Zen - Principles and Practices

Zen - Principles and Practices

Postby plwk » Wed Dec 19, 2012 3:06 am

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Re: Zen - Principles and Practices

Postby Matylda » Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:33 am

This is really great and rare documentary... but it is pretty old, over 30 years ago when it was taken, and nobody of those teachers is alive. How sad. Tani Kogetsu and others died long time ago...

The atmosphere of that time was very special since one could feel the breath of great masters like Yamada Mumon, Itsugai and others. It is so different in Japan now....
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Re: Zen - Principles and Practices

Postby Astus » Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:03 pm

Interesting introductory film of the myth of Zen. The first half shows the rohatsu sesshin, a single event in an entire year of a monastery, as if Christianity were all about Lent. The second half shows different traditional Japanese arts associated to some extent with Zen, although that is debatable, since they are generally Chinese arts exported to Japan. Comparisons made between medieval Japanese and European culture sounded to me far fetched, especially when it connects a tea house (chashitsu) with a Gothic cathedral.
"There is no such thing as the real mind. Ridding yourself of delusion: that's the real mind."
(Sheng-yen: Getting the Buddha Mind, p 73)

"Neither cultivation nor seated meditation — this is the pure Chan of Tathagata."
(Mazu Daoyi, X1321p3b23; tr. Jinhua Jia)

“Don’t rashly seek the true Buddha;
True Buddha can’t be found.
Does marvelous nature and spirit
Need tempering or refinement?
Mind is this mind carefree;
This face, the face at birth."

(Nanyue Mingzan: Enjoying the Way, tr. Jeff Shore; T2076p461b24-26)
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Re: Zen - Principles and Practices

Postby plwk » Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:06 pm

Well Astus, at the very least, it featured Rinzai, most vids on Zen are Soto-ish that sometimes some may forget that Rinzai exists lol
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Re: Zen - Principles and Practices

Postby Astus » Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:54 pm

True, as it was produced by the First Zen Institute of America.
"There is no such thing as the real mind. Ridding yourself of delusion: that's the real mind."
(Sheng-yen: Getting the Buddha Mind, p 73)

"Neither cultivation nor seated meditation — this is the pure Chan of Tathagata."
(Mazu Daoyi, X1321p3b23; tr. Jinhua Jia)

“Don’t rashly seek the true Buddha;
True Buddha can’t be found.
Does marvelous nature and spirit
Need tempering or refinement?
Mind is this mind carefree;
This face, the face at birth."

(Nanyue Mingzan: Enjoying the Way, tr. Jeff Shore; T2076p461b24-26)
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Re: Zen - Principles and Practices

Postby plwk » Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:13 pm

"Those who come are received. Those who go are not pursued."
:mrgreen: What an apt quote from their site.... Dharma Wheel should have this in the main banner :lol:
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