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by Caodemarte
Thu Dec 12, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Zen People
Topic: Joshu Sasaki Roshi
Replies: 19
Views: 164

Re: Joshu Sasaki Roshi

Many students of Sasaki, like myself, simply did not know. Fortunately, when I met Eido Shimano I immediately knew that he acted like an armed child and I should stay away from personal contact. not only does this bring up memories of the Eido scandal, but reinforces, in my mind, a stupid question. ...
by Caodemarte
Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:23 am
Forum: Zen People
Topic: Joshu Sasaki Roshi
Replies: 19
Views: 164

Re: Joshu Sasaki Roshi

No objection. Went thru similar with my own teacher. Not sure what abuse of teisho refers to. Please say more about rhat, thank you. At one of the first sesshins I went to Sasaki Roshi gave a teisho saying a man needed to be absolutely a man, a woman had to be completely a woman. Years later, when ...
by Caodemarte
Thu Dec 12, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: Zen People
Topic: Joshu Sasaki Roshi
Replies: 19
Views: 164

Re: Joshu Sasaki Roshi

As sad as this to say by someone who studied with Sasaki Roshi, his teaching must be put in the context of his deeply improper behavior (including the abuse of teishos and even the sanzen room).
by Caodemarte
Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 5
Views: 355

Re: Greetings

Welcome. I sent you a personal message. Please check your PM box.
by Caodemarte
Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: confirmation
Replies: 14
Views: 562

Re: confirmation

...Isn’t a fundamental aspect of practice the cultivation and recognition of not knowing ... that there is nothing to know and no one to know?... Not if it rests there. It must be resolved. Otherwise it us just a hole to climb into and a shield against genuine inquiry. And especially not if the "no...
by Caodemarte
Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Artwork by Forum Members
Topic: Death Poems
Replies: 41
Views: 2495

Re: Death Poems

Metta to all.
by Caodemarte
Sat Aug 17, 2019 3:37 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: The practice of Zazen
Replies: 11
Views: 423

Re: The practice of Zazen

Jundo is not wrong. I have noticed you have many theoretical ideas about what zazen is and many questions about these ideas. If you try vigorously to closely follow the many instructions out there (or better find some actual people who can give you direct guidance), most of these questions will disa...
by Caodemarte
Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:00 am
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: American Zen - A Brief History
Replies: 22
Views: 1253

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: 461

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: 731

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: 39
Views: 1313

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: 18
Views: 1005

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: 731

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: 18
Views: 1005

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: 39
Views: 1313

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: 731

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: 39
Views: 1313

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: 4188

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: 4188

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...