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by Matylda
Fri Jan 22, 2021 5:35 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 119
Views: 6824

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

The problem itself is not in shikan taza or koan practice. The problem is in complete denial of kensho/satori realization. The fact that one is practicing shikan taza does not mean by itself that kind of denial. In fact wether shikan taza or koan the experience should be exactly the same. Practisin...
by Matylda
Fri Jan 22, 2021 12:02 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 119
Views: 6824

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

Just to clarify then: is the problem of satori an “elephant in the living room” kind of problem for Soto Zen, is it more of a problem for the Soto clan than it is for the Rinzai clan and, if so, is this degree of problematic related in some way to the specifics of Shikantaza and koan practice? Or, ...
by Matylda
Wed Jan 20, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 119
Views: 6824

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

Pascal2 wrote: Wed Jan 20, 2021 5:55 pm
This is not what you said above and I have little interest to go ahead in this spurious discussion after having received a warning.
I think we should go back and talk about the topics at hand
ok
by Matylda
Wed Jan 20, 2021 11:26 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 119
Views: 6824

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

I believe this implies that you know that any Japanese Rinzai Roshi knows the answer, for sure. Looks like a bold statement, are you sure that there are not any Japanese Rinzai Roshi in Japan who are too lazy to know the answer? Not even one in all Japan? As for my personal experience I would not m...
by Matylda
Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:04 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 119
Views: 6824

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

I guess that now I understand, namely there is no point to ask any Japanese rinzai roshi, since generally Japnese rinzai teachers or shike are not qualified to answer such question or questions - did I understood correctly your two cents? No. I was merely pointing out that you do not speak on behal...
by Matylda
Tue Jan 19, 2021 5:14 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 119
Views: 6824

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

Since I know that many Rinzai Buddhists do not practice very seriously nowadays I doubt that all Roshis would have the needed expertise to answer that question. However, just my two cents. I guess that now I understand, namely there is no point to ask any Japanese rinzai roshi, since generally Japn...
by Matylda
Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:08 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 119
Views: 6824

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

Maybe yes.. But I was merely replying to a question of yours No, not at all. If you related to any question it was not mine. We talked about rinzai roshis concerning koan training and kensho. You claimed that you talked to Japanese rinzai zen roshis. So I only asked what did they tell you about the...
by Matylda
Mon Jan 18, 2021 9:52 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 119
Views: 6824

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

Pascal2 wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:03 am today Rinzai practice is much more lax apparently
this could be said about every existing buddhist practice or school in the world
by Matylda
Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:42 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 119
Views: 6824

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

I said I do not believe you are right in saying that any Japanee Rinzai Roshi will answer. Have you spoken with all of them. Many of them may be even Roshi only by name. Well, of course if you go to any roshi and put flat question right into his face, you may not receive any answer at all. Indeed. ...
by Matylda
Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:29 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 119
Views: 6824

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

I do not want to seem to skeptical here, but I do not believe that all Rinzai Roshi would be able to reply to this question. I suspect infact that not even many of them would be able to do that Yes of course Shinagawa You do not have to be skeptical, I think if you have contact with any Japanese ri...
by Matylda
Sat Jan 16, 2021 11:45 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 119
Views: 6824

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

I do not want to seem to skeptical here, but I do not believe that all Rinzai Roshi would be able to reply to this question. I suspect infact that not even many of them would be able to do that Yes of course Shinagawa You do not have to be skeptical, I think if you have contact with any Japanese ri...
by Matylda
Fri Jan 15, 2021 6:53 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 119
Views: 6824

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

I am not so sure they are rare. There are several temples in Japan where they practize Zazen seriously Might be you are right. But as far as I know there are not many temples where there is any zazen. There are probably about 18 thousand zen temples of all 3 schools, soto rinzai and obaku. And most...
by Matylda
Fri Jan 15, 2021 6:15 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 119
Views: 6824

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

Most temples in Japan may just be for gathering and for community but there are several temples where you can practice zen more or less seriously In Tokyo I know temples where zazen is performed every day I do not know which usefulness practicizing without kensho may be. Kensho is the reason for th...
by Matylda
Fri Jan 15, 2021 1:48 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 119
Views: 6824

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

I am not so sure they are rare. There are several temples in Japan where they practize Zazen seriously Might be you are right. But as far as I know there are not many temples where there is any zazen. There are probably about 18 thousand zen temples of all 3 schools, soto rinzai and obaku. And most...
by Matylda
Fri Jan 15, 2021 1:39 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Soto zen and problem of satori
Replies: 119
Views: 6824

Re: Soto zen and problem of satori

Interesting post. I have practiced for years in a Soto temple where koans are used. Usually, Soto does not use koans but the Master of that temple deemed koans as necessary for satori. In other temples you just have to sit without meditating on the koan but the master of that temple was used to der...
by Matylda
Mon Dec 28, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Soka Gakkai/SGI
Topic: Could Ikeda "become" a tulku?
Replies: 9
Views: 810

Re: Could Ikeda "become" a tulku?

I do not think that it is possible in Japan, nobody would consider a child to be special kind of spiritual leader, like tulku in Tibet. As far as I know even in India there was never such system. In Japan in fact some people could be considered kind emenation or incarnation of bosatsu, bodhisattva, ...
by Matylda
Fri Dec 04, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: Zen Mantras
Replies: 11
Views: 516

Re: Zen Mantras

I know a large part of Zen is focused on Zazen, the study and meditation of mindfulness. Then there is the study of Buddhist doctrine in Zen, and deeply how to practice Zen. What I am wondering about however is whether there are any Mantras designed specifically to enhance one's Zen walking or sitt...
by Matylda
Sat Nov 14, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: Is there a systematized course of study in Zen Buddhism (Soto)?
Replies: 4
Views: 686

Re: Is there a systematized course of study in Zen Buddhism (Soto)?

Aloha everyone! Here is my fist post on this forum. Is there a systematized course of study that one can follow in Zen Buddhism (Soto)? Does it follow the three turnings of the Dharma wheel? I would like to study Buddhist scriptures in a systematized fashion. I am currently reading Abhidharma comme...
by Matylda
Fri Oct 23, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Academic critiques and slandering the dharma
Replies: 85
Views: 3357

Re: Academic critiques and slandering the dharma

Malcolm wrote: Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:33 pm The Japanese have annihilated their own indigenous Buddhist tradition by falling the notion that there can only be a single set of facts, and those are known through textual analysis.
not all Japanese, but it is true as far as we think of academics in their majority.
by Matylda
Fri Oct 23, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Academic critiques and slandering the dharma
Replies: 85
Views: 3357

Re: Academic critiques and slandering the dharma

Japan has been the leader in (East Asian) Buddhist studies throughout the 20th century, so I don't know why call it 'Western', It is pretty justified to call Japanese Buddhist studies almost in 99% of its works 'Western'. There was no scholarship of modern kind in Japan before the end of XIX centur...

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