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March 18, 2012

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It is my experience that those defending Dogen and his ludicrous understanding of the dharma are themselves of shallow minds, overly attached to phenomena, wether it be their own confused relations/bonds to family, spouse, material things or their need for some meaning in life. All this by regularly sitting on their asses, believing they, by this act of mental/spiritual laziness, are living Buddhas.

In my book this one of many reasons they are locked in a skandhic matrix they cannot escape. It is also my experience that this category of people have utterly failed to understand what true suffering really is, and how urgent the need for a working dharma that can help them escape the wheel of suffering, in this very life time, really is.

In a way Dogen offers them some form of highly ritualized yet stylistic excuse to continue a sort of artificial upheld equilibrium which they defend as a path concordant towards an idealized world of their own most favoured delusions, that slowly year by year, kills them off.

Mara loves these guys and treats them accordingly like evening snack. A sure thing. They are like locust that always finds a way to procreate and return to the lush fields of samsara.

To even compare Dogen with Bodhidharma is like comparing a mentally deficient child, struggling to learn basic arithmetic, with a mathematician juggling with Fermat´s last theorem for breakfast. Need I say more?

By "empty handed" Dogen meant something similar to when Bodhidharma replied "emptiness" when asked about what the noble path consists of by the Emperor.

- As for meditation:

"Buddha taught various methods to stop clinging to objects and to contemplate reality with a one-pointed mind. This is the key concept involved in dhyana which is incompletely translated as meditation. The practice of meditation is not just sitting like a block of wood or stone; rather, it is the act of learning to concentrate one's mental energies in a state of absorption. This state is achieved in stages, like an ascent to one peak after another. The goal is not reached until one day you suddenly discover that all of your deluded attachments have gone like the wind, leaving not a trace, or even a name to hang onto."

"There is an important passage in the Surangama Sutra in which Bodhisattva Quan Yin [Avalokiteshvara] relates how he cultivated realization. In that sutra, twenty-five Bodhisattvas, in response to the inquiry of Buddha Shakyamuni, explained their methods of cultivation and spiritual attainment. Afterwards, the Buddha asked Bodhisattva Manjushri to evaluate what had been said. Manjushri pointed out that Quan Yin's way of cultivating realization through hearing was best suited for the people of this
world."

From: THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF BODHISATTVA QUAN YIN

Full text and description of the meditation method:

http://info.stiltij.nl/publiek/meditatie/soetras/shurangama-lukuanyu.pdf (at the end of this PDF)

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