SECOND STEP ALONG THE PATH
This step is very critical because, as mentioned before, it is serious and can be quite a bummer for some and quite an eyeopener for others. It is an extremely important step however, because of how it critiques Zen. It is highly viable information that you should add to your repertoire of knowlege before continuing on. What you do with the information is up to your own discretion. If you have read the previously suggested pages, and you should have if you are here now, you should have run across a link to the Yasutani Hakuun Roshi web page. On that page are two links, both of which I would like you to go to and read if you have not done so. When you do read them you are probably going to say something like "My god, what is this guy presenting me?"
The thing is, I am trying to show you there are no sacred cows...in Zen, Buddhism, Enlightenment, or anything else. There is a saying in Zen that goes "If you see the Buddha on the road, kill him." That does not mean if you physically see the Buddha on the road, physically kill him. What it means is not to confuse the Buddha and all the bells and whistles for the Truth. Get rid of the BS, eliminate the baggage. Move on, cut to the quick.
- COMING DOWN FROM THE ZEN CLOUDS: A Critique of the Current State of American Zen
- SANBO KYODEN ZEN: The Heritage of Western Zen
In the next folder, Folder #3, there is a capsule review by Tony Mayo where he writes:
the contrast the entire message would have been lost.
Ancient mystics, quantum physicists, and
existentialist philosophers are all giving us that
same message. Neither figure nor ground is the
thing itself, nor even both together. There is no
"thing" at all, except as we create it in our minds.
It is the relationship between figure and ground
that gives rise to an experience, and neither can
exist without the other. Take away the ground and
there is no boundary for the figure, take away the
figure and the ground is meaningless. Each is
relative to the other and neither stands alone.
It is the contrast to conventional thought regarding things Zen and Enlightenment I am trying to present with the above. After having read the two articles we will reconstruct the reality.
Also, on occasion there are those that think Zen and the Enlightenment experience are "male," a domain only for men and dominated by men. Even some aspects of Buddhism seem to support such an outlook. Such is NOT the case however as Enlightenment knows no bounds. To clear up any questions in the area please go to:
- CHINESE BHIKSHUNI'S IN THE CH'AN TRADITION
- MAN AND WOMAN IN THE TEACHING OF THE BUDDHA
A little off track, but for those so interested, there is a page that lists many, many quality selected resources related to Women-Buddhism, of which the two above came from, at:
- ZEN, WOMEN, AND BUDDHISM: Zen, the Tao, Enlightenment from the Women's Perspective
When you are finished reading the above articles click to Folder #3 below. Don't give up yet, there is a method to all of this
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