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October 25, 2010


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What is the difference between scriptural study and prescribed koan with grading towards inka, tom? I would say both are artificial so long as the means are merely intellectual. Practice is the difference between theory and practice. What is the point of study if you do not experience it first hand? How can you claim to know anything or even not know without a basis for comparison?

mmm, I get it but I don't think you're being totally fair. You could have continued the quote on page 171 about nothing where the book goes on to say, "But I do not mean voidness. There is something, but that something is something which is always prepared for taking some particular form ... This is called Buddha nature ..."

I'm no Buddhist scholar but isn't this what the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra is banging on about with emptiness being form and form being emptiness?

Yes, Amongst White Clouds is a beautiful film. You can see a real joyful sad wisdom in the faces of some of the nuns.

On an almost related note, what's the difference between a Buddhist practitioner and a Zennist?

Wikipedia suggests that, "Zen emphasizes experiential prajñā in the attainment of enlightenment. As such, it de-emphasizes theoretical knowledge in favor of direct realization through meditation and dharma practice."

I would suggest though that this blog seeks to re-emphasize the study of the scriptures. Shouldn't it be called the Scripturalist? :-)

It's interesting to read this breakdown of some of the problems with this book.

When I was first starting out, I eventually discovered that there were some books that caused my thoughts and discriminations to calm down, and there were others that really stirred up the discriminations. And "Zen Mind" was the main one. I didn't know why, but was able to notice that reading it was no help at all.

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