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by Fu Ri Shin
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Traces of scholasticism in (Zen) Buddhism
Replies: 6
Views: 528

Re: Traces of scholasticism in (Zen) Buddhism

Thank you, Sir, for your forthright answer. You are most welcome, my friend. Returning to your comment about nit-picking, I think this happens because internet fora are textual media that lend themselves very well to nit-picking. It can get to a point where it appears all-consuming, so your anxiety...
by Fu Ri Shin
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Traces of scholasticism in (Zen) Buddhism
Replies: 6
Views: 528

Re: Traces of scholasticism in (Zen) Buddhism

Scholasticism has been interwoven with Zen for some time. Victor Sogen Hori even wrote: "The closest present-day counterpart of the classical Chinese Confucian literati scholar is the Japanese Rinzai Zen rōshi" ( Zen Sand , p. 61). However, it is certainly not necessary for practice. I don't know ab...
by Fu Ri Shin
Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Thich Nhat Hanh
Replies: 6
Views: 635

Re: Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh is a curious figure in that he rarely addresses his lineage and instead opts for a kind of pan-Buddhist approach. He hails from Lam Te Thien, the Vietnamese branch of Linji Chan. The only written work I'm aware of wherein he steps away from his usual non-sectarian mode and directly p...
by Fu Ri Shin
Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Zazen and liberation
Replies: 10
Views: 844

Re: Zazen and liberation

The topic has developed into discussing Shikantaza. Indeed. Just wanted to contribute to the discussion by getting a common misconception out of the way. Lots of good comments and quotations here, but I think Astus' Dogen quote is particularly important. Another commentary on the practice: Shikan m...
by Fu Ri Shin
Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Zazen and liberation
Replies: 10
Views: 844

Re: Zazen and liberation

I noticed the title mentions zazen while the discussion regards shikantaza. Nota bene: zazen and shikantaza are not synonymous. The former is seated meditation in general and the latter is a specific practice.
by Fu Ri Shin
Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Zazen and liberation
Replies: 10
Views: 844

Re: Zazen and liberation

Shikantaza is more subtle than simply letting thoughts drop away. As for ending suffering, if we sit quietly and allow thoughts to drop away, practice shikantaza, or use some other method, we may see our true nature (kensho) and begin that journey. Confirmation of whether this has happened or whethe...
by Fu Ri Shin
Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Sexuality, Marriage, Promiscuity and the Dharma
Replies: 179
Views: 6840

Re: Sexuality, Marriage, Promiscuity and the Dharma

Grigoris wrote:
Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:42 pm
Not in the lineage I am currently practicing in...
May I ask about the nature of that beautiful thangka?
by Fu Ri Shin
Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:38 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Fo Guang Shan and Triratna centres are nearby
Replies: 17
Views: 938

Re: Fo Guang Shan and Triratna centres are nearby

Ah ok, so Zazen isn't what Japanese use to refer to Silent Illumination? What do they call it? Shikantaza? As far as I understand it: Zuochan (J. zazen) is all seated meditation. This may involve a huatou (J. wato) or a gong'an (J. koan) or silent illumination / mozhao (J. mokusho), to say nothing ...
by Fu Ri Shin
Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Fo Guang Shan and Triratna centres are nearby
Replies: 17
Views: 938

Re: Fo Guang Shan and Triratna centres are nearby

Fo Guang Shan is a non-sectarian Chinese School that like most other schools will focus on Chan and Pureland. Zazan isn't as popular as Hua Tou in China so Huatou will most likely be taught rather than Zazen (Silent Illumtination/Mo Zhao). Zazen is just seated meditation and may serve as the contai...
by Fu Ri Shin
Fri May 17, 2013 2:11 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Terminal Treatment
Replies: 19
Views: 1343

Re: Terminal Treatment

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by Fu Ri Shin
Fri May 17, 2013 2:00 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Bankei on Zen Practice
Replies: 13
Views: 3113

Re: Bankei on Zen Practice

Exactly what I was looking for. Thank you, and for all your other informative quotes on this thread as well as others.
by Fu Ri Shin
Fri May 17, 2013 1:54 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Essential Zen Practice
Replies: 24
Views: 4710

Re: Essential Zen Practice

I still don't understand how simultaneous arising of cause and effect could be false, especially in lieu of emptiness. In emptiness, there is neither a distinction between cause and effect/anthing to characterize a cause. I think Astus did a fine job of addressing this point, but I'll put in my two...
by Fu Ri Shin
Wed May 15, 2013 2:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Omnibus Kitty Cat Video Thread
Replies: 1
Views: 431

Re: Omnibus Kitty Cat Video Thread

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by Fu Ri Shin
Wed May 15, 2013 2:14 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The ego and self-esteem
Replies: 35
Views: 4282

Re: The ego and self-esteem

Getting rid of the ego should not feel similar to low self-esteem. Loss of the ego is a loss of reference to a self, so any sense of high or low self-esteem will diminish.
by Fu Ri Shin
Wed May 15, 2013 2:01 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Bankei on Zen Practice
Replies: 13
Views: 3113

Re: Bankei on Zen Practice

Benkei's realization of the Unborn was sudden and preceded by great exertion. Is he telling us that his own breakthrough was unnecessarily dramatic? Or is the near-death awakening story about him dubious in its historicity?
by Fu Ri Shin
Mon May 06, 2013 2:58 am
Forum: Chan
Topic: the Hsu Yun appreciation thread
Replies: 10
Views: 2495

Re: the Hsu Yun appreciation thread

Glad this thread is here. What an inspiring, pure dragon of a human being.
by Fu Ri Shin
Mon May 06, 2013 2:53 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Please pray for sister
Replies: 13
Views: 1871

Re: Please pray for sister

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by Fu Ri Shin
Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:47 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Should secular Buddhism be tolerated?
Replies: 114
Views: 11568

Re: Should secular Buddhism be tolerated?

I think the only thing this topic has demonstrated is that Samanthabhadra is intolerant. Did I miss anything else of note? Wouldn't appear so. I had a feeling from the beginning we'd end up here: I'd like to point out that while this topic's title is a question about tolerance, there is neither a s...
by Fu Ri Shin
Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:30 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: What to do?
Replies: 3
Views: 883

Re: What to do?

Perhaps all sentient beings should just be left to wallow in the filth they have soiled themselves with...
by Fu Ri Shin
Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:14 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Should secular Buddhism be tolerated?
Replies: 114
Views: 11568

Re: Should secular Buddhism be tolerated?

I'd like to point out that while this topic's title is a question about tolerance, there is neither a single question nor a mention of tolerance in the original post.

Seems like this is an attempt at pushing a view rather than opening a discussion.

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