teachings you will find in The Compass of Zen, are variations on a single theme. Zen Master Seung Sahn has said probably a million times, ―I brought just one. Zen Master Seung Sahn tells many good stories in his book, including how he of the most challenging aspects of making an index for The Compass of Zen is. Compass of Zen Teaching. 禪羅針盤. BY ZEN MASTER SEUNG SAHN. Page 2. COMPASS OF ZEN TEACHING. 禅羅針盤. BY ZEN MASTER SEUNG SAHN.
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Zen Master Seung Sahn, The Compass of Zen (Shambala), Dropping Ashes on the Buddha .. content/uploads//07/kwan-um-chanting-bookpdf). Zen Maste Sahn is the well-known director of the Kuan Um School of Zen. Active as a teacher in the West for 30 years, Sahn originally wrote this text in the. Editorial Reviews. From Library Journal. Zen Maste Sahn is the well-known director of the Kuan.
Duk Sahn was relieved. Am Du went to the front of the Dharma Room, laughed loudly, clapped his hands and said, "Great joy! The old Master has understood the last word!
From now on, no one can check him. What did Am Du whisper in the Master's ear? Master Nam Cheon , holding up the cat, said, "You! Give me one word and I will save this cat! If you cannot, I will kill it! Finally, Nam Cheon killed the cat.
In the evening, when Joju returned from outside, Nam Cheon told him of the incident. Joju took off his shoe, put it on his head, and walked away. Nam Cheon said, "If you had been there, I could have saved the cat. Nam Cheoh said, "Give me one word! Joju put his shoe on his head. What does this mean? The you will get everything. If you don't understand, only go straight, don't know. On Keeping the Bodhi Mind You must first make a firm decision to attain Enlightenment and help others.
You already have the five or the ten precepts. Know when to keep them and when to break them, when they are open and when they are closed. Let go of your small self and become your true self. In original nature There is no this and that.
The Great Round Mirror Has no likes or dislikes.
On Mindfulness Do not cling to your op1n10ns. Do not discuss your private views with others. To cling to and defend your opinions is to destroy your practice. Put away all your opinions. This is true Buddhism. Do not go where you have no business. Do not listen to talk which does not concern you. Do not make the bad karma of desire, anger, or ignorance. If in this lifetime You do not open your mind, You cannot digest Even one drop of water.
On Conduct Always act with others. Do not put yourself above others by acting differently. Arrogance is not permitted in the temple. Money and sex are like a spiteful snake. Put your concern with them far away. In the Dharma Room always walk behind those seated in At talks and ceremonies, keep the proper posture and dress.
Do not talk If you have business outside the temple which causes you to miss ceremonies or meals, notify one of the temple officials before you leave. Respect those older than you. Love those younger than you. Keep your mind large and open. If you meet sick people, love and help them. Make them welcome and attend to their needs. When respected people visit the temple, bow to them and speak considerately to them.
Be courteous. Always let others go before you. Help other people. Do not play games with other people. Do not gossip. Do not use other people's shoes and coats.
Do not cling to the scriptures. Do not oversleep. Let older and more respected people be seated before you. Do not discuss petty temple matters with guests. When visiting outside the temple, speak well of the temple to others. Drinking to produce heedlessness, or acting out of lust will only make bad karma and destroy your practice. Unless they say. Joshu for example.
Those that followed. It is not a religion or a philosophy. Another academic question about Zen dogma or lack thereof is that certainly up to 6P there is evidence of tampering with the texts that have been handed down.
So Zen has no dogma and cannot be counted as a part of the group of religions of Buddhism which all have dogma. Suzuki claims that within a single generation after 6P the Platform Sutra had already been rewritten. His observations of what is not Zen are based on his examination of the subject more for himself.
In any case Watts is well respected. I recently googled Thich Nhat Hanh and Bodhidharma. Just read what they say. Certainly Zen could be transmitted without the lineage or the memes. Thich talks a good deal about mindfulness. Some of it sounds like Zen.
Whenever I encounter Thich in speeches or books. Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the more famous examples. Huang Po is repeating the Sixth Patriarch when he says. As a footnote. Why would anyone desire peace? That people desire peace is just as much a problem as people desiring money or power or a fight. Mindfulness is closely related to peacefulness which is not Zen either. Huang Po says this about it: Zen Masters have given a few examples of the Zen perspective on being in the moment.
They are bound by their trying. People have talked about being in the zone. Someone who is free is likely to be very here and now.. Certainly Zen Masters manifest this in the spontaneity that they display.
