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April 19, 2011

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Yes, I agree we shouldn’t ignore what the Buddha said.

And I’m exactly as you describe the one Sutra Zennists.

What can I say? I understand your concern. Thank you.

I will follow your example and examine for myself.

My single reflection for you is to be more generous.

clyde

>> On the same score, they believe that doing lots of zazen makes up for their lack of Sutra study.  This is like believing that if I just walk a lot, without a sense of direction (and without a compass), I will find my way out of a forest in which I managed to become lost. <<

Yes, and even with a compass you still need to have ‘faith’ that the instrument will function properly, or that there isn’t any type of magnetic anomaly to give you a false reading. That faith, just as within the Christian paradigm, is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).” Hence, we still need some evidence that all is okay with our compass reading. And not seeking for same is not any more a disadvantage as seeking out, or watching out for these evidences in the wrong way or places, for example, unreasonable expectations. You can’t expect to become enlightened by solely visiting ashrams, sitting zazen, etc, anymore than you can become a Class A licensed auto mechanic by simply standing around an auto repair shop. Or, as as it states in the epistle of James (James 2:18), “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.” In other words, faith without works (the correct kind) is to no avail; or as you have pointed out: “they believe that doing lots of zazen makes up for their lack of Sutra study.” Zazen is not solely the work you need to do!

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