An important correction: I have never claimed to be authorised in any Tibetan buddhist lineage. Despite of having had some association with some lamas, I do not have authorisation and have never claimed so. I am neither formally associated with the Tibetan buddhist establishment, in general. About my connection with zen buddhism, I discussed briefly in the kensho thread. I can't help wonder how these things become authority-issues so easily... Please, view my posts casually and relax about any authority issues. When we're all tumbling around in this vast washing machine of samsara, that stuff is of teeny tiny importance.clyde wrote: ↑Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:44 pmDan; I get your point. When I first read Kim’s post on Facebook almost a year ago, I didn’t know his background and read the post solely for content. There didn’t seem to be anything particularly new in what he presented, including the criticisms and quotes of Zen teachers. And the practice instructions seemed familiar (an emptiness practice and body scan) and similar to meditation instructions sometimes given by Zen teachers; so I saw nothing controversial in the post itself.
It does feel different knowing that the poster is (or at least, considers himself) a teacher in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and warrants attention that it not become proselytization.
In one of my posts in the kensho thread, I posted this article by Vincent Horn, The Core Features of Pragmatic Dharma. Please read it.
I understand and mentioned it in the OP that some people won't like what I was going to say with the obvious criticism towards renown zen-masters. I am sorry if it hurts people's sentiments but when something isn't true, you can't make it true. I am looking at this solely from the point of view of pragmatism in dharma, and I decided to jump in after almost a year since Clyde's suggestion, because in my view zen buddhism and buddhists could benefit a lot of the basic ways of pragmatic dharma.
bukowski wrote: ↑Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:12 amI will, however say that I like having teachers around the forum, even if they challenge my perception or I downright disagree with them. No one has to listen to or agree with a teacher on an Internet forum, but I do think all of these years of practice, wisdom and and experience can add validity and strength to our forum.
I've been involved on several forums along the years and feel about it the same way as bukowski. When someone says things we don't like, I feel that firstly, this gives me an opportunity to actually do my practice on whatever reactions my mind comes up with and secondly, it offers me an opportunity to hone my understanding of dharma, through discussing and/or correcting false views.bukowski wrote: ↑Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:32 pmRegarding Kim, I find it great practice to watch my own thoughts when I read posts that I don't agree with, or even upset me. Can I feel those emotions, look deeply into why they offend me and then not respond? We all have to own our own responses after all.
With respect and kindness to all,