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見性,臥龍, and how to talk about something you might not want to talk about. Oh, and Buddhist Ethics, too!
The more I think about it, the more I think about how the ethos of the hidden master - the "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" ethos (or more Japanese-y 臥龍, (がりゅう,  garyū) , hidden talent, literally "reclining dragon") permeates Zen practice.  Or perhaps it ou...
The more I think about it, the more I think about how the ethos of the hidden master - the "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" ethos (or more Japanese-y 臥龍, (がりゅう, garyū), hidden talent, literally "reclining dragon") permeates Zen practice. Or perhaps it ought to do so.
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Buddhist Ethics?
Via Buddhist Geeks, I came across  this piece on (")Buddhist ethics(")  by David Chapman, who I have to say is a guy I haven't heard about before. Mr. Chapman notes: I use “Buddhist ethics” (with scare quotes) to refer to the ethics taught by Consensus Budd...
I use “Buddhist ethics” (with scare quotes) to refer to the ethics taught by Consensus Buddhism. (Consensus Buddhism is the American synthesis of the ideals of the 1960s youth movement with Asian Buddhist modernism.) Traditional Buddhist morality is quite different, as I'll explain in upcoming ...
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Japanese Zen Culture, and American Zen Culture
I wanted to write a bit on this piece I found by Koun Franz on Zen Culture , from my perspective as a guy who's been doing Rinzai Zen practice for more than a couple of decades or so now, and as a guy who's practiced at temples in China, Japan, and the US, ...
I wanted to write a bit on this piece I found by Koun Franz on Zen Culture, from my perspective as a guy who's been doing Rinzai Zen practice for more than a couple of decades or so now, and as a guy who's practiced at temples in China, Japan, and the US, although not regularly outside of the US ...
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Interesting exchange
I kind of ignored the bit where Brad Warner got to talking about physics . But I did have to question his bit of 只管打坐 versus 公案 座禅. I also think that the idea that 公案 座禅 is "sudden" enlightenment versus leads some in the 曹洞宗 - at least its American version ...
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I kind of ignored the bit where Brad Warner got to talking about physics. But I did have to question his bit of 只管打坐 versus 公案 座禅. I also think that the idea that 公案 座禅 is "sudden" enlightenment versus leads some in the 曹洞宗 - at least its American version - to mischaracterize 公案 ...
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Alienation from the Buddhist Blogosphere...
Obviously, because I haven't been blogging much lately other stuff has filled the time; some good, some not so good.  Lately though I've been doing more on my practice, and I'm looking at some of the old Buddhist blogosphere haunts. I still think Brad Warne...
Obviously, because I haven't been blogging much lately other stuff has filled the time; some good, some not so good. Lately though I've been doing more on my practice, and I'm looking at some of the old Buddhist blogosphere haunts. I still think Brad Warner's blog is one of the most useful ones ...
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Practicing Buddhist meditation IS serious stuff, but on the other hand...
Yeah, if you're doing 座禅 and you're feeling bad experiences, do seek counseling, and do cultivate your practice with people that know what they're doing.  And corporations shouldn't really be involved in this, has has been said so manhy times.  On the other...
Yeah, if you're doing 座禅 and you're feeling bad experiences, do seek counseling, and do cultivate your practice with people that know what they're doing. And corporations shouldn't really be involved in this, has has been said so manhy times. On the other hand, when I see stories like this one ...
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The Dharmakaya and the deity concept
I have never written a post on the Dharmakaya in the 10+ years this blog has existed. I'm not sure anyone else has either, except possibly for Brad Warner , and if he didn't, he should have. (Sorry Brad I didn't read your book.)  Because he might be more qu...
I'm not sure anyone else has either, except possibly for Brad Warner , and if he didn't, he should have. (Sorry Brad I didn't read your book.) Because he might be more qualified to write about the topic than me, except for the more than average education I had in Christianity, though, ...
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Get dressed, get blessed. Try to be a success. Please her, please him, buy gifts. Or,on being a 臥龍
Brad Warner has an interesting piece out that deals with issues that have been on my mind for quite a while. Success depends on measurement and comparison. On the one hand, I am successful because I have six books out, all of which are still in print includ...
Success depends on measurement and comparison. On the one hand, I am successful because I have six books out, all of which are still in print including the first one I published over ten years ago. I don't have to punch a clock every day. I'm my own boss. I earn enough to pay my rent and my ...
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Back in the USA, and my trip to 円覚寺
I'm happy to be back here.   I'm also glad I finally got to visit Engakuji (円覚寺) - "circle awakening temple,"  which is one of the head temples of Rinzai shu.  I have photographs on my phone, and will try to update this based on those photos. I sat in a Sun...
I'm also glad I finally got to visit Engakuji (円覚寺) - "circle awakening temple," which is one of the head temples of Rinzai shu. I have photographs on my phone, and will try to update this based on those photos. I sat in a Sunday morning zazenkai (座禅会) ("zazen meeting").
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Old School Zen and Technology
I want to expand on some of the points made in my last post about Buddhist Geeks.   I think that it's important to propagate some of the issues that have been seen with them that are continuing.   Here they are in a nutshell: Much of Buddhist Geeks' "geekin...
I want to expand on some of the points made in my last post about Buddhist Geeks. I think that it's important to propagate some of the issues that have been seen with them that are continuing. Here they are in a nutshell: Much of Buddhist Geeks' "geekiness" - which I'd take to be tech savviness ...
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Deepak Chopra, stop Hindu-splaining for Buddhists...
Really this: https://www.facebook.com/DeepakChopra/photos/a.10150209628450665.312316.184133190664/10153290506570665/?type=3&theater Especially this: " Why don't Buddhists believe in God? Is it that the Buddha never had the experience of knowing God? I was p...
"Why don't Buddhists believe in God? Is it that the Buddha never had the experience of knowing God? I was praying for God to reveal himself (or herself or????) and a real voice spoke to me (a man's voice) and said "You have found me but have yet to find yourself". I took that to be an experience ...
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There's historical context for this...
Here's the only version I've been able to find of Ha Kirishitan (破切支丹, "Crush Christianity"), written in 1642 by Suzuki Shōsan (鈴木正三), which was written during the time when the proselytizing of Christianity created problems for Japan. I'd like to be able ...
I'd like to be able to read it someday. From what little I've read of excerpts of translations on-line, 鈴木 anticipated many of the arguments against Christian apologists made by later. Thankfully, 鈴木 put some furigana in the text, but as the text goes on, I think it becomes less and less ...
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