Bound by their own idea of what Zen should be. Once again though this mistakes the effect for the cause. Someone who is trying to be very here and now is likely not free.
This in the moment nonsense separates out this moment from the last one. Mumon says that if you pass the Gate you can hear with the ears of the Zen Masters and Patriarchs. If 'there's never been a single thing'. By teaching people to be here now. The present does not stayDon't try to touch it from moment to moment.
Read Huang Po! Where is this discipline in his teaching? In any of the teachings of the Zen Masters? This idea that the mind is a dog to be trained and commanded is from the Buddhisms. He is a kind and pleasant man. It is nonsense of course. Who were the kind and pleasant Zen Masters? Here is another old man. His name is P'ang Yun: The past is already pastDon't try to regain it.
Huang Po Where and when have nothing to do with Zen. Thich is creating. Thich encourages them to discipline their minds in the same way that meditation disciplines the mind. Thich is not a Zen Master at all. Of course they create this futility themselves. A perception.. Whatsoever comes to eye leave it be..
There are no commandments to be kept. The Zen Masters. Perle Besserman. No freedom there. Zen Radicals. Religions depend on this sort of thing. There is no filth to be cleansed. Don't think about it beforehand. Gradual Attainment is not Zen The gospel on meditation is that the enlightenment is the practice.
This state of detachment requires Zazen meditation to be maintained. How can there be any other freedom? That is why Zen is so interesting in the first place.
Not detachment. But this acceptance requires regular doses of Zazen meditation in order to be maintained.. How can freedom without detachment be possible? This is what Bodhidharma preached though. Ummon held up his staff. But I say to you. Sitting Meditation is not Dhyana.. Part of the meditation reputation of Zen. There are no koans from Zen Masters which involve sitting meditation or Zazen meditation as an element of enlightenment.
Bodhidharma stared at the wall for nine years after he arrived in China. None of the Zen Masters taught sitting contemplation as part of any path to enlightenment. Many Zen Masters practiced some form of mental cultivation. Some Zen Masters certainly did sitting cultivations.
So when we read about the sorts of mental cultivation that Zen Masters practice we have to acknowledge that there are many sorts of mental cultivation According to the myth.
Buddhists do not meditate..
The master simply said. The Zen anti-meditative-enlightenment perspective is next apparent in the writings of the Sixth Patriarch. Harbour no doubts about it. Without this faith of course. To him. Here are a few examples which are echoed down through the lineage: Pretending to not be doing while doing is still just doing. Huang Po: Because he still indulged in conceptual thought. In Zen.
Even if. This is a tenet of the Zazen meditation faith. This tenet is required in order to appear to conform with the general Zen teaching against intentional pursuit of enlightenment.. Some people have a peculiar sort of faith that claims that doing something Zazen meditation can be transformed. But they will not be demons from the outside. Zen Masters were after freedom of mind. There is no purity in Zen. Huang Po like other Zen Masters. This is Dogen Buddhism.
Shunryu mixes in some traditional Zen phrases and this might be confusing at first until you realize he is just repeating them without putting himself in their context. The context Shunryu chooses for himself is purity. As a closing comment.
Shunryu wants us to pursue mental purity which is clouded by our thinking. Citing the cart and horse metaphor from a koan about meditation not being Zen. Shunryu wrote a book called. Zazen Sitting Meditation: Authoritarian Quietism A well regarded book in some circles that bears on this subject is from a much different Suzuki named Shunryu Suzuki. That is the core of what this religion.
David Chadwick. The reason is because Zazen is not just one of the four ways of behavior. We are fortunate that Shunryu was willing to cut through all that. When someone tells you they have secret knowledge that explains the true intent or the true meaning or the real point of a case or koan..
Shunryu is very clear that Buddha is the foundation of his teaching. When you accept the faith. We are not even Zen Buddhists.. We are just Buddhists. He says. Beginner's Mind: Shunryu Suzuki. Since none of us were there when these koans were uttered all of it is hearsay. Shunryu Suzuki.. If this is so. If you learn a single thing then you should write a book yourself. So Ha! You have been taken in by yourself. Ah ha! Zazen meditation is in the same boat.
Read Mumonkan. It is sitting meditation that people believe. I am just teasing you. In any case the rest of the koans are just the same. Zen Masters. Something you have to agree to in order for the worship to make sense. All meditation is just exercise and thus Not Zen If someone began preaching a religion that involved jogging.
Only Zazen meditation practitioners call the worship practice.
