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by Meido
Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Looking for a Ven. Master Sheng Yen Talk
Replies: 3
Views: 117

Re: Looking for a Ven. Master Sheng Yen Talk

A different video, perhaps, but he makes more or less the same statement beginning around 3:50 here:

http://www.dharmadrum.org/content/video ... px?sn=1436

Guo Gu would indeed be a good person to ask.

~ Meido
by Meido
Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Chanting and zazen
Replies: 4
Views: 165

Re: Chanting and zazen

Excuse me for answering in the Soto forum, but I don't think anyone will disagree: in general it is very ok to chant any of the common texts. If you specifically want to calm down, you might chant this (in the Sino-Japanese): http://global.sotozen-net.or.jp/eng/library/glossary/individual.html?key=t...
by Meido
Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: mindfulness, meditation and martial arts and war
Replies: 51
Views: 989

Re: mindfulness, meditation and martial arts and war

The fact that after decades of training O Sensei could deal with attackers with very little effort created a whole raft of idiocy with people believing and teaching that as very inexperienced Aikidoka, they could use 'Ki' to knock down lines of people and make others fly through the air'. It's a pr...
by Meido
Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: mindfulness, meditation and martial arts and war
Replies: 51
Views: 989

Re: mindfulness, meditation and martial arts and war

For me, it was a big first step in terms of seeing the possibilities of humility and devotion. Of course, like you said, whitewashing can be a big part of this too. And if you want historical fact, or something approaching it, this is a problem. Definitely. I certainly hold the Founder and his abil...
by Meido
Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: mindfulness, meditation and martial arts and war
Replies: 51
Views: 989

Re: mindfulness, meditation and martial arts and war

The art of peace by Ueshiba is interesting. John Stevens is the translator, and he's written a few books that seem pretty good. Stevens' book, and the biography he did of Yamaoka Tesshu ( The Sword of No Sword ), are more hagiography than history. But enjoyable reads nonetheless. I especially think...
by Meido
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: mindfulness, meditation and martial arts and war
Replies: 51
Views: 989

Re: mindfulness, meditation and martial arts and war

A great translation of Takuan's text was done by tbe late Tenshin Tanouye Roshi of Chozen-ji, someone who could speak from experiential realization RE this topic. An ebook version is available:

https://www.amazon.com/Fudochi-Shimmyo- ... B01LWE1BY8

- Meido
by Meido
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:23 am
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice
Replies: 14
Views: 922

Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Thank you, I'll be pleased if you find it useful.

~ Meido
by Meido
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: mindfulness, meditation and martial arts and war
Replies: 51
Views: 989

Re: mindfulness, meditation and martial arts and war

I have a little experience in Aikido and Zen. I haven't discerned any influence of Zen Buddhist teaching or practice upon Aikido training. As noted, Ueshiba Sensei was not a Zen practitioner. This is not to say that some Aikido teachers have not been so influenced. But it would be accurate to say th...
by Meido
Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice
Replies: 14
Views: 922

Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

The book is available for pre-order on Amazon...

The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

~ Meido
by Meido
Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:31 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Assisted Suicide/ euthanasia
Replies: 54
Views: 2140

Re: Assisted Suicide/ euthanasia

OK, thanks.

Am currently giving thought to drawing up the usual end-of-life docs. The question of palliative care - up to and including a conscious bow-out if appropriate - has been on my mind, and with a concern for remaining aware. As you noted, commonly used drugs are sedative.

~ Meido
by Meido
Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:38 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Assisted Suicide/ euthanasia
Replies: 54
Views: 2140

Re: Assisted Suicide/ euthanasia

However, if people used drugs like sublimaze (a curare derivative), which merely stops the heart, painlessly, one can be fully present during the death process. Fentanyl is not a good way to die. Malcolm, I read your reference to sublimaze with interest. But then the follow-up confused me: I'm seei...
by Meido
Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Zen master Hakuin on the Nembutsu
Replies: 8
Views: 379

Re: Zen master Hakuin on the Nembutsu

My point was that, at least for lay people, Zen master Hakuin recommended the Nembutsu as a meditation device. I am not commenting on what he required for his monastic disciples. As a lay person, I am only concerned about what he may have recommended for lay people. I am sorry if it appeared that I...
by Meido
Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza
Replies: 131
Views: 6845

Re: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza

Yes, it's as you say. We do have some laypeople here who are doing it. I don't say they are of the level of someone like Tesshu (and, sometimes when some people here bring up Tesshu, saying "see, he lived a normal life, and still was very realized", they do it as a kind of justification for their ow...
by Meido
Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza
Replies: 131
Views: 6845

Re: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza

Indeed. However there will be question of disciples and quality of practice and devotion... stil, there are really few places like these. The West is just in the begining of its quest and future will show if it will go the right way. It is not that easy. Generally the time is not in favor, the worl...
by Meido
Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Rescue Pets
Replies: 14
Views: 446

Re: Rescue Pets

jkarlins wrote:Hmmm.... a zen dog... there's a terrible joke in there somewhere....
Yes, that dog of Joshu's just won't leave some people alone.

Of course, cats famously do not always fare well in Zen circles.

~ Meido
by Meido
Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Rescue Pets
Replies: 14
Views: 446

Re: Rescue Pets

I'm part of this club. This guy was picked up in Chicago by city animal control at ~4 months. A well-known no-kill shelter and adoption service, PAWS (highly recommended), nabbed him from the city pound, and he found his way to me. Half-lab, half-border collie, easily the smartest dog I've known. Go...
by Meido
Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Rebirth
Replies: 22
Views: 1106

Re: Rebirth

Maybe Malcolm or Meido or one of the other teachers can help clarify. Not much I can say here. I'll share that I also was a skeptic RE rebirth and many other things. However, I was fortunate to have the chance to meet one teacher right after I took refuge, and asked him if he had any advice. He onl...
by Meido
Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:18 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Rebirth
Replies: 22
Views: 1106

Re: Rebirth

It makes sense presented as a moment to moment rebirth as done in Zen... Just to be clear RE Zen and rebirth: I know there are modern Zen folks who misuse the liberative teaching pointing out moment-to-moment rebirth, presenting it as if it were intended to be a negation of post-mortem rebirth. I a...
by Meido
Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza
Replies: 131
Views: 6845

Re: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza

Thanks for the kind words. There are actually a few very qualified Western Zen teachers, including senior lay folks who may not have teacher status but are well qualified regardless. Many of the really good people fly quietly under the radar. Once anything gains traction culturally of course someone...
by Meido
Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: Mahamudra
Topic: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza
Replies: 131
Views: 6845

Re: Mahamudra same as Shikantaza

You take something like "if you see the Buddha on the road kill him", plop it in Western culture, and you end up with people railing against tradition, formal teachings, saying you don't need a teacher, don't need to study etc. It is very hard to get nuance when most people in this culture are goin...