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by Caodemarte
Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Alan Watts on meditation
Replies: 76
Views: 952

Re: Alan Watts on meditation

He used his education and status as ordained minister rather than Zen dharma transmission; there are quite a few recognized "teachers" who do exactly the same today. I see no real reason to accept a surgically precise definition of what at "teacher" is in Zen. Even some of the patriarchs didn't hav...
by Caodemarte
Tue Apr 23, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Alan Watts on meditation
Replies: 76
Views: 952

Re: Alan Watts on meditation

He used his education and status as ordained minister rather than Zen dharma transmission; there are quite a few recognized "teachers" who do exactly the same today. I see no real reason to accept a surgically precise definition of what at "teacher" is in Zen. Even some of the patriarchs didn't hav...
by Caodemarte
Tue Apr 23, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: For Avisitor...Is Zen thinking of no-thought?
Replies: 47
Views: 985

Re: For Avisitor...Is Zen thinking of no-thought?

Is this from personal experience or from the teachings? I don’t remember hearing or reading about dreams stopping upon awakening, but it wouldn’t surprise me. Personal experience, but you can see it in the teachings too, if you don't read everything "literally" "stopping" refers to the deluded mind...
by Caodemarte
Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: For Avisitor...Is Zen thinking of no-thought?
Replies: 47
Views: 985

Re: For Avisitor...Is Zen thinking of no-thought?

When I began zazen, I thought that the idea was to stop all thinking. There are some teachings that seem to imply this and I was practicing without any close guidance from a teacher at the time. I got really good at this, not only during formal zazen, but in daily life as well. A thought would aris...
by Caodemarte
Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: For Avisitor...Is Zen thinking of no-thought?
Replies: 47
Views: 985

Re: For Avisitor...Is Zen thinking of no-thought?

How can one instantly see Buddha nature if one drops the discriminating mind???.... ...... But One can Let go and Truly rest in Buddha Nature Its the natural disposition of all things... This is also called the Dropping Away of Body and Mind .....But only now, Always only now..... A huatou asks, “I...
by Caodemarte
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Zen Events
Topic: Upcoming retreats with Rinzai Zen teacher Jeff Shore
Replies: 6
Views: 133

Re: Upcoming retreats with Rinzai Zen teacher Jeff Shore

Nothing wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:48 pm
Caodemarte, if you ever decide to cross the pond and come to one of the euro retreats I am buying lunch.
Thanks! :105:
by Caodemarte
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Zen Events
Topic: Upcoming retreats with Rinzai Zen teacher Jeff Shore
Replies: 6
Views: 133

Re: Upcoming retreats with Rinzai Zen teacher Jeff Shore

I hope to attend the January retreat at the Catholic spiritual center just outside Philly. If anyone else is going please PM me and I will buy you a cup of coffee.
by Caodemarte
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Alan Watts on meditation
Replies: 76
Views: 952

Re: Alan Watts on meditation

Watts did not claim to be a Zen teacher, but a “spiritual entertainer.”
by Caodemarte
Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Zen Events
Topic: Upcoming retreats with Rinzai Zen teacher Jeff Shore
Replies: 6
Views: 133

Re: Upcoming retreats with Rinzai Zen teacher Jeff Shore

Jeff usually does a January retreat (sometimes June as well) in the Philadelphia area and people from Ka Shin Zendo attend. One of the chief organizers of the Philadelphia retreats is from Ka Shin (Bruce). As you can see below the next is provisionally scheduled Jan. 3 -Jan. 8. Provisional dates for...
by Caodemarte
Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Calming the Mind
Replies: 60
Views: 1088

Re: Calming the Mind

Sending metta. Be well!
by Caodemarte
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: on the arising of stress
Replies: 32
Views: 866

Re: on the arising of stress

According to one account of the historical Buddha’s death, he went “up” through the various Jhana states to the oblivious level where there is no pain. He then deliberately came “down” to the level where pain is felt. He chose to die feeling that pain. It is useful to think why this story is told an...
by Caodemarte
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:36 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: on the arising of stress
Replies: 32
Views: 866

Re: on the arising of stress

If the superhuman poetry turns you off, take a look at the accounts of Buddha’s last days, complaining of stomach distress (he died of food poisoning). He comes across in the suttas as sometimes frustrated, sarcastic, and crotchety, but always very human.
by Caodemarte
Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Right View
Replies: 6
Views: 186

Re: Right View

Only seeing what is, truth, will finally end dukkha. Just chasing self-delusions will not, including the delusion that my opinions are the only path.
by Caodemarte
Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:07 am
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: Change “Ask a Teacher”
Replies: 9
Views: 819

Re: Change “Ask a Teacher”

This section for asking teachers questions about one's personal practice sounds nice But, I know that during regular time spent at Zen centers, that what went on between teacher and student was held private There was a couple of reasons for doing this. One had to do with having a public audience wo...
by Caodemarte
Thu Mar 07, 2019 1:24 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: history of koans
Replies: 14
Views: 410

Re: history of koans

Good stuff. Similarly we can talk about the historical evolution of specific forms of prayers, but to ask who introduced prayer as a method and how that was received does not work well. At the end of a sesshin with Jeff Shore, I thanked a nun for hosting a (Rinzai) retreat at a Catholic center. She ...
by Caodemarte
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Announcements, Forum News
Topic: Dear Members
Replies: 140
Views: 4390

Re: Dear Members

if you follow that link, Mr. Kim does call himself the Head Teacher of his sangha, and they do sign on to the fact that he is their Head Teacher, this in and of itself is the practical equivalent of ordination, e/g. his organization recognizes in a formal sense his leadership and authority... Being...
by Caodemarte
Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Here's How To Kensho
Replies: 59
Views: 1750

Re: Here's How To Kensho

... This forum doesn't allow editing one's posts but in case someone would like more context for the plain technique, here's a free e-book ... You can edit your own posts, at least up until a certain point. The e-book makes it clear that the method you advocate is very far from Zen methods or Buddh...
by Caodemarte
Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:20 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: history of koans
Replies: 14
Views: 410

Re: history of koans

... ...a man's life and conditions are not a Koan in the traditional sense. The conditions of one's life may cause one to look for the truth And cause the mind to find the answers one seeks. No way near a traditional Koan Buddha's condition to find why there is suffering is not a Koan. He did not f...
by Caodemarte
Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: history of koans
Replies: 14
Views: 410

history of koans

I did not say that Pang was given a koan, I said it was his own. He roused his own koan and that is no different when a student is given a formal koan which the student have to make it his/her own, but the function is same. It is essential to rouse great doubt... Great posting! Could I add that in ...
by Caodemarte
Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Announcements, Forum News
Topic: Dear Members
Replies: 140
Views: 4390

Re: Dear Members

If you read carefully Kim’s instructions as a whole they diverge significantly from instructions given in Theravada and Zen. The idea of mechanically generating kensho, assuming Kim means “seeing the true nature,” just contradict both. I don’t know if they are similar to instructions given in some T...