Page 1 of 1

confirmation

Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:24 pm
by clyde
[Since this subject has arisen before, I copied this post and made it a topic.]
desert_woodworker wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:03 pm
Clyde,
clyde wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:11 pm
And while I practice and encourage others to practice, there are people who have awakened spontaneously; i.e., without any practice.
Though they may be FEW -- very few -- their un-practiced putative awakening has thus probably not been confirmed by an accomplished teacher, which, in the Ch'an and Zen sects, is de rigueur.

Thus -- I'd say -- such claims are specious, unless somehow substantiated. Anyway, it is not "awakening" as understood and valued in the Ch'an/Zen (etc.), sects, because THAT requires inspection, testing, and confirmation by one who is familiar with all the vicissitudes.

Though, Clyde, can you substantiate your claims of those "awakening spontaneously", please? No? Else, it's hot air.

;)

But, our/your topic is still "grace", and I assume you mean "gratuitous-grace".

That may be a category in some religions, but I think not in Ch'an and Zen, as I have written. Practice is of the essence (and correct practice, at that, we learn). Guided by an accomplished teacher. There should be no doubt about this, among practitioners in our school.

Granted, there are "Outer-paths", other ways, other Religions, which are not Ch'an, not Zen. Maybe these Outer-paths encompass and host such unsubstantiated "awakenings": I suspect so. There's no reason to think otherwise, since they are, by your definition, not an outcome of practice in Ch'an or Zen circles. Let them be examined by a Ch'an-, Zen-, Son-, Thien- Buddhist teacher. This is the way to be safe, and to remain on-topic, here, in a Zen Buddhist forum.

But the hypothetical, non-practicing, putatively-"awakenened" person may not be amenable to meeting someone truly awakened, to have a reality-check. Alas. It takes some affinity, as we know.

After awakening, a new phase of practice may be begun, guided by the teacher. This is not to be missed, for those Ch'an/Zen practitioners who may be interested. But such people -- here, and everywhere -- probably already know this.

:namaste:

--Joe
Joe; There’s so much to respond to, but I’ll keep my response focused on the notion of “confirmation”.

I agree, the Zen Way requires confirmation of awakening by an accomplished (authorized) Zen teacher.

But I haven’t met or read of a Zen teacher who holds the view that only Zen practice leads to awakening or that only awakenings confirmed by a Zen teacher are actual awakening.

As I understand it, in Zen, the confirmation is like the “Kosher” stamp on some foods. It’s not the stamp that makes the food kosher; the food is kosher - with or without the stamp. And the stamp isn’t for the food; the stamp is for the benefit of the consumer.

Re: confirmation

Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:46 pm
by loves' the unjust
desert_woodworker wrote: After awakening, a new phase of practice may be begun, guided by the teacher. This is not to be missed, for those Ch'an/Zen practitioners who may be interested. But such people -- here, and everywhere -- probably already know this.
what is that new phase of practice?

just wondered

Re: confirmation

Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:11 pm
by fuki
loves' the unjust wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:46 pm
just wondered
It's not that. (wondering)

But if you like candy go for it. :cat:

Re: confirmation

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:50 pm
by Mason
If confirmation is required for awakening to be awakening, what exactly is being confirmed?

Re: confirmation

Posted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:04 am
by avisitor
So, Kosher food is just Kosher and doesn't need to be confirmed by others
However, a person is not Kosher food.
A person needs some guidance to understand what one experiences.

After all, there are many things out there one can experience that isn't Kensho
When I had such an experience, I spoke with my teacher and asked what it meant
He just said to ignore it and keep practicing.

What I experienced, it was like I felt the source of my inner voice went silent
No thoughts, no arising, no following, just silence in my head
And what made me up .. was pushed aside.
Even though, on unfamiliar ground, I felt nothing. No panic. No fear. Nothing.
But, as my teacher said, .. well, you know what he said.

A person doesn't know what he doesn't know
And someone who knows can certainly help

Re: confirmation

Posted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:23 pm
by [james]
avisitor wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:04 am
——
A person needs some guidance to understand what one experiences.
——
He just said to ignore it and keep practicing.
——
A person doesn't know what he doesn't know
And someone who knows can certainly help
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?

With respect to the guide, mentor, teacher ... how can you know that this person knows much less what this person knows? Sure it’s good to have someone to talk to from time to time but in the end we are each on our own. Hence “ignore it and keep practicing”. Practice being the exploration and integration of “not knowing”.

