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Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Postby Anders on Thu May 18, 2017 7:23 am

Meido wrote:Nice to see you here btw.

:Namaste:

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Thanks. I've been travelling almost nonstop for the past five weeks, to Peru and then Poland, so thought I'd dip my toes in again now the dust has settled.

I was reflecting on it this morning and it occurs to me that motivation/aspiration is sort of the flipside to expectation and probably a good toggle to fiddle with to manage these things.
I remember one time during a retreat where I was really sucking myself into a hole of "I'm not getting what I want out of this. I'm wasting my effort here". Then after a while a voice whispered within "Who are you practising for?" That who was kind of a double-whammy in that it hit me both as a "is all this just for yourself?" and a hard slapping "WHO?" And suddenly I didn't much care about what I got out of it for the remainder of the retreat.
"Even if my body should be burnt to death in the fires of hell
I would endure it for myriad lifetimes
As your companion in practice"
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Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Postby Meido on Thu May 18, 2017 3:31 pm

Reading this post, I'm happy you poked a bit :lol2:

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Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Postby Jok_Hae on Thu May 18, 2017 7:35 pm

Meido wrote:Thanks, Keith!

Incidentally, before I was called Meido, it was Keith. My mother still prefers the latter :)

~ Meido


Your mother understands her job. :)

A trivial story:

I was originally going to be named "Richard", a good royal name. Family politics intervened because of an uncle with the same name, so my dad threw his hands up and went with "Keith". I have never really like the name, if I am being honest. But, it doesn't matter much in the end, does it? :lol2:

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Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Postby Anders on Fri May 19, 2017 7:00 am

Meido wrote:Reading this post, I'm happy you poked a bit :lol2:

~ Meido

:PP:
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Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Postby Caodemarte on Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:06 am

I just ordered a copy of "The Rinzai Zen Way" from Amazon for delivery on publication in March. Looking forward to it!
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Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Postby Meido on Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:36 am

Well, that's a surprise! I had no idea a listing was up so far in advance. The description could use some editing.

If that's indeed the cover art, it's the first I've seen it. Nice to have old Hakuin on the cover, though I'm sure he'd give me 30 blows for the book.

Caodemarte, I suspect you may well be the first person to order this.

:Namaste:

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Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Postby Caodemarte on Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:50 am

Meido wrote:Well, that's a surprise! I had no idea a listing was up so far in advance. The description could use some editing.

If that's indeed the cover art, it's the first I've seen it. Nice to have old Hakuin on the cover, though I'm sure he'd give me 30 blows for the book.

Caodemarte, I suspect you may well be the first person to order this.

:Namaste:

~ Meido


Do I win a prize? :peace: Thanks for writing the book!
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Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Postby Meido on Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:57 am

Yes, attendance at a long sesshin of your choice at Korinji. :lol2:

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Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Postby Caodemarte on Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:12 am

Be careful what you offer in jest. I will be going to a short sesshin elsewhere in January and the time I can take off is limited. However, you never know where I will show up!
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Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Postby Meido on Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:26 am

No jest!

Always welcome.

~ Meido

P.S. Talking to some author friends, I've learned that it's normal for upcoming publications to have placeholder/pre-order listings like that one pop up on Amazon, as word gets out through the distributor grapevine that a project is in the works. Eventually the image/text will be updated to more accurately reflect the book (good news...the current text leaves a lot to be desired).
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Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Postby Meido on Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:15 pm

The Amazon listing text has been sufficiently tweaked, and it does seem that the cover shown is final, so I'll announce it officially: the book is available for pre-order on Amazon...

The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

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Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Postby bokki on Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:25 pm

hmmmmmmmmmmmmm
i have every wish to order such a book
and actually will
and how happy would we feel if Roshi singed it to us!

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Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Postby Meido on Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:42 am

I'll neither sing nor singe, but am happy to sign, should we cross paths.

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Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Postby desert_woodworker on Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:53 pm

Dear Meido Roshi,

Meido wrote:The Amazon listing text has been sufficiently tweaked, and it does seem that the cover shown is final, so I'll announce it officially: the book is available for pre-order on Amazon...

Congrats!, on the book being brought to this stage of readiness. I look forward to being able to read a copy soon.

Question, please?: I think you wrote that you first assembled the first makings of this book from pieces you have written over time for your students, there (sorry if I have this wrong; but the rest of the question may still be relevant). Thus, I assume that the content of the book is largely practical and practice-oriented. We know well here that practice is best and safest engaged-in with a teacher and sangha, in-person, and preferably when the practitioner can meet regularly with teacher and sangha while maintaining a regular practice at home and in daily life. Yet, the book is, again, presumably largely practical. Therefore, in advance of my having a copy of the book to read, during which time I would then be able to ascertain the gist of its logic and the thrust of your intentions (whether stated explicitly or not) vis-a-vis a practitioner's suggested stance with regard to your intentions and the book's contents, I wonder how a practitioner could "use" -- or how one is suggested to use -- the book (its contents), once it should be available for purchase.

It would be very helpful and interesting to have, in advance of the book's availability, something like the Introduction to the book to read, in which you probably amply address the question above, and possibly other related questions.

