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by Meido
Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi
Replies: 102
Views: 1027

Re: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi

It is because of fundamental ignorance that we have both.
by Meido
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Rohatsu eve
Replies: 4
Views: 108

Rohatsu eve

Tomorrow is Dec. 8, the day that has come to be the one on which the Buddha's enlightenment is commemorated. In Japanese Zen monasteries, the past week is usually spent in retreat (sesshin)...the most rigorous retreat of the year, in fact. If you sit tonight, you can know that Zen trainees in many p...
by Meido
Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: Announcements, Forum News
Topic: Zen Space gets a new owner!
Replies: 13
Views: 362

Re: Zen Space gets a new owner!

Great news, thanks for taking it on Clyde.

And profound gratitude to Dan for everything he's done here. A mostly thankless and at times unpleasant job, but navigated with integrity and care. Many bows!
by Meido
Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi
Replies: 102
Views: 1027

Re: "Commit everything to the posture" --Uchiyama Roshi

Of course postures should be adopted and adjusted to fit the conditions of students who are beginners, who have disabilities or injuries, and so on. Folks need to start where they are. But it seems that discussions about meditation posture rarely focus on the essential point: why is the classic 7-po...
by Meido
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Polishing tiles
Replies: 29
Views: 770

Re: Polishing tiles

You may find that when you succeed, if not immediately then a while afterwards, that your habitual samsaric tendencies still have lots of fuel in them and that more work is required - Hakuin presented in a way to say that awakening is simply the beginning of the path proper - the real hard work (wi...
by Meido
Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Best Shikantaza Ever
Replies: 20
Views: 713

Re: Best Shikantaza Ever

Getting off topic here. But some general thoughts RE a point that was made: I do think it's worth saying that all koans point to the same thing: our intrinsic wisdom, i.e. awakening. But we also have to say that different koans point this out in different ways. That is, they can be said to point out...
by Meido
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Differing views of shikantaza
Replies: 76
Views: 2628

Re: Differing views of shikantaza

Anders wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:02 pm
I am not a moderator here
Waiting for you to volunteer :106:
by Meido
Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Zen Events
Topic: 3 upcoming sesshin near Madison WI
Replies: 0
Views: 125

3 upcoming sesshin near Madison WI

There will be three sesshin during this setsu-ango (the fall/winter retreat period) at Korinji monastery near Madison, WI. Dates are below...all welcome to inquire. Partial attendance is permitted. For details please go to: https://www.korinji.org/sesshin October 14-20 November 4-10 December 2-8 (Th...
by Meido
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: What is Rinzai Zen? Q&A with Meido Moore
Replies: 16
Views: 529

Re: What is Rinzai Zen? Q&A with Meido Moore

So essentially a not-two 'experiencing' with the whole being? One could say that, though you can see how the words sabotage the point. I would just say that if one sees, for example, a statue of Fudo Myo-o, one arises as Fudo. Seeing a statue of Kannon, one arises instantly as Kannon. Also, the pow...
by Meido
Wed Sep 26, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: What is Rinzai Zen? Q&A with Meido Moore
Replies: 16
Views: 529

Re: What is Rinzai Zen? Q&A with Meido Moore

But I'd also like to say that non-bodily or non- primarily bodily doesn't mean 'conceptual', unless you mean conceptual in a different sense? It can be a very deeply felt emotional or spiritual experience that would also reflect in the body, but in a secondary manner. I hear you. By "primarily conc...
by Meido
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: What is Rinzai Zen? Q&A with Meido Moore
Replies: 16
Views: 529

Re: What is Rinzai Zen? Q&A with Meido Moore

Dan74 wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:32 pm
Or am I missing the point?
I don't think so.

It is essentially an empathetic and bodily - rather than primarily conceptual - interaction with art.
by Meido
Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: What is Rinzai Zen? Q&A with Meido Moore
Replies: 16
Views: 529

Re: What is Rinzai Zen? Q&A with Meido Moore

Meido, I have a question. How extended is this "looking at the statue" practice in Rinzai Zen? Is it a peculiar feature of Omori Sogen's lineage, with its emphasis on physicality? I'd say it's really just a standard Rinzai take on things...as is emphasis on physicality/embodiment (well, I would ass...
by Meido
Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: What is Rinzai Zen? Q&A with Meido Moore
Replies: 16
Views: 529

Re: What is Rinzai Zen? Q&A with Meido Moore

Thanks for the kind words folks.

Carving the Divine, the documentary film that these clips support, is worth checking out: www.carvingthedivine.com

Razor: only get to shave every 5 days or so in the monastery. Suits my laziness, and I may have skipped a few of those days even.
by Meido
Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: What is Rinzai Zen? Q&A with Meido Moore
Replies: 16
Views: 529

Re: What is Rinzai Zen? Q&A with Meido Moore

Thanks for the kind words folks.

Carving the Divine, the documentary film that these clips support, is worth checking out: www.carvingthedivine.com

Razor: only get to shave every 5 days or so in the monastery. Suits my laziness.
by Meido
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Zen Events
Topic: Oct. 27-28 Zen Practice Weekend in CT
Replies: 1
Views: 207

Oct. 27-28 Zen Practice Weekend in CT

October 27-28 Zen practice in Granby, CT...looking forward to it! This training is a weekend seminar rather than strict retreat format: all are welcome regardless of Zen practice experience. Please contact the host (their flyer below) with logistical questions, but feel free to PM me with any questi...
by Meido
Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Ask a Question
Topic: Question on Jukai (Sewing pre-Soto Precepts)
Replies: 27
Views: 1041

Re: Question on Jukai (Sewing pre-Soto Precepts)

Yes.

The 16 are used in monastic ordination.
by Meido
Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Ask a Question
Topic: Question on Jukai (Sewing pre-Soto Precepts)
Replies: 27
Views: 1041

Re: Question on Jukai (Sewing pre-Soto Precepts)

Nice that such meetings were offered, Linda. And another point RE the usefulness of some explanation or class like that being offered: aside from the surface meaning of the precepts, many Buddhist schools have unique ways of using them to point out more profound aspects of the path. Zen also is like...
by Meido
Sun Sep 09, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Ask a Question
Topic: Question on Jukai (Sewing pre-Soto Precepts)
Replies: 27
Views: 1041

Re: Question on Jukai (Sewing pre-Soto Precepts)

Actually, thinking of the non-Buddhist reminds me that the 16 Precepts are actually the most disregarded part of this whole process (mentioned once briefly, never again, as though not relevant). FWIW, use of the "16 precepts" (3 refuges + 3 pure precepts + 10 grave precepts) for the lay refuge cere...
by Meido
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Ask a Question
Topic: Question on Jukai (Sewing pre-Soto Precepts)
Replies: 27
Views: 1041

Re: Question on Jukai (Sewing pre-Soto Precepts)

I agree with Keith. Refuge and precepts should be explained and offered. Nothing more. It should then be left to the potential recipient to make the request of the preceptor...not the other way around. That's not to say that one need be 100% sure, or have complete grasp of their import, before reque...
by Meido
Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Ask a Question
Topic: Question on Jukai (Sewing pre-Soto Precepts)
Replies: 27
Views: 1041

Re: Question on Jukai (Sewing pre-Soto Precepts)

You're welcome. Apologies if I came across as terse...I notice that happens when I'm rushed for time and post. I think it really an important thing to search patiently and carefully for one's teacher...perhaps the most important thing. In the meantime of course there are things one can do in practic...