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by Meido
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Hungry Ghosts, Purify Water
Replies: 18
Views: 585

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: 441

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: 1505

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: 1505

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: 1505

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: 1505

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: 1505

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: 1505

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: 1505

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: 1505

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: 539

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...
by Meido
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: Korinji - Residential practice (or visit)
Replies: 6
Views: 1654

Re: Korinji - Residential practice (or visit)

Korinji update. Since the last post in December, we've completed the house. We're now a month into the first ango with five residents. Still winter here, with 6" of snow on the ground. Here are a few shots from a week or two ago. House, looking uphill from the zendo (landscaping to be completed when...
by Meido
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zazen and breathing
Replies: 38
Views: 2070

Re: Zazen and breathing

Scholars have their motivations of course. But other people seem largely motivated by their own affinities/aversions. For example, people who study Zen for some years but never learned or heard about such practices are hesitant to admit that perhaps their lineages lost something , or didn't preserve...
by Meido
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:24 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zazen and breathing
Replies: 38
Views: 2070

Re: Zazen and breathing

I am not surprised if Tendai-shu preserves some practices not dissimilar to those preserved in Zen lines. But to say the Zen practices involving cultivation centered on the tanden come from Japanese Tendai is to ignore evidence of their existence among the Song Chinese Chan teachers and monks that c...
by Meido
Sun Apr 01, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice
Replies: 23
Views: 2781

Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Thanks, Pero. Glad you found it worthwhile. I will probably write something in the future containing more extensive breathing/internal cultivation information. My motivation for doing so would not be instructional, but just to reveal some of the wealth of the tradition that, for a few reasons, remai...
by Meido
Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zazen and breathing
Replies: 38
Views: 2070

Re: Zazen and breathing

Matylda wrote:
Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:10 am
There is no difference between soto and rinzai tradition originally.. one cannot experience different satori. and instructions are in fact exactly same. What differs is only teacher his realization and experience. The teacher not lineage is the main point.
:good:
by Meido
Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zazen and breathing
Replies: 38
Views: 2070

Re: Zazen and breathing

There is some basic instruction in the book for "belly breathing" (fukushiki kokyu), which is something necessary to practice zazen (it's not "Zen" breathing per se, just normal human breathing, but many people lose the habit of breathing this way). As Matylda said, tanden soku or kokyu is different...
by Meido
Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice
Replies: 23
Views: 2781

Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Yep, today's the official release date, but apparently it's been shipping for a few days.

Hope you enjoy...

~ Meido
by Meido
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dog thread
Replies: 45
Views: 1430

Re: Dog thread

Interesting mix. We had a Border Collie and he was a handful and a half! Never had a Lab but they seem very mellow. It is interesting. Seems to combine the best of both breeds: intelligence and energy of the collie, though dialed down a few clicks (and no herding behaviors). Affectionate, bonded na...
by Meido
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dog thread
Replies: 45
Views: 1430

Re: Dog thread

Interesting mix. We had a Border Collie and he was a handful and a half! Never had a Lab but they seem very mellow. It is interesting. Seems to combine the best of both breeds: intelligence and energy of the collie, though dialed down a few clicks (and no herding behaviors). Affectionate, bonded na...

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