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by Caodemarte
Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: What to do about Zen teachers and controversial behavior
Replies: 41
Views: 476

Re: What to do about Zen teachers and controversial behavior

Could I point out that the Tarrant discussion came about only be because he was cited as a Dharma heir of Aitken in the Diamond Sangha tradition without mention of the obvious problems with doing so? No one was lying in wait to suddenly attack him. I am not sure how Ed Brown was dragged into this. B...
by Caodemarte
Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Support, Suggestions
Topic: What to do about Zen teachers and controversial behavior
Replies: 41
Views: 476

Re: What to do about controversial teachers

In general terms it is very important to be as transparent as possible. There is no need to gossip; there is great need to be clear about what we are doing and saying. This is especially true in religion where there are so many fraudsters and naive people willing to be defrauded. If you want to get ...
by Caodemarte
Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Zen People
Topic: John Tarrant Roshi
Replies: 8
Views: 132

Re: Koans that you have made

...John Tarrant broke with the Diamond Sangha with which he was originally affiliated (being a Dharma heir of Robert Aitken Roshi himself since 1988) and went "independent" in 2000-something, forming and founding a new outfit called "California Zen Institute"... It may be more accurate to say that ...
by Caodemarte
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Leaving a teacher (wondering what the experienced practitioners have done/learned)
Replies: 21
Views: 412

Re: Leaving a teacher (wondering what the experienced practitioners have done/learned)

I have not been in that situation in the past or know anything about your situation. However, if you are not finding any center or teacher helpful then leave. You are under no obligation to attend or donate. There are no fealty oaths or requirements to follow a path that does not work for you. If yo...
by Caodemarte
Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Rinzai
Topic: Jeff Shore on koan practice for lay people
Replies: 10
Views: 931

Re: Jeff Shore on koan practice for lay people

I wonder if Jeff’s approach is that different from other Rinzai teachers (ignoring the obvious differences between lay and ordained). Many, if not nearly all, Rinzai teachers do not follow a fixed curriculum and “make up” koans and wato (hua tou) all the time. Hakuin, who created the classic Japanes...
by Caodemarte
Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Happy Birthday Guo Gu!
Replies: 5
Views: 290

Re: Happy Birthday Guo Gu!

Happy Birthday youngster.
by Caodemarte
Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Psychodelics and Buddhism: Lion Roar article and Brad Warner's response + a few thoughts
Replies: 60
Views: 3014

Re: Psychodelics and Buddhism: Lion Roar article and Brad Warner's response + a few thoughts

fuki wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 7:56 pm
...
I think you know what I mean....
It is certainly not clear. Could you clarify?
by Caodemarte
Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Psychodelics and Buddhism: Lion Roar article and Brad Warner's response + a few thoughts
Replies: 60
Views: 3014

Re: Psychodelics and Buddhism: Lion Roar article and Brad Warner's response + a few thoughts

....Firstly, psychedelics (thank you for the correction), are not drugs in the sense that heroin or cocaine, are drugs - they don't work to bring pleasure or entertainment....Many practitioners believe, rightly or wrongly, that the defilements run deeper in our times, the obstacles are more stubbor...
by Caodemarte
Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Good discussion about post-awakening cultivation over at DW
Replies: 15
Views: 1190

Re: Good discussion about post-awakening cultivation over at DW

It is “Just sit,” not “just sit now.” You can get trapped in the idea of “now” as well as in “past” or “future.” All dharmas are empty while being vitally important as everything depends on them.
by Caodemarte
Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: Gaofeng Yuanmiao on the Path
Replies: 2
Views: 223

Re: Gaofeng Yuanmiao on the Path

....I still don't know with Broughton chose to translate "doubt" as "indecision-and-apprehension"..... It is very puzzling, but Broughton has the habit of translating some random simple terms, like “doubt” in complex roundabout ways. It is like the bits of grit you do sometimes find in your rice. I...
by Caodemarte
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Everybody OK?
Replies: 110
Views: 3080

Re: Everybody OK?

Very good news!
by Caodemarte
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: please reinstate jundo
Replies: 12
Views: 677

Re: please reinstate jundo

I became a member of this forum because I wanted to give and receive mutual support for the practice and study of Zen Buddhism. I was asked to come in as a moderator by Dan74. He asked because I expressed concern about the forum rapidly becoming as unreadable as other forums that have collapsed. I t...
by Caodemarte
Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:19 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Getting In Position
Replies: 37
Views: 1692

Re: Getting In Position

...The Buddha sat as the people of that time and place sat. Why must we do the same? You can sit as you like, of course. We do not have to sit as Buddha sat. It is not essential for Buddhist meditation. People can injure themselves if they sit improperly, without good support, or are not prepared p...
by Caodemarte
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:17 am
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Getting In Position
Replies: 37
Views: 1692

Re: Getting In Position

What’s the point?... Is the cross-legged posture really so essential, fundamental, necessary? Why so? None of this is essential for zazen. There is no magic posture required. However, most people who do zazen do the best we can to find the healthiest, most stable way to do so. The lotus followed by...
by Caodemarte
Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Never Surrender!
Replies: 55
Views: 2762

Re: Never Surrender!

A number of the more obvious off topic posts removed. It is not fun to do this, but off topic posts destroy a conversation and make the forum unappealing for others.
by Caodemarte
Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: Getting In Position
Replies: 37
Views: 1692

Re: Getting In Position

At least you can sit cross legged! Still a dream for me. Two Zafu or a Zafu and support cushion might be good. Dharmacrafts has the firmest kapok Zafu I know of. Or you could go the buckwheat hull route. The adjustable height KindSeat (made of wood) is also very good and might be best for your needs...
by Caodemarte
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: Zen Sickness
Replies: 16
Views: 913

Re: Zen Sickness

There are several “illnesses” in Zen practice: nervous exhaustion, forcefully over controlling or directing the mind, knowledge and wisdom becoming an obstacle, attachment to ideas about emptines, indifference, etc. The “Dangers of zazen” thread might be relevant here (https://zen1.space/viewtopic.p...
by Caodemarte
Sat Jul 21, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello From Airway Heights Washington
Replies: 3
Views: 301

Re: Hello From Airway Heights Washington

Georgei wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:38 am
... For this newbie, it seems a likely reason is that folks have strayed from the basics that Buddha first put forward.. But what do I know :)
Welcome! Zen students would say that Zen is the basics that Buddha put forward. However, so would all other schools.
by Caodemarte
Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: A Small Mischaracterization ..
Replies: 42
Views: 2636

Re: A Small Mischaracterization ..

..."In the Soto school (曹洞宗) of Zen, Zazen, or sitting meditation, is the core of the practice...i[/i][/b]. Soto Zen's vision of Enlightenment, or Satori, is different than that of the Rinzai school..... I realize you are quoting another, but as a fellow student I would suggest that zazen is the co...
by Caodemarte
Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Thien
Topic: Rinzai? Soto? Both? Neither?
Replies: 26
Views: 1449

Re: Rinzai? Soto? Both? Neither?

... Maybe the sanghas of those immolated monks do not want to own up to them as having been members. But their robes looked Zen-/Thien-like, is what I remember.... Far from not wanting “to own up to them as having been members” their sanghas regard them as heros. TNH has written about the noble sel...