avisitor wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 21, 2020 2:23 am
There is no Zen.
It is all Zen Buddhism. The Buddha's Dharma.
In the Pali Canon, it is said that the Buddha gave 84,000 ways to enlightenment.
What makes one method or way better than others??
And what does it mean when it is said that Bodhidharma sat in the cave near Shaolin for nine years??
What does it mean Bodhidharma came from the west??
Yes yes yes, what you say is all true.
And yet, taking heroin, belonging to a violent cult, jumping off a cliff to one's death or sitting in the Lotus Posture while thinking of how to cheat one's neighbor is not a better way although one way. I mean, yes, all is Buddha, but not all is Buddha.
Even among various ways to practice or sit, I do not consider that certain forms of "mindfulness" meditation meant to make one a better killer warrior or killer capitalist are "better" meditation, or just "different strokes for different folks."
On the other hand, there are many good ways, suited to different people like many good medicines (although each can be poison for somebody else perhaps). Koan Introspection, chanting to Amida, praying to Jesus, following the breath, sitting Shikantaza ... all good medicines for those who benefit from their administration.
Bodhidharma sat in his cave, he did not jump off the ledge or plot deadly Kung-fu moves.
(Here's a Koan: Bodhidharma did not sit with with Zhaozhou's "Does a dog have Buddha-nature" ... because Zhaozhou would not be born for another 300 years!
Yet, Zhaozhou sat in that cave long before Bodhidharma!
Why would it be difficult to believe that a man would cut off his arm to become a disciple??
Probably because he would have bled to death, ambulance service being what it was back then, or been a delusional mental case to do so!
The best historical evidence at this point is that the story was transposed first as a "cut and paste" from that of another famous monk of the time just as a myth to show Huike's determination, with the latter monk having actually lost an arm to bandits.
https://books.google.co.jp/books?id=x2Z ... it&f=false
(mod:edited to attribute the last quote to the 'right' person)