ylee111 wrote:I have been reading many books lately on Rinzai and Soto Zen (ie on Ikkyu, Hakuin, Ryokan, and Alan Watts), but confess despite being Chinese not knowing much about Chan Buddhism in the modern (20th Century and on) Sinosphere.
How do the writings and views of Nan Huai-Chin, Hsuan Hua, Hsu Yun, Yin Shun, Sheng Yen (of Dharma Drum Mountain), Hsing Yun (of Fo Guang Shan), Cheng Yen (of Tzu Chi), and Wei Chueh compare and contract with each other in terms of social issues and transmission of the Dharma? I am guessing Hsuan Hua was the most socially Conservative given his political views (such as on Marriage Equality) but am not sure. (I define Social Conservatism [Regressivevism] as both the Tea Party, One-Percenters, and Neoliberalism. Socially progressive would be how Iceland restructured their government in 2012 and then arrested all the corrupt bankers. So something akin to [but more successful than] Occupy Wall Street).
Who are the prominent Cantonese and Hong Kong Chan teachers and writers?
Guo Gu is one of Master Sheng Yen's senior and closest disciples, and assisted the master in leading activities at the Chan Meditation Center, Dharma Drum Retreat Center, and Dharma Drum Mountain in Taiwan, and other parts of Europe and Asia.
Guo Gu first learned meditation when he was four years old in 1972. He studied with one of the most respected Chinese meditation masters and ascetics living in Taiwan, Master Guangqin (1892-1986). In 1981, due to his family's relocation, Guo Gu moved to the United States.
In 1982, he began learning meditation from Master Sheng Yen, who was residing in New York at the time. Beginning in 1989, Guo Gu began to attend intensive Chan retreats with him. After the first retreat Master Sheng Yen gave him the Dharma name, Guo Gu, which means, "results from being the valley." In 1991, after college, Guo Gu was ordained as a monk and became the Sheng Yen's first personal attendant who traveled with the master. In 1995, he received inka (the seal of approval) for his first Chan experience, and was given permission by the master to teach Chan independently. He has subsequently received several affirmations of his experience in 1996, 1997, and 2007. In a chance meeting in June 2007 his experience was verified by the Rinzai Zen master, Roshi Noritake Shunan, of the Myoshin-ji Zen lineage.
In 2000, Guo Gu left monasticism and re-entered the world. In 2008, he received his Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Princeton University and began teaching Buddhism and East Asian religions academically as an Assistant Professor at Florida State University. In 2009, he founded the Tallahassee Chan Center. He is the guiding teacher for the Western Dharma Teachers Training course at the Chan Meditation Center in New York and the Dharma Drum Lineage.
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