Sara H wrote:So I'm familiar with the fact that Korean Zen exists,
but not much more than that.
How is it different than say Japanese decended Soto Zen or Rinzai Zen for instance?
One of the main differences I can see is it's emphasis on Hua Tou meditation practice.
In Korea, the main order is Jogye order where monks and nuns take vows that are practically the same as the Southern Buddhist (Theravada) monastics. So they are celibate and generally don't take on paid employment but live in temples or hermitages and engage in either religious or social work.
Meido wrote:Just as an aside, hua tou (Jp. wato) is also used extensively in Japanese Rinzai practice. Rinzai folks tend to say "koan practice", but this encompasses the use of wato whether they come from koan cases (e.g Mu) or not (e.g. "Who am I, Who is it who sees/feels/thinks" etc.). So I don't see this as a major difference.
icylake wrote:so they think it's really hard for ordinary people to get to "Kensho" through practition. so many monks practice closing themselves in the hermatages during whole life, or burning fingers to remind themselves that they still have far long way to go..but i think Rinzai zen is more practical and friendly to lay-practitioners.
as a whole korean zen's religious, esoteric, monasteric atmosphere is far more strong than Rinzai counterpart. whereas Rinszai zen is more friendly to commoners
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