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by Matylda
Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Monastic Tibetan Buddhists Fear Death More
Replies: 55
Views: 5384

Re: Monastic Tibetan Buddhists Fear Death More

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cogs.12590/full Abstract: It is an old philosophical idea that if the future self is literally different from the current self, one should be less concerned with the death of the future self (Parfit, 1984). This paper examines the relation between attitude...
by Matylda
Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Seeking enlightenment (satori/bodhi)
Replies: 17
Views: 490

Re: Seeking enlightenment (satori/bodhi)

Most people nowdays are just very beginners and are like blind cubs still... though they believe in their intelectual power of understanding buddhism or zen... So they end up in bubbling about no attainemnet, no goal, or whatecer they read and believe to understand.. then there is a lot of talk abou...
by Matylda
Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: How do I go deeper into Zen practice?
Replies: 39
Views: 1045

Re: How do I go deeper into Zen practice?

Hello. I've been practicing Zazen for about 3-4 years now. I try to sit for 30 minutes twice a day (but a lot of times it's more like once). I go to a local (Soto) Zen center on and off, but I've mostly just been practicing on my own from what I read in books. I would like to go deeper into Buddhis...
by Matylda
Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: “My Three Years on the Soto Zen Buddhist Association Board: a Brief Reflection”
Replies: 11
Views: 640

Re: “My Three Years on the Soto Zen Buddhist Association Board: a Brief Reflection”

Thanks Matylda, that looks much like what I am hearing. Maybe some day a true master might emerge in the West that captures everyone attention. But to be honest, this is what’s been tried and tried, and maybe the humble path of tending to and building the temple is a greater good? Temple is not bad...
by Matylda
Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: “My Three Years on the Soto Zen Buddhist Association Board: a Brief Reflection”
Replies: 11
Views: 640

Re: “My Three Years on the Soto Zen Buddhist Association Board: a Brief Reflection”

Probably I do not understand everything what was written on that blog. But let me say from the perspective of situation in Japan. Yes, most priests received so called dharma transmission or shiho in Japan. But it means no more then to be a priest. A priest who can help in the temple or run the templ...
by Matylda
Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Gangteng Rinpoche: Buddha really was a giant
Replies: 54
Views: 3419

Re: Gangteng Rinpoche: Buddha really was a giant

Malcolm wrote:
Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:28 pm
I don't see how any of this is relevant to whether Buddhas was a giant or not.
Indeed :)
by Matylda
Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Gangteng Rinpoche: Buddha really was a giant
Replies: 54
Views: 3419

Re: Gangteng Rinpoche: Buddha really was a giant

I do not understand the values or the importance of Bhutanese heritage or artifacts and so will not tolerate unruly shoving down the throat. perhaps, as bhutanese gov, they understood best what it stands for and should be in the forefront in preserving these...Shoving all heavy work to a citizen is...
by Matylda
Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Gangteng Rinpoche: Buddha really was a giant
Replies: 54
Views: 3419

Re: Gangteng Rinpoche: Buddha really was a giant

It is often the case that people try to rely on teachers not on common sense. The second, we never participate in private interviews, so we know very little how it went. The third point is, that we do not know how people present their problem or idea, if they deceive themsleves they can also deceive...
by Matylda
Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Gangteng Rinpoche: Buddha really was a giant
Replies: 54
Views: 3419

Re: Gangteng Rinpoche: Buddha really was a giant

I don't blame Gangteng Rinpiche for that. I think it's the followers' own gullibility that caused it. I just think sometimes people have too much faith in the supernatural powers, I know I did. Now I think karma is much more important. King Bimbisara sponsored the Buddha himself on many occasions, ...
by Matylda
Sat Dec 23, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Gangteng Rinpoche: Buddha really was a giant
Replies: 54
Views: 3419

Re: Gangteng Rinpoche: Buddha really was a giant

Proper attitude and motivation for Maning specially is to be based on bodhicitta or at least some bodhicitta wish. If a greedy man hoping profit and fame will do it then for sure there will be many mistakes in such practice... so even if Buddha gives most excellent practice, stupid disciple may spoi...
by Matylda
Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Nyingma
Topic: Gangteng Rinpoche: Buddha really was a giant
Replies: 54
Views: 3419

Re: Gangteng Rinpoche: Buddha really was a giant

Gangteng Tulku is head of the Gangteng monastery in Bhutan. It is an important monastic nyingma institution. He was made the head of it long time ago. In addition he was given over 20 monasteries of nyingma which he tried to restore and rebuild since they were in terrible condition. The goverment of...
by Matylda
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 164
Views: 11299

Re: Western Myth of Zen

They do not contain zazen instructions which we are talking about. I did not write zazen instructions, I wrote "private instructions and personal stories". It could also be added that meditation manuals were very much present both in the format of translated scriptures and treatises from India, and...
by Matylda
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 164
Views: 11299

Re: Western Myth of Zen

What do you mean by 'Chan school that started to publish private instructions'? Where and how? Mainly in the lamp transmission (傳燈) and sayings records (語錄). They do not contain zazen instructions which we are talking about. Those are rather 'mind pointers', sort of koan, jodo or kusen.. not zazen ...
by Matylda
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 164
Views: 11299

Re: Western Myth of Zen

Astus wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:51 pm
Don't you think it strange that while it was the Chan school that started to publish private instructions and personal stories on a large scale somehow wanted to keep their take on meditation secret?
What do you mean by 'Chan school that started to publish private instructions'? Where and how?
by Matylda
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 164
Views: 11299

Re: Western Myth of Zen

If there are translations of Daoist alchemy and yoga, not just philosophical works, why would Chan be an exception? The point is that one cannot find in any early and later Chinese zen texts much information about zazen direct instructions, if any then they are very obscure. And it does not mean th...
by Matylda
Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 164
Views: 11299

Re: Western Myth of Zen

Aside from Hakuin's incorporation of breath techniques, do you know of any other Buddhist school in East Asia that did something similar? The general approach to Zen practice as a yogic or wholly psycho-physical undertaking rather than something purely psychological and intellectual doesn't origina...
by Matylda
Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 164
Views: 11299

Re: Western Myth of Zen

The Japan Times did an article on him some years ago http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2009/08/02/life/caring-for-body-and-soul/ Wow! thanks.. very nice interview. Just as I said before he is very honest person. I really enjoyed that. Here’s this, if you haven’t seen it: https://www.newyorker.com/ma...
by Matylda
Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Anyone knows Vinītaruci or his zen practice?
Replies: 33
Views: 1174

Re: Anyone knows Vinītaruci or his zen practice?

What about the Obaku school? Is it considered part of Rinzai or a separate sect? Wiki also says Hakuin's students purged some aspects of the school they disliked (From the short description; sutra study, nembustu, etc basically the Chinese Chan elements), so are Rinzai and Obaku basically the same ...
by Matylda
Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Question regarding Otokan Lineage actual practice
Replies: 9
Views: 492

Re: Question regarding Otokan Lineage actual practice

bruce, i would like to say a few words.. 1. otokan is japanese rinzai. if im wrong, probably Meido can say. in rinzai u would probably start with counting breaths, susokan, and continue with shikantaza, just sitting, until your teacher gives u the first koan, usually "mu". for layman this is a matt...
by Matylda
Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Question regarding Otokan Lineage actual practice
Replies: 9
Views: 492

Re: Question regarding Otokan Lineage actual practice

What would you normally practice in Otokan Lineage? Hua Tou? śamatha-vipaśyanā?I am really interested to know more about it. Otokan means very intense koan training, though breathing practice like susokukan - counting exhales is often used as well. But main practice is koan. Modern rinzai zen is Ot...