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by Matylda
Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 105
Views: 4986

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: 4986

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: 4986

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: 4986

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: 4986

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: 4986

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: 4986

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: 4986

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: 4986

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: 277

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: 277

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: 344

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: 344

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 Matylda
Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen
Replies: 17
Views: 780

Re: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen

( Prefatory note : I have posted this question in the Ch'an/Zen (we'll just call it "Zen") forums because I specifically and sincerely want to hear what Zen practitioners think about this, from their own (i.e. non-Vajrayana) perspective, and based on their own experience, comparisons, readings, etc...
by Matylda
Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza
Replies: 15
Views: 344

Re: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza

I started out in and have a strong affinity for Theravada Thai Forest (Ajahn Chah), but have lately been studying Zen (emphasis on STUDYING - while I have been experimenting with zazen as somewhat different from the "meditation" I've learned from the Ajahns, I do not yet practice with a Zen sangha ...
by Matylda
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Gelug
Topic: Ngawang Lobzang Gyatso
Replies: 21
Views: 1029

Re: Ngawang Lobzang Gyatso

Tashi delek, Have published this topic also elswhere here aboard, but i guess to place this topic here too, would not be bad. Ngawang Lobzang Gyatso / 5th and 6th Dalai Lamas, were Dzogchenpas, see the kLa Kang murals. Asked myself always why he /they did not integrate Dzogchen in the Gelug as high...
by Matylda
Fri May 11, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Should a mother who is emotionally neglectful and indifferent be honored on Mother's day?
Replies: 38
Views: 1154

Re: Should a mother who is emotionally neglectful and indifferent be honored on Mother's day?

So my mother has just never really been there for me throughout my life in the way that I needed her to be. She has always been indifferent and distant and also abusive and/or allowed my step father to abuse me. Yet, she wonders why I haven't seen her in over 15 years. She doesn't want to talk abou...
by Matylda
Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zazen and breathing
Replies: 38
Views: 2188

Re: Zazen and breathing

It's helpful to realize that scholars now agree there weren't sects as we imagine them in pre-Tokugawa Japan, rather it was more like temple faculties with monks freely travelling and studying at other temple centers. There was a great dissemination of information, teaching and practices. This was ...
by Matylda
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zazen and breathing
Replies: 38
Views: 2188

Re: Zazen and breathing

In fact it always surprises me how people try to find all sorts of origins of zen practice, as if it had any real meaning, maybe it has just intelectual value or is only information. But still it has no influence on current zen practice. There is none in fact. More surprising is repeating about conn...
by Matylda
Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zazen and breathing
Replies: 38
Views: 2188

Re: Zazen and breathing

Soto has lost a lot of its original instructions.. but if you look into teachings of Hara Tanzan or Keido Chisan you would have a lot of these instructions.. with the 50th abbot of Eiheiji in the very end of the XVIII cent. who oppossed koan within soto which was completely unjustified there was mo...

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