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by Meido
Sat Sep 15, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: Oct 27-28 Zen Practice Weekend in CT
Replies: 2
Views: 184

Oct 27-28 Zen Practice Weekend in CT

October 27-28 Zen practice in Granby, CT...looking forward to it! This training is a weekend seminar rather than strict retreat format: all are welcome regardless of Zen practice experience. Please contact the host (their flyer below) with logistical questions, but feel free to PM me with questions ...
by Meido
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Caodong vs. Soto
Replies: 27
Views: 988

Re: Caodong vs. Soto

Valid criticisms to raise. I think the main value of that paper is the perspective it provides regarding Sheng-Yen's experiences and evolving intent...written by his former attendant and an accomplished heir, who was in a position to have intimate knowledge of his thinking. But yes, as you know ther...
by Meido
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Caodong vs. Soto
Replies: 27
Views: 988

Re: Caodong vs. Soto

Astus wrote:
Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:21 pm
See: A Tentative Exploration into the Development of Master Sheng Yen’s Chan Teachings by Dr. Jimmy Yu
Thanks Astus, nice resource. Hadn't read that paper by Guo Gu, it fills in some blanks for me.
by Meido
Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Caodong vs. Soto
Replies: 27
Views: 988

Re: Caodong vs. Soto

PeterC wrote:
Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:09 pm
Re-reading my comment above it might be taken to imply that the innovations in his teaching made it inauthentic, which wasn’t what I meant. He was a very special teacher and the his passing was a great loss.
Agreed: nothing inauthentic indeed, and he has some good heirs as well.
by Meido
Tue Sep 11, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Caodong vs. Soto
Replies: 27
Views: 988

Re: Caodong vs. Soto

About Ven. Sheng Yen, in his writings he differentiates his silent illumination method from shikantaza, but it's interesting still to consider how much of his approach was influenced by his practice with Ban Tetsugyu Roshi while he was studying in Japan. During one retreat, I heard him say that he f...
by Meido
Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Zazen
Replies: 8
Views: 677

Re: Zazen

...I think Meido Moore's Rinzai sangha offer online sessions and instructions... Thanks for the mention. We had a basic zazen clip up at some point, but production value and sound weren't great. We're in the process of getting something better up as part of a new series. Will announce here when thi...
by Meido
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Kenshō the first Bhumi?
Replies: 22
Views: 1007

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: 679

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: 1007

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: 63
Views: 2826

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: 63
Views: 2826

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: 1007

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: 1007

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: 3565

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: 1336

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: 231

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: 231

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: 441

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: 441

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...

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