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 Post subject: 'American Zen'
PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 8:57 pm 
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Can you take the tradition of Japanese Zen and "import" it into American culture? . .


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 Post subject: Re: 'American Zen'
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Yes. No. Yes and No. Neither Yes nor No.

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 Post subject: Re: 'American Zen'
PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 11:51 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: 'American Zen'
PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 12:51 am 
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Clearly this has already occurred.

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 Post subject: Re: 'American Zen'
PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 12:54 am 
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Yes it has - but only in major population centers.


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 Post subject: Re: 'American Zen'
PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 4:04 am 
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Yes but that won't liberate them from suffering.

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


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 Post subject: Re: 'American Zen'
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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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 Post subject: Re: 'American Zen'
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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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