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by jundocohen
Sat Aug 01, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: fuki's place
Topic: Reader on Shikantaza
Replies: 4
Views: 131

Re: Reader on Shikantaza

The late great Kobun Chino lives! The shikan taza way is giving birth to the Buddha seed. It is not a person becoming a better person, it is the actualization of what we are. ... Shikan taza is sitting for itself. You may say pure sitting for itself, not for something else. ... There are no techniqu...
by jundocohen
Wed Jul 29, 2020 2:12 am
Forum: fuki's place
Topic: Reader on Shikantaza
Replies: 4
Views: 131

Re: Reader on Shikantaza

I might say that, as is just natural and to be celebrated in every way, Roshi Joan is coming from her own mixed "Rinzai-Soto" flavor of practice, as also does the late, great Daido Loori. Rev. Sheng-yen is more of his own fashioned, rather new ways of Silent Illumination which, personally, I would n...
by jundocohen
Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: fuki's place
Topic: You Are Invited: a LIVE 'SIT & CHAT' with Zen Historian & Dogen Specialist, Dr. Steven Heine
Replies: 27
Views: 1023

Re: You Are Invited: a LIVE 'SIT & CHAT' with Zen Historian & Dogen Specialist, Dr. Steven Heine

Well, yes, ... and yet, and yet, Well ... I don’t think so. All these different flavors, additions and changes which develop over time become fixed, ossified and self referential/reverential to the extent that the window to the source is obscured, closed even. The “finger” ends up pointing at itsel...
by jundocohen
Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: fuki's place
Topic: You Are Invited: a LIVE 'SIT & CHAT' with Zen Historian & Dogen Specialist, Dr. Steven Heine
Replies: 27
Views: 1023

Re: You Are Invited: a LIVE 'SIT & CHAT' with Zen Historian & Dogen Specialist, Dr. Steven Heine

Shikantaza as we know did not exist at the time. .... Gassho, Jundo I find it hard to see how shikantaza did not exist at a time. What was Bodhidharma up to in his cave? Dogen didn’t pull it out of thin air after all. Actually, he probably did. What we call shikantaza is ever present, timeless and ...
by jundocohen
Sun Jul 26, 2020 3:54 am
Forum: fuki's place
Topic: You Are Invited: a LIVE 'SIT & CHAT' with Zen Historian & Dogen Specialist, Dr. Steven Heine
Replies: 27
Views: 1023

Re: You Are Invited: a LIVE 'SIT & CHAT' with Zen Historian & Dogen Specialist, Dr. Steven Heine

He was a KOAN man. NOT a 'just sitter'! Of course Dogen was a Koan man. Shobogenzo is chock full of koans wall to wall ... Sitting is a Koan I have never heard it said that Rinzai was a Shikantaza man, so to speak. Actually, it is funny you should say that, for the voice of Master Rinzai as heard i...
by jundocohen
Sat Jul 25, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: fuki's place
Topic: You Are Invited: a LIVE 'SIT & CHAT' with Zen Historian & Dogen Specialist, Dr. Steven Heine
Replies: 27
Views: 1023

Re: You Are Invited: a LIVE 'SIT & CHAT' with Zen Historian & Dogen Specialist, Dr. Steven Heine

there were no instructions from Dogen or the founding Soto priests in Japan to pick up a Koan or phrase ala Tahui or Hakuin Wrong - sorry. There are very explicit instructions (according to the translation) from Dogen. The text I refer to is buried among other stuff. Once I find it I will quote lin...
by jundocohen
Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: fuki's place
Topic: You Are Invited: a LIVE 'SIT & CHAT' with Zen Historian & Dogen Specialist, Dr. Steven Heine
Replies: 27
Views: 1023

Re: You Are Invited: a LIVE 'SIT & CHAT' with Zen Historian & Dogen Specialist, Dr. Steven Heine

Soon I return to my old haunt in the forest where I will live with my family These days, it sounds like a good place to be ... unless the kids have to go to school, which mine do each day here in Ibraraki. A 4th grader and a high school senior. Good thing that I moved beyond fearing death years ago...
by jundocohen
Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: fuki's place
Topic: You Are Invited: a LIVE 'SIT & CHAT' with Zen Historian & Dogen Specialist, Dr. Steven Heine
Replies: 27
Views: 1023

Re: You Are Invited: a LIVE 'SIT & CHAT' with Zen Historian & Dogen Specialist, Dr. Steven Heine

but in all the detailed instructions he never once says "Then, pick up a phrase from a Koant" etc. Never, not once. So? Koans are given dependend on the students needs, karmic dispositions etc So why should it matter if it's there in the detailed written instructions or not, and how does it relate ...
by jundocohen
Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: fuki's place
Topic: You Are Invited: a LIVE 'SIT & CHAT' with Zen Historian & Dogen Specialist, Dr. Steven Heine
Replies: 27
Views: 1023

Re: You Are Invited: a LIVE 'SIT & CHAT' with Zen Historian & Dogen Specialist, Dr. Steven Heine

