mettafuture wrote:Aside from your teacher, which Zen masters do you look to most for inspiration?
I often look to Bodhidharma, Rinzai Gigen, and Dogen Zenji.
From the standard lineages:
Sakyamuni the Blessed One, the great arahant Bhante Mahakasyapa, Arya Nagarjuna, Arya Vasubandhu, the Fourth Patriarch Daoxin, the Sixth Patriarch Huineng, Chan Master Linji, Chan Master Zongmi, Master Taixu, Old Master Hsu Yun (Xuyun), his disciple Chan Master Hsuan Hua (Xuanhua) and his disciples in turn, Venerable Heng Sure (Hengshi) and Venerable Heng Shou in particular, and my Shifu - Ven Master Hsing Yun (Xingyun).
But I'd also love to at least add Arya Asanga the great Yogin, and Tiantai Zhiyi who is also referred to as a Chan Master, before the "official school" decided to make all these sectarian distinctions.
Number one is still always the Blessed One himself, that greatest of meditators and bestower of the Dharma, the Treasury of True Dharmic Vision.