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by Meido
Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Cold Showers
Replies: 23
Views: 735

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: 666

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: 666

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: 666

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: 666

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...
by Meido
Tue Jul 30, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Autonomous "kriyas" recognized in Tibetan Buddhism
Replies: 16
Views: 685

Re: Autonomous "kriyas" recognized in Tibetan Buddhism

The issue is not so much whether these phenomena occur, but how much weight is given to them. Many Vajrayana teachers see these things as something to be aware of if they arise, rather than things to cultivate and develop. Chiming in briefly since Zen and makyo were mentioned in the OP: actually ma...
by Meido
Sat Jul 27, 2019 5:10 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Eclectic Buddhism
Replies: 31
Views: 1120

Re: Eclectic Buddhism

smcj wrote:
Sat Jul 27, 2019 12:31 am
I just want to stop being an asshole.
Me too. But assholes at least have energy that can be softened and refined.
by Meido
Fri Jul 05, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: How to develop Bodhicitta?
Replies: 28
Views: 1156

Re: How to develop Bodhicitta?

One more...just rely on the four vows. Torei Enji's practice advice, from Shumon Mujintoron (Zen Centre translation, titled Discourse on the Inexhaustible Lamp ): If...your spirit and morale slacken, all the more rely on this vow/aspiration [to practice for the sake of saving beings]. If faith in th...
by Meido
Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Do any of you use social media to spread Dharma?
Replies: 29
Views: 1088

Re: Do any of you use social media to spread Dharma?

FWIW, social media (primarily Fb) has been the primary way in which people have learned that our group exists. Posting images of our place, reports from events, the occasional related quote or article, etc. have all been useful. No proselytizing...just letting people know that such things as the tea...
by Meido
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Shugendo Introduction & Empowerments: Sept. 11-13 in Wisconsin
Replies: 2
Views: 556

Re: Shugendo Introduction & Empowerments: Sept. 11-13 in Wisconsin

And here is the info the for the Sept. 16-18 program in Seattle, which has the same plan of instruction. Please contact via the email shown for details and to RSVP.

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by Meido
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: Shouting, Hitting, etc.
Replies: 12
Views: 544

Re: Shouting, Hitting, etc.

Satistics and math say a lot. Yes. I think it was the late Ven. Sheng Yen who wrote something to the effect that everyone fixates on unusual occurrences like Nansen's cutting a cat in two, or Ummon's leg being broken by Bokushu...but in all the centuries of Zen history only one Zen master cut a cat...
by Meido
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: Shouting, Hitting, etc.
Replies: 12
Views: 544

Re: Shouting, Hitting, etc.

1. if any modern schools are identical with the masters in the gong ans and don't use gong an study at all, but rely on pushing students into enlightenment with shouts, dialogue, etc., as opposed to relying mostly on sitting meditation and Dharma study? And 2. Why gong an study was added in the fir...
by Meido
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Shugendo Introduction & Empowerments: Sept. 11-13 in Wisconsin
Replies: 2
Views: 556

Shugendo Introduction & Empowerments: Sept. 11-13 in Wisconsin

September 11-13 in Wisconsin, USA: Join us for the rare opportunity to enter the Shugendo path. Shokai Koshikidake, Headmaster of the Mt. Koshikidake tradition of Shugendo (Yamagata, Japan), will give an introduction to Shugendo training, the instructions and empowerment for practices related to Fud...
by Meido
Fri May 31, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Dogen Hosokawa Roshi June Events in WI and at Korinji
Replies: 0
Views: 238

Dogen Hosokawa Roshi June Events in WI and at Korinji

Dogen Hosokawa Roshi, a dharma heir of the late Omori Sogen Roshi, author, and for many years a Zen teacher in the West, will visit Wisconsin for two events in June. All welcome: HosokawaRoshi.jpg JUNE 26 in MADISON Public Talk: "Zen Practice in Daily Life" 7- 8:30pm Join us for this dharma talk wit...
by Meido
Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:17 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Upcoming book: "Hidden Zen"
Replies: 9
Views: 591

Upcoming book: "Hidden Zen"

Happy to announce that I've signed a contract with Shambhala Publications for my second book. The working title is "Hidden Zen." I had originally thought to do a book examining selected psycho-physical methods of "direct pointing," i.e. practices that can aid one to experience clarity, enter samadhi...
by Meido
Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Cross-Zen Dialogue 6/28 in Chicago
Replies: 3
Views: 317

Re: Cross-Zen Dialogue 6/28 in Chicago

boda wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:41 pm
I'd like to see the dialOgue between you guys. Think a video will be posted on youtube or something?
Possible, it's up to the hosts. But if something is done I'll post a link here.
by Meido
Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Cross-Zen Dialogue 6/28 in Chicago
Replies: 3
Views: 317

Cross-Zen Dialogue 6/28 in Chicago

Looking forward to participating in this. If any DW folks show up, please say hello... REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: 6/28 in Chicago: A Cross-Zen Dialogue with 3 Teachers from: Chan, Rinzai Zen & Soto Zen Panel Participants: Guo Go, Meido Moore, and Taigen Dan Leighton Full info at: https://mailchi.mp/7ed0...
by Meido
Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Seon
Topic: Kwan Um School of Zen
Replies: 14
Views: 1262

Re: Kwan Um School of Zen

I visited Kinkaku-ji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion), a Zen temple in the Rinzai lineage, when I was in Kyoto last year, and on the grounds there was a small temple dedicated to Acala (Fudō Myō-ō), the wrathful Dharma protector who is worshipped in Shingon temples with the goma fire ritual! Such th...
by Meido
Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: Possible new association for Rinzai Zen teachers/ordained in the West
Replies: 4
Views: 1477

Re: Possible new association for Rinzai Zen teachers/ordained in the West

Thank you, Matylda.

There are a lot of questions about it, and some obstacles. But at a minimum I think we can start to establish communication between students of the different masters who came here.
by Meido
Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: Possible new association for Rinzai Zen teachers/ordained in the West
Replies: 4
Views: 1477

Possible new association for Rinzai Zen teachers/ordained in the West

There has been some discussion in Zen circles over the past year regarding the possibility of establishing an association for Rinzai Zen teachers and ordained folks in the West. A few of us are starting to explore this. As with similar associations established in other corners of the Zen world, we h...

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