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by Meido
Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:52 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Hidden Zen
Replies: 3
Views: 139

Hidden Zen

Pleased to announce that my book Hidden Zen: Practices for Sudden Awakening and Embodied Realization is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Due for release by Shambhala Publications on October 13. [Have also just learned that Powell's, which has laid off 85% of staff and is only doing online sale...
by Meido
Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:59 am
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: Rinzai Zen Instructional/Dharma Talk Videos
Replies: 2
Views: 91

Rinzai Zen Instructional/Dharma Talk Videos

Korinji TV, the collection of online instructional and dharma talk videos produced by Korinji monastery (Wisconsin USA), is offering vids open to viewing by all, i.e. not behind a donation paywall, right now. The emphasis is on home practice. We obviously hope that folks sequestered at home will fin...
by Meido
Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Alan Watts
Replies: 35
Views: 755

Re: Alan Watts

Again from the preface: Perhaps, then, the most appropriate author of such a work would be a Westerner who had spent some years under a Japanese master, going through the whole course of Zen training. Not knowing much about him, as you say, it seems there shouldn't be a reason to disbelieve him her...
by Meido
Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:33 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Alan Watts
Replies: 35
Views: 755

Re: Alan Watts

Personally, I don't see how anyone couldn't love the guy. I can see how those invested in a particular tradition would want to put distance between their tradition and such an untraditional man. I'm sure he had lovable qualities. As I said, i don't know much about him. The only thing I'm really int...
by Meido
Wed Mar 25, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Alan Watts
Replies: 35
Views: 755

Re: Alan Watts

With all due respect, Meido, you say that you’re not very familiar with the man yet claim to know what practices he had done. Can you clarify? I have no idea what practices, if any, Watts did do, and have not claimed so. But certainly, any of us can say what he didn't do. This is because Watts says...
by Meido
Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Alan Watts
Replies: 35
Views: 755

Re: Alan Watts

Where do you think he missed? I've mention some, one is obviously trying to understanding zen with words, the other that he didn't though meditation was necessary, quoting him: a cat sits and gets up when he fells like to. I am not terribly familiar with Watts. But I recently took a look again at T...
by Meido
Sun Mar 15, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: The essence of the Buddhist schools in one sentence
Replies: 10
Views: 868

Re: The essence of the Buddhist schools in one sentence

For Rinzai-shu better to use the words that Zen itself uses to sum up the the actual path: kensho jobutsu (see your nature, become Buddha). But sokushin jobutsu (what you wrote for Shingon) works too.

Or, just list the four vows.
by Meido
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Kakudo Mitsunaga Dai-Ajari: 1st Visit to USA, October
Replies: 4
Views: 1954

Re: Kakudo Mitsunaga Dai-Ajari: 1st Visit to USA, October

Queequeg wrote:
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:10 pm
If you can meet this fellow, its a tremendous opportunity.
Indeed.

We're grateful that for his first visit to the USA he's agreed to come here: a rather humble place in rural Wisconsin, of all places.
by Meido
Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Upcoming Korinji Rinzai Zen Events: N. America and Europe
Replies: 0
Views: 1522

Upcoming Korinji Rinzai Zen Events: N. America and Europe

Rinzai Zen (and a few Shugendo) events in the first half of 2020. More info at www.korinji.org.

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by Meido
Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: June 19-21 Shugendo Training in Wisconsin
Replies: 0
Views: 1288

June 19-21 Shugendo Training in Wisconsin

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by Meido
Fri Mar 06, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Kakudo Mitsunaga Dai-Ajari: 1st Visit to USA, October
Replies: 4
Views: 1954

Kakudo Mitsunaga Dai-Ajari: 1st Visit to USA, October

Koryu Shugen Honshu and its associated organization International Shugendo Association (ISA) invite you to this remarkable event: the first visit of Kakudo Mitsunaga Ajari to the USA. This is a precious opportunity to receive empowerments and teachings from both him and his student Shokai Koshikidak...
by Meido
Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: On being fearful of Shikantaza
Replies: 35
Views: 2735

Re: On being fearful of Shikantaza

I should say that i'm not going primarily by Gregory here...just using his article as a reference. Primarily I'm going by the words of my native Japanese Zen teacher, who agrees that "practice is enlightenment" is an inaccurate and needlessly confusing translation. I have no problem with "practice a...
by Meido
Sun Feb 09, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: On being fearful of Shikantaza
Replies: 35
Views: 2735

Re: On being fearful of Shikantaza

kusulu wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 6:27 am
Dogen stresses that zazen itself is "enlightenment" but surely that's a wrong translation. I'd like to see a more literal translation of that.
It is a wrong translation.

This may serve:

http://wonderwheels.blogspot.com/2015/1 ... s.html?m=1
by Meido
Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: All sentient beings as my past mothers.....
Replies: 47
Views: 1986

Re: All sentient beings as my past mothers.....

Simon E. wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:20 pm
So how does that first vow read in full Meido?
FWIW, we translate it here: Beings are boundless; (I) vow to save them.
by Meido
Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: All sentient beings as my past mothers.....
Replies: 47
Views: 1986

Re: All sentient beings as my past mothers.....

"all sentient beings who have been my mother and are as infinite as space"...somehow the infinite as space part clenched it for me. Similarly I think, it has been important to me to look at the kanji used to write the first of the 4 vows: 衆生無邊誓願度 The second word describing sentient beings is often ...
by Meido
Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Cold Showers
Replies: 23
Views: 2171

Re: Cold Showers

Actually, in Sowa Rigpa, cold water is great for the head and face. Have heard the same in Zen circles I know, where splashing cold water on the head and face is a remedy for certain conditions. RE the subject in general, may be interesting also to remind about takigyo (waterfall training) in Japan...
by Meido
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Shushogi
Replies: 19
Views: 1876

Re: Shushogi

In fact this misunderstanding may come directly from teachings of Japanese roshis who did teach in the USA or in the West in general. One has to understand that in zen there is certain immediacy of practice in this life. Therefore there is much less talk about future or past lives. It is not denial...
by Meido
Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Shushogi
Replies: 19
Views: 1876

Re: Shushogi

I must say, the statement seems pretty accurate to me in terms of Soto and Soto-influenced American Zen. That is sufficient clarification for me. And it jibes with what I have observed. The subject is actually a quite interesting one, with many factors at play. Looking forward to reading, if conver...
by Meido
Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Shushogi
Replies: 19
Views: 1876

Re: Shushogi

As do I. And I personally think it a serious problem, for those groups that have taken such a direction. But since Zen is not one school at all but rather a bundle of related teaching lines transmitting often shockingly diverse things, one gets weary of seeing it tarred as a whole with the same brus...
by Meido
Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Shushogi
Replies: 19
Views: 1876

Re: Shushogi

...the secular bent and near-denial of traditional Buddhist teachings on karma and rebirth that’s prevalent in American Zen. Just to say: not all American Zen, by a longshot. I know you said "prevalent," but really not sure if that's the case (assuming one is including Vietnamese, Chinese, and othe...

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