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by Meido
Wed May 27, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: 山端 (大道) 法玄 Yamahata (Daidō) Hōgen (1935-)
Replies: 10
Views: 176

Re: 山端 (大道) 法玄 Yamahata (Daidō) Hōgen (1935-)

Ah yes, that's right about the section.

And actually Chiba Sensei received shukke tokudo also from him, as a Soto priest. But then he also supported some Rinzai Zen teachers in USA, and even attended sesshin with them as a trainee. Very nice.
by Meido
Wed May 27, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 139
Views: 1726

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

Malcolm wrote:
Wed May 27, 2020 6:46 pm
Yes, we used to have a word for this bank in the days of Punk Rock: poseurs.

And this behavior is silly, and makes Zen look ridiculous and trivial (it isn't).

People whacking each other with sticks on line and uttering mysterious profundities (aka gibberish) is just sad.
Yep.
by Meido
Wed May 27, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: 山端 (大道) 法玄 Yamahata (Daidō) Hōgen (1935-)
Replies: 10
Views: 176

Re: 山端 (大道) 法玄 Yamahata (Daidō) Hōgen (1935-)

Very nice.

BTW the "special friend" he mentions (an Aikido teacher) is the late T. K. Chiba Sensei, who was very well-known in the Aikido world and also did a lot to support Zen practice.
by Meido
Wed May 27, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 139
Views: 1726

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

If I may erroneously take this as directing at me, your view is also a personal view. It is, in fact, erroneous. What I wrote was not directed at you, or anyone specific here. This a view of strict discipline and practice but it’s not shared by all Zen and it shouldn’t be because it means no hope f...
by Meido
Wed May 27, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 139
Views: 1726

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

If the inquiry is really coming from within people's heart, then of course, they by no means will be satisfied by the reply given by the "Google/Wikipedia" brain-programming tandem (that I have posted earlier). They will truly and wholeheartedly investigate. Yes, that is the moment to seek out a te...
by Meido
Wed May 27, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 139
Views: 1726

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

Its what I see it in forums like this, that is just not appealing to me, and I sense some people use the aesthetic to paper over their own tentative understandings. That makes me wonder, what benefit such elliptical language/thought is supposed to do for someone who doesn't yet actually have genuin...
by Meido
Tue May 26, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’
Replies: 139
Views: 1726

Re: Zen’s stand regarding ‘The Absolute’

A bit more complicated poem, "The Five Ranks of Tozan"*, is said to describe "the interplay of absolute and relative". The ranks are referenced in the "Song of the Precious Mirror Samadhi"** (attributed to the Chinese monk Dongshan Liangjie). I don't know what words have been translated "relative" ...
by Meido
Mon May 25, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Can Shikantaza be done "wrong", or is an attempt at it automatically successful?
Replies: 97
Views: 2840

Re: Can Shikantaza be done "wrong", or is an attempt at it automatically successful?

It’s rare now that meditation produces enlightened beings: 1) Buddha nature is not explained clearly and most of us today don’t even know that this state of clarity is still consciousness being the second moon. Let alone how is first moon clearly explained? 2) There is no explanation post enlighten...
by Meido
Mon May 25, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Can Shikantaza be done "wrong", or is an attempt at it automatically successful?
Replies: 97
Views: 2840

Re: Can Shikantaza be done "wrong", or is an attempt at it automatically successful?

But during degenerative age, the Buddha predicted householders actually do better then people in temples. Sure, in Chan/Zen there has never been a strict idea that one cannot accomplish the path within ordinary life. But this "ordinary life" of a practitioner is very different from ordinary life. F...
by Meido
Sun May 17, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Jhanas and Vipassana...its all in the eyes?
Replies: 18
Views: 854

Re: Jhanas and Vipassana...its all in the eyes?

I was speaking in comparison to the Theravada tradition, where jhanas are talked about frequently, and the signs and precise stages of these levels of absorption are described in detail. Right, and like I said I recognize this is the Soto forum so apologies for chiming in. But again, in much of the...
by Meido
Sun May 17, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Jhanas and Vipassana...its all in the eyes?
Replies: 18
Views: 854

Re: Jhanas and Vipassana...its all in the eyes?

