Film: Blueprints for Zen Practice


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Film: Blueprints for Zen Practice

Post by jundocohen » Mon Jul 06, 2020 11:08 pm

Dear All,

I would like to introduce everyone to a WONDERFUL FILM of INTERVIEWS with ZEN TEACHERS from EUROPE, several of whom are not so well-known outside Europe because of language. I recommend this highly.

The interviews are primarily in German and French, but with good subtitling in English. It is available for free on Youtube.

The main webpage for the film:

The teachers are asked to address a series of questions ranging from "What is enlightenment?" to "How do you practice Zazen?" to "How do you practice Zen in everyday life?" They come from several Soto and Rinzai communities, do have their own individual styles and personal approaches, do not always agree on how they express things, and not everything said will resonate with all listeners, but somehow they still manage to speak with one voice.

One of the interviewees is my Dharma Sister, a fellow successor of Nishijima Roshi, Dagmar Doko Waskoenig (and even her approach and mine seem a little different here and there, and yet she and I and all the teachers are somehow the same at heart.)

I found this film powerful, wise and moving, and so I very much recommend it.

Gassho, J

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Re: Film: Blueprints for Zen Practice

Post by p22 » Thu Jul 09, 2020 2:23 am

Thank you for the recommendation, it is as you described, beautiful and moving but also incredibly funny!

I didn't like the one teachers recommendation to allow yourself to be exploited - Understandably, relationships are always in flux but .. it sounded to me more like he supported being taken advantage of-

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