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by Matylda
Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Goma ritual
Replies: 20
Views: 468

Re: Goma ritual

Good evening, I was wondering, what the fire ritual in the Tendai tradition consist of? Why has Tendai a esoteric ritual that comes from Shingon? What does it represent? Thank you :anjali: I do not think that it has any relation with shingon, probably they have their own lineage of transmission. Ve...
by Matylda
Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Goma ritual
Replies: 20
Views: 468

Re: Goma ritual

Good evening, I was wondering, what the fire ritual in the Tendai tradition consist of? Why has Tendai a esoteric ritual that comes from Shingon? What does it represent? Thank you :anjali: I do not think that it has any relation with shingon, probably they have their own lineage of transmission. By...
by Matylda
Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Obaku Zen
Replies: 3
Views: 179

Re: Obaku Zen

Excellent, thank you. Wiki mentions that was was a dual practice, Zen and Pure Land, during the Ming Period. What are the Pure Land elements in Obaku? Not in Japan, they have hardly any pure land practices, exception could be chanting of some pure land texts, but frankly I did not see it at Mampuku...
by Matylda
Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Obaku Zen
Replies: 3
Views: 179

Re: Obaku Zen

What are the spiritual practices of Obaku Zen? Ex. Chanting? What do they chant? Is there any reading material online where I can learn more? Thank you Blackthorne since it is zen school then koan is the main focus.. and koans used in obaku are from Hakuin lineage of Takuju, plus few koans of their...
by Matylda
Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Relationship between Zen and Shingon
Replies: 4
Views: 2682

Re: Relationship between Zen and Shingon

Is there any relationship between Zen and Shingon besides them both being schools of Buddhism and both being Japanese forms of Buddhism? What I mean is was there any cross fertilization between these two traditions in Japan and did they influence each other in any way? Also what was the historical ...
by Matylda
Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Relationship between Zen and Shingon
Replies: 4
Views: 2682

Re: Relationship between Zen and Shingon

Is there any relationship between Zen and Shingon besides them both being schools of Buddhism and both being Japanese forms of Buddhism? What I mean is was there any cross fertilization between these two traditions in Japan and did they influence each other in any way? Also what was the historical ...
by Matylda
Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Newbie. Zen Buddhism. Ha Noi.
Replies: 3
Views: 283

Re: Newbie. Zen Buddhism. Ha Noi.

Hey everyone. I live in Ha Noi, Viet Nam. And want to find someone here who can tell me and teach about Zen Buddhism. Thanks. I doubt that you could learn much about zen buddhism on DW, however I may recommend 2 books which could be good introduction to zen practice 1. https://www.amazon.com/Rinzai...
by Matylda
Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Topic: Zen 6th Patriarch Statement regarding nature
Replies: 85
Views: 2941

Re: Topic: Zen 6th Patriarch Statement regarding nature

Hui Neng, 6th Zen Patriarch said, “Fundamentally, there is not a thing there.” Yet the knowing quality is present and infused with consciousness. it is pretty wrong quotation and very incomplete what leaves a lot of space for doubts. and English translation is misleading and incomplete this is the ...
by Matylda
Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Zen Commitments
Replies: 17
Views: 858

Re: Zen Commitments

idea of a teacher falling out of his own path is rather funny, since if disciple says so, then it means that he does not need a teacher at all. Not if you find that your teacher is doing something completely inappropriate like taking sexual advantage of women, etc, etc. Then, most everyone can see ...
by Matylda
Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Zen Commitments
Replies: 17
Views: 858

Re: Zen Commitments

As old Koan story show, in old day young monk travel teacher to teacher. Dogen travel teacher to teacher. So, what you describe is rigidity that came to Japanese Zen during Tokugawa period when people need loyal to one teacher. For example, when Obaku came, many Soto and Rinzai went to check out. T...
by Matylda
Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Sesshin
Replies: 3
Views: 360

Re: Sesshin

Is there any real need to prepare for sesshin? Or should i just go for it as a beginner? It seems to me like its not something you can really prepare for? In a way you are right and you do not need any special preparation for sesshin. But generally it is very advicable to keep quiet, stay more alon...
by Matylda
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Zen Commitments
Replies: 17
Views: 858

Re: Zen Commitments

What are the commitments associated with studying with a Zen teacher in the formal sense? I understand from reading about various lineages of Buddhism that sometime there are requirements to stay with the same teacher, never speak out against them etc....even of they have fallen from their own path...
by Matylda
Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Zen Commitments
Replies: 17
Views: 858

Re: Zen Commitments

What are the commitments associated with studying with a Zen teacher in the formal sense? I understand from reading about various lineages of Buddhism that sometime there are requirements to stay with the same teacher, never speak out against them etc....even of they have fallen from their own path...
by Matylda
Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Shushogi
Replies: 19
Views: 1231

Re: Shushogi

"The Shushogi was written in the 19th century at a time when Soto-shu decided that lay people needed just to undertake the Precepts to express their faith, and that lay folks had neither the time nor inclination for Zazen, so never once mentions Zazen. It is also something of an amazing cut and pas...
by Matylda
Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Shushogi
Replies: 19
Views: 1231

Re: Shushogi

narhwal90 wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:49 pm
Is it not the case that the Shushogi is composed of excerpts from the Shobogenzo?
Yes it is in fact based on Shobogenzo
by Matylda
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Shushogi
Replies: 19
Views: 1231

Re: Shushogi

I’ve always liked it quite a bit, and find it sort of amusing that Soto Zen’s distillation of Dogen’s teachings for lay Buddhists makes no mention of zazen, shikantaza, or meditation at all and focuses instead largely on repentance, karma, and future births. as for this part, we have to notice that...
by Matylda
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Shushogi
Replies: 19
Views: 1231

Re: Shushogi

I don’t know how that’s reconciled with the secular bent and near-denial of traditional Buddhist teachings on karma and rebirth that’s prevalent in American Zen. Perhaps it isn’t. In fact this misunderstanding may come directly from teachings of Japanese roshis who did teach in the USA or in the We...
by Matylda
Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Shushogi
Replies: 19
Views: 1231

Re: Shushogi

Is this text discussed much in American Soto Zen? I don’t remember it ever being discussed at the Soto Zen center I attended years ago. I know it’s held in high regard in Jiyu-Kennett Roshi’s lineage, but outside of that, I don’t recall hearing it discussed much. I’ve always liked it quite a bit, a...
by Matylda
Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Does zen have anything similar to dream yoga?
Replies: 10
Views: 806

Re: Does zen have anything similar to dream yoga?

btw people do often ask if in zen is this or that, calling other traditions, answers may vary but generally i answer. NO. for many reasons, one of them are terms. most terms used for example in tibetan yogas do not occur in zen at all, and of course specific zen terms never come up in other traditio...
by Matylda
Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Does zen have anything similar to dream yoga?
Replies: 10
Views: 806

Re: Does zen have anything similar to dream yoga?

From what I gather "dream yoga" in Tibetan Buddhism is something that involves learning to lucid dream so that you can practice in your sleep as well as while you're awake. This seems like a pretty useful thing, but I'm a zen practitioner and I don't want to have to deal with all the vows, empowerm...

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