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by KeithA
Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Zazen
Replies: 8
Views: 660

Re: Zazen

How do I practice zazen? I have heard that focus on breathing meditation can be called samatha, jhana, mindfuless of breathing (anapanasati). Is zazen sitting in lotus or half lotus and doing nothing? The typical (excellent) advice is to find a Sangha/Teacher who can help you with your questions. I...
by KeithA
Sat Sep 01, 2018 2:30 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Information about Bodhisattvas and other Buddhist teachings
Replies: 35
Views: 708

Re: Information about Bodhisattvas and other Buddhist teachings

A koan from the Kwan Um School: Haha! I like that one. Not sure it's a KUZ one, though. It may not be exactly but it's one put to me by Soeng Hyang in a retreat during interview. Actually I think she used this as a starting point for a teisho. Kirt I am glad you got to practice with ZMSH, she is bo...
by KeithA
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: boring questions about losing weight
Replies: 44
Views: 1072

Re: boring questions about losing weight

My Doctor recommended intermittent fasting, but I have to say, I feel like it would only be possible for me on days where I do no activity, which is not many. Despite being a little tubby, i'm really physically active and it seems like that would really be a problem with fast days. Still, I may jus...
by KeithA
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: boring questions about losing weight
Replies: 44
Views: 1072

Re: boring questions about losing weight

I really enjoyed a book called "Buddha's diet". It is basically 16/8 intermittent fasting but from a buddhist perspective. Quite a nice read and also great form of eating to stay healthy I'd say. I was going to suggest this, as well. I generally don't eat until noon and stop between 6 and 8 pm. I d...
by KeithA
Mon Aug 27, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Information about Bodhisattvas and other Buddhist teachings
Replies: 35
Views: 708

Re: Information about Bodhisattvas and other Buddhist teachings

kirtu wrote:
Sun Aug 26, 2018 5:30 pm
A koan from the Kwan Um School:
A man was imprisoned and sentenced to death. He spent the day and night before his scheduled execution chanting Kanzeon Bodhisattva's name. Was he executed the next day?
Haha! I like that one. Not sure it's a KUZ one, though.
by KeithA
Mon Aug 27, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Information about Bodhisattvas and other Buddhist teachings
Replies: 35
Views: 708

Re: Information about Bodhisattvas and other Buddhist teachings

There are other chants but these three would be found at almost any Zen center in North America. Also the Kwan Um School of Zen is kind of more chanting based and they have a remarkable chanting liturgy replete with mantras taken from Chinese and Tibetan Buddhism. They tend to mention Bodhisattvas ...
by KeithA
Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: Koans and Kensho
Replies: 12
Views: 727

Re: Koans and Kensho

Passel wrote:
...so, you know, disappointments galore.
That made me smile.

May we continue to be disappointed. :thumbsup:

_/|\_
by KeithA
Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: Koans and Kensho
Replies: 12
Views: 727

Re: Koans and Kensho

My question is about Koans and Kensho. I have solved a few Koans and received verification from a Zen master that because of distance I currently don't have access to. After solving these Koans, I discovered that I also knew the solutions to a lot of other related Koans. Although, there are many mo...
by KeithA
Sun Jul 29, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Masters in whose presence peace is experienced?
Replies: 7
Views: 431

Re: Masters in whose presence peace is experienced?

The only Master that can do that is to be found in the mirror.

_/|\_
by KeithA
Mon Apr 02, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: Seon
Topic: Hyongak Sunim fed up with Korean Seon
Replies: 15
Views: 1310

Re: Hyongak Sunim fed up with Korean Seon

This is old news. He still practices and teaches, in Germany if I remember correctly.
by KeithA
Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zazen and breathing
Replies: 38
Views: 2544

Re: Zazen and breathing

There is some basic instruction in the book for "belly breathing" (fukushiki kokyu), which is something necessary to practice zazen (it's not "Zen" breathing per se, just normal human breathing, but many people lose the habit of breathing this way). Is this universal in Zen? Do Soto practitioners u...
by KeithA
Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: A Zen story that stayed with me for decades
Replies: 9
Views: 701

Re: A Zen story that stayed with me for decades

Thanks for the sources cited comments and additional stories folks. Does the modern practice still involve the process of checking with the teacher to make sure understanding is correct, or when the student finally breaks through her doubt in the process of wrestling mightily with the cognitive dis...
by KeithA
Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: A Zen story that stayed with me for decades
Replies: 9
Views: 701

Re: A Zen story that stayed with me for decades

Thanks for the sources cited comments and additional stories folks. Does the modern practice still involve the process of checking with the teacher to make sure understanding is correct, or when the student finally breaks through her doubt in the process of wrestling mightily with the cognitive dis...
by KeithA
Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: A Zen story that stayed with me for decades
Replies: 9
Views: 701

Re: A Zen story that stayed with me for decades

Guji's Finger was the first koan I was assigned to work with by my teacher. It's consider an "easy" one by most, but I struggled mightily with it. My favorite Zen story isn't a koan, but a story from " Dropping Ashes on the Buddha ", by ZM Seung Sahn: Once a student came to Zen Master Hyang Bong and...
by KeithA
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: Zen Community Round Table
Topic: Looking ahead...(split from ZFI topic)
Replies: 168
Views: 7203

Re: Looking ahead...(split from ZFI topic)

Hi jinglebell (what was your previous nik?) Yes, I agree. Although I was never on the E-Sangha staff, I remember a great deal of displeasure and censure of things like a modern Zen understanding of "monk", notions like post-mortem rebirth and permanent nirvana and the like. Truth be told, there is ...
by KeithA
Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Seon
Topic: Soen Yu, breathing exercises taught by Zen Master Dae Bong
Replies: 2
Views: 386

Re: Soen Yu, breathing exercises taught by Zen Master Dae Bong

Nice. I'm curious about the origins of Seung Sahn's breathing exercises. Zen Master Seung Sahn's body was always giving him trouble, so this was something he came up with to help with that. It's not meant to be as heavy as chi kung or the like, although if you have a background in that, it is basic...
by KeithA
Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: New Zen Forum invitation
Replies: 72
Views: 4318

Re: New Zen Forum invitation

Unannounced maintenance window? Doesn't sound like they know what they are doing. They are "on the top of it", didn't you hear the man? ;) "On the top of" what, I wonder? The window?? Desperately clinging to it, as it swings in the wind? I just checked, and the site is still down. Man, you guys jus...
by KeithA
Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: New Zen Forum invitation
Replies: 72
Views: 4318

Re: New Zen Forum invitation

Boda wrote: So why does DW meet the challenge and ZFI fail? Both have/had participants that either don't study/practice Buddhadharma or don't/didn't practice under the guidance of a teacher. DW has not been successful cultivating the Zen side of things. The only reason we are here is because ZFI tan...
by KeithA
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: New Zen Forum invitation
Replies: 72
Views: 4318

Re: New Zen Forum invitation

If I’m right, it’ll either end up being a TreeLeaf clone were members are expected to bow in deference to the every utterance from the Master in melodic sonance, or it’ll suffer the same fate as ZFI. If I’m wrong then who knows what’s possible. Mmmm...cynicism. Like a nice warm blanket that comfort...
by KeithA
Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: New Zen Forum invitation
Replies: 72
Views: 4318

Re: New Zen Forum invitation

If I’m right, it’ll either end up being a TreeLeaf clone were members are expected to bow in deference to the every utterance from the Master in melodic sonance, or it’ll suffer the same fate as ZFI. If I’m wrong then who knows what’s possible. Mmmm...cynicism. Like a nice warm blanket that comfort...

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