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by Matylda
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 153
Views: 9406

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: 153
Views: 9406

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: 153
Views: 9406

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: 153
Views: 9406

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: 153
Views: 9406

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: 153
Views: 9406

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: 795

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: 335

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: 335

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...
by Matylda
Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Who is this?
Replies: 5
Views: 274

Re: Who is this?

This is a consecrated statue of a monk in long-life robes. Inside is a scripture with the 'old man' chinese longevity figure on it, a red 4 armed Avalokiteshvara prayer flag with two pieces of Amethyst. The hat has symbols on four sides. I hope they came out ok. Any ideas? It came from the estate o...
by Matylda
Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:27 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: By way of welcome: Let's drink some tea!
Replies: 45
Views: 1023

Re: By way of welcome: Let's drink some tea!

Could be baito, some folks add sugar. Suger misses the purpose of baito. Baito has this particular function of sour and salty taste which influences liver etc. making one more fit for zazen in the early morning hours and prevents drowsiness. Suger has opposite effect and spoils baito. Additionally ...
by Matylda
Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: Yunmen Wenyan
Replies: 5
Views: 236

Re: Yunmen Wenyan

Why are his words not used, explained, understood, and so on.. Wondering why you say this? To start, Ummon features in 20-something koan in Hekiganroku and Mumonkan alone, meaning that in Rinzai practice at least his words and their function are rather intimately examined. ~ Meido In opus magnum of...
by Matylda
Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Zen Community Round Table
Topic: Looking ahead...(split from ZFI topic)
Replies: 152
Views: 2432

Re: Zen Forum International

Here's my take: The attrition at ZFI over the past year or two was extreme. Many folks with substantial Buddhist studies and practice background migrated away. Recently, very few threads discussing much to do with Zen were actually going on. If ZFI comes back online, it's not clear to me that it wi...
by Matylda
Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Single practice schools
Replies: 14
Views: 708

Re: Single practice schools

I believe the phrase "single practice" may have indeed originated in Tendai (or rather Tientai I should say) however I can't see why it would be derogatory, as Tendai itself has ichigyo zanmai practice. And, although each of the Kamakura schools have a wide variety of practices, they all claim that...
by Matylda
Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Single practice schools
Replies: 14
Views: 708

Re: Single practice schools

Thanks to both of you. I've seen senju ("exclusive") used especially in reference to Pureland practice in Japan, i.e. exclusive reliance on nembutsu, and have understood it to be a point stressed by Honen. The English term "single practice" I have assumed translates this, but I'm not certain. At so...
by Matylda
Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Seon
Topic: Hyongak Sunim fed up with Korean Seon
Replies: 6
Views: 329

Re: Hyongak Sunim fed up with Korean Seon

I think that you'll find that the problem with all institutions including religion is people, more accurately, greedy people that are more interested in power and prestige than practicing their religion and upholding the spirit of the ideology. There's been many threads on here about different teac...
by Matylda
Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto Zen Text Project website
Replies: 2
Views: 190

Re: Soto Zen Text Project website

Their Dharma Eye magazine is running a translation and commentary on the Shobogenzo . Here is the latest issue: http://global.sotozen-net.or.jp/eng/dharma/pdf/40e.pdf Wonder if the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives is considered 'correct' enough to be part of the International Soto group? No the Ord...
by Matylda
Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:42 am
Forum: Seon
Topic: Hyongak Sunim fed up with Korean Seon
Replies: 6
Views: 329

Re: Hyongak Sunim fed up with Korean Seon

http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_entertainment/755201.html I think Venerable Hyongak made a very good decision. Korean Buddhism is falling into corruption, political fights in the Jogye Order (Largest Zen (Seon) order in South Korea. Majority of Korean Buddhists I've met were just p...
by Matylda
Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: NOT another Jhana Thread
Replies: 65
Views: 1420

Re: NOT another Jhana Thread

Zafutales wrote:
Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:30 pm
...well........

I have seen reference at times to Shikantaza being likened to the Fourth Jhana - can someone elucidate the rationale for this please?

My understanding is that the Fourth Jhana is really a rather lofty aspiration.

Thanks,

:namaste:

What do you mean by the fourth jhana?
by Matylda
Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Shabdrung/ Gyalwa Drukpa/ Bhutan royals
Replies: 6
Views: 488

Re: Shabdrung/ Gyalwa Drukpa/ Bhutan royals

I hope I have posted this in the right forum. Can anybody give me a quick overview of the ongoing conflict between the Shabdrung lineage and the Bhutan royal family and also whether this involves the Gyalwa Drukpa line of teachers also. Have searched online but still very confused about how and why...