who beats himself (metaphorically) about the head and shoulders when he gets a few days behind on his daily comic.

BTW, you mentioned that you had designed 11 or 15 websites. I'm kinda stalled out on a couple I need to get up on the web. Might you be interested in advising or collaborating?
yresim
Jun. 5th, 2001 01:04 pm (UTC)
Funny....
Self-improvement is usually an accident for me. Something that is the result of doing something I like. I keep a livejournal because I like writing and I like exploring my feelings IN writing - in this way, I learn about myself (who I am, what I want, what I feel, etc). I go to school because I like it - in this way, I gain knowledge. I read because I enjoy reading - in this way, I learn about the world. I got a membership to the YMCA because I like to swim (I'm lazy and it's next to my house). I avoid television because I find it boring. I eat whatever I want whenever I want, with the recent exception of carrots (which I am now very allergic to, because I ate too many of them).
kmo
Jun. 5th, 2001 01:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Funny....
Sounds like you're no stranger to the Tao, Yresim.

BTW, could you give me a little help in pronouncing your name?
yresim
Jun. 7th, 2001 11:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Funny....
I've never actually studied it. Recently (since I started this journal), someone suggested that I read "The Depression Book". But that was really my first exposure to it (although I have adopted several things from that book which "felt right" to me).

Name is pronounced like this:
First syllable is EE (as in tree, bee, or flee)
Rest is pronounced exactly like the word "resin" except that it ends with an M instead of an N.
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