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by Matylda
Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Anyone knows Vinītaruci or his zen practice?
Replies: 33
Views: 526

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: 235

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: 235

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: 240

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: 37
Views: 658

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: 177

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: 142
Views: 1481

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: 12
Views: 542

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: 12
Views: 542

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: 267

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: 149

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: 267

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: 25
Views: 632

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: 448

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...
by Matylda
Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Shabdrung/ Gyalwa Drukpa/ Bhutan royals
Replies: 6
Views: 448

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...
by Matylda
Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: HHDL next incarnation Man/Woman ?
Replies: 16
Views: 563

Re: HHDL next incarnation Man/Woman ?

if you read my post you can see where i think it does have relevance. The times are a changing, slowly away from male dominance . Equality is the right thing and just like people in general world wide wished for a black presidency for a variety of human rights, it would be nice to see someone in a ...
by Matylda
Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: HHDL next incarnation Man/Woman ?
Replies: 16
Views: 563

Re: HHDL next incarnation Man/Woman ?

I read somewhere His Holiness Dalai Lama will be incarnating before the present one passes away. I'm hoping and saying She will be a Woman this time out. The time is right, the Time is in need of such an event . Spread equality a step further and give hope to girls everywhere. Not so different as t...
by Matylda
Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Can you practice without a teacher?
Replies: 11
Views: 431

Re: Can you practice without a teacher?

Hello all, I have tried to do zazen in the past, but have been discouraged because everywhere I look, there's a strong emphasis on finding a teacher for feedback etc. Because of that, I started just following the Pure Land path because it seemed more accessible; I would like to eventually do zazen ...
by Matylda
Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Theravada Pointing-out Sutta
Replies: 3
Views: 364

Re: Theravada Pointing-out Sutta

Many know that I follow Soto Zen in particular the tradition that emphasizes Zazen; Gyobutsuji Zen Monastery in America & Antai-ji in Japan. However I do have a background in Theravada and as of late a very keen interest in the Tantric traditions. Below is an excerpt from one of my favorite Suttas....
by Matylda
Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:40 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Tibetan Zen
Replies: 344
Views: 13490

Re: Tibetan Zen

People have a very huge misconception about gurus, particularly in Dzogchen teachings. No guru is going to hand you awakening in their hand, or pick out the perfect yidam for you to practice, or give you a tailor made path to buddhahood. But they can transmit their own knowledge of the teachings, a...