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July 23, 2018

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"It is hard not to view this decadence with disgust, so why do you beat poor Adasatala without mercy?"

Because, like him, you seem to long for the true dharma, but your heart dwells in the dim light of conditioned differentiation.

The latter prohibits enlightenment because it serves the mind as a thin but very efficient veil that turns the perfect into a heavily fractalized, kaleidoscopic illusion, hiding the great mystery that can be found in even the greatest assumed sin.

For sure, if you make a close observation in your Mind during your deepest dhyana, where your mind is disembodied from your body and anything likewise composed, you will eventually find that good is merely an inverted image in the mirrored mind of assumed evil, as much as evil is an inverted image in the mirrored mind of assumed good.

If they were absolute realities in themselves, the entire buddhadharma would be an illusion, and consequently escape from the myriad possible becomings in samsara, an impossibility.

I understand your view, and I understand the cause of it as easily as I understand the cause of the amusingly galloping mind of Adasatala.

But what you both say is merely a point of view based on a generalized, highly tainted view. Had you visited the tens of thousands of temples, and dhyana centers found in India, Japan, USA, from the smallest to the largest, your view would merit a close likeness to the actual state of the Buddhadharma in all these temples, or centers.But you have not and thus it is more an internal idea based on a fractional view of the total status quo in the assumed world of Buddhism.

The light of countless Buddhas and Bodhisattvas works in mysterious ways way to subtle for the ordinary worldlings to notice and recognize directly, but the myriad conditions it causes to be actualized in benefit of said beings mature eventually in one way or another, be it a churr of a cricket in a precise spatiotemporal "moment" of emerged no-mind, to the witness of a "degenerated" zen master slandering the dharma, showing up drunk with a severe head ache to a morning ritual, being no more enlightened