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by Great Sage EofH
Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Never Surrender!
Replies: 52
Views: 1291

Re: Never Surrender!

The whole obsession with surrender is best described in Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. Like trusting your guru to jump to your death?

And the point is?

Jonestown koolaid?
by Great Sage EofH
Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Getting In Position
Replies: 37
Views: 905

Re: Getting In Position

Marcel, I'd agree that, in the awakened state, samadhi can come on (and persist) in any state of standing, sitting, or walking, and is never scared-away by any actions, movements, activity, or non-actions for the length of time that awakening stably persists (while supported by one's continuing pra...
by Great Sage EofH
Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Zen Sickness
Replies: 16
Views: 535

Re: Zen Sickness

Thanks for the interesting post. It’s not unique to Zen. It’s a fairly common result of meditative practices. And too often, teachers know little about it. After all, their primary role is to point in the direction, not gain mastery of every aspect of all possible outcomes for all people. Superficia...
by Great Sage EofH
Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form
Replies: 28
Views: 501

Re: Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form

neither rupa nor sunyata are either conventional nor ultimate, in case you didn't see that i didn't answer the question
they are like heat and flame, interdependent
nothing is ever purely conventional/conditioned nor ultimate, ultimately speaking LOL

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by Great Sage EofH
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:31 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Satori ala Soto
Replies: 18
Views: 827

Re: Satori ala Soto

In kensho, the sum total meaning of everything is explicit, but it does not and cannot replace meaning everything has in and of itself
by Great Sage EofH
Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: Thien
Topic: Rinzai? Soto? Both? Neither?
Replies: 26
Views: 598

Re: Rinzai? Soto? Both? Neither?

Great Sage; Thank you for your informative posts. But I disagree with you on the following: People have compared the two meditation styles, I have heard it said that Thich Naht Hanh's style is much like Soto Zen. Personally, I couldn't agree with that because (1) it's more samatha than it is Vipass...
by Great Sage EofH
Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:16 am
Forum: Thien
Topic: Rinzai? Soto? Both? Neither?
Replies: 26
Views: 598

Re: Rinzai? Soto? Both? Neither?

People have compared the two meditation styles, I have heard it said that Thich Naht Hanh's style is much like Soto Zen. Personally, I couldn't agree with that because (1) it's more samatha than it is Vipassana, but it has characteristics of both. (2) Shikantaza, as has been explained, doesn't make ...
by Great Sage EofH
Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: Thien
Topic: Rinzai? Soto? Both? Neither?
Replies: 26
Views: 598

Re: Rinzai? Soto? Both? Neither?

"December 17, 2009. New Hamlet. Plum Village. Thay tells the story of the beginnings of the Lieu Quán Dharma Line, of which Thich Nhat Hanh is the 8th generation of this Vietnamese branch. Our lineage is also traced to through the Lâm Te Dyana School (Linji), of which Thich Nhat Hanh is the 42nd gen...
by Great Sage EofH
Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:04 am
Forum: Thien
Topic: Rinzai? Soto? Both? Neither?
Replies: 26
Views: 598

Re: Rinzai? Soto? Both? Neither?

As I understand it, the Soto of Japan is all that remains of Caodong School of Chan Oh, that is not true at all. Caodong remains in China and Taiwan, although (according to Holmes Welch and others) the lineage has become virtually indistinguishable from the Linji line and Pure Land (all mixed toget...
by Great Sage EofH
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:43 am
Forum: Thien
Topic: Rinzai? Soto? Both? Neither?
Replies: 26
Views: 598

Re: Rinzai? Soto? Both? Neither?

I’m confused. I thought that Thein (Vietnamese) Zen, as exemplified by Thich Nhat Hanh, was in the Soto style. Last evening I was reading a bit of the IZI (http://www.zeninstitute.org/en/iziae/tradition/main.html) website (a link in Fuki’s signature) and learned that it is in the Rinzai Zen lineage...
by Great Sage EofH
Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: The Decline of Zen and Rise of Mindfulness
Replies: 37
Views: 798

Re: The Decline of Zen and Rise of Mindfulness

Of course, I take my hat off to those who use "Mindfulness" and similar practice-regimens, as clinical and therapeutic interventions and treatment modalities. But, ...they do not concern us intimately at a Zen Buddhist conversation site; yet, KUDOS!, to them, and theirs. Unless maybe, their paperwo...
by Great Sage EofH
Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Time swiftly passes by
Replies: 37
Views: 943

Re: Time swiftly passes by

Lifting Andy C. up at the weekly "Joys and Concerns" session here!!
by Great Sage EofH
Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form
Replies: 28
Views: 501

Re: Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form

So all this simply means is that there’s no disparity between conventional and ultimate reality, just kinda two sides of the same coin. Agree? Disagree? You’re thoughts? That's about right, emptiness does not "exist" without form, form does not "exist" without emptiness I've wondered what the origi...
by Great Sage EofH
Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:28 am
Forum: Zen Tradition and Innovation
Topic: metta practice
Replies: 37
Views: 637

Re: metta practice

I suppose that the practice amounts, in some folks' eyes, to what bodhi/boda here called "praying to one's subconscious", in a thread he initiated here at zenspace. It's commonly called hypnosis . "Praying to one's subconscious" is a rather clumsy way to think of it. I've been experimenting with hy...
by Great Sage EofH
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: My Blog
Replies: 7
Views: 272

Re: My Blog

It's a feeling that true Zen art has no sense of urgency, in fact time rather concentrates it. Thanks for the compliments!! See another blog of mine at:
americanpotter.blogspot.com
by Great Sage EofH
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: TOS
Replies: 3
Views: 141

Re: TOS

Furthermore, I don't like talking to an anonymous "Staff" - much less PM-ing to them. You asked us to disclose our identities when we joined here, and now - how dare you - you are hiding yours. It's an affront that I won't abide by. My last message. You need to search your heart to find out why you ...
by Great Sage EofH
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: TOS
Replies: 3
Views: 141

TOS

TOS can you send me a link to that? It's assumed it's easy to find, but I'm not finding it. Why post something as a discussion item then lock it? It should be displayed somewhere durable on the web site itself. Posts disappear over time. I think (my opinion) that the TOS, Moderation, Direction of th...
by Great Sage EofH
Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Apparitions of Bodhisattva Kannon and Kōbun Chino Otogawa
Replies: 12
Views: 160

Re: Why am I at this zen forum?

A sword? So you were offended. That kind of makes sense in a way. I mean, since you held a view about non-violence and all. It's rather nuanced, being in one of the most violent nations on earth, believing in non-violence. I've understood our violence for what it is, I feel. Some of these Zen master...
by Great Sage EofH
Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: The Decline of Zen and Rise of Mindfulness
Replies: 37
Views: 798

Re: The Decline of Zen and Rise of Mindfulness

MSBR was the first "Mindfulness" based program, and it's mostly a medical intervention. Becoming an MBSR teacher has had a pre-requisite of medical degree or training until just recently, when education degrees were added. It's a very recent thing that the general population can enroll in MSBR teach...