Astus wrote:Merzel has been involved with the Integral thingy for a while now, no surprise they create a One Big Integral Enlightenment Week.
OTOH, Zen has always been an open "school" ready to integrate different Buddhist and not so Buddhist teachings and practices in China, Korea and Vietnam, as it served as the organising system for the whole sangha.
Yes. I think it's interesting that the Integral people made two moves with this 21 day thing. First, they moved Merzel out and brought someone else in to do basically the same work. Second, they made it less "Big Mind" and more Zenny in presentation, if that makes sense: this is offered more directly an "Integral" version of Zen than an adaptation of Merzel's Big Mind to the Ken Wilber scene.
It seems to me here, at least doctrinally, Buddhism may be subordinated to Integralism rather than the other way around. It's one thing for a Zen teacher to teach Dharma through flower arranging or in Taoist-sounding discourse; it's something else to teach Wilber-ism as though it were Buddhism. I'm not going to attend this retreat, so I don't know which way it's going to go.
Great River Tendai Sangha: a Tendai Buddhist community in Alexandria, Virginia, USA (near Washington, DC):