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by Meido
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Doubts regarding Soto Zen
Replies: 15
Views: 712

Re: Doubts regarding Soto Zen

The thing about sesshin is that the training forms are essentially monastic in origin. So they certainly can seem intimidating or harsh at first to someone who is not accustomed to that environment. But when one understands the function of the forms to help one integrate samadhi with activity (among...
by Meido
Sun Oct 21, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Buddhist Cuisine - Shojin Ryori Recipes
Replies: 3
Views: 347

Re: Buddhist Cuisine - Shojin Ryori Recipes

Yes, we maintain this cuisine at our place. You can find tons of cookbooks and recipes online. Note that some of what you'll find out there is a bit on the fancy side: dishes can be extremely refined in both preparation and appearance. But the original monastery shojin ryori is a poverty cuisine, ju...
by Meido
Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?
Replies: 37
Views: 2217

Re: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?

Do you know sutras that discuss physical practice? Or is it discussed only in Rinzai works? Not in terms of specifics. There are sutra passages that - in Zen oral instruction - are used to point out specific body usage, yes. But that is not in the sutra itself...it's just Zen. This is not the case ...
by Meido
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?
Replies: 37
Views: 2217

Re: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?

Therefore, as long as Zen practitioners keep in mind that Zen is a practice of ‘mind’ and not of body, no confusions or pros and cons about Sitting meditation will arise. Zen is a practice founded upon discovering the nature of mind, but that path of practice in fact has quite a lot to do with the ...
by Meido
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Pedagogy: Teachings on How to Teach
Replies: 9
Views: 488

Re: Pedagogy: Teachings on How to Teach

Astus wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:59 am
Zen ideas from Linji:
Famously also from Huineng, in his instructions in the Platform Sutra's final chapter.
by Meido
Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Accuracy of internet koans
Replies: 31
Views: 1665

Re: Accuracy of internet koans

The true form of the koan is however it is given by one's teacher, since it is not a practice one does on one's own. But yes, the quote from Hakuin - who devised that koan - is a standard wording. The versions you asked about, "What is the sound of one hand clapping?" and "Two hands clap and there i...
by Meido
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: One hand clapping
Replies: 14
Views: 734

Re: One hand clapping

No clapping.
by Meido
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Accuracy of internet koans
Replies: 31
Views: 1665

Re: Accuracy of internet koans

Here. Oo. Cool book, I wasn't aware of it, thank you. No problem. I haven't read it actually, but I knew Yampolsky had translated Hakuin's Yabukoji and searched for that. Abe there quotes Yampolsky's The Zen Master Hakuin: Selected Writings which has the rest of Yabukoji as well. Is there a differe...
by Meido
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:52 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Accuracy of internet koans
Replies: 31
Views: 1665

Re: Accuracy of internet koans

by Meido
Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?
Replies: 37
Views: 2217

Re: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?

It should be perhaps added that meditation is one of the many standard practices in a monastery, just like chanting and studying sutras, various rituals, and upholding the precepts. Did the teachers of past follow the Vinaya? Did they recite scriptures and dharanis? Of course. But none of the commo...
by Meido
Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?
Replies: 37
Views: 2217

Re: Did zen masters teach seated meditation?

Is this true? Almost certainly not. But Zen does not rely upon zazen or any other specific practice. The Continued Biographies of Eminent Monks compiled in 645 already describes Bodhidharma and his disciples as dhyana masters. A little later, The Record of the Masters and Students of the Lankavatar...
by Meido
Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: North America (USA & Canada)
Topic: Rinzai Zen Sesshin and Events @ Korinji - 2018
Replies: 2
Views: 811

Re: Rinzai Zen Sesshin and Events @ Korinji - 2018

There will be three sesshin during this setsu-ango (the fall/winter retreat period) at Korinji monastery near Madison, WI. Dates are below...all welcome to inquire. Partial attendance is permitted. For details please go to: https://www.korinji.org/sesshin October 14-20 November 4-10 December 2-8 (Th...
by Meido
Sat Sep 15, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: Oct 27-28 Zen Practice Weekend in CT
Replies: 2
Views: 353

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: 1640

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: 1640

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: 1640

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: 1640

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: 17
Views: 1986

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: 1522

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: 974

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...

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