'American Zen'

'American Zen'

Postby Wesley1982 » Sun May 27, 2012 8:57 pm

Can you take the tradition of Japanese Zen and "import" it into American culture? . .
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Re: 'American Zen'

Postby SonofRage » Sun May 27, 2012 10:15 pm

Yes. No. Yes and No. Neither Yes nor No.

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Re: 'American Zen'

Postby Wesley1982 » Sun May 27, 2012 11:51 pm

Dogen's biography is listed in the online Wikipedia. Here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogen That 'tradition' or 'technique/style' would just be taught with an "American" flavor.
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Re: 'American Zen'

Postby Indrajala » Mon May 28, 2012 12:51 am

Clearly this has already occurred.
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Re: 'American Zen'

Postby Wesley1982 » Mon May 28, 2012 12:54 am

Yes it has - but only in major population centers.
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Re: 'American Zen'

Postby LastLegend » Mon May 28, 2012 4:04 am

Yes but that won't liberate them from suffering.
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Re: 'American Zen'

Postby Wesley1982 » Mon May 28, 2012 4:23 am

Some ancient buddhas and antiquated lama teachers are known to have elixirs and potions for human ailments.
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Re: 'American Zen'

Postby kirtu » Mon May 28, 2012 4:28 am

LastLegend wrote:Yes but that won't liberate them from suffering.


Why? Zen Buddhism is a pinnacle of common Mahayana Buddhism.

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Re: 'American Zen'

Postby Wesley1982 » Mon May 28, 2012 5:13 am

LastLegend wrote:Yes but that won't liberate them from suffering.


Path to Liberation is explained in-depth pg. 32 chapter 5 -'What the Buddha taught'-- by Walpola Rahula. Good reading

http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=tw7wBxzPL4cC&oi=fnd&pg=PT3&dq=What+the+Buddha+taught&ots=OMJApWp155&sig=WljH-PGxebEoJy6_sA00sxgPOAI#v=onepage&q=What%20the%20Buddha%20taught&f=false . . .
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