Zazen meditation has really taken off in the West. What does Hui-neng say about meditation? Jinshu [Northern School] used to tell his disciples to concentrate their minds on quietness. This is one of the most famous koans.
There are many studies on meditation that indicate that meditation has a measurable effect on the neurological system. My bet is. Meditation is good for you if you use it with care.
One of these disciples went to Eno [the Sixth Patriarch] and asked him about it. Zen Masters who said Meditation is Not Zen There are many examples of Zen Masters warning against meditation and the detachment tolerance that it produces. What an idea. Eno said. Meditation is not Zen. Listen to my verse: To sit and not lie down during one's life-time To lie and never sit during one's death-time.. Baso said. Before that. Knowing that Baso was a dharma vessel..
Nanyue went to him and asked. Zen master Baso was an attendant to Nanyue and personally received the mind seal from him. Why should we thus task This stinking bag of bones? That is useless. Baso is another famous Zen Master.
How does the Dogen Buddhism crowd get around this? Do not use discrimination in the non. If you understand sitting Zen. Nanyue said. I would also point out that all the koans of the Zen Masters that talk about enlightenment feature enlightenment in odd circumstances.
Why do you suppose that is. Zen Masters are negating the imagination that conceives of something beyond with this technique. Enlightenment is the same as unenlightened. If you want to learn sitting Buddha. If you practice sitting as Buddha. When it stops moving. In what possible analogy can the cart and the horse be the same and there still be any analogy at all? Shunryu is a pleasant enough man. Dokuon said quietly: Here is a famous example: When the Tesshu. Negation is a tool that eliminates illusion.
Wishing to impress Dokuon he said. Tesshu became quite furious. When you try to use this tool on reality. There is no realization. I am sure there is an intriguing answer to that somewhere in the Dogen Buddhism community. Just as Huang Po said earlier. Dokuon promptly hit him with a bamboo stick. There are many cases or koans where students claim to not be or have or do. The true nature of phenomenon is emptiness. Remember 37 38 Mumonkan.
What is there is there. Mumon's Warnings. As soon as they are challenged to give up Zazen meditation. This same technique works with the Zazen meditation crowd. To follow the compass and keep to the rule is to tie oneself without rope. Mumon makes it even simpler. To unify and pacify the mind is quietism. The others. Like a teacher or a priest.
Here are three relevant warnings. Free online several places. Anything that tells you where to go. In the end they recanted. You might ask. When asked what would happen if they gave it up for a month the relatively honest ones will admit to unhappiness at the prospect.
Any rule. Sitting blankly in Zen practice is the condition of a dean man.
Ummon made this same point. Every teacher. This is doubly difficult in The pursuit of Zen is a revolution against everything. For Huang Po. If you think you learned something about Zen from this book. Behind every religion there is a reason for you to need that religion. There is an idea in some of the Buddhisms that this sort of thing is helpful. Huang Po has some suggestions. When the Zen Masters warn against Quietism it can be difficult to figure out what exactly they are talking about.
In the case of the Buddhisms. Even against revolution itself. Since you are fundamentally complete in every respect. There is nothing meritorious or helpful in Zen. Every rule. Regardless of how we interpret the action. One particular passage captures several aspects of the problem. Today many people think that Zen is just another flavor of Buddhism. Honorable Mention. K'an-ching means 'to keep an eye on purity'. From my perspective this is enough to reject Zazen meditation.
Alan Watts Part of this is the direct result of Bodhidharma and his lineage rejecting the inner essence of Buddhist meditation. Here Suzuki is saying that this particular word is actually a Chinese phrase used to describe an action with a specific purpose.
Buddhists were skeptical that Zen was even a kind of Buddhism. The Zen Doctrine of No-Mind. How many authors are so honest about any topic. I am surprised by the continuing popularity and the almost teen idol following of Alan Watts among many people who are interested in the Zen path.
In his book The Way of Zen he talks honestly about his errors and mistakes in his earlier book. On the contrary. For this reason. Alan Watts: While Watts may have assumed a more masterful image in the minds of his readers than he intended. There is a segment of the community in the West that has a great respect from Mr.
One day Ummon ascended the rostrum and said. Rinzai came after Joshu. This is the question solved by Rinzai when beaten by his master Obaku. Rinzai answered him. Joshu went to see Rinzai. Bonus Chapter Here are some random odds and ends that have been brought up here or somewhere else.
There is no pickiness in Zen. Rinzai exclaimed. Glaring at Joshu. Joshu asked him. What does that say? As far as the record goes.
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