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by Matt J
Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 99
Views: 2715

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

My claim is that it is essential for lineage holders--- i.e. the teacher who is expected to hold and transmit the lineage. It is one thing to realize the teaching (to whatever degree), but it is another to be able to guide others. I think Japan Zen is unique with full time practice , but I don’t agr...
by Matt J
Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 99
Views: 2715

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

There were many Japanese teachers in the West one generation ago. Most Western teachers spring from this source, although they are rapidly producing as the non-Japanese teachers start giving transmission. As far as I know, most Japanese teachers came from a full-time practice background, but many of...
by Matt J
Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Meditation techniques in each tradition
Replies: 14
Views: 324

Re: Meditation techniques in each tradition

The main difference, on my experience, between Theravada-style practice and Zen and Dzogchen/Mahamudra is that the latter requires you to work with a teacher to gain clarity on what in both traditions is referred to as the nature of mind. Mahamudra in particular uses a step-by-step approach, whereas...
by Matt J
Sun Jun 28, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 99
Views: 2715

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

I am not sure that is the whole of it. Chinul, from Buswell's Mojuga's Secrets of Cultivating the Mind: Question: If you say that the buddha-nature exists in the body right now, then, since it is in the body, it is not separate from us ordinary persons. So why can we not see now this buddha-nature? ...
by Matt J
Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 99
Views: 2715

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

Stephan Bodian was a monk and head of the Los Angeles Zen center in the 1970's and 1980's. He studied under Suzuki Roshi, Maezumi Roshi and others. He ended up leaving because he felt that he and many others weren't "getting it." There are many other public stories and confessions out there if you l...
by Matt J
Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Are Zen teachers awakened?
Replies: 99
Views: 2715

Re: Are Zen teachers awakened?

I would say no, unless they are quite skilled at hiding their knowledge.

Stephen Bodian, as a public example, was teaching Zen at a time he stated he had not seen his true nature (according to him). I am sure there are other public examples.
by Matt J
Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Genuine advice sought.
Replies: 47
Views: 979

Re: Genuine advice sought.

All the texts and masters in the world don't mean anything if the teaching is not alive for you. For all I know, everyone surrounding me is a fully enlightened Buddha. But that won't help me if I keep the teachings at the conceptual level and never experience them directly. It seems to me that many,...
by Matt J
Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Genuine advice sought.
Replies: 47
Views: 979

Re: Genuine advice sought.

I would not relegate experience to some second class status. Official "authority" is no indication of experience or realization. And experience is often taught to be the bridge between intellectual understanding and permanent realization. The thin maroon line separating useful discussion of the Dhar...
by Matt J
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:18 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?
Replies: 370
Views: 10004

Re: Why choose Mahayana over Vajrayana?

I've had very similar experiences. I've also found that practicing with a teacher (Zen or Vajrayana), one hears and learns very different things than when one comes to an online forum. I am not a Dzogchen person, and am not qualified to say what is similar or different. I do not have extensive exper...
by Matt J
Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Consciousness question
Replies: 42
Views: 839

Re: Consciousness question

I would posit that there are constant gaps, but through habit we have learned to ignore or forget them. Keep in mind that there are six senses, so include the mind and mental objects. The classic way that I learned was to go on retreat, spend some time developing a degree of shamatha, and then turn ...
by Matt J
Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Consciousness question
Replies: 42
Views: 839

Re: Consciousness question

Why not look and see in practice before trying to tie it down with concepts?
by Matt J
Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: In between Taoism and Buddhism
Replies: 89
Views: 8167

Re: In between Taoism and Buddhism

Typically, it is said that Taoists begin with Ming (life) and later cultivate Xing (consciousness), whereas Buddhist tend to cultivate Xing and then later Ming. In other words, if you were to start Taoist training, you would start with bodily exercises --- qigong and neigong. As a Buddhist, you woul...
by Matt J
Wed Jun 17, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Zen/Attain True Self
Replies: 33
Views: 764

Re: Zen/Attain True Self

Hakuin can. In his Song of Zazen, he says "True Self is no self." http://www.thezensite.com/ZenTeachings/Translations/Song_of_Zazen.htm Can someone explain what one's true self is? I had thought that Buddhism doesn't deal with true self but I have been watching some Zen Dharma teachings and they tal...
by Matt J
Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: A Fundamental Practice?
Replies: 67
Views: 1531

Re: A Fundamental Practice?

Glib joke: Rangtong Prasangikas have to practice hard, because they only have the potential to become a Buddha. They have to churn their Buddha potential cream into Buddha butter. Shentongpas don't, because we are already Buddhas. We just have to let go of our stains. :rolling: Seriously, I think it...
by Matt J
Mon Jun 15, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hope for attainment in this life.what are my options?
Replies: 68
Views: 2337

Re: Hope for attainment in this life.what are my options?

Well, this post evidences a high degree of anutarra-samyak-curmudegonhood. :rolling: It really is extraordinary. Someone on the forum says that they have no realisations..me for example. And immediately this is viewed with suspicion. It must be a ploy, or a bid for attention or an inverse statement ...
by Matt J
Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hope for attainment in this life.what are my options?
Replies: 68
Views: 2337

Re: Hope for attainment in this life.what are my options?

I would challenge whether we can clearly discern some one's internal state based on online posts. I have experienced people who seem one way online, and are very different in person. Even meeting some one in person, and getting to know them through the way they speak, act, etc. does not necessarily ...
by Matt J
Sun Jun 14, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hope for attainment in this life.what are my options?
Replies: 68
Views: 2337

Re: Hope for attainment in this life.what are my options?

Well, those sound like realizations to me (at least how the term is commonly used in English). I can only tell you what I REALLY mean. I mean I have no realisation. No accomplishments. Neither do I seek any. I was given a glimpse of Original Mind and that had nothing to with realisations or accompli...
by Matt J
Sun Jun 14, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hope for attainment in this life.what are my options?
Replies: 68
Views: 2337

Re: Hope for attainment in this life.what are my options?

In some regard, your statement seems to be the exact opposite of my experiences and learning. That is to be expected, karmic vision being what it is. I think your initial point was valid: when some one says, I have no realization, what do they really mean? But Westerners, in my experience, tend not ...
by Matt J
Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Does a Buddha experience insomnia?
Replies: 8
Views: 365

Re: Does a Buddha experience insomnia?

I don't know about a Buddha, but there is lucid dreaming and conscious sleeping. It is possible to be "awake" and also sleep at the same time.
by Matt J
Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Hope for attainment in this life.what are my options?
Replies: 68
Views: 2337

Re: Hope for attainment in this life.what are my options?

I'm pretty sure. Mingyur Rinpoche's s approach to shamatha (as with his approach to nearly everything) is very easy (to a point). This is not to say one can't do whatever practices prescribed, but people who say they cannot do shamatha, IME, usually carry a very narrow definition of what shamatha is...

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