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by Meido
Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:58 am
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: Korinji - Residential practice (or visit)
Replies: 5
Views: 526

Re: Korinji - Residential practice (or visit)

The residence is now under construction at Korinji, and we're on schedule to being the first ango in March. Thought I'd share a few recent pics: Looking downhill from the residence site to the zendo: KorinjiZendo.jpg The residence as of today...windows and doors were going in: KorinjiHouse2.jpg A vi...
by Meido
Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:08 am
Forum: Zen Community Round Table
Topic: i need a better zafu
Replies: 11
Views: 232

Re: i need a better zafu

A plug for stillsitting.com. They did a large order of zafu/zabuton for Korinji. We wanted a more Rinzai-style setup instead of the round cushions, so it was a custom job. Great communication and shipping, everything was perfect. And, they're Zen folks.

~ Meido
by Meido
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 162
Views: 9713

Re: Western Myth of Zen

Nice information, thanks Malcolm and Matylda. Indeed. I think that most of the physical and physiological instructions were passed only in private. I could never find for example any litrature records concerning breathing like tanden kokyu, kikai kokyu or most significant sennin kokyu, which are mos...
by Meido
Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 162
Views: 9713

Re: Western Myth of Zen

Aside from Hakuin's incorporation of breath techniques, do you know of any other Buddhist school in East Asia that did something similar? The general approach to Zen practice as a yogic or wholly psycho-physical undertaking rather than something purely psychological and intellectual doesn't origina...
by Meido
Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 162
Views: 9713

Re: Western Myth of Zen

Malcolm wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:49 pm
This is the primary western myth about Dharma in general.
You beat me to it: I was about to edit my post to say that.

~ Meido
by Meido
Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Western Myth of Zen
Replies: 162
Views: 9713

Re: Western Myth of Zen

RE ritual as meditation: what is missing from most discussion (and much teaching) in the West about both ritual and meditation is an understanding of how the body and breath are engaged.

The primary Western myth of Zen is that Zen practice and awakening are psychological affairs.

~ Meido
by Meido
Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: Sensations While Chanting
Replies: 6
Views: 277

Re: Sensations While Chanting

Do any of you experience tension in your head when reciting daimoku? It is an intermittent issue whose cause I've not yet been able to locate. I am usually able to do about 15 to 20 minutes of chanting before the tension becomes severe enough to impact the quality of my experience. Worse still, the...
by Meido
Sat Nov 18, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Question regarding Otokan Lineage actual practice
Replies: 9
Views: 336

Re: Question regarding Otokan Lineage actual practice

Excellent.

~ Meido
by Meido
Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:49 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Question regarding Otokan Lineage actual practice
Replies: 9
Views: 336

Re: Question regarding Otokan Lineage actual practice

No problem. I don't know anyone in Canada personally, though there is a Rinzai group in Vancouver led by a student of the late Sasaki Roshi: http://www.zen.ca From the Zen side there's no conflict or problem to use practices from other traditions, rightly approached. But I couldn't say if it's ok fo...
by Meido
Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Anyone knows Vinītaruci or his zen practice?
Replies: 33
Views: 807

Re: Anyone knows Vinītaruci or his zen practice?

What about the Obaku school? Is it considered part of Rinzai or a separate sect? Wiki also says Hakuin's students purged some aspects of the school they disliked (From the short description; sutra study, nembustu, etc basically the Chinese Chan elements), so are Rinzai and Obaku basically the same ...
by Meido
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Anyone knows Vinītaruci or his zen practice?
Replies: 33
Views: 807

Re: Anyone knows Vinītaruci or his zen practice?

I like to know more about actual practice of Otokan lineage. By the way, isn't Soto Zen also survived till this day? Yes, Soto Zen of course still exists. I meant that of the Linji lineages that made it to Japan, only the Otokan lineage coming from Xutang and through Daio, Daito, and Kanzan still s...
by Meido
Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Question regarding Otokan Lineage actual practice
Replies: 9
Views: 336

Re: Question regarding Otokan Lineage actual practice

in rinzai u would probably start with counting breaths, susokan, and continue with shikantaza, just sitting, until your teacher gives u the first koan, usually "mu". for layman this is a matter of months, for monks, it can last a few years. rinzai practice of koans is a very steep one, relying heav...
by Meido
Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Anyone knows Vinītaruci or his zen practice?
Replies: 33
Views: 807

Re: Anyone knows Vinītaruci or his zen practice?

Out of curiosity, If you don't mind me asking what would you normally practice in Otokan Lineage? "Otokan lineage" (after Xutang's heir Dai o , his heir Dai to , and his heir Ka nzan) really just means Linji/Rinzai Zen in Japan, since it is the line that survived to the present day. We can talk abo...
by Meido
Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:55 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Anyone knows Vinītaruci or his zen practice?
Replies: 33
Views: 807

Re: Anyone knows Vinītaruci or his zen practice?

Bruce wrote:
Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:46 am
Different lineage. I think Xutang is under Rinzai school , is it?
Yes, as an aside Temicco had asked about the transmission of the Otokan lineage (Xutang to Daio).

But you're correct that I'm straying from the topic at hand, apologies.

~ Meido
by Meido
Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:22 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Anyone knows Vinītaruci or his zen practice?
Replies: 33
Views: 807

Re: Anyone knows Vinītaruci or his zen practice?

The only thing is that I don't know if there are any Chinese sources that corroborate his receiving transmission from Xutang. Not sure about Chinese sources, but I had thought the transmission verse actually given to Daio Kokushi by Xutang (famously prophesying that Xutang's descendants would incre...
by Meido
Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:03 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 65
Views: 1807

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

I read Meido's posts to mean what I wrote quoted below. If I've misunderstood his meaning, or if he disagrees with me, I'd like to know. That's basically it. That sounds to be the very opposite of one of the four reliances: "Rely on the teaching rather than the person." What I specifically said was...
by Meido
Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 65
Views: 1807

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

Affinity means a feeling of closeness and understanding that someone has for another person because of their similar qualities, ideas, or interests. Affinity in this context does not refer to a feeling arising from recognition of similar qualities, ideas, or interests, but rather innen i.e. karmic ...
by Meido
Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 65
Views: 1807

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

I stayed because I loved my teacher Yea, in the case of one of my Zen teachers, me too. I didn't know much about the differences between traditions - and definitely not much about Rinzai, Soto, and the rest - when I met him. My refuge teacher had actually been Tibetan. But I was just drawn by the q...
by Meido
Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 65
Views: 1807

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

But am I wrong to think that "shopping around" can be a legitimate means to find one's appropriate connection? No, I agree: one should definitely shop around, and take one's time doing it. My advice to anyone looking for a teacher would be to read up on many of them without being limited to any one...
by Meido
Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:55 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher
Replies: 65
Views: 1807

Re: Dont follow a lineage (etc.), follow a teacher

I'm not saying we should avoid anyone or anyplace. Just that our seeking should not be based on the mentioned outer factors. You were fortunate to find that affinity. If that teacher had been of a different school or tradition, or taught methods different from what you thought you preferred, I expec...