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by JMGinPDX
Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: similarities/differences between Zen and Korean Won?
Replies: 2
Views: 1101

similarities/differences between Zen and Korean Won?

I remember reading an article on Won in one of the Buddhist journals recently (can't remember which one).
Has anyone explored the differences and similarities between Zen and Won? Just curious, even though it ultimately doesn't mean anything :)
by JMGinPDX
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 16077

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

as an aside: I used to practice at the same center you are practicing in in the late 1990s. At that time it was home to Dharma Rain Zen Center. The Zen Community of Oregon also practiced there, as did Robert Beatty's Insight Meditation group. Later, there was a Sakya group, too (are they still arou...
by JMGinPDX
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 16077

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

Agree with most of the above, although not inclined to dismiss 'hinayana' as inferior out of hand. As one example Ajahn Chah says plenty of stuff that is reminiscent of a Mahayana message, so making use of those categories in the modern world should be functional, and based on what is taught, not s...
by JMGinPDX
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 16077

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

Agree with most of the above, although not inclined to dismiss 'hinayana' as inferior out of hand. But an important point is to understand the dialectical nature of (especially) early Buddhism. 'Dialectic' refers to a mode of exposition arising from a dialogue between differing perspectives. You al...
by JMGinPDX
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 16077

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

puts me off when reading Zen texts in particular is the anti-Hinayana (e.g. Theravada) bias present in much of the literature. Since Zen has never coexisted with Hinayana before the 20th century meeting in Western countries, this is all rather rhetorical. That's an excellent point and one that I ha...
by JMGinPDX
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 16077

Re: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

Well, yeah. But there is also the whole thing about "you are not following real teachings of Buddha" thing in Theravada. It just is like that. I would not call it bigotry. It is just a prejudice. However based on valid historic (as you pointed yourself) and also dharmic points. Mahayana is the fast...
by JMGinPDX
Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)
Replies: 168
Views: 16077

anti-"Hinayana" bias in Zen (and Mahayana in general)

For sake of context, when I began my Buddhist practice, I took the time to research the various traditions and history to see which lineage might be a good fit for the way I tend to operate - I settled on the Theravada Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah, and still practice within it. However, I hav...
by JMGinPDX
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza
Replies: 21
Views: 3289

Re: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza

You may want to take a look at Sheng-yen's teachings on silent illumination. He has some techniques for easing into silent illumination that are very satipatthana-like, but gradually become less object oriented. You may want to take a look at Ajahn Munindo's teachings as well, whom I feel does a go...
by JMGinPDX
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza
Replies: 21
Views: 3289

Re: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza

infact shikan taza is unique practice, which is preserved within zen, and only zen.. looking for similarities is waste of time and kind of amusement... Thank you, but I tacitly disagree with that, as all Buddhist traditions emanate from the same roots and have more similarities than differences. To...
by JMGinPDX
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza
Replies: 21
Views: 3289

Re: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza

infact shikan taza is unique practice, which is preserved within zen, and only zen.. looking for similarities is waste of time and kind of amusement... Thank you, but I tacitly disagree with that, as all Buddhist traditions emanate from the same roots and have more similarities than differences. To...
by JMGinPDX
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza
Replies: 21
Views: 3289

Re: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza

reflecting on satipatthana during shikantaza practice? I don't know what exactly you mean by satipatthana, as that practice has various approaches in Theravada itself, and there are other forms preserved in Mahayana traditions too. If you want to see a Zen take on it, check out Dogen's Sanjushichih...
by JMGinPDX
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza
Replies: 21
Views: 3289

Re: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza

The Way of Mindfulness: The Satipatthana Sutta and Its Commentary https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/soma/wayof.html The Satipatthana Sutta, the Discourse on the Foundations of Mindfulness, is generally regarded as the canonical Buddhist text with the fullest instructions on the ... The Fo...
by JMGinPDX
Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza
Replies: 21
Views: 3289

Re: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza

infact shikan taza is unique practice, which is preserved within zen, and only zen.. looking for similarities is waste of time and kind of amusement... Thank you, but I tacitly disagree with that, as all Buddhist traditions emanate from the same roots and have more similarities than differences. To...
by JMGinPDX
Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen
Replies: 36
Views: 5307

Re: Pointing-Out-Instructions and Zen

Thanks for your detailed post, Astus. That clarifies a LOT for me. As I mentioned above this was more of an academic question. I've never felt particularly inclined to pursue Dzogchen formally, but I find the similarities interesting all the same, and examining these helps me to understand my own p...
by JMGinPDX
Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza
Replies: 21
Views: 3289

Satipatthana practice and Shikantaza

I started out in and have a strong affinity for Theravada Thai Forest (Ajahn Chah), but have lately been studying Zen (emphasis on STUDYING - while I have been experimenting with zazen as somewhat different from the "meditation" I've learned from the Ajahns, I do not yet practice with a Zen sangha n...

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