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Becoming authentic Bodhisattvas

It is my impression, and not without a lot of evidence over the years, that modern Zen practitioners regard themselves as Bodhisattvas. But I wonder how they deal with passages like this from the Mahayana canon? “His [the Bodhisattva’s] body...

No such thing as equality of outcome in Buddhism

I was just doing a little bit of research on the notion of “equality of outcome” (sometimes called “equality of result”) which is an egalitarian idea that believes we must eliminate material inequalities between individuals. To accomplish this goal involves...

Like Buddhism but not rebirth

Many Western Zen Buddhists, and in general, Western Buddhists have a real problem with rebirth, that is, the idea that after this death we will be reborn. Usually, the first thing they throw out is, how can their be rebirth...

Seeking truth in a postmodern, relativistic culture

Truth, in the sense of discovering what is most primordial, unchanging and undying, is not important in a postmodern, relativistic culture. Such a culture believes that we have no way to step outside of ourselves to see reality as i...

The barren soil of the West

China was not a barren land for the growth and development of Buddhism. In fact, given the development of Confucianism and Daoism it was quite fertile. Even when the Chinese language is taken into consideration, putting Sanskrit into Chinese characters...

An eagerness or desire for something

In Buddhism, Sanskrit t???? (generally translated with thirst or craving) is also close to the notion of avidity this being an eagerness or desire for something such as wealth or worldly enjoyments. In the case of Buddhism, it is t????...

Koans are made from this one interpretation

In this postmodern era, it almost seems like there are an infinite number of ways to interpret or represent any set of data or text, for example, a poem or a novel like Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. Yet, in truth, there...

Getting beyond personality: the transpersonal

Certainly, Buddhism teaches that human beings have the potential to realize their fundamental, spiritual nature; which can subsequently be utilized to bring the light of this spiritual nature to those living in spiritual darkness (e.g., fear of death). In addition,...

Don't be afraid of jargon

Those new to Zen usually are uncomfortable with non-English words they often encounter which, to be honest, amount to jargon, but necessary jargon in the sense of special words used by Buddhists, over a long period of time, which amount...

A real master of Zen

To attain buddhat? (the state of awakening by which one becomes “Buddha”) the Zen adept must strive to see their self-nature (svabh?va). This is really the Buddha—not some old guy in yellow robes holding a begging bowl. Without this accomplishment,...

Yep, Buddhism in a unique form of monism

Buddhism is monism but not monotheism. The former denies any fundamental duality while the latter is the doctrine that there is only one God. The two are quite different. Monism by far is the most subtle of the two. It...

Are koans necessary?

The following quote is taken from Ding-H...

Zen's context

The context of Zen is to be found within Buddhism and can only be understood from the larger context of Buddhism. The overarching context of Buddhism involves man’s search for the transcendent which is unconditioned; whose nature is different than...

Going down a humanistic road

My life that I had dedicated to Zen Buddhism was not without an influx of ideologized liberal thought (i.e., change the world before you change yourself) from which I had managed to escape, despite its spreading power under the rubric...

Radio people deny the radio signal

If we were radio people we would deny the existence of a radio signal and insist that all this comes from us. We would find the theory of a radio signal body to be reprehensible. Even more outrageous, would be...

The test for all religions

If we were to jump into a time machine and go back to the beginning of most religions we would not find a single one to be about believing in an external deity or God who from their throne, so...

Liberal orthodoxy: the giant step backwards

To analyze what I shall term “liberal orthodoxy” which is a species of humanitarian Marxism, from a Buddhist point of view is first to know that our very thoughts are compositions or the same, constructs. What they are constructed from...

Zen cannot be taught to poor learners

Today we put a lot of emphasis upon the importance of the teacher especially when it comes to Zen Buddhism. Many would-be students expect the teacher to be able to work wonders and enlighten them almost on the spot. But...

First get over the five hindrancs

From the old Pali canon we learn that before the adept dwells in the four dhy?nas or in Japanese zen-na he or she must cleanse their mind of the five hindrances consisting of: 1. Sensory desire, that is, the seeking...

All ancient religions

The ultimate goal of all ancient religions concerned man’s awakening to what precisely animated his corporeal body, considered as spiritual light, which had, on account of his ignorance of it, become incorporated or rather combined with flesh. Man’s senses, as...

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