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by Caodemarte
Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:00 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: American Zen - A Brief History
Replies: 6
Views: 81

Re: American Zen - A Brief History

Zen has not yet been really introduced to the Americas. Give it a few centuries and then maybe then we can talk about an American Zen style. It is a bit premature at this early date.
by Caodemarte
Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Zen Events
Topic: A cross zen dialogue
Replies: 3
Views: 207

Re: A cross zen dialogue

Thanks!
by Caodemarte
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:40 am
Forum: Zen Events
Topic: Upcoming Public Talk: "Growing Old in Zen"
Replies: 11
Views: 349

Re: Upcoming Public Talk: "Growing Old in Zen"

No problem. I believe Meido also does retreats in Germany on a regular basis as well.
by Caodemarte
Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Entry into Emptiness
Replies: 36
Views: 640

Re: Entry into Emptiness

In my understanding, in Rinzai or Soto (and other forms of Zen) samadhi is not usually used to mean "empty mind" or at least not more than anything else. Definitions and usage vary, particularly across the ages and cultures, but in Zen in "modern" times samadhi usually refers to state of concentrati...
by Caodemarte
Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Zen is all of Life
Replies: 12
Views: 395

Re: Zen is all of Life

What would “identity spirituality” be? By me, identity spirituality would indicate an extreme polarized view of an individual's spirituality based on practice, affinity, or commitment. Compromise with or validation of these characteristics under a different sect, eg., Soto vs Rinzai, or in broader ...
by Caodemarte
Sun Jun 30, 2019 2:06 am
Forum: Zen Events
Topic: Upcoming Public Talk: "Growing Old in Zen"
Replies: 11
Views: 349

Re: Upcoming Public Talk: "Growing Old in Zen"

For your German friends. “Based on Jeff’s teachings in ‘Being Without Self’ but extensively revised and with new material, this book in German presents both a comprehensive and refreshing view on Zen practice; from basic meditation instructions to the controversial topic of Dharma transmission, with...
by Caodemarte
Thu Jun 27, 2019 2:33 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Zen is all of Life
Replies: 12
Views: 395

Re: Zen is all of Life

What would “identity spirituality” be?
by Caodemarte
Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Entry into Emptiness
Replies: 36
Views: 640

Re: Entry into Emptiness

Falling into emptiness or abiding in any state is one danger wise advice would help us avoid. "Therefore, Ananda, you should train yourselves: 'We will enter & remain in the emptiness that is pure, superior, & unsurpassed.” What do you refer to, Caodemarte, with “falling into emptiness”? I know tha...
by Caodemarte
Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: Zen Events
Topic: Upcoming Public Talk: "Growing Old in Zen"
Replies: 11
Views: 349

Re: Upcoming Public Talk: "Growing Old in Zen"

Any other events in Munich those days or just this one talk? (cant view any links at the moment, asking for a for a fruend who lives in Munich) August 30 – September 3, 2019, Steyl, the Netherlands. (UPDATED) This retreat will be held in Steyl. All are welcome. Venue: Centrum Sint Michaël, Steyl, t...
by Caodemarte
Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:05 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Entry into Emptiness
Replies: 36
Views: 640

Re: Entry into Emptiness

If one has a practice of the Zen Buddhist kind, practice correctly and sufficiently, and with help of teacher and sangha, awaken. Practicing with the help of a teacher and sangha is advantageous but not necessary, according to the Buddha's own example. Nothing, besides the obvious (being alive, etc...
by Caodemarte
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 2667

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

KeithA wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:54 pm
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Ha! What a great little sentence!...
Thanks and, if you like it, feel free to use it. Now I have to go away and dig with it!
by Caodemarte
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:10 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 2667

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

Thanks, that's helpful. Still seems to me like studying and discussing scripture would be at least as relevant as discussing the history of koans. It sounds to me like that Lin-chi's toilet paper remark was spoken in a certain social and historical context, not as a promotion of anti-intellectualis...
by Caodemarte
Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:12 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 2667

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

If the scriptures are equivalent to toilet paper and koans are esoteric and ineffable, what kinds of discussion would be appropriate for a Zen forum? ....always wondered about the concern of saying too much about a koan or in some way revealing the "answer." What does this have to do with the actua...
by Caodemarte
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:11 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 2667

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

.....Zen teachers who give Dharma talks about koans and Zen teachers who write commentaries to koans are doing so for the benefit of listeners and readers. And this applies to ancient commentaries as well as modern ones.... Yes, this would not be discussing the koan or talking about the koan, but u...
by Caodemarte
Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 2667

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

It’s my understanding that in the Rinzai school koans are ‘worked on’ by the student with their teacher. But other schools (e.g. - Soto) and even in some lineages of the Rinzai sect koans are approached and handled differently, including discussing koans with sangha members. The koan work with the ...
by Caodemarte
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Slowing Down the Mind Train by Jeff Shore
Replies: 4
Views: 215

Re: Slowing Down the Mind Train by Jeff Shore

Thanks for this. Much appreciated.
by Caodemarte
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:04 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 2667

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

.....Here is how another Rinzai teacher explains discriminating mind: As human beings we all possess this wonderful tool.... Good quote. Could you tell us where to find the rest of this quote and who you are quoting? Thanks in advance. https://choboji.org/literature/discriminating-mind/ Thanks.
by Caodemarte
Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Mumonkan Case 5
Replies: 93
Views: 2667

Re: Mumonkan Case 5

Spike wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:15 pm
.....Here is how another Rinzai teacher explains discriminating mind:

As human beings we all possess this wonderful tool....

Good quote. Could you tell us where to find the rest of this quote and who you are quoting? Thanks in advance.
by Caodemarte
Sat Jun 01, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Zen Practice
Replies: 94
Views: 2457

Re: Zen Practice

One option would be to stop these intellectualized flights of fancy and actually practice. Actually doing formal sitting practice for a set period of time on a daily basis might help overcome these wandering notions. Recommendations for texts on Buddhist practice have been given. Material on startin...