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by Meido
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Kenshō the first Bhumi?
Replies: 22
Views: 831

Re: Kenshō the first Bhumi?

Thanks for your insight Meido. You and I are saying the same thing, just coming from two different traditions. When I say “equipoise” [tib. mnyam bzhag] I mean samadhi infused with prajñā just as you describe. In the system I practice, Dzogchen, the path is likewise considered incomplete until equi...
by Meido
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Post-awakening cultivation in Zen
Replies: 11
Views: 395

Re: Post-awakening cultivation in Zen

Nice quotes. Another good one from Torei (currently in my sig): It is relatively easy to accomplish the important matter of insight into one’s true nature, but uncommonly difficult to function freely and clearly [according to this understanding], in motion and in rest, in good and in adverse circums...
by Meido
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Kenshō the first Bhumi?
Replies: 22
Views: 831

Re: Kenshō the first Bhumi?

Do you mean that the paramitas are fulfilled at seeing the nature, or after eliminating all afflictions at the end of subsequent practice? The former does not make sense to me, while the latter option seems to mean that Zen proposes a parallel path, or maybe the same path in a different format. I m...
by Meido
Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment
Replies: 52
Views: 1581

Re: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment

It is an accepted scheme in this sub forum. Yes, of course, but you were talking about someone wanting to practice Buddhadharma and comparing various traditions to determine a best choice. It would therefore seems reasonable to consider other schemes as well, no? The Zen one is somewhat different, ...
by Meido
Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment
Replies: 52
Views: 1581

Re: Dzogchen and Zen on enlightenment and post-enlightenment

RE 3 kayas in Zen: viewtopic.php?f=69&t=14047

[note: there's a broken link within that old thread, the referenced resource is here: https://terebess.hu/zen/hakuin1.html#1]
by Meido
Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Kenshō the first Bhumi?
Replies: 22
Views: 831

Re: Kenshō the first Bhumi?

Could you be more specific here please? I mean, the descriptions of the path are like the Visuddhimagga, Yogacarabhumisastra, Abhisamayalamkara, or the various lamrim texts. The closest to those I know of are the works of Zongmi and Yongming, but even those are quite sketchy, relatively speaking. T...
by Meido
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Kenshō the first Bhumi?
Replies: 22
Views: 831

Re: Kenshō the first Bhumi?

What you cannot find is any precise description of the path, like what you see in practically every other school. Of course you can. The Rinzai Zen path for one is extremely well defined. Try the writings of Shido Bunan, Hakuin, Torei, etc. to start. Crucial details to actualize the path are not fo...
by Meido
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: in practice chan do I need teacher !
Replies: 11
Views: 3480

Re: in practice chan do I need teacher !

While you’re looking for a teacher, which could take years, you could work on the basics- posture, breathing, non grasping mind, and get familiar w the literature. Then, when you start getting some personal instruction you’ll have a foundation on which to build; heed any traditional warnings you co...
by Meido
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen
Replies: 34
Views: 1138

Re: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen

There is no Guru Yoga in Zen. In Dzogchen one's Lama is Buddha. Also I assume Zen doesn't have Dream Yoga or Tummo or most of the methods Dzogchen has access to. Zen has its own methods, kuden (oral instruction), and hidden practices, with which you appear unfamiliar. Some of these methods bear som...
by Meido
Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Documentary: Japanese Buddhist Sculpture
Replies: 2
Views: 200

Re: Documentary: Japanese Buddhist Sculpture

My pleasure...sounds like you and your wife will definitely enjoy this. I'm a fan of Kamakura-era sculpture. There's a Fudo Myo-o image in the Art Institute of Chicago that I've had a long "relationship" with since my early 20's. The sculptor could never have imagined that his work would end up half...
by Meido
Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Documentary: Japanese Buddhist Sculpture
Replies: 2
Views: 200

Documentary: Japanese Buddhist Sculpture

A fantastic and needed documentary project examining Japanese Buddhist sculpture, for those so interested: https://www.carvingthedivine.com/ I was happy yesterday to talk with the director for a Carving the Divine TV short episode. We discussed Zen, and the ways in which Rinzai practice uses Buddhis...
by Meido
Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Ordainment of Zen monastics?
Replies: 8
Views: 377

Re: Ordainment of Zen monastics?

Than you for that infornation Matylda. I hoped you would write something in this topic. If one strictly observe rinzai ordination then actually a novice receives first vinaya kind of precepts.. There are 10 as I remember. They are concerned time for meals etc. just as regular novice vinaya.. it is i...
by Meido
Sun Jul 29, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Ordainment of Zen monastics?
Replies: 8
Views: 377

Re: Ordainment of Zen monastics?

The point is that use in Japan of solely the bodhisattva precepts (i.e. in place of full Dharmaguptaka vinaya followed.by bodhisattva precepts, as in China) happened for several reasons, but in any case has always been viewed in Japan as an essentially valid monastic ordination. Robes and shaving of...
by Meido
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:00 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Ordainment of Zen monastics?
Replies: 8
Views: 377

Re: Ordainment of Zen monastics?

More knowledgable people will hopefully reply, but since the Meiji restoration, it's been the Bodhisattva vows, rather than Vinaya, if I remember correctly. Some Zen monastics keep Vinaya though even in Japan. Morinaga Roshi of Rinzai maintained celibacy and possibly other monastic precepts volunta...
by Meido
Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Wall Gazing
Replies: 39
Views: 4952

Re: Wall Gazing

and a short one, used on new students, only in seshin.. I only know one kind of keisaku/kyosaku. There are different weights of them for summer/winter, since garments get thicker in winter. The teacher may carry a short stick called a shippei during kentan. But I am really only familiar with the Ri...
by Meido
Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Wall Gazing
Replies: 39
Views: 4952

Re: Wall Gazing

Could u please, Meido Roshi, say some about the use of the stick? Several uses. Mostly, to deliver a series of strikes to specific points that lie in between the spine and shoulder blade. The effect is to release tension, drop energy downward that has risen up, re-establish clarity, and dispel slee...
by Meido
Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Wall Gazing
Replies: 39
Views: 4952

Re: Wall Gazing

I think I would notice if a TANTO was whacking me, yes. The ones we used were sharp enough to shave with. I would prefer to arise, disarm and settle back into seiza without disturbing my contemplation. Odd Zendo you attended.... did you also sit on a wakazashi cushion? Different tanto. He's referri...
by Meido
Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Non Buddhist enlightenment
Replies: 36
Views: 858

Re: Non Buddhist enlightenment

From what I've read in the "What is Enlighhtenment?" section of that blog it does not go beyond "clever words." With a large amount of nonsense. While perhaps well-intentioned, there is often a great irony to be seen in these cases of people creating their own systems by cherry-picking from traditio...
by Meido
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Non Buddhist enlightenment
Replies: 36
Views: 858

Re: Non Buddhist enlightenment

Practically speaking, "true self" or "true nature" in Zen simply describe experiential grasp of what is meant by non-self (muga). In other words, much ado about nothing. Hakuin (Shibayama translation): All beings are primarily Buddhas. Like water and ice, There is no ice apart from water; There are ...

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