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teachings you will find in The Compass of Zen, are variations on a single theme. Zen Master Seung Sahn has said probably a million times, ―I brought just one. Zen Master Seung Sahn tells many good stories in his book, including how he of the most challenging aspects of making an index for The Compass of Zen is. Compass of Zen Teaching. 禪羅針盤. BY ZEN MASTER SEUNG SAHN. Page 2. COMPASS OF ZEN TEACHING. 禅羅針盤. BY ZEN MASTER SEUNG SAHN.
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Zen Master Seung Sahn, The Compass of Zen (Shambala), Dropping Ashes on the Buddha .. content/uploads//07/kwan-um-chanting-bookpdf). Zen Maste Sahn is the well-known director of the Kuan Um School of Zen. Active as a teacher in the West for 30 years, Sahn originally wrote this text in the. Editorial Reviews. From Library Journal. Zen Maste Sahn is the well-known director of the Kuan.
Ruben Habito is a Christian Zen teacher.
In this elegant volume he presents Zen spirituality in its full compass: not only personal, but also social and ecological. Zen has at times been criticized as introverted, focused only upon the individual. That is mistaken, for the personal practice of Zen meditation leads one into social and ecological engagement.
The troubled mind does have to be healed, but things do not stop there, for human society and the entire cosmic world also stand in need of the concrete healing that Zen spirituality propels. Chapter One, "Toward Healing: Tracing the Roots of Our Woundedness," examines the root causes ofwoundedness in all of its dimensions, critiques the paired notions of the earth community as a resource to be tamed and exploited and an inner "I" who stands in opposition to that earth community.
The root cause of woundedness is found in ego-centered consciousness, and Habito identifies the problem as one of overcoming that ego.
The four noble truths of Buddhism are examined, as well as Christian teachings on how to overcome alienation. Those who preach the Dharmas they believe come from the Buddha will claim a lineage to Buddha.
Those that believe in Buddha and a lineage that begins with Buddha. Not terribly scientific.
I irritate. Zen lineage from Bodhidharma. These are the general problems with associating Zen with Buddhism.. These Dogen Buddhism teach loving compassion. No good and evil in Zen Buddhism is in one way or another concerned with preferring some kinds of intents or behavior over others.
I will deftly sidestep this problem by focusing on the act of differentiation itself. The farmer has neighbor who. This is bad! Trying to do them is certainly clinging.
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In the blink of an eye lucky becomes unlucky. Zen has no such ideas as good and evil. Then the horse comes back with some other horses. There is an old story about a farmer who had a horse that ran away.
When lucky and unlucky or good and evil changes in the blink of an eye. The [Sixth] Patriarch said. Case 23 Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch. This is just a story.
True story. The monk who expected to be Sixth but was passed over gives chase and catches the Sixth in the mountains.
Some of these Buddhisms will say that this sort of instruction is just for novices. Nothing else. This is a very famous exchange. The Fifth. What I mean is there is only one teaching in Zen. The Northern School was certainly Buddhist. The Fifth was concerned that people. Look at all the Buddhisms. The Sixth puts the robe and bowl down on a rock.. Most people do not read the conversations of the Zen Masters. Joshu was asked about the story I just told you. There is no such effort by Zen Masters.
Spend any time with a Zen Master and you will give up entirely on forming ideas. When we read about the Buddhisms in books or listen to Dogen Buddhism masters talk. If any understanding were sufficient to carry you through Gate of Enlightenment then there would be no Zen..
If you can put it on a bumper sticker. Not Buddha. Worshiping the sacred takes a great many forms. Once they figure that out. None of these answers are Zen.
Everything is fair game for mockery. Nothing holy in Zen A monk asked Ummon. Who to believe. Who is to say that Buddha is not a shit wiping stick? Where does metaphor end and authority begin? This is the first challenge that all religions face. Vol 4 Mumonkan. Not Zen sayings. Huang Po did it. A revolution against even the revolution. Joshu did it.
This is the Zen way. Do not stop!
Do not hesitate! Mockery is one of the great Zen traditions. If your students revere you. If the Pope traveled around doing stand-up comedy. Ummon has no reverence for Buddha. How can Zen be in any way related to the religions with their sacred this and that? You slander my teacher. It discusses enlightenment not through sitting and study.
Can the same be said of any of the Buddhist religions? The followers of Dogen Buddhism are particularly respectful. Once you laugh at something it is hard to revere it. The Dogen Buddhism religion has its dogma. When we ask the question. The understanding of this Mind implies no Mind and no Dharma. When enough people share a dogma. But he goes farther than that even! Huang Po also says something about the Zen Transmission which is interesting. Zen has no dogma.
