lindama wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:03 pm
... there's more than a hint of stereotyping there, conflating the story with the political feminist.
I am confused why the word "feminist" would not apply to a woman who did something radical for equal treatment. Granted, I doubt that they had the word in old China, but it sure seems to apply.
And in a corner of Buddhism famous for the shocking ... killing the pussy and putting sandals on the head ... why so much resistance to a little pink "pussy" on the head?
Who is it that is making judgments here about the right and wrong way to interpret Miaozong? The article by Grace Schireson is from January 2017, right before the "Pussy Grabber in Chief" was about to become President of the USA> (If someone overseas does not know about that ... )
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyl ... as-changed
But we have a couple of "pussy grabbers" of our own in the Zen World. Maybe it is most fitting to heed the words of Joshu "Come A Little Closer, My Dear" Sasaki from his book of teachings, "Buddha is the Center of Gravity." Apparently, Sasaki "Roshi" did not quite agree that things are as simple as "pussies and penises grave delusion" ...
A man thinks, "What a beautiful woman she is." A woman thinks, "What a strong man he is, just like King Kong." If you know that the beautiful lady is yourself, that King Kong is yourself, then you have no need to desire anything more. When you completely realize that King Kong is yourself, then you have the desire to melt into his big hairy chest. (Laughter) Sa! This is teisho.
Having desire means that you like or dislike the objective world. You long for the world because it has everything that you don't. Every man likes every woman, whether she is beautiful or ugly, because woman has something that man does not. The same is true of woman, for man has something that she does not, so women like men.
Shakyamuni said that human consciousness doesn't work perfectly; that is why humans hate or long for the objective world. If human beings do not train themselves to manifest as perfection itself, they cannot be free. As I told you, however, absolute being doesn't belong to the objective world. The absolute world embraces subject and object together. The human being, believing he belongs to the subjective side and standing in the small mind, observes absolute being as object. Actually, that absolute being cannot be an object. Shakyamuni said that absolute being has no color, no form, no voice and exists as nothingness or emptiness. Absolute being works as complete, perfect emptiness embraces subject and object. If you want to see God or Buddha, you must manifest yourself as emptiness. At the moment you manifest your imperfect consciousness as nothingness, your imperfect consciousness becomes perfect and illuminated.
The first step of Zen practice, therefore, is manifest yourself as nothingness. The second step is to yourself completely into life and death, good and evil, beauty and ugliness. Shakyamuni said that if you want to be free, you must not prefer only good or dislike evil. Well, now, what about you? You are educated all your life to venerate God and reject evil. Zen education is totally different: it teaches you how to swallow God and the devil all at once. You are able to give yourself completely and make your home in a beautiful woman or in lice or in a man with a twisted nose. That is Zen practice.
Likewise, the moment you look at a beautiful woman, you give yourself to her completely, so you have no desire. There is no subject or object. That means that you are playing in the world of source. But you separate from her very quickly. You and the flower soon split apart. You go back to the world where subject and object exist, to the world of relationship between subject and object. Then you look at the beautiful woman and say, "How beautiful she is!" You now have personal nature. From the point of view of your personal nature you look at things. Then the thought of being one with her arises. In cruelty you have picked the flower. It would be better to leave the beautiful flower in the field, but your ego cannot leave it alone and picks it. If you are standing on the experience of having the center of gravity, then your personal nature can leave the beautiful woman alone to be simply beautiful and you won't pick the flower.
https://terebess.hu/zen/mesterek/Joshu- ... ravity.pdf
Well, Sasaki may have "swallowed God and the devil all at once," but he sure got some of his students to swallow part of him! Grace Schireson was also one of the leaders of the Committee of Zen Teachers sent to first investigate the allegations against Sasaki, and to try to offer some resources to his victims.
That is also where this "Pussy Hat" article come from. Quoting from the report [available here]:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013 ... eport.html
I repeat that Grace Schireson wrote her "Pussy Hat" article after months of work with the Sasaki community, aiding in the investigation and recovery, not to mention like work she did with the Eido Shimano "Roshi" Sangha.
There were consistent reports of sexual behavior by Joshu Sasaki, often initiated in the formal setting, privacy, and "face-to-face" encounters of the sanzen room. There were many accounts of Sasaki asking women to show him their breasts, as part of "answering" a koan or to demonstrate "non-attachment." Some women repelled these requests and further physical advances. Many could not because they were physically overwhelmed, and subsequently experienced sexual behavior including kissing, viewing of breasts or genitalia, fondling of breasts or genitalia, viewing or being asked to touch his genitalia, oral sex, and vaginal intercourse. Several women recounted that they were asked to sit on his lap, presumably to be comforted. This physical intimacy progressed to sexualized behaviors initiated by Sasaki. There were no accounts of Joshu Sasaki asking men to show their genitalia in the course of "koan work." There were accounts of forced sexual and physical assault (against women's protests) which resulted in one report to the Los Angeles District Attorney's office and one report to a rape crisis center. There was another report to a Child Welfare agency concerning Sasaki and a sexual encounter with an underage girl.
So, now, who is using the Teachings "as a pawn," "pitiable," "niggling" "grabbing attention (not to mention vaginas)" "hacking Zen teachings "?
And some here are upset about the misuse of Zen by wearing a little hat, and Miaozong "rolling in her grave"!