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What is Kongo-Zen, Part III

What is Kongo-Zen, Part III

This is the last section of this series on Kongo-Zen. Doshin So continues... The Answer Lies in Man There are three known variables, the individual, nature, and society, that determine the conditions of mans survival as well as his fulfillment and happiness. But because it takes individuals to exploit nature and individuals to make societies, … Continue reading What is Kongo-Zen, Part III

What is Kongo-Zen? Part II

What is Kongo-Zen? Part II

This is a continuation of Doshin So's write up about Kongo-Zen.   Kongo-Zen, which focuses its attention on man as an expression of and participant in the infinite circle of reality and as endowed with a share of its vast potentially for wisdom, strength, courage, and love that life can best be lived.  It is … Continue reading What is Kongo-Zen? Part II

What is Kongo-Zen?

What is Kongo-Zen?

While I was living in Japan one of the Martial Arts I studied was Shorin-ji Kempo.  Shorin is the Japanese pronunciation for Shaolin and Ji is temple.  Kem (Ken) means fist and po (do) means way.  So altogether it means “Way of the Shaolin Fist”.  Shorin-ji was founded by a man named Michiomi Nakano also … Continue reading What is Kongo-Zen?

Milo, Money, and Cat Karma

Milo, Money, and Cat Karma

If you read my previous post “Karma, maybe it doesn't mean what we thought it did” you know my view of Karma differs somewhat from the way Karma is traditionally taught.   This is not just based on an opinion that I created myself but one that I developed by correlating the Buddha’s core teachings of … Continue reading Milo, Money, and Cat Karma

Buddhism, Its Elemental my dear Watson….Part VIII

Buddhism, Its Elemental my dear Watson….Part VIII

“Each deity is possessed of the Three Mysteries (as innumerable as) the dust motes of (countless) lands, and they mutually empower each other and encompass one another. The three mysteries of sentient beings are also like this.  Therefore, it is called empowerment by the three mysteries. If a Mantra practitioner should examine the meaning of … Continue reading Buddhism, Its Elemental my dear Watson….Part VIII

Buddhism, Its Elemental my dear Watson….Part VII, Visualization

Buddhism, Its Elemental my dear Watson….Part VII, Visualization

I have noticed that some readers are reading one part of this series or another.  While of course you are free to do what you like I would suggest that you will get more out of this series if you read them from start to finish as references are made back to earlier posts.  Also … Continue reading Buddhism, Its Elemental my dear Watson….Part VII, Visualization

Buddhism, Its Elemental my dear Watson….Part VI, The Mantra

Buddhism, Its Elemental my dear Watson….Part VI, The Mantra

In the past few posts in this series we have looked at many symbols (signs). The diversity of these symbols is vast but the purpose of all these visual systems is to convey truths beyond language.   This is to help prevent misconceptions or false understandings like terms, “self”, “universe” “empty” and false notions of duality … Continue reading Buddhism, Its Elemental my dear Watson….Part VI, The Mantra

Buddhism, Its Elemental my dear Watson….Part V,The Mandala

Buddhism, Its Elemental my dear Watson….Part V,The Mandala

“In Buddhism, knowledge in any form is subservient to transcendental wisdom.  Values, which arise from knowledge, are similarly subservient to wisdom.  If we could overcome the tendency to confer fixed values upon things the separateness between them would disappear. We could begin to regard things as they actually are.” Nagaboshi Tomio, The Bodhisattva warriors   … Continue reading Buddhism, Its Elemental my dear Watson….Part V,The Mandala

Buddhism, Its Elemental my dear Watson….Part IV, Maha Vairocana

Buddhism, Its Elemental my dear Watson….Part IV, Maha Vairocana

The historical Buddha was a man, the Prince Siddhartha, Shakyamuni, Gautama.  The Buddha Maha Vairocana (Dainichi in Japanese) represents both the historical Buddha’s Enlightenment and the universe that it contains.  The Great Six Elements represents not only us but all phenomena in the whole universe.  It represents how through interdependence (Dependent Origination) all phenomena through … Continue reading Buddhism, Its Elemental my dear Watson….Part IV, Maha Vairocana

Buddhism, Its Elemental my dear Watson….Part III, The Symbols

Buddhism, Its Elemental my dear Watson….Part III, The Symbols

A central part of Buddhism that is often over looked is the symbolism. If you thought the Free Masons used a lot of symbolism they are certainly rivaled by the Buddhist.  Before the Buddha died he expressed his wishes that his followers did not make images of him.  So the first Buddhist tried to honor … Continue reading Buddhism, Its Elemental my dear Watson….Part III, The Symbols

Buddhism, Its Elemental my dear Watson….Part II, The “self”

Buddhism, Its Elemental my dear Watson….Part II, The “self”

“The Mahayana schools that acknowledge a distinctive mental relationship to body senses also described it in other terms, differentiating between mental activity that receives and organizes sense impressions (the Mano) and that which is cognized (the Manas)- in other words” the mind which “spoke” to the body and the mind which spoke to itself. The … Continue reading Buddhism, Its Elemental my dear Watson….Part II, The “self”

Buddhism, Its Elemental my dear Watson….

