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by Caodemarte
Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: Zen Events
Topic: Upcoming Public Talk: "Growing Old in Zen"
Replies: 3
Views: 71

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: 19
Views: 142

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: 1999

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: 1999

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: 1999

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: 1999

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: 1999

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: 172

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: 1999

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: 1999

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: 2023

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...
by Caodemarte
Wed May 29, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: dependent origination
Replies: 82
Views: 1829

Re: dependent origination

fuki wrote:
Wed May 29, 2019 11:41 am
...DO is only applicable to a relative view, to the "highest" view aka Reality, everything is uncaused.
Not in Buddhism. In Buddhism it is neither caused nor uncaused, nor is it different from phenomena. But of course the trick is for us to find out for ourselves.
by Caodemarte
Tue May 28, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Zen Practice
Replies: 94
Views: 2023

Re: Zen Practice

.... For meditation: Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond - Ajahn Brahm The Attention Revolution - B. Alan Wallace With Each and Every Breath - Thanissaro Bhikkhu Focused and Fearless - Sheila Catherine When Awareness Becomes Natural - Sayadaw Tejaniya The Art and Skill of Buddhist Meditation - Richard Sh...
by Caodemarte
Tue May 28, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Zen Practice
Replies: 94
Views: 2023

Re: Zen Practice

“No mind” does not mean that the mind does not function or exists or does not exist. Just that it functions freely without obstructions, such as artificial ideas about it. So just breathe, just plan, just sit, at the appropriate moment. Try to be whole hearted. Just be fully aware as appropriate so ...
by Caodemarte
Tue May 28, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Zen Practice
Replies: 94
Views: 2023

Re: Zen Practice

“No mind” does not mean that the mind does not function or exists or does not exist. Just that it functions freely without obstructions, such as artificial ideas about it. So just breathe, just plan, just sit, at the appropriate moment. Just be fully aware as appropriate so there is no room of think...
by Caodemarte
Sat May 25, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Beginners Space
Topic: For Avisitor...Is Zen thinking of no-thought?
Replies: 58
Views: 2874

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

Again is zen thinking of no thought? “....In Japanese Soto Zen, another name for non-thinking is shikantaza. It is wide awake awareness that is simply present with what arises, an awareness in which awareness itself and the contents of awareness are unseparated.We don’t apply tools like evaluation,...
by Caodemarte
Wed May 22, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: dependent origination
Replies: 82
Views: 1829

Re: dependent origination

Kinda related with the above it reminds of one part of a conversation between Hisamatsu Shinichi and D.T. Suzuki from 1958 and although 60 years has passed since then imo it is still relevant today... Good conversation. I'd like to read more of it. Where is it from? Here Cao: Zen in America & the n...
by Caodemarte
Wed May 22, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: dependent origination
Replies: 82
Views: 1829

Re: dependent origination

I am in a cheapo extended stay hotel in Boca Raton,... Ayurveda is considered the 'upaveda' or accessory of Athara Veda . . . the fourth book of the Vedas. The Four Noble Truths of Buddhism are directly derived from the Four Arya Satyas of Ayurveda: Dukha - Vyadhi (disease) Dosha - Vyadhi Nidana (c...
by Caodemarte
Wed May 22, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Zen Buddhism
Topic: dependent origination
Replies: 82
Views: 1829

Re: dependent origination

Thank you for the opinion from a Hindu perspective. ..... It's also worth noting that classical Buddhist teaching is entirely within the Vedic tradition.... Buddhism clearly is not part of the Vedic tradition and does not stem from the Vedic traditions. Oh that's interesting. So before Buddha awake...