John R. McRae Dead

John R. McRae Dead

Postby Bankei » Sat Oct 29, 2011 3:21 am

Sad news that Chan/Zen Scholar John R. McRae has passed away from a battle with cancer.

Please see the announcement on H-Buddhism: ... &user=&pw=

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Re: John R. McRae Dead

Postby Astus » Sat Oct 29, 2011 9:48 am

Very sad news. He was a true pioneer in East Asian Buddhist studies.
"If the Buddha-Nature is seen, there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing."
(Nirvana Sutra, T12n374p521b3; tr Yamamoto)

"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: John R. McRae Dead

Postby kirtu » Fri Nov 04, 2011 5:07 am


May he quickly be reborn in the Pure Lands.

I remember well a weekend seminar he taught at Zen Mountain Monastery some 17 years ago.

Kirt's Tibetan Translation Notes

"The way to solve problems in your life is to open your heart to others and think differently."
Lama Zopa Rinpoche

"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
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Re: John R. McRae Dead

Postby Bankei » Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:41 am

A memorial event will be held on Sunday, November 20, 7-8:30 pm, at the Parc 55 hotel in San Francisco. ... n-r-mcrae/
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