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by JMGinPDX
Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Letting go
Replies: 41
Views: 1779

Re: Letting go

I don't see the phrase "letting go" as a trite, dismissive phrase when applied to the practice, even if it's overused in Western pop mindfulness culture. Here's a perspective that ties the term directly to Dogen and how zazen itself is different from "meditation" primarily through the act of letting...
by JMGinPDX
Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: American with tattoos visiting Japanese Zen temples & monasteries, etc
Replies: 4
Views: 485

Re: American with tattoos visiting Japanese Zen temples & monasteries, etc

Oh, and when in a Buddhist or Shinto hall, never point your legs at the shrine/Butsudan, maintain a formal attitude of respect. Thank you! I appreciate your input. I was definitely planning to mention the tattoos and take a black samue or gi with me for the Eihei-Ji visit, if they're approving, as ...
by JMGinPDX
Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: American with tattoos visiting Japanese Zen temples & monasteries, etc
Replies: 4
Views: 485

American with tattoos visiting Japanese Zen temples & monasteries, etc

Wondering if anyone has any insight into this... My wife and son and I are planning to visit Japan in June 2020. I am particularly interested in going to Eihei-Ji, and possibly signing up for the 1-night "sanzen" stay mentioned here: https://daihonzan-eiheiji.com/en/guide-sanzen.html In addition to ...
by JMGinPDX
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen Practice
Replies: 13
Views: 1122

Re: Zen Practice

The concept of "practice" feels almost forced - in other words, trying to grasp by "doing". To provide a simple example, meditation (to me) seems like something one should do naturally and not in a regular forced manner unless that too would be natural. Instead, it seems to simply "be" in a non-dua...
by JMGinPDX
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen monastery stays for a visitor in Japan?
Replies: 8
Views: 693

Re: Zen monastery stays for a visitor in Japan?

Thanks for the replies! I have investigated the Eihei-ji a bit more based on HePo's advice - for some reason I was thinking Fukui was further out, I think 90 minutes by JR is more than do-able for our itinerary. I do a mix of Soto and Rinzai, my main teacher and sangha are Rinzai and I'm on the koan...
by JMGinPDX
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 9292

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

Sengcan is likely not even a real person so I'm not too sure how weighty his opinion should be but going by his Xinxin Ming I doubt Theravdins or other Sravakas would have accepted his view. Otherwise they would not have been so averse to the Madhyamaka or Thathgata teachings in ancient India and n...
by JMGinPDX
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen monastery stays for a visitor in Japan?
Replies: 8
Views: 693

Zen monastery stays for a visitor in Japan?

Apologies if this is not the correct forum for this question, I humbly defer to the moderators... My wife and son and I are planning a vacation to Japan in the summer of 2020 (trying to avoid the Olympics timeframe). I would like to see if there was any way to do a 1-2 day overnight visit to practic...
by JMGinPDX
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza
Replies: 21
Views: 2203

Re: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza

Dogen is very specific concerning shikantaza, in that it's the nature of the mind, Buddha nature, and you might want to see what he wrote. So the sutta-based anapanasati and satipatanna don't have that orientation, but the actual training isn't radically different. And, to trace the subtle shift of...
by JMGinPDX
Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza
Replies: 21
Views: 2203

Re: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza

Besides - if finding correlations between Theravadin and Zen practices doesn't work for you, fine. But if it does work for me, isn't that what the Buddha encouraged us to do? Practice, experience, don't take his word for it, then keep what works and discard what doesn't? it is not personal or my li...
by JMGinPDX
Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: similarities/differences between Zen and Korean Won?
Replies: 2
Views: 432

similarities/differences between Zen and Korean Won?

I remember reading an article on Won in one of the Buddhist journals recently (can't remember which one).
Has anyone explored the differences and similarities between Zen and Won? Just curious, even though it ultimately doesn't mean anything :)
by JMGinPDX
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 9292

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

as an aside: I used to practice at the same center you are practicing in in the late 1990s. At that time it was home to Dharma Rain Zen Center. The Zen Community of Oregon also practiced there, as did Robert Beatty's Insight Meditation group. Later, there was a Sakya group, too (are they still arou...
by JMGinPDX
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 9292

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

Agree with most of the above, although not inclined to dismiss 'hinayana' as inferior out of hand. As one example Ajahn Chah says plenty of stuff that is reminiscent of a Mahayana message, so making use of those categories in the modern world should be functional, and based on what is taught, not s...
by JMGinPDX
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 9292

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

Agree with most of the above, although not inclined to dismiss 'hinayana' as inferior out of hand. But an important point is to understand the dialectical nature of (especially) early Buddhism. 'Dialectic' refers to a mode of exposition arising from a dialogue between differing perspectives. You al...
by JMGinPDX
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 9292

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

puts me off when reading Zen texts in particular is the anti-Hinayana (e.g. Theravada) bias present in much of the literature. Since Zen has never coexisted with Hinayana before the 20th century meeting in Western countries, this is all rather rhetorical. That's an excellent point and one that I ha...
by JMGinPDX
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 9292

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

Well, yeah. But there is also the whole thing about "you are not following real teachings of Buddha" thing in Theravada. It just is like that. I would not call it bigotry. It is just a prejudice. However based on valid historic (as you pointed yourself) and also dharmic points. Mahayana is the fast...
by JMGinPDX
Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 9292

anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

For sake of context, when I began my Buddhist practice, I took the time to research the various traditions and history to see which lineage might be a good fit for the way I tend to operate - I settled on the Theravada Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah, and still practice within it. However, I hav...
by JMGinPDX
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza
Replies: 21
Views: 2203

Re: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza

You may want to take a look at Sheng-yen's teachings on silent illumination. He has some techniques for easing into silent illumination that are very satipatthana-like, but gradually become less object oriented. You may want to take a look at Ajahn Munindo's teachings as well, whom I feel does a go...
by JMGinPDX
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza
Replies: 21
Views: 2203

Re: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza

infact shikan taza is unique practice, which is preserved within zen, and only zen.. looking for similarities is waste of time and kind of amusement... Thank you, but I tacitly disagree with that, as all Buddhist traditions emanate from the same roots and have more similarities than differences. To...
by JMGinPDX
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza
Replies: 21
Views: 2203

Re: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza

infact shikan taza is unique practice, which is preserved within zen, and only zen.. looking for similarities is waste of time and kind of amusement... Thank you, but I tacitly disagree with that, as all Buddhist traditions emanate from the same roots and have more similarities than differences. To...

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