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by Meido
Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:48 pm
Forum: Nichiren
Topic: What does "Gassho" mean?
Replies: 6
Views: 2770

Re: What does "Gassho" mean?

The Japanese word gassho, referring to the common mudra in which hands are placed palm to palm (Skt: anjali), is not specific to one sect or school.

~ Meido
by Meido
Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:30 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen schools that involve qigong?
Replies: 14
Views: 2545

Re: Zen schools that involve qigong?

[quote="/johnny\"]obviously this little story is totally ridiculous, but if it were some how true, it would mean that there is taoism in zen. what would this mean for you?[/quote] A recent thread on this topic is very useful, I think. Take a look if you like: http://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php...
by Meido
Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:28 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen schools that involve qigong?
Replies: 14
Views: 2545

Re: Zen schools that involve qigong?

You're very welcome, sir. Rereading the thread with edits, I should mention that my post should not be read to affirm opinions regarding "Taoist" influence on Ch'an/Zen. That is another topic entirely (and we've both participated in a recent thread about it). I remain unconvinced by many such argume...
by Meido
Tue Jul 31, 2012 6:31 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen schools that involve qigong?
Replies: 14
Views: 2545

Re: Zen schools that involve qigong?

Just edited my last post to add a few text recommendations, if you're interested. You beat me to the punch.

~ Meido
by Meido
Tue Jul 31, 2012 6:17 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen schools that involve qigong?
Replies: 14
Views: 2545

Re: Zen schools that involve qigong?

I can think of examples of teaching lines that transmit and/or have integrated such practices. For example, the late Sheng-yen developed an eight-form "moving meditation" that uses movements found in qigong: http://chancenter.org/cmc/chan-practice/moving-meditation/" onclick="window.open(this.href);...
by Meido
Mon Jul 30, 2012 3:58 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen Lineage
Replies: 1
Views: 471

Re: Zen Lineage

Does anyone know the lineage of Zen before Bodhidharma? If I am not wrong, he was twenty something lineage of Zen. Here you go. According to the formulation commonly found today, Bodhidharma is 28th (the first being Mahakasyapa) Japanese versions of names shown first (sorry, I'm cutting and pasting...
by Meido
Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:56 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Practicing martial arts?
Replies: 16
Views: 2709

Re: Practicing martial arts?

The one I quoted is a minor precept and it is about storing weapons, it is not about their use, but the fact that one possesses such tools. That makes it clear how even the potential of aggression should be removed. Regarding the acts of any form of aggression, it is covered by the major precepts. ...
by Meido
Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:00 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Practicing martial arts?
Replies: 16
Views: 2709

Re: Practicing martial arts?

Intention indeed. It is quite a stretch to say that archaic disciplines from feudal cultures - using skills and tools that have been largely irrelevant to warfare for centuries (e.g. one's empty hands, sticks, swords) - are inherently vehicles of violence. If they are, then so is any sport or art wi...
by Meido
Sat Jul 21, 2012 1:03 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: The Tao of Zen?
Replies: 43
Views: 10116

Re: The Tao of Zen?

I contend that the reason certain Zen Buddhists denounce the notion that Taoism somehow influenced Ch'an/Zen is because many Zen schools regard themselves as "ekayana" (the One Vehicle) or something similar in that their schools -- and Zen Buddhism through Bodhidharma, Huineng, etc. in general -- a...
by Meido
Thu Jul 19, 2012 4:54 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: The goal/stages/results of Zen meditation?
Replies: 8
Views: 2251

Re: The goal/stages/results of Zen meditation?

Astus makes the important point that "Zen" is not a single unified entity. It's a family of lineages with often unique styles and methods passed down in teaching lines. I would not say there is disagreement, though, on the general course and goal of practice even when "house styles" - practice metho...
by Meido
Thu Jul 19, 2012 5:00 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: The goal/stages/results of Zen meditation?
Replies: 8
Views: 2251

Re: The goal/stages/results of Zen meditation?

[quote="/johnny\"]Are there stages in Zen meditation? What is progress? how does it work? Why is it not clearly laid out by teachers and in books? [/quote] It is very clearly laid out by teachers and in books. On the Ch'an side, check out the late Sheng-yen's writings. He is well known for his very ...
by Meido
Wed Jul 04, 2012 12:28 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Is Shikantaza......
Replies: 11
Views: 2771

Re: Is Shikantaza......

Every zen teacher I've ever heard asked the question always said that zazen/shikantaza is both shamatha and vipassana. I know shikantaza is usually thought of as a Soto thing, but FWIW from the Rinzai point of view (as I've experienced it): Tom's statement above is certainly correct. We would say t...
by Meido
Thu Jun 14, 2012 2:20 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen and Ki Training
Replies: 18
Views: 2692

Re: Zen and Ki Training

This is sort of relevant, too: "Zen Miracle Cure for Anxiety & PTSD" (using Hara breathing, Ki-intensifying & Seiza-sitting) I read this blog entry you linked to. The practice you lay out seems harmless and perhaps could be useful to someone. But describing it as "Zen done in the samurai way" is in...
by Meido
Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:23 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen and Ki Training
Replies: 18
Views: 2692

Re: Zen and Ki Training

No. I'm sure the martial arts have a tinge of Zen to them. Japanese martial arts and the styles of the samurai in particular were influenced by Zen philosophy. However I don't believe in qi/ki/chi so I can't comment on aikido. Of course Zen has certainly impacted Japanese culture as a whole, for ex...
by Meido
Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:58 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen and Ki Training
Replies: 18
Views: 2692

Re: Zen and Ki Training

So I guess the answer is there is no long history of Ki/body energy practices in zen, except where zen was mixed with martial arts training? In Japanese Rinzai Zen there are indeed energetic practices. More generally-known ones include: 1. The breathing which is used in zazen itself, which is cente...
by Meido
Fri May 18, 2012 3:43 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: What is the end all be all manual on chan/zen or buddhism?
Replies: 24
Views: 4114

Re: What is the end all be all manual on chan/zen or buddhism?

If you're interested in the Japanese Zen side (specifically Rinzai-shu), look at Torei Enji's Shumon Mujintoron . It's been translated into English twice that I know: a version titled "Discourse on the the Inexhaustible Lamp of the Zen School" was put out by Tuttle. It's out of print, but can be fou...

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