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by Meido
Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Wall Gazing
Replies: 38
Views: 4618

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: 38
Views: 4618

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: 38
Views: 4618

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: 685

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: 685

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 ...
by Meido
Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: doctrinal unity
Replies: 12
Views: 430

Re: doctrinal unity

While there are differences in doctrinal emphasis (and practices) between the lineages, I think there is a fair degree of doctrinal unity. So, if you believe the contrary, what doctrinal differences do you see? FWIW, in my conversations with Chan, Zen, Son, and Thien folks I've discovered no fundam...
by Meido
Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Accuracy of internet koans
Replies: 20
Views: 564

Re: Accuracy of internet koans

:namaste:
by Meido
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:43 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Accuracy of internet koans
Replies: 20
Views: 564

Re: Accuracy of internet koans

It’s true that koan practice is usually done with a teacher, but John Tarrant, the Director of the Pacific Zen Institute and a Rinzai Zen teacher, has “experimented” using koans online and with small groups. Cyde, not to veer off topic, but this is the first time I've seen John Tarrant referred to ...
by Meido
Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Accuracy of internet koans
Replies: 20
Views: 564

Re: Accuracy of internet koans

Astus beat me to it.

The stories in Reps' Zen Flesh, Zen Bones are not koan, but a genre of Buddhist parable found in Japanese literature.

It is a common error, since Western authors in the past have called every short anecdote that seemed Zen-like a koan.
by Meido
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Hungry Ghosts, Purify Water
Replies: 18
Views: 694

Re: Hungry Ghosts, Purify Water

The mealtime offering of food and water in Rinzai monastic ritual is a little involved, but in a pinch one can simply set one's intention and then recite just the mantra used to consecrate the water offering, silently or aloud: Om mahakushalaya svaha (Sino-Japanese: on makurasai sowaka).

~ Meido
by Meido
Thu May 31, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Rinzai Zen Sesshin and Events @ Korinji - 2018
Replies: 1
Views: 478

Re: Rinzai Zen Sesshin and Events @ Korinji - 2018

June sesshin in Wisconsin...welcome!

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by Meido
Sat May 19, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Burn Buddha Burn
Replies: 44
Views: 1608

Re: Burn Buddha Burn

[Likewise, the literal meaning of the term ‘Upaniṣad’ is ‘sitting up close’, i.e. teachings which are transmitted from teacher to student.’] Since we're using Sanskrit: we can say that actual Zen practice rests primarily upon upadesa, not sutra. An esoteric principle is one that requires or implies...
by Meido
Fri May 18, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Burn Buddha Burn
Replies: 44
Views: 1608

Re: Burn Buddha Burn

Wayfarer wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 2:03 am
Myth-conceptions abound
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by Meido
Thu May 17, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Burn Buddha Burn
Replies: 44
Views: 1608

Re: Burn Buddha Burn

To be honest, I never encountered that story in a practice context. It is not used as a koan, for example. I have only read it in the Paul Reps book. Incidentally, the 101 Zen stories he published as Zen Flesh, Zen Bones are often called koan, but that is a misunderstanding. They are actually a clas...
by Meido
Thu May 17, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Burn Buddha Burn
Replies: 44
Views: 1608

Re: Burn Buddha Burn

Actually the kind of documents featuring in that story with Shido Munan and Dokyo Etan (aka Shoju Rojin) are not uncommonly transmitted in Rinzai Zen: the ones i have seen contain the evolving record of the particular lineage's shitsunai (progression of koan study), experiences of past masters in th...
by Meido
Tue May 15, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Burn Buddha Burn
Replies: 44
Views: 1608

Re: Burn Buddha Burn

I'm basically ignorant of the issues you're touching on, so, please pardon if I'm clumsily barging through... Nah, I'm the one who did it. You were speaking generally, but I couldn't resist given the Zen story in the OP. It never occurred to me that this might be a problem in Japan simply because p...
by Meido
Tue May 15, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Burn Buddha Burn
Replies: 44
Views: 1608

Re: Burn Buddha Burn

I can see how these Zen stories, divorced from their East Asian context in which the relationship between teachers and students is so serious, could be misunderstood as mere spontaneous unconventionality. This is unfortunate, I think. Outside such a legitimate relationship, I'm guessing misundersta...
by Meido
Tue May 15, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Burn Buddha Burn
Replies: 44
Views: 1608

Re: Burn Buddha Burn

Thanks, QQ. I don't disagree (though RE the Beats still acknowledging a debt to them for various things, including having put the word "Zen" in front of some Western noses for the first time). The issue of current iconoclasm in Zen is interesting also. I would say that iconoclasm has a use within th...
by Meido
Tue May 15, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Burn Buddha Burn
Replies: 44
Views: 1608

Re: Burn Buddha Burn

I have a suspicion that part of the secrecy around some teachings is that they need to be a surprise when they're taught to have the desired effects. 10 pounds of flax, or a slap across the face, as you remark, doesn't have the same effect if you know that's the script. Not sure I get your point he...
by Meido
Wed May 02, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Buddhist karma yoga
Replies: 11
Views: 585

Re: Buddhist karma yoga

The reason I have an interest in/respect for the Hindu view is that it can easily be applied to a conventional job, not just service to the 3 jewels and roots. So on the face of it, it's more versatile. Of course there has to be a Buddhist equivalent, and that's what I'm after. Not meaning to sound...

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