Sitting is all the Buddhas and Ancestor's sitting with your ass when you sit. Jundo - Do you really think people here do not know this? Spare us the 101 ... Anyone that comments on koans has missed the point completely. It a convenient cop-out designed to demonstrate self-perceived wisdom and an at...
by jundocohen
Thu Jul 23, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: fuki's place
Topic: You Are Invited: a LIVE 'SIT & CHAT' with Zen Historian & Dogen Specialist, Dr. Steven Heine
Replies: 27
Views: 1023

Re: You Are Invited: a LIVE 'SIT & CHAT' with Zen Historian & Dogen Specialist, Dr. Steven Heine

Jeez - you guys go on Give me one line of wisdom so I can listen The breeze in the trees makes no sense Dogen writes, never intending to make sense I am primarily a 'just sitter' . Dogen would have tolerated me for all of a day, I recon He was a KOAN man. NOT a 'just sitter'! The record is there fo...
by jundocohen
Thu Jul 23, 2020 5:43 am
Forum: fuki's place
Topic: Wonderful, No Place to Go
Replies: 86
Views: 5643

Re: Wonderful, No Place to Go

Yes, awaken at least once, and live the life of no-mind and within emptiness for some months. This will confirm that the Buddha and our Ch'an and Zen ancestors have not been lying to us. If it again fades -- this luminous, empty, and intuitive awakened Physical state of no mind -- it's because our ...
by jundocohen
Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:53 am
Forum: fuki's place
Topic: You Are Invited: a LIVE 'SIT & CHAT' with Zen Historian & Dogen Specialist, Dr. Steven Heine
Replies: 27
Views: 1023

Re: You Are Invited: a LIVE 'SIT & CHAT' with Zen Historian & Dogen Specialist, Dr. Steven Heine

Michael, There's also more to it, though I dislike disturbing those who are in a big way dedicated to Dogen. But here goes: What I feel is overdone in some sanghas is where "consideration" of Dogen gives rise to "Dogen-ism". The shear "-ism" of it. First of all, it's a bit like hero-worship, where ...
by jundocohen
Wed Jul 22, 2020 12:27 am
Forum: fuki's place
Topic: Meditation, Zazen
Replies: 66
Views: 3026

Re: Meditation, Zazen

There is no Zen. It is all Zen Buddhism. The Buddha's Dharma. In the Pali Canon, it is said that the Buddha gave 84,000 ways to enlightenment. What makes one method or way better than others?? And what does it mean when it is said that Bodhidharma sat in the cave near Shaolin for nine years?? What ...
by jundocohen
Tue Jul 21, 2020 1:46 am
Forum: fuki's place
Topic: Meditation, Zazen
Replies: 66
Views: 3026

Re: Meditation, Zazen

Got to begin somewhere. Might as well be here. The problem is not that someone start off with following the breath, or even breath "counting," which are very useful for beginners who really cannot center and allow their minds to settle at all, and who cannot easily release the grip of runaway thoug...
by jundocohen
Tue Jul 21, 2020 1:15 am
Forum: fuki's place
Topic: Two Eyes Open Togethor
Replies: 5
Views: 330

Re: Two Eyes Open Togethor

Good stuff. There is a difference between spontaneous fear, like for instance when I was chased by a Mastino Napoletano in the animal shelter running until I just got out of the gate with a second to spare, and fear based on memory attachment, which is an internal narrative, like being afraid of do...
by jundocohen
Mon Jul 20, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: fuki's place
Topic: Meditation, Zazen
Replies: 66
Views: 3026

Re: Meditation, Zazen

pure atheism What's pure atheism? I meant that one can be "just Christian" or. like many people, practice Christianity and Zen together, likewise for Judaism and Zen etc. So "pure atheism" means someone who only has atheist beliefs, not someone who is atheist while also a Buddhist or practicing Zen...
by jundocohen
Mon Jul 20, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: fuki's place
Topic: You Are Invited: a LIVE 'SIT & CHAT' with Zen Historian & Dogen Specialist, Dr. Steven Heine
Replies: 27
Views: 1023

You Are Invited: a LIVE 'SIT & CHAT' with Zen Historian & Dogen Specialist, Dr. Steven Heine

You are invited to a LIVE 'SIT & CHAT' with Buddhism & Zen historian, the noted specialist on the life and writings of Master Dogen, Prof. Steven Heine ... this SUNDAY July 26th ... All are welcome! Steve is the author of the recent, amazing book on Dogen and Shobogenzo, Readings of Dogen's Treasur...
by jundocohen
Sun Jul 19, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: fuki's place
Topic: Meditation, Zazen
Replies: 66
Views: 3026

Re: Meditation, Zazen

Different stroke for different folks Shikantaza may be fine for you But, it may not be the best for every one. Not everyone is the exact same Oh, I 108% agree! I did not mean to imply otherwise. Zazen is not only of one flavor, and different ways are suited to different people. In fact, even though...