John R. McRae Dead

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John R. McRae Dead

Postby Bankei » Sat Oct 29, 2011 3:21 am

Sad news that Chan/Zen Scholar John R. McRae has passed away from a battle with cancer.

Please see the announcement on H-Buddhism: ... &user=&pw=


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Re: John R. McRae Dead

Postby Astus » Sat Oct 29, 2011 9:48 am

Very sad news. He was a true pioneer in East Asian Buddhist studies.
1 Myriad dharmas are only mind.
Mind is unobtainable.
What is there to seek?

2 If the Buddha-Nature is seen,
there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing.

3 Neither cultivation nor seated meditation —
this is the pure Chan of Tathagata.

4 With sudden enlightenment to Tathagata Chan,
the six paramitas and myriad means
are complete within that essence.

1 Huangbo, T2012Ap381c1 2 Nirvana Sutra, T374p521b3; tr. Yamamoto 3 Mazu, X1321p3b23; tr. J. Jia 4 Yongjia, T2014p395c14; tr. from "The Sword of Wisdom"

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Re: John R. McRae Dead

Postby kirtu » Fri Nov 04, 2011 5:07 am


May he quickly be reborn in the Pure Lands.

I remember well a weekend seminar he taught at Zen Mountain Monastery some 17 years ago.

Kirt's Tibetan Translation Notes

"Even if you practice only for an hour a day with faith and inspiration, good qualities will steadily increase. Regular practice makes it easy to transform your mind. From seeing only relative truth, you will eventually reach a profound certainty in the meaning of absolute truth."
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
HH Chetsang Rinpoche

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Re: John R. McRae Dead

Postby Bankei » Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:41 am

A memorial event will be held on Sunday, November 20, 7-8:30 pm, at the Parc 55 hotel in San Francisco. ... n-r-mcrae/

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