Discussions of Zen stemming from the Sanbyo Kyodan School founded by Yatsutani Roshi.
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thoughts do not arise when outwardly
(to see every person without seeing their rights and wrongs)
To find unmoving
There is no difference between
"zazen" and "daily life".
Relative world action and
d answer i 4 u 2 provide
it ate 5 or 6 seshins
and 10 dozen peaceful (ie. nerve-racking) dokusans..
and another few dozen dokusans of checking questions..
so they robed me of my question
packed it and sent it across
but i will say this
Every dog has its day.
You can tell
By the waging of its tail.
A dog? The Buddha nature?
What an insult to sunlight!
By the way, my pups just being there
just enjoying the sun, air, and the waters:
Thank you so much for the video of Harada Roshi!
At the beginning of it I was able to spot my late teacher Roshi Kapleau!
First time I heard about that dog strolling with Roshi Harada,
and about how monk were treating him, from Roshi Kapleau.
So double thank you!
Well, thank you Mr. Philosopher, Sir!
Beautiful beings, and the picture.
And the words of the little poem, too.
Roshi Philip Kapleau,
its prob 2 much: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnGXN2TCkFI&t=5s
and a teisho by his heir
Harada Tangen Roshi : http://www.thezensite.com/ZenTeachings/ ... eisho.html
(It would b a real treat if you could recount some of the stories the late Kapleau Roshi told about his training and Daiun Sogaku Roshi.)
Thank You very much.
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Roshi Kapleau always spoke with the great fondness about Harada Roshi. When he began his training in Japan, he was relatively old comparing to a typical beginner monk. The conditions at Hosshin-ji, Harada's temple, were very austere and taxing on his body. In part, that's why he eventually moved on to train with Yasutani Roshi.
The photo of Harada Roshi was prominently displayed in the dokusan room at the Rochester Zen Center and so was also the photo of Yasutani Roshi. No doubt, Kapleau felt very much in debt to Harada. Sometimes I had an impression that he might have felt even more indebted to Harada than to Yasutani. And he sometimes spoke as if he had some regrets that he did not stay at Hosshin-ji to continue and finish his training with Harada.
He did not tell many detailed stories about Harada's dog. But he said few times that, when Harada had to leave the monastery for some trips, the monks were suppose to take care of the dog. Allegedly they were not very good at doing their job and even treated the dog rather badly.
Roshi himself was always fun of animals and animals liked him, too. There was no dog at the RZC. But I remember him playing with other dogs, e.g., during his trips to Poland, and it was a riot.
His book, "To Cherish All Life" is a great read. Scholars question its accuracy of describing the history of Buddhist attitudes to animals and vegetarianism. But it is surely a very important take by one Buddhist on the issue. Roshi himself was a vegetarian and, among his students, vegetarianism was a default position. That surely was in part his influence and in part a fact about people sharing this attitude being drawn to him. His compassion was manifesting itself in action. To be frank, I always had doubts about some Buddhists talking about the "Great Compassion" and making the commitment to liberate all sentient beings and yet not translating it into a very ordinary human mercy and compassion extending to animals around us.
Ok, so here are but few things I still remember.
Thank you for inviting me to share.
By the way, I am not any sort of Sir. ;-)
My name is Stefan. I post here as "A Philosopher" because I am a professional philosopher.
Many of my posts are quite philosophical and I rarely comment on the matters of practice.
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