Notable Zen Masters

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Notable Zen Masters

Postby mettafuture » Sun Jan 31, 2010 2:11 am

Aside from your teacher, which Zen masters do you look to most for inspiration?

I often look to Bodhidharma, Rinzai Gigen, and Dogen Zenji.

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Re: Notable Zen Masters

Postby Huifeng » Sun Jan 31, 2010 4:06 am

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.

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Re: Notable Zen Masters

Postby hungryghost » Sun Jan 31, 2010 5:31 am

nowadays i'm really inspired by Hakuin, Dahui, Ma Tsu, and Ummon

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Re: Notable Zen Masters

Postby m0rl0ck » Sun Jan 31, 2010 11:43 pm

Lets not forget Huang Po. Blofelds "Zen Teachings of Huang Po" is a classic.
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Re: Notable Zen Masters

Postby Astus » Wed Feb 24, 2010 2:35 pm

Those not yet mentioned: Yongming, Jinul, Bankei and Daehaeng. They're all fun to read.
1 Myriad dharmas are only mind.
Mind is unobtainable.
What is there to seek?

2 If the Buddha-Nature is seen,
there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing.

3 Neither cultivation nor seated meditation —
this is the pure Chan of Tathagata.

4 With sudden enlightenment to Tathagata Chan,
the six paramitas and myriad means
are complete within that essence.


1 Huangbo, T2012Ap381c1 2 Nirvana Sutra, T374p521b3; tr. Yamamoto 3 Mazu, X1321p3b23; tr. J. Jia 4 Yongjia, T2014p395c14; tr. from "The Sword of Wisdom"

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Re: Notable Zen Masters

Postby Indrajala » Wed Feb 24, 2010 2:42 pm

The late Venerable Master Sheng Yen.

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Recently I've been reading some of his works. He was a top notch scholar and at the same time a wise, innovative and strong leader.

You can read one of his books for free here:

http://www.shengyen.org.tw/big5/book/orthodox.pdf

I wish I had had the chance to meet him before he passed away.
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Re: Notable Zen Masters

Postby ChangYuan » Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:09 am

Huseng wrote:The late Venerable Master Sheng Yen.

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Recently I've been reading some of his works. He was a top notch scholar and at the same time a wise, innovative and strong leader.

You can read one of his books for free here:

http://www.shengyen.org.tw/big5/book/orthodox.pdf

I wish I had had the chance to meet him before he passed away.


Not to derail the thread, but the center I attend in flushing is part of his DDM school, and a few years ago I had the amazing opportunity to attend a talk on his very last visit to the united states. The man had a palpable calming presence that you felt as soon as he went by. That may very well have been the most powerful experience of my life, it was that incredible.
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Re: Notable Zen Masters

Postby Indrajala » Fri Mar 12, 2010 5:19 am

ChangYuan wrote:
Not to derail the thread, but the center I attend in flushing is part of his DDM school, and a few years ago I had the amazing opportunity to attend a talk on his very last visit to the united states. The man had a palpable calming presence that you felt as soon as he went by. That may very well have been the most powerful experience of my life, it was that incredible.


Unfortunately I was never able to meet Master Sheng Yen. However, I've had the pleasure to visit DDM HQ in Northern Taiwan. I also visited the grass area where they spread his ashes. He asked that no stupa or special memorial be built as a grave. They just spread his ashes on the earth and that was the end of it.
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Re: Notable Zen Masters

Postby Indrajala » Fri Mar 12, 2010 5:21 am

Here is the grass area where Master Sheng Yen's ashes were put:

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