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The Wisdom of Zengetsu (and other Dharma Gems)

A place to share and discuss the practice of Zen Buddhism without teachers. Debates about whether practicing without teachers is possible or desirable are not appropriate here, nor are criticisms of Zen Buddhist practice with teachers.
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A place to share and discuss the practice of Zen Buddhism without teachers. Debates about whether practising without teachers is possible or desirable are not appropriate here, nor are criticisms of Zen Buddhist practice with teachers.

Re: The Wisdom of Zengetsu (and other Dharma Gems)

Postby TTT on Thu Aug 06, 2015 1:23 am

another_being wrote:Errant thoughts are fundamentally empty; the essence of mind is fundamentally pure. You suddenly realize this essence is originally free from afflictions; the essence of knowledge is inherently complete, no different from Buddha. To cultivate practice based on this is called the Zen of the highest vehicle, and it is also called the pure Zen of those who realize suchness.
- Master Chinul (1158-1210)


So nice post and writings Somthing for the te drinker, i guess.
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Re: The Wisdom of Zengetsu (and other Dharma Gems)

Postby another_being on Thu Aug 20, 2015 8:36 pm

:Namaste:

"By thinking that religious practice must be part of either a concrete sect or an abstract sect, the inexperienced defame the Way, as if It were something not worth exploring if It were not called 'a sect.'" -- Dogen, Shobogenzo, On the Buddha's Way (trans. Reverend Master Hubert Nearman).


http://www.shastaabbey.org/pdf/shobo/051butsu.pdf

Excellent 'sects' education, and a must-read, explores "the Zen sect" from the relative, and leans toward Absolute.

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"Some people think they are enlightened, some people think they are not enlightened." -- Denko
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Re: The Wisdom of Zengetsu (and other Dharma Gems)

Postby another_being on Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:09 pm

At the same time, whether people are following a good spiritual teacher or following the Scriptures, all such persons are following their True Self. The Scriptural texts are, naturally, the Scriptural texts of Self, and good spiritual teachers are, naturally, good spiritual teachers of Self. Thus, you should investigate through your training that thorough training means thoroughly training oneself, that studying the hundreds of things which sprout up like grass means studying oneself, that studying the myriad things that take root and branch out like trees means studying oneself, and that this self is, of necessity, synonymous with making such an effort. By exploring like this through your training, you drop off self and you promise enlightenment to yourself.
-- Eihei Dogen, Shobogenzo, Jisho Zammai -- On the Meditative State of One's True Nature, trans. Rev. Master Nearman
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