Zazen in my view places exactly the right amount of emphasis on these deep states of samadhi. That being none. It doesn't preclude them, but it doesn't make the practise about them, which is a pitfall when you introduce them as levels of attainment as is done in the Theravada tradition. You can't e...
by Meido
Tue May 12, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Shingon: the Tibetan and Nichiren connection?
Replies: 27
Views: 3506

Re: Shingon: the Tibetan and Nichiren connection?

Also hope not to hijack this revived thread, but in skimming it I'm surprised to not yet see a clear refutation of the statement that "Shingon is the Japanese branch of Tibetan Buddhism," or of the idea that there was any Tibetan Buddhist connection to the formation of Nichiren's teachings. I am har...
by Meido
Sun May 10, 2020 3:49 am
Forum: Tendai
Topic: Article on Kaihogyo
Replies: 4
Views: 385

Re: Article on Kaihogyo

For folks who don't know, this is the same Mitsunaga Dai-Ajari who will visit us at Korinji in Wisconsin in September 2021 (rescheduled from October this year). We're incredibly fortunate. If you'd like to meet him then, welcome. I've posted an announcement in the events section and will update ther...
by Meido
Fri May 08, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Upcoming Shugendo Events in Wisconsin, USA
Replies: 0
Views: 209

Upcoming Shugendo Events in Wisconsin, USA

Please email to info@korinji.org for more information.

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by Meido
Fri May 08, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Dharma Events
Topic: Upcoming Rinzai Zen Events: USA & Europe
Replies: 0
Views: 146

Upcoming Rinzai Zen Events: USA & Europe

Welcome - please email to info@korinji.org with any questions.

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by Meido
Mon Apr 27, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Kakudo Mitsunaga Dai-Ajari: 1st Visit to USA, October
Replies: 5
Views: 2351

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

ANNOUNCEMENT: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED to 2021 Regretfully, Mitsunaga Ajari and Koshikidake Soke have decided that due to the uncertainty surrounding travel during the current pandemic, we will reschedule this Wisconsin event. The good news is that new dates are confirmed: SEPTEMBER 3-5, 2021...
by Meido
Wed Apr 22, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Can Shikantaza be done "wrong", or is an attempt at it automatically successful?
Replies: 97
Views: 2840

Re: Can Shikantaza be done "wrong", or is an attempt at it automatically successful?

If we accept innate enlightenment as fact then the whole discussion is moot when you really think about it. Technically so is all practice. As Dogen noted As I study both the exoteric and the esoteric schools of Buddhism, they maintain that human beings are endowed with Dharma-nature by birth. If t...
by Meido
Wed Apr 22, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Can Shikantaza be done "wrong", or is an attempt at it automatically successful?
Replies: 97
Views: 2840

Re: Can Shikantaza be done "wrong", or is an attempt at it automatically successful?

Strictly speaking, shikantaza is not so much a method as a fruition. It is the seamless embodiment of awakening. If we call it a practice, we have to at least say that it is a practice taking awakening as its basis. This is why Dogen could say that practice and the confirmation of practice are the s...
by Meido
Wed Apr 22, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: Are there Chan (Zen) texts that were actually composed during the Tang dynasty?
Replies: 6
Views: 754

Re: Are there Chan (Zen) texts that were actually composed during the Tang dynasty?

Many, starting with the Platform scripture (Dunhuang version dated to mid 9th century, earlier versions thought to at least be mid-8th). Baizhang's and Huangbo's records believed to date to mid 9th century. The earliest Bodhidharma-attributed material in the Long Scroll to late 6th. Etc. Someone els...
by Meido
Thu Apr 16, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: Rinzai Zen Instructional/Dharma Talk Videos
Replies: 8
Views: 1254

Re: Rinzai Zen Instructional/Dharma Talk Videos

spike wrote:
Thu Apr 16, 2020 3:09 pm
Is there a reference to the meaning of Do-in Ho on Korinji TV? (Or maybe I missed it in the video I viewed.)
Don't recall if I mention the meaning in one of the videos, or in the notes on the Patreon page. But:

Do-in, 導引, "to guide and pull."
Ho, 法, "method."

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