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by MuMun
Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:43 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch
Replies: 230
Views: 37157

Re: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch

But somehow it still seems unclear to you. You still seem to be grappling for a conclusion, thinking it seems unclear or something, despite having it spelled out repeatedly. That's where you are wrong. It looks pretty clear to me and I am not grappling for a conclusion. He has lied, repeatedly, abo...
by MuMun
Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:25 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: How can Zen be considered it's own thing...
Replies: 36
Views: 4213

Re: How can Zen be considered it's own thing...

Really terrific discussion, everyone. Thank you. BuddhaSoup talked about sangha in the most recent reply, just as I was thinking I would add something about that. What I would offer is that indeed sangha is tremendously beneficial, and "the teacher" is part of that community. Is sangha (with or with...
by MuMun
Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:56 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch
Replies: 230
Views: 37157

Re: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch

I'm not sure why we have to backtrack on this. Mumun's points are all valid - but I wonder if he actually has read this thread... Because if I really read it, I would of course be equally outraged, arrive at all the same conclusions, and join you in condemning him and everyone associated with his o...
by MuMun
Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:08 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Becoming a Monk
Replies: 15
Views: 1926

Re: Becoming a Monk

Huseng wrote:
Monasticism or just living in such an environment can bring out the worst qualities in a person, but then it needs to be addressed.
Yes. It comes right up.
by MuMun
Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:35 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Becoming a Monk
Replies: 15
Views: 1926

Re: Becoming a Monk

Great suggestions above. I encourage you strongly to do a period of retreat. Temples and centers worth their salt will work with your financial situation -- we're not in this business for the money. Don't know where you live, but I and others can help connect you with places in your region. One thin...
by MuMun
Sun Jun 10, 2012 4:50 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch
Replies: 230
Views: 37157

Re: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch

This conversation is winding down. I'm going to leave it open, though, in the event that someone from Five Mountain may like to comment... or perhaps something interesting that we didn't know already might emerge. Sounds good. In the absence of a comment from someone in the Five Mountain organizati...
by MuMun
Fri May 25, 2012 2:13 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: finding a teacher.
Replies: 13
Views: 1579

Re: finding a teacher.

Frank wrote:screw it, you guys are right. i'm going to try to schedule time to go see him. thanks.
:twothumbsup:
by MuMun
Fri May 25, 2012 2:07 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch
Replies: 230
Views: 37157

Re: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch

So...what's the truth? Definitely true is that he received inka from Ji Bong Soen Sa in 2006 in a public ceremony at Golden Wind Zen Center in Long Beach, California. Many witnesses, and photographs posted here: https://picasaweb.google.com/goldenwindzenorder/Inka2006" onclick="window.open(this.hre...
by MuMun
Wed May 23, 2012 3:55 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: finding a teacher.
Replies: 13
Views: 1579

Re: finding a teacher.

i live six hours away from my teacher these days, i haven't been to see him in over a year, and he doesn't really do email, so i've decided that realistically i should start looking for a new one in my area because i'm struggling with some practice issues and getting instruction once a year or less...
by MuMun
Sat May 12, 2012 12:37 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: use of mala in zen/chan
Replies: 9
Views: 3080

Re: use of mala in zen/chan

You will see some people in Kwan Um zen centers (soen, western style) using malas if they are doing mantra practice. A teacher may recommend use of a mala to a student who feels distracted by mental activity during formal meditation or during other activities. The prescription is to match a repeated...
by MuMun
Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:58 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Another newbie
Replies: 6
Views: 853

Re: Another newbie

Lunaria wrote:...I still think of myself very much new to buddhism and it all seems very confusing at times.
Me, too. And it's been twenty years!

:rolleye:
by MuMun
Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:55 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Joining a Sanga
Replies: 25
Views: 3385

Re: Joining a Sanga

Wesley1982 wrote:If you're part of a Sangha order tell them Wesley said hi and greetings <wave> :namaste:
Come on out and say it yourself!

:namaste:
by MuMun
Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:29 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: "Applied" Zen: Ginny Whitelaw on Leadership
Replies: 17
Views: 2464

Re: "Applied" Zen: Ginny Whitelaw on Leadership

"Applied Zen!" This was actually the name of a workshop a friend of mine (a Buddhist monastic) was asked to teach at UCLA's Extension, as a single-day adult ed class. "Applied Zen?" Oy. She and I talked about what such a class might be, and I ended up going along with her and "helping" her. We viewe...
by MuMun
Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:09 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Innovation in North American Zen
Replies: 25
Views: 3476

Re: Innovation in North American Zen

Yes, Jikan, very much so!
by MuMun
Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:10 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Innovation in North American Zen
Replies: 25
Views: 3476

Innovation in North American Zen

I am not looking to change the subject or hijack the thread, and if this merits an independent thread, by all means we could start one. There is an interesting sidebar to this conversation, a question that is not new and will probably come up more frequently moving forward: the role of creativity an...
by MuMun
Sun Apr 15, 2012 1:04 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Thich Nhat Hanh: Reading Suggestions?
Replies: 24
Views: 2903

Re: Thich Nhat Hanh: Reading Suggestions?

Someone already mentioned "The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching," and currently I am reading the more recent "Understanding our Mind." Books like these two do a decent job of introducing a general reader to Buddhist vocabulary and concepts and building bridges to practical, everyday experience. They c...
by MuMun
Sat Apr 14, 2012 2:46 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch
Replies: 230
Views: 37157

Re: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch

It's more about going slowly. The main players here are people I have known personally, and I care about them. I do have questions and I can imagine answers but I have very little information about this matter apart from an unsourced letter that was spammed in blog sections as its main method of dis...
by MuMun
Sat Apr 14, 2012 2:02 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch
Replies: 230
Views: 37157

Re: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch

Most here are probably aware of the letter (widely posted online) from 2008... Was this posted anywhere officially with authorship clearly stated? The only distribution I saw for this letter was as comments posted anonymously on various blogs. It was posted as an anonymous comment even on my zen ce...
by MuMun
Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:04 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch
Replies: 230
Views: 37157

Re: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch

Lynch himself was given inka by one of Sahn Sunim's students, Ji Bong (Robert Moore). I'd like to know what relation obtains between Five Mountain and Lynch and the other schools in Sahn Sunim's transmission (Kwan Um, Golden Wind...). And Moore Sunim in particular. Does Lynch's teacher teach Five M...
by MuMun
Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:42 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Is Zen Buddhism...
Replies: 33
Views: 3828

Re: Is Zen Buddhism...

Basically Buddhism that places very little or no emphasis on the sutras and gives meditation and personal discovery a very large importance ? It endows the practice of meditation with great importance. It does not exclude the value of cognitive teachings, as found in sutras and commentaries and dha...