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by Ven. Charama Bhavika
Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:43 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch
Replies: 230
Views: 36274

Re: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch

It seems that one of the main issues, that of Paul Lynch's transmission, remains unanswered. It still seems to me that this is a simple matter that could be put to rest with a simple answer. Dear SonofRage, As I mentioned a few weeks ago, that answer is forthcoming. I also mentioned that I've discu...
by Ven. Charama Bhavika
Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:36 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch
Replies: 230
Views: 36274

Re: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch

Thanks for the details! I had a follow-up to dearreader's question. It's not clear to my poor head who has entrusted leadership of the program to Wanji. Did Five Mountain come into control or possession (not sure how to word this properly) of the institution before or after Wanji was made the leade...
by Ven. Charama Bhavika
Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:16 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch
Replies: 230
Views: 36274

Re: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch

Dear Charama, Thanks for the clarification. I am a little surprised to learn they have the same meaning. I don't know how things work in California but I would have assumed that ownership of the school would be separate from "responsibility." I have responsibilities at my place of employment but I ...
by Ven. Charama Bhavika
Wed Jan 09, 2013 5:48 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch
Replies: 230
Views: 36274

Re: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch

Congratulations on the new website. Could a native english speaker please tell me if "appointment" is the same as "transfer" ? The certificate reads that Venerable Dr. Wanji Dharma was appointed as Dean. Is this the same as transferring control? Gratsi Thank you for your comment, Dearreader. The an...
by Ven. Charama Bhavika
Wed Jan 09, 2013 1:37 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch
Replies: 230
Views: 36274

Re: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch

Hello, I just wanted to let everyone know that our new web site has launched! I appreciate your patience. The document transferring Ven. Dr. Thich Thien-An's educational institution from Ven. Chitta Dharma and Ven. Karuna Dharma to Five Mountain Zen Order can be found here: http://www.buddhadharmaun...
by Ven. Charama Bhavika
Wed Dec 19, 2012 4:17 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch
Replies: 230
Views: 36274

Re: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch

Dear Dharma Wheel, I would like everyone to take a good, long, hard look at this: ...We're never going to get a straight answer out of these people. Can't everyone see that? They are showing you how they behave. Here. Evasion, puffery, false piety, passive aggressive attacks, dodges, feints, continu...
by Ven. Charama Bhavika
Sun Dec 16, 2012 3:18 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch
Replies: 230
Views: 36274

Re: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch

Hi Everyone, I don't have any context around here. I can't tell who's a Buddhist and who isn't. However, it's easy to see that Jisahn108 is angry and seems to hold a very deep and abiding grudge against Paul Lynch and the Five Mountain Zen Order. Such vitriol doesn't discount Jisahn108 from being a ...
by Ven. Charama Bhavika
Fri Dec 14, 2012 6:12 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch
Replies: 230
Views: 36274

Re: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch

Greetings to All! I apologize for not returning sooner. I was sick for 7-10 days with a terrible cold/sinus infection that made me tired and lacking focus. I'm just now back up to 98% health. So I thought I'd stop by. I hope all of you are well. I have great news to share! 1. I have seen the documen...
by Ven. Charama Bhavika
Thu Dec 06, 2012 7:17 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch
Replies: 230
Views: 36274

Re: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch

The IBMC, from what I understand, no longer exists. This is clearly not the case. The webpage here http://www.ibmc.info/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; indicates that a new abbot was appointed to take the reigns from Ven. Karuna Dharma, he is a Theravada monk named Ven. Shanti. I cu...
by Ven. Charama Bhavika
Thu Dec 06, 2012 7:07 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch
Replies: 230
Views: 36274

Re: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch

So I do not make a distinction between titles, orders, robe colors, and the number of Precepts one takes. I know those who take more Precepts are very deeply committed to the Dharma. But I also know anyone who takes Precepts and begins the journey has embarked on a noble Path and requires my respec...
by Ven. Charama Bhavika
Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:17 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch
Replies: 230
Views: 36274

Re: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch

I'm not sure what the connection is between IBMC and Ven. Karuna Dharma. I know there was a loose connection between Ven. Dr. Thich Thien-An's American University of Oriental Studies and the IBMC back in the early 1970s. Ven. Karuna Dharma was the abbess/director of IBMC for over thirty years. She ...
by Ven. Charama Bhavika
Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:49 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch
Replies: 230
Views: 36274

Re: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch

Hi Ven. Charama Bhavika, You have rebutted the claim that Ven. Lynch is motivated by a desire for cash, by suggesting that he is without means. (This may or may not follow logically; being without means is a plausible reason why someone might be motivated to seek cash, and hence may be evidence aga...
by Ven. Charama Bhavika
Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:30 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch
Replies: 230
Views: 36274

Re: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch

I personally dislike the title Venerable, and ask people not to use it when addressing me. It implies "worthy of Veneration" and as I possess few qualities worthy of veneration I ask people not to use it. But other monastics I have met have different opinions. Why do you not ask Rev. Kusala over at...
by Ven. Charama Bhavika
Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:18 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch
Replies: 230
Views: 36274

Re: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch

Ven. Charama, I don't have any experience with your group. I'm curious, were you a Zen practitioner before you met your current teacher, or a Buddhist? 2 1/2 years honestly seems like a short time in the Dharma to gain teacher status. Perhaps you had some other background in the Dharma. Also, I am ...
by Ven. Charama Bhavika
Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:08 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch
Replies: 230
Views: 36274

Re: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch

I have known Paul Lynch for 2-1/2 years. He ordained me as a Zen priest last year. This year, he allowed me to teach as an apprentice Zen teacher. I take that responsibility very seriously. My fellow Zen teachers in the Five Mountain Zen Order do, too. They are wonderful people, with insight, wisdo...
by Ven. Charama Bhavika
Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:41 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch
Replies: 230
Views: 36274

Re: Five Mountain Zen Order & Paul Lynch

Dear Dharma Wheel Editors and Readers, I hope this post finds everyone well. My name is Charama Bhavika. I am the Executive Director of the Five Mountain Zen Order. I believe I am in a position to comment on some of what has been going on lately. I have known Paul Lynch for 2-1/2 years. He ordained ...