I want to know if you agree with this Priests teaching of Shikantaza? Suzuki Roshi emphasized following the breath, as did Deshimaru (From the lineage I follow), Yet I prefer this priests teaching of Shikantaza.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suD57Mb6gOw
I think that it is a little problem with those instructions... I do not mean to criticize rev. Taigu, but...
There was already a lot of talk about ST on this forum... and probably what we do not realize is, that ST is properly taught by people who had genuine realization of this practice, which by itself is a pinacle of all practices and ways. So for someone inexperienced even one who is a teacher, to give instrutions to ST on ones own is risky matter. Then it may slip in some personal input, kind of the view which may contradict the essense of ST. Or there could be made up some interpretations which are in the limits of personal views but not in fact not be a view of ST.
Somehow instructions of Suzuki or Deshimaru could be safer for those who lack contact with truely realized being in ST. But if we follow self made ideas of others the harm is almost guaranteed. Anyway better get to the right teacher. What if teacher does not have a realization? Is he or she excluded from teaching or instructing others? In a way, no... but then should stick to properly transmitted instructions from ones own teacher or lineage. It is safer for others.