Re: confirmation

Posted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:46 pm
by Spike
[james] wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:23 pm
With respect to the guide, mentor, teacher ... how can you know that this person knows . . .?
In my koan practice, the emphasis was on my own recognition (knowing), rather than the teacher's, which for me was a given (the teacher's knowledge), after many teishos but especially after the initial interview. Hence, a teacher's question, to which would be demonstrated my own response, were the criteria for any mutual and obvious evaluatory conclusions. The skillful means was the initial question, with timing, followed by tried-and-true follow-up questions.

Re: confirmation

Posted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:26 pm
by Caodemarte
[james] wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:23 pm
...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 "not knowing" is someone else's doubt!

Re: confirmation

Posted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:58 pm
by desert_woodworker
If there's living marrow in your bones, you probably WILL go for it. Unless you become sickly. Then, you may strive to continue, but not move to some new phase, the one encouraged and informed by your teacher, and by your own intuition matching his or hers.

Best, Fuki, and Enver.
fuki wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:11 pm
loves' the unjust wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:46 pm
just wondered
It's not that. (wondering)

But if you like candy go for it.

Re: confirmation

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:07 am
by Spike
desert_woodworker wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:58 pm
If there's living marrow in your bones, you probably WILL go for it. Unless you become sickly. Then, you may strive to continue, but not move to some new phase, the one encouraged and informed by your teacher, and by your own intuition matching his or hers.

Best, Fuki, and Enver.
fuki wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:11 pm
loves' the unjust wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:46 pm
just wondered
It's not that. (wondering)

But if you like candy go for it.
Right Effort can only be the capability available in the readiness of time.

Re: confirmation

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:20 am
by desert_woodworker
It's not candy.

Re: confirmation

Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:14 pm
by bokki
It's not candy.
read this every day, many times, if of enlightenment speaking.
you naysayers spread your wisdom, you learned a lot, and now you slide easy, oh, what?..., kensho, satori, enlightenment, ..lol, candy stuff..and im so serious, and don't eat any sugar, you say.
lol, and u think no one knows what they are talking about, just a bunch of deluded personas, having a trip.
well, news 4 u me friend...u r in deep delusion.
maybe, within your delusion, you can find enough space to understand that enlightenment is the pillar, the 101, the focus, the reason,
of Buddhism.
no problemo, continue your propagation of outside views, or, better, read a zen classic, or find a good teacher.

Re: confirmation

Posted: Sat Dec 07, 2019 12:19 am
by Spike
bokki wrote:
Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:14 pm
maybe, within your delusion, you can find enough space to understand that enlightenment is the pillar, the 101, the focus, the reason,
of Buddhism.
no problemo, continue your propagation of outside views, or, better, read a zen classic, or find a good teacher.
Please say more about that. I am not clear on my understanding of this convo.

In Rinzai practice, koan confirmation can follow the teacher's recognition of a student's answer to a direct question, skillfully deployed, in dokusan. For example, the student responds to the teacher asking, "What is mu?" and initially passes. This can certainly be a "bottom drops out" moment. The confirmation begins: "What is the root of mu?", "What color is mu?", "How tall is mu?", etc. The student must pass each question to confirm.

This is my direct understanding of confirmation.

Re: confirmation

Posted: Sat Dec 07, 2019 1:15 am
by bokki
i am not in a position to comment, but will,..
spike said a lot.
see, a true way.
and some will allow themselves to teach zen.
well........., just maybe, maybe, get a hold on mu, then talk, but until then,
what confirmation are you seeking?
none?
you are so deep in realisation, no one can figure u out?
lol, u just go about, in z3n.
listen 2 spike, u have an answer?
is not nuclear physics, if dandling about zen, be sure you have the basics covered.

Re: confirmation

Posted: Sat Dec 07, 2019 2:47 am
by bokki
just, to say..even confirmed, lol, ok, a lot in front.
see, even with a lot in front, hey, a life has limits.
a little dot may become uhhh, will not go on..
..i am a zen addict, sick, so do not listen.
but, do not spread unknown ideas as zen, like: no one is here, walking in silence, what to seek?..when every, your every move, screams the opposite.
do you think we are blind, just because you think you have it?
well said, seek confirmation, you may not be happy, but, then, raise another story, not zen.