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by Caodemarte
Wed Mar 23, 2016 3:56 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: Holmes Welch the Chan Transmitter
Replies: 9
Views: 3468

Re: Holmes Welch the Chan Transmitter

Jundo: "Anyway, the Soto-shu does not "recognize" any Soto Zen priest's Dharma Transmission anywhere unless they wish to administer a Soto-shu temple in Japan or overseas." That is my point. I read the website to strongly imply that Matsuoka Roshi was giving "transmissions" to this group's founding ...
by Caodemarte
Wed Mar 23, 2016 3:27 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Buddha is an Ordinary Fellow
Replies: 333
Views: 24980

Re: Buddha is an Ordinary Fellow

Wonderful Bokusan qoute!

"A cloudless, blue sky still needs to be hit with a stick".
by Caodemarte
Wed Mar 23, 2016 3:52 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Buddha is an Ordinary Fellow
Replies: 333
Views: 24980

Re: Buddha is an Ordinary Fellow

Well, I guess "I was mocking" is an even clearer indication that I was not jumping to conclusions. The statement Virgo references is in no way a contradiction of the Four Noble truths and is instead built on them. Variants of it will be found in almost all Mahayana and modern Theravada Buddhist medi...
by Caodemarte
Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:46 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: Holmes Welch the Chan Transmitter
Replies: 9
Views: 3468

Re: Holmes Welch the Chan Transmitter

I would be very surprised to lean that Welch was a Buddhist teacher. I studied (academically) with people who knew him and I assume they would have mentioned it. The controversies over Reverend Soyu Matsuoka, the other "transmitter," are well known. The Soto organization, despite the website's impli...
by Caodemarte
Tue Mar 22, 2016 5:10 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What's lineage, what is it for, & how does it work?
Replies: 72
Views: 8113

Re: What's lineage, what is it for, & how does it work?

"It would be great to invite some of the Hongaku Jodo guys here..." :thinking: Isn't that unnecessarily cruel?
by Caodemarte
Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:19 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Buddha is an Ordinary Fellow
Replies: 333
Views: 24980

Re: Buddha is an Ordinary Fellow

Virgo asked, "Suffering is not real, slavery is not real, abuses are not real, people are not real, harming others is not real?" Any basic text on Buddhism will explain this in more detail, but in short slavery, etc. is not real, neither is it not real, etc. same with ignorance, old age, death, etc....
by Caodemarte
Mon Mar 21, 2016 5:29 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Soka Gakkai's engaged Buddhism
Replies: 6
Views: 1633

Re: Soka Gakkai's engaged Buddhism

Anything that actually helps people seems like a good thing.
by Caodemarte
Mon Mar 21, 2016 5:27 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Buddha is an Ordinary Fellow
Replies: 333
Views: 24980

Re: Buddha is an Ordinary Fellow

:namaste:
by Caodemarte
Sat Mar 19, 2016 1:15 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Buddha is an Ordinary Fellow
Replies: 333
Views: 24980

Re: Buddha is an Ordinary Fellow

Tomamundsen, I suspect you see a disconnect because Jundo is talking about Zen Buddhism and knows of what he speaks. There are many, many such books about practioners' awakening and examinations of such over the last thousand and more years readily available. Producing them sometimes appears to be o...
by Caodemarte
Sat Mar 19, 2016 12:11 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Buddha is an Ordinary Fellow
Replies: 333
Views: 24980

Re: Buddha is an Ordinary Fellow

"Are there any Zen sources that describe what Buddhahood is, in an externally-verifiable kind of way? If we're going to compare Zen to Indian Mahayana, this will be helpful. Otherwise, it feels like we may be comparing apples and oranges." I just don't understand the question. However, I do apprecia...
by Caodemarte
Fri Mar 18, 2016 4:31 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Buddha is an Ordinary Fellow
Replies: 333
Views: 24980

