I am looking for a Zen Mon/Teacher (It seems titles vary in Zen?) to correspond with via email. I move so much that it's hard to stay with a particular school.
Here's my background.
I've taken 8 Precepts for the Theravadan tradition. But have yet to take Jukai.
Here's a little intro on my background....
I have studied various forms of Buddhism in my life. I took my
Precepts in the Chinese Theravada tradition – I still keep in touch
with a Bhikkhu who travels up and down the east coast of the US. We
trade notes discussing suttas translated by Bhikkhu Bohdi.
I also studied periodically at the Cambridge Zen Center in Cambridge,
MA. When I meditate I always do so in the Zen manner. While Vipassanā
has many merits I am much more drawn to – the Zen method of meditation
Lately I have been exploring Mahayana texts. Specifically, ones that
are valued greatly by Zen. I have participated in the chanting of the
Heart Sutra (Via the Korean Kean School in Cambridge). I'm now in the process of reading many of the
commentaries on it.
Some of the books I have read are "In the Buddha's Words, An Anthology
of Discourses on the Pali Canon." the "The Dhammapada.", "The Compass
of Zen" and "Zen Mind, Beginners Mind".
I have begun practicing Zen with a group in my local town but it's a "Satellite" group linked to another
school, however these don't always last. (Just my experience.)
In a nutshell. If a Zen Monk/Teacher has the time I would love to build a teacher/student relationship with.
Are you looking for someone from the Japanese Zen tradition, or from the Chinese (Chan) tradition?