Since Buddhism is undefined and fractured.
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Huang Po One reason to start with Huang Po is that he is so old. He lived and taught three generations after the Sixth Patriarch. No dogmas.
All this is dogma. When we go to the lineage of Zen Masters and ask this question. Scholars argue that the authenticity of the Platform Sutra is an open question. Watts talks about his experience as a sort of Zen researcher. Alan W. Or perhaps they were all echoing Bodhidharma.
Or perhaps they were all echoing the 6P. What does it matter what anyone says? Unless they say. Joshu for example.
Those that followed. It is not a religion or a philosophy. Another academic question about Zen dogma or lack thereof is that certainly up to 6P there is evidence of tampering with the texts that have been handed down. So Zen has no dogma and cannot be counted as a part of the group of religions of Buddhism which all have dogma.
Suzuki claims that within a single generation after 6P the Platform Sutra had already been rewritten. His observations of what is not Zen are based on his examination of the subject more for himself.
In any case Watts is well respected. I recently googled Thich Nhat Hanh and Bodhidharma. Just read what they say. Certainly Zen could be transmitted without the lineage or the memes. Thich talks a good deal about mindfulness. Some of it sounds like Zen. Whenever I encounter Thich in speeches or books. Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the more famous examples. Huang Po is repeating the Sixth Patriarch when he says.
As a footnote. Why would anyone desire peace? That people desire peace is just as much a problem as people desiring money or power or a fight. Mindfulness is closely related to peacefulness which is not Zen either. Huang Po says this about it: Zen Masters have given a few examples of the Zen perspective on being in the moment. They are bound by their trying. People have talked about being in the zone. Someone who is free is likely to be very here and now.. Certainly Zen Masters manifest this in the spontaneity that they display.
Bound by their own idea of what Zen should be. Once again though this mistakes the effect for the cause. Someone who is trying to be very here and now is likely not free. This in the moment nonsense separates out this moment from the last one.
Mumon says that if you pass the Gate you can hear with the ears of the Zen Masters and Patriarchs. If 'there's never been a single thing'. By teaching people to be here now. The present does not stayDon't try to touch it from moment to moment. Read Huang Po! Where is this discipline in his teaching? In any of the teachings of the Zen Masters? This idea that the mind is a dog to be trained and commanded is from the Buddhisms. He is a kind and pleasant man.
It is nonsense of course. Who were the kind and pleasant Zen Masters? Here is another old man. His name is P'ang Yun: The past is already pastDon't try to regain it. Huang Po Where and when have nothing to do with Zen. Thich is creating. Thich encourages them to discipline their minds in the same way that meditation disciplines the mind. Thich is not a Zen Master at all. Of course they create this futility themselves. A perception.. Whatsoever comes to eye leave it be.. There are no commandments to be kept.
The Zen Masters. Perle Besserman. No freedom there. Zen Radicals. Religions depend on this sort of thing. There is no filth to be cleansed. Don't think about it beforehand. Gradual Attainment is not Zen The gospel on meditation is that the enlightenment is the practice. This state of detachment requires Zazen meditation to be maintained. How can there be any other freedom? That is why Zen is so interesting in the first place. Not detachment. But this acceptance requires regular doses of Zazen meditation in order to be maintained..
How can freedom without detachment be possible? This is what Bodhidharma preached though. Ummon held up his staff. But I say to you.
Sitting Meditation is not Dhyana.. Part of the meditation reputation of Zen. There are no koans from Zen Masters which involve sitting meditation or Zazen meditation as an element of enlightenment. Bodhidharma stared at the wall for nine years after he arrived in China. None of the Zen Masters taught sitting contemplation as part of any path to enlightenment. Many Zen Masters practiced some form of mental cultivation. Some Zen Masters certainly did sitting cultivations.
So when we read about the sorts of mental cultivation that Zen Masters practice we have to acknowledge that there are many sorts of mental cultivation According to the myth. Buddhists do not meditate.. The master simply said. The Zen anti-meditative-enlightenment perspective is next apparent in the writings of the Sixth Patriarch. Harbour no doubts about it. Without this faith of course. To him. Here are a few examples which are echoed down through the lineage: Pretending to not be doing while doing is still just doing.
Huang Po: Because he still indulged in conceptual thought. In Zen. Even if.
This is a tenet of the Zazen meditation faith. This tenet is required in order to appear to conform with the general Zen teaching against intentional pursuit of enlightenment.. Some people have a peculiar sort of faith that claims that doing something Zazen meditation can be transformed. But they will not be demons from the outside. Zen Masters were after freedom of mind.
There is no purity in Zen. Huang Po like other Zen Masters.