Re: Buddha is an Ordinary Fellow

Getting back to Zen for a second since this is a Zen section (and I am dependent on words or letters) I should add that Korean Zen does not typically use a system of koans (gongan) or wato (hwadu), partially to avoid any appearance of belief in gradual enlightenment (Seung Sahn sunim created a Japan...
by Caodemarte
Fri Mar 18, 2016 1:32 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Buddha is an Ordinary Fellow
Replies: 333
Views: 24980

Re: Buddha is an Ordinary Fellow

In Korean Zen there is a still continuing debate about Sudden Enlightenment/Gradual Cultivation vs. Sudden Enlightenment/Sudden Cultivation As I understand, in the latter position "initial awakenings" are not considered as awakenings at all,only "profound awakenings" count as awakenings. So "initial...
by Caodemarte
Thu Mar 17, 2016 4:57 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Buddha is an Ordinary Fellow
Replies: 333
Views: 24980

Re: Buddha is an Ordinary Fellow

Being named in a lineage chart has great value, but is not being "declared a Buddha" (or more or less of A Buddha than others!) in the various Zen traditions. It comes primarily from the Chinese tradition of naming/honoring your ancestors, both physical and spritual (who taught who?).
by Caodemarte
Thu Mar 17, 2016 3:58 pm
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: Hakuin
Replies: 10
Views: 2605

Re: Hakuin

As Hakuin would tell you, inspirational books can be of great, but limited, value. I say this as a person who loves and values reading Hakuin by the way. If you want to really practice with koans please fInd a teacher.
by Caodemarte
Tue Mar 15, 2016 11:03 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Marriage in Buddhist Cultures
Replies: 19
Views: 1299

Re: Marriage in Buddhist Cultures

Polygamy in East Asia (and I believe in India, but am not sure) would be quite rare outside of the upper class. In East Asia concubines would be common among the rich and aristocracy. Polyandry is very rare outside of certain isolated Himalyan regions.
by Caodemarte
Sun Mar 13, 2016 9:50 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Shinran
Replies: 9
Views: 1135

Re: Shinran

That's supercool! :bow: Kirtu wrote "Also there used to be a temple that was online ~ 2000 where you could copy sutras (online). I found it and copied a except from the Tannisho. A moth or two later they sent me a yellow plastic juzu and thanked me in meticulously typed print on the thinnest onion t...
by Caodemarte
Sat Mar 12, 2016 10:01 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Shinran
Replies: 9
Views: 1135

Re: Shinran

This may be of interest. Yuienbō's recollections of the words of Shinran are available in free PDF form at http://www.bdk.or.jp/pdf/bdk/digitaldl/dBET_Tannisho-Ofumi_1996.pdf (BDK has offered quite a few of its translations for free in the same form.) Aditionally they will ship you for free a paperb...
by Caodemarte
Sat Mar 12, 2016 5:25 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Vain enough to give, not generous enough to receive
Replies: 17
Views: 2534

Re: Vain enough to give, not generous enough to receive

I am using standard terminology as used in the US. I am fully aware of US laws and practice in regard to the media and familiar with the law and practice in many countries. I was actually trying to advance the discussion and be helpful. That does not seem to have happened so I will move on. :namaste:
by Caodemarte
Sat Mar 12, 2016 4:57 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Vain enough to give, not generous enough to receive
Replies: 17
Views: 2534

Re: Vain enough to give, not generous enough to receive

A "media gag order" is an order to the media not to publish something, in effect, prior censorship. It a term and process quite legally used in England. However, it cannot be used in the US as the Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled. Take a look at the landmark NYT Pentagon Papers case if you are int...
by Caodemarte
Fri Mar 11, 2016 9:11 pm
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Vain enough to give, not generous enough to receive
Replies: 17
Views: 2534

Re: Vain enough to give, not generous enough to receive

Just a note that we don't have "media gag orders" in the US. The dead are not taxed; their heirs are taxed on their income, including what they receive as inheritances. This is important because in the US some claim that this is a case of double taxation or of "being taxed when you die" and try to g...

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