Also, if someone has written a Foreword to the book, that of course would be wonderful to read in advance, too.

So, perhaps you have a public "website" devoted to the book, at which these segments of the book can be read in their entirety in advance of the publication release. That would be great! This would satisfy some of the hunger and uneasiness of anticipation as we wait for the book in its entirety.

Thank you for considering all this. I send congrats again on bringing the book to its current readiness for release.

Sincerely yours, and in the Dharma,

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Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Postby Spike on Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:50 pm

desert_woodworker wrote: We know well here that practice is best and safest engaged-in with a teacher and sangha, in-person, and preferably when the practitioner can meet regularly with teacher and sangha while maintaining a regular practice at home and in daily life. Yet, the book is, again, presumably largely practical. Therefore, in advance of my having a copy of the book to read, during which time I would then be able to ascertain the gist of its logic and the thrust of your intentions (whether stated explicitly or not) vis-a-vis a practitioner's suggested stance with regard to your intentions and the book's contents, I wonder how a practitioner could "use" -- or how one is suggested to use -- the book (its contents), once it should be available for purchase.


Blindfolded.

desert_woodworker wrote:It would be very helpful and interesting to have, in advance of the book's availability, something like the Introduction to the book to read, in which you probably amply address the question above, and possibly other related questions.


From Amazon:

"Part One provides an overview of training in Zen, presenting the distinctive Zen approach to the Buddhist path. Part Two gives actual instruction in the basics of Rinzai practice in a manner suitable for beginners. Meido Roshi provides an introduction to the use of the body, breath and mind in meditation that can be fruitfully followed on one's own, with numerous photos revealing physical details and common errors.

At once both inspiring and practical in tone, The Rinzai Zen Way is invaluable not only for Zen students, but as a guide for beginners who have yet to find a teacher."
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Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Postby Meido on Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:57 pm

Joe, I wish I could share the foreword or intro here, or the table of contents. As these things work, the publisher now retains rights to the text, so I'm not permitted to do so. As we get closer to release, however, perhaps Amazon may show some of the book's innards.

Expanding on the Amazon listing text: part one of the text provides a basic conceptual framework for practice that is, to my mind, accessible even to folks unfamiliar with Buddhist teaching. Presented there is an explanation of the Zen approach to the path, a placing of Zen within the larger landscape of Buddhist traditions (e.g. hierarchies of vehicles), some examination of Zen vis a vis Abrahamic faiths more common in the West, a discussion of motivations for practice that are sufficiently profound in terms of questions of existence as well as compassionate regard for others, etc.

The practice instructions given in part two are restricted to those things that may be safely undertaken by beginners: practices for relaxation/releasing fixation, activating the senses, foundational breathing, a basic zazen practice, beginning to use daily life as practice, and so on. These instructions are detailed enough that someone who hasn't yet found a teacher but wishes to begin practicing could usefully do so with the text as a companion, while simultaneously starting the process of looking for a teacher. I hope the book could be useful as a reference for experienced folks as well, since we tend to get comfortable and sloppy at times.

The text does make very clear right from the foreword and introduction that a teacher is ultimately indispensable and will be required to guide/confirm one's practice. It also includes a fairly detailed explanation of why this is so, i.e. what a teacher's role actually is (and is not). Some advice is given RE how to find and evaluate a teacher, what to expect, etc.

I've sent in an edit to the Amazon description to make some of this more clear, specifically that the text does not negate need for a teacher. Hopefully that will show up shortly.

Hope this makes things clear.

~ Meido
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Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Postby desert_woodworker on Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:24 pm

Roshi,

Meido wrote:Hope this makes things clear.

Yes, Meido. Thanks for taking the time to give me and all of us an outline of the book, and a fine description of its intentions. Now I'm REALLY looking forward to a copy arriving. ;)

Thanks again!, and may the book become a best-seller right out of the gate (or maybe a day or two afterward once word spreads).

:Namaste:,

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Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Postby bokki on Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:26 pm

bokki
and how happy would we feel if Roshi singed it to us!

im sry Roshi, an unintentional mistake, but it quite cute lol
Meido Roshi
I'll neither sing nor singe, but am happy to sign, should we cross paths.

Thank you!
on 1 hand
id like 2 meet u
on d other
i have a sense of
deja vu

a book that can not b signed
lol

Thank you Roshi
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Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Postby Jok_Hae on Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:29 am

Meido wrote:The Amazon listing text has been sufficiently tweaked, and it does seem that the cover shown is final, so I'll announce it officially: the book is available for pre-order on Amazon...

The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

~ Meido


Good news! Will there be a kindle version?

Also, just got a note in our ZC inbox that you will be in my neck of the woods (Connecticut) in a couple weeks. I will see if I can carve out some time see your presentation.

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Re: The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice

Postby Meido on Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:16 pm

Keith, that's up to Shambhala of course, but they do often offer Kindle versions.

I neglected to announce the CT event here, will do so in a moment...but if you can make it for part or all, it would indeed be wonderful to meet. The venue is a private zendo/dojo on the property of the host, so if you can make it don't be put off by the residential appearance of the address...you'll still be in the right spot :)

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