This is Dogen Buddhism. Shunryu mixes in some traditional Zen phrases and this might be confusing at first until you realize he is just repeating them without putting himself in their context. The context Shunryu chooses for himself is purity. As a closing comment. Shunryu wants us to pursue mental purity which is clouded by our thinking. Citing the cart and horse metaphor from a koan about meditation not being Zen. Shunryu wrote a book called. Zazen Sitting Meditation: Authoritarian Quietism A well regarded book in some circles that bears on this subject is from a much different Suzuki named Shunryu Suzuki.
That is the core of what this religion. David Chadwick. The reason is because Zazen is not just one of the four ways of behavior. We are fortunate that Shunryu was willing to cut through all that.
When someone tells you they have secret knowledge that explains the true intent or the true meaning or the real point of a case or koan.. Shunryu is very clear that Buddha is the foundation of his teaching.
When you accept the faith. We are not even Zen Buddhists.. We are just Buddhists. He says. Beginner's Mind: Shunryu Suzuki. Since none of us were there when these koans were uttered all of it is hearsay. Shunryu Suzuki.. If this is so. If you learn a single thing then you should write a book yourself.
So Ha! You have been taken in by yourself. Ah ha! Zazen meditation is in the same boat. Read Mumonkan. It is sitting meditation that people believe.
I am just teasing you. In any case the rest of the koans are just the same. Zen Masters. Something you have to agree to in order for the worship to make sense. All meditation is just exercise and thus Not Zen If someone began preaching a religion that involved jogging. Only Zazen meditation practitioners call the worship practice.
Zazen meditation has really taken off in the West. What does Hui-neng say about meditation? Jinshu [Northern School] used to tell his disciples to concentrate their minds on quietness. This is one of the most famous koans. There are many studies on meditation that indicate that meditation has a measurable effect on the neurological system. My bet is. Meditation is good for you if you use it with care. One of these disciples went to Eno [the Sixth Patriarch] and asked him about it.
Zen Masters who said Meditation is Not Zen There are many examples of Zen Masters warning against meditation and the detachment tolerance that it produces. What an idea. Eno said. Meditation is not Zen. Listen to my verse: To sit and not lie down during one's life-time To lie and never sit during one's death-time.. Baso said. Before that. Knowing that Baso was a dharma vessel.. Nanyue went to him and asked. Zen master Baso was an attendant to Nanyue and personally received the mind seal from him.
Why should we thus task This stinking bag of bones? That is useless. Baso is another famous Zen Master.
How does the Dogen Buddhism crowd get around this? Do not use discrimination in the non. If you understand sitting Zen. Nanyue said. I would also point out that all the koans of the Zen Masters that talk about enlightenment feature enlightenment in odd circumstances.
Why do you suppose that is. Zen Masters are negating the imagination that conceives of something beyond with this technique. Enlightenment is the same as unenlightened. If you want to learn sitting Buddha. Life itself does not proceed in this cumbersome, linear fashion, and our own organisms could hardly live for a moment if they had to control themselves by taking thought of every breath, every beat of the heart, and every neural impulse.
Central vision is used for accurate work like reading, in which our eyes are focused on one small area after another like spotlights.
Peripheral vision is less conscious, less bright than the intense ray of the spotlight. Unlike the spotlight, it can take in very many things at a time. There is, then, an analogy—and perhaps more than mere analogy— between central vision and conscious, one-at-a-time thinking, and between peripheral vision and the rather mysterious process which enables us to regulate the incredible complexity of our bodies without thinking at all.
It should be noted, further, that we call our bodies complex as a result of trying to understand them in terms of linear thought, of words and concepts. But the complexity is not so much in our bodies as in the task of trying to understand them by this means of thinking. It is like trying to make out the features of a large room with no other light than a single bright ray.
It is as complicated as trying to drink water with a fork instead of a cup. It is still linear, still a series of abstractions taken in one at a time. Now the general tendency of the Western mind is to feel that we do not really understand what we cannot represent, what we cannot communicate, by linear signs—by thinking. But the Oriental musician has a rough notation which he uses only as a reminder of a melody.
But it is not academically and philosophically respectable. Generally speaking, the former concerns itself with the linguistic, ethical, legal, and ritual conventions which provide the society with its system of communication. Taoism, on the other hand, is generally a pursuit of older men, and especially of men who are retiring from active life in the community. Their retirement from society is a kind of outward symbol of an inward liberation from the bounds of conventional patterns of thought and conduct.Originally there is nothing.
A monk asked Nansen. When asked what would happen if they gave it up for a month the relatively honest ones will admit to unhappiness at the prospect. Share Give access Share full text access. I mentioned John Peacock earlier p Eat only to support yourself in your practice. Every rule.
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