Buddhism, Its Elemental my dear Watson….

Early on my Buddhist path I came across the teaching of Anatta (Not-self).  I have to say that I didn’t (or couldn’t) understand the concept at all at first.  If there was one thing I was sure of it was “me”! 🙂  If the Buddha was teaching that I didn’t really exist then who or … Continue reading Buddhism, Its Elemental my dear Watson….

Death, it isn’t what it’s cracked up to be Part III…..

Death, it isn’t what it’s cracked up to be Part III…..

“There's a thought in my mind and there's nothing not far behind there's a road there's a path there's a freeway and there's a map There are flies and blue skies and the just and the unjust all walk side by side” Flies and Blue Skys, Kings X   So death is not an ending … Continue reading Death, it isn’t what it’s cracked up to be Part III…..

Death, it isn’t what it’s cracked up to be Part II…..

Death, it isn’t what it’s cracked up to be Part II…..

“Dear friend, please practice together with Ananda and myself as follows.   Breathing in I see that this body is not me.  Breathing out I am not caught in this body.  I am life without limit.  I have never been born and I will never die” Shariputa, speaking to his dying friend the monk Anathapindika   … Continue reading Death, it isn’t what it’s cracked up to be Part II…..

Death, it isn’t what it’s cracked up to be…..

Death, it isn’t what it’s cracked up to be…..

“There is life, there is death and the difference between either one is one single breath” Kings X, Flies and Blue Skies   When I first heard that lyric I was struck with how powerful the meaning is.  We do not think of death in this way.   How can something as a single breath separate … Continue reading Death, it isn’t what it’s cracked up to be…..

Metta, It’s simple right?….

Metta, It’s simple right?….

Metta in Pali means Loving Kindness.  The Metta Sutta is an easily accessible Sutta both in terms of translations available in English and many other languages and what seems to be the simple message it contains. Because it does not seem abstract or contain loads of Buddhist technical terms it is often read over quickly … Continue reading Metta, It’s simple right?….

Don’t hide behind your Karma….

Don’t hide behind your Karma….

In my blog “Karma, maybe it doesn’t mean what we thought it did….?” I challenged the conventional interpretation of Karma.  This wasn’t a flight of fancy on my part where I just made up my own idea of what it means.  I think that in that blog I sufficiently showed that there was something wrong with … Continue reading Don’t hide behind your Karma….

Yana, Yana, What you Yana know about the Yana’s….

Yana, Yana, What you Yana know about the Yana’s….

When you have your first contact with Buddhism (as someone from the west) there are numerous obstacles to overcome before any of it can start to make sense.  The cultural trappings are very confusing because even though they all refer to it as Buddhism it looks very different on the surface based on where the … Continue reading Yana, Yana, What you Yana know about the Yana’s….

Hey bud, do you got the “Time”? Part III….

Hey bud, do you got the “Time”? Part III….

“The significance of the Avatamsaka and it’s philosophy is unintelligible unless we once experience a state of complete dissolution where there is no more distinction between mind and body, subject and object. We look around and perceive that every object is related to every other object not only spatially, but temporally. As a fact of … Continue reading Hey bud, do you got the “Time”? Part III….

Hey bud, do you got the “Time”? Part II….

Hey bud, do you got the “Time”? Part II….

“Modern Physics has confirmed most dramatically one of the basic ideas of Eastern Mysticism; that all concepts that we use to describe nature are limited, that they are not features of reality, as we tend to believe, but creations of the mind; parts of the map, not of the territory. Whenever we expand the realm … Continue reading Hey bud, do you got the “Time”? Part II….

Shunyata, Running on Empty Part II….

Shunyata, Running on Empty Part II….

“The object is an object for the subject, The Subject is a subject for the object, Know the relativity of the two rests ultimately on one Emptiness. In one Emptiness the two are not distinguished, and each contains in itself all the ten thousand things.” Zen Master Dogen   “Ordinarily we assume that our “self” … Continue reading Shunyata, Running on Empty Part II….

Karma, maybe it doesn’t mean what we thought it did….?

Karma, maybe it doesn’t mean what we thought it did….?

How many times have you heard a conversation about something bad happening to someone and one of the people talking will say……”it’s Karma”.  Next to the misconception that Buddha taught Reincarnation this has to be the most misunderstood teachings in Buddhism. For years I tried to understand Karma as it is generally taught and I … Continue reading Karma, maybe it doesn’t mean what we thought it did….?