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by Quiet Heart
Sat May 28, 2011 11:03 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Master Sheng-yen
Replies: 15
Views: 3519

Master Sheng-yen

:smile: I just came across this interview with a Chan Zen Master from Taiwan. I don't completely agree with everything he says...for one thing i just read it 15 minutes ago and I need sometime to think about some of the things he says....butI do like the interview initially and I will post the URL h...
by Quiet Heart
Thu May 26, 2011 3:07 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land Death Stories
Replies: 45
Views: 10183

Re: Pure Land Death Stories

Here's an example of a Zen Death prediction story. The Last Poem of Hoshin The Zen Master Hoshin lived in China many years. Then he returned to the northeastern part of Japan, where he taught his disciples. When he was getting very old, he told them a story he had heard in China. This is the story: ...
by Quiet Heart
Thu May 26, 2011 2:52 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen
Replies: 4
Views: 1117

Re: Zen

:tongue: This is probably not what you mean by Zen "Coming up in conversations" but I'll tell the story anyhow. When I went to college, a long time ago now, I read a lot of Zen stories and Koans. I didn't know much about what I was reading then...but I liked them. Once I was waiting for a class to s...
by Quiet Heart
Wed May 25, 2011 11:17 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen stories
Replies: 37
Views: 6623

Re: Zen stories

:popcorn: See now you got me started on the Zen teaching stories...or Zen stories if that's what you want to call them. So here is another one. 12. Happy Chinaman Anyone walking about Chinatowns in America will observe statues of a stout fellow carrying a linen sack. Chinese merchants call him the H...
by Quiet Heart
Wed May 25, 2011 10:29 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land Death Stories
Replies: 45
Views: 10183

Re: Pure Land Death Stories

:twothumbsup: I just want to say that: 1. I am not a follower of Pure Land....not because I have any dislike for it....but just because I am basicaly ignorant about Pure Land...that is to say that I know almost nothing about it. 2. I am a follower of Zen...I prefer to say a STUDENT of Zen, rather th...
by Quiet Heart
Tue May 24, 2011 5:47 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen Buddhism Resources
Replies: 21
Views: 11868

Re: Zen Buddhism Resources

:smile: For anyone who wants to read it, here is some info on Zen Master Bankei....and Unborn! or the Way of the Unborn as I guess Bankei would want it to be called. http://www.enlightened-spirituality.org/bankei_zen_master.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Read it slowly, carefull...
by Quiet Heart
Tue May 24, 2011 5:47 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana/Vajrayana Links and Resources
Replies: 426
Views: 76808

Re: Zen Buddhism Resources

:smile: For anyone who wants to read it, here is some info on Zen Master Bankei....and Unborn! or the Way of the Unborn as I guess Bankei would want it to be called. http://www.enlightened-spirituality.org/bankei_zen_master.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Read it slowly, carefull...
by Quiet Heart
Tue May 24, 2011 4:59 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen stories
Replies: 37
Views: 6623

Re: Zen stories

This is another version of that Tea story. See my posting of the other story I posted for the site that all these stories come from. 1. A Cup of Tea Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen. The professor did not listen...
by Quiet Heart
Mon May 23, 2011 9:22 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen Buddhism Resources
Replies: 21
Views: 11868

Re: Zen Buddhism Resources

:woohoo: Here's something I came acoss in my rambling about the net looking for "Zen" related items. http://www.thezensite.com/ZenTeachings/Translations/Teachings_of_Rinzai.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; It is an English translation of "The Zen Teachings Of Rinzai (the Lin-Chi-Lu...
by Quiet Heart
Mon May 23, 2011 9:22 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Mahayana/Vajrayana Links and Resources
Replies: 426
Views: 76808

Re: Zen Buddhism Resources

:woohoo: Here's something I came acoss in my rambling about the net looking for "Zen" related items. http://www.thezensite.com/ZenTeachings/Translations/Teachings_of_Rinzai.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; It is an English translation of "The Zen Teachings Of Rinzai (the Lin-Chi-Lu...
by Quiet Heart
Mon May 23, 2011 8:06 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Mara cannot possess righteous living
Replies: 2
Views: 808

Re: Mara cannot possess righteous living

:twothumbsup: That is fine, but there is one thing we must always be careful of, in my humble opinion. When we begain to attain some knowledge through our efforts we may become naturally proud of what we are achieving. We must not let that pride in our accomplishments trick us. That pride is the gat...
by Quiet Heart
Mon May 23, 2011 7:02 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen stories
Replies: 37
Views: 6623

Re: Zen stories

:smile: If you want Zen stories and Koans Google or do a yahoo search on that topic on the net. There are a LOT of sites. Here is one: http://www.ashidakim.com/zenkoans/zenindex.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Here's one story I like. 77. No Attachment to Dust Zengetsu, a Chinese...
by Quiet Heart
Fri May 20, 2011 3:57 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Don't understand Zen
Replies: 24
Views: 6457

Re: Don't understand Zen

:shrug: A couple small but I think crucial points here. For example, sitting in Zazen merely as a meditation practice is (in my opinion) not going to make you a Buddha without some sort of Understanding first. In addition merely reading or study of Buddhist texts or even teaching parables and Koans ...
by Quiet Heart
Thu May 19, 2011 11:37 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: understanding of favourite gongans/Koans that youve heard
Replies: 14
Views: 3350

Re: understanding of favourite gongans/Koans that youve heard

:popcorn: "does a dog have buddha nature?" Master Joshu said 'NO', Buddha said all beings have buddha nature -------------------------------------------------- Actually...not knowing any Chinese...what I think he actually said was MU!...which I understand can also be translated as NOTHING! (or also ...
by Quiet Heart
Thu May 19, 2011 11:17 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: The real truth behind Zen masters' self-mutilation?
Replies: 26
Views: 4555

Re: The real truth behind Zen masters' self-mutilation?

:smile: Many of those stories..whether they were actually true or not...are simply told to shock the student and by that propel hm or her into a state of mind where their preconceptions (illusions and delusions) are forgotten. Only then can a teacher reach down to the root of the student's (mis)unde...
by Quiet Heart
Thu May 19, 2011 10:32 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: What should you do when you don't have a Zen teacher yet?
Replies: 43
Views: 6766

Re: What should you do when you don't have a Zen teacher yet?

:tongue: I hear this all the time. I have to find a "teacher" to guide me! If I don't have a good teacher I will lose my way! I need help! In my opinion you don't NEED a teacher. You may WANT one. It may make things easier for you. It may give you the confidence to go further on and explore new area...

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