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by Matylda
Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Kenshō the first Bhumi?
Replies: 17
Views: 488

Re: Kenshō the first Bhumi?

I have very rarely seen the Ten Ox Herding Pictures used in a traditional Chan other than in the last 50 or so years so it is also to say that are universal since the Song Dynasty. During that time I believe the classifications if the class Five houses were more popular e.g the Lords and Officials ...
by Matylda
Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:48 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Kenshō the first Bhumi?
Replies: 17
Views: 488

Re: Kenshō the first Bhumi?

So when trying to compare Kensho Bhumi's it makes it very difficult, what schema are these Zen masters using? One relying on the Tiantai and Huayan schools? Or one they created for them selves upon study of the sutras? It is very simple.. in China of the Sung dynasty and later on in Japan the Ten O...
by Matylda
Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Kenshō the first Bhumi?
Replies: 17
Views: 488

Re: Kenshō the first Bhumi?

I’m primarily a student of Dzogchen so I’m not as familiar with how one makes sense of the terminology used in Zen and this misunderstanding has been bothering me for some time. First, is Kenshō considered the first Bhumi, realization of emptiness? In Hakiun: On Kenshō, he says “After you have beco...
by Matylda
Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Kenshō the first Bhumi?
Replies: 17
Views: 488

Re: Kenshō the first Bhumi?

If you would read Torei Enji zenji Mujinto, it is in English, but with comment. by Daibi zenji you could understand complexity of kensho. Kensho is not the first bhumi. If you read detailed listing by Nagarjuna, with kensho alone one lacks all qualities, like emenating 100 bodies at once and visitin...
by Matylda
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Ordainment of Zen monastics?
Replies: 8
Views: 362

Re: Ordainment of Zen monastics?

Than you for that infornation Matylda. I hoped you would write something in this topic. If one strictly observe rinzai ordination then actually a novice receives first vinaya kind of precepts.. There are 10 as I remember. They are concerned time for meals etc. just as regular novice vinaya.. it is ...
by Matylda
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Ordainment of Zen monastics?
Replies: 8
Views: 362

Re: Ordainment of Zen monastics?

When people ordain in Zen traditions, what rules etc. are they ordaining to? I have heard that Japanese Zen doesn't really use the vinaya, but this is an area I don't know anything about. I am particularly interested in Japanese Zen for this question. Generaly since Saicho times in Japan it was bod...
by Matylda
Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: Thien
Topic: Zen practice in Vietnam
Replies: 10
Views: 1315

Re: Zen practice in Vietnam

In the past to now. Vietnam Zen haved contain 5 school: Vinitaruci, Vô Môn Thông(wu-han-zhong), Thảo Đường(Yumen school) , Trúc Lâm(established by Tran Nhân Tông king), lâm tế(linji, came to Vietnam with alot of different lineage) and Caodong school(1 lineage ). The there first school have been dis...
by Matylda
Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 105
Views: 5430

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

I can only repeat in this discussion - do not follow lineage, do not follow group of friends even if calls it 'sangha', do not follow all those nice quotations, they lead one nowhere, one who is just unenlightened being. Follow a teacher, one who is realized in a real snese in zen practice and knws ...
by Matylda
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 105
Views: 5430

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

Ultimately without teacher there is no zen practice ... "I just believe that this matter can’t be transmitted and can’t be learned. You must realize on your own, awaken on your own, affirm on your own, stop-to-rest on your own, and then you will for the first time get to the end of things." (Letter...
by Matylda
Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 105
Views: 5430

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

False eloquence does not make the point. There is no zen pracitce without zen teacher.
by Matylda
Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:30 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 105
Views: 5430

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

There’s no argument that a skillful teacher is a benefit to a practitioner. Based on my experience and observations, more practitioners have benefited from belonging to a sangha than from following a teacher. And even the Buddha is reported to have said, Admirable friendship, admirable companionshi...
by Matylda
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 105
Views: 5430

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

The quality of the teacher depends on the ability to participate in that work of the heart. No, if you mean teacher him- or herself, then not. His/her quality depends only on the depth and power of his realization. Nothing to do with heart etc. Heart is a construct, realization is selflessness, or ...
by Matylda
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 105
Views: 5430

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

It is not the teacher but the work of the heart that connects us with the path - with methods, people, etc... It is rather a myth with the heart and so on. There is no heart to rely on in the first place. Determination and motivation ok, but it is still under teacher's control. Otherwise in can tak...
by Matylda
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 105
Views: 5430

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

Ananda was unable to awaken while studying under Buddha; he awakened only when he dropped hopes that a teacher would lead him. Ananda had still Mahakashyapa to depend on and it was Mahakashyapa whom Buddha entrusted Ananda... actually a boy with many difficulties to control his mind, as we know fro...
by Matylda
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 105
Views: 5430

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

Buddha Shakyamuni awakened when he left his teachers and was practising on his own. We are are not Shakamuni Buddha obviously. So the comparison is somehow invalid. Another thing, it is sometimes picked up that the Buddha had no teacher and went on his own. But teachers point to one fact, that it w...
by Matylda
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 105
Views: 5430

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

people don't understand well that the central point and the source of the practice is our own heart, not "the teacher". It is deep mistake for people who just start zen practice. And one is beginner mostly for a few decades... our own heart is simply only common stream of thoughts, good and bad.. t...
by Matylda
Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Blessing a Buddha
Replies: 3
Views: 560

Re: Blessing a Buddha

dialectbird wrote:
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:15 pm
Thank you,
I will run this by my priest, and see what he thinks. I appreciate your help, have an excellent day!

合掌
DB
welcome :)
by Matylda
Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Blessing a Buddha
Replies: 3
Views: 560

Re: Blessing a Buddha

It is a ceremony called KAIGEN - opening an eye. One who is qualified should be fully ordained priest who got shiho and completed zuise or best completed his or her training. There is a specific text recited - TEN EPITHETS OF TATHAGATA or JU GO NYORAI, and the priest should conduct special eye openi...
by Matylda
Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza
Replies: 15
Views: 427

Re: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza

others would say improved upon, or at least made available from a different perspective. [/b][/b] improve what? if ne needs improvment of zen then one is not fit for it.. same applis to any other tradtion.. After all, we wouldn't even have various lineages and sects if different people had differen...
by Matylda
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza
Replies: 15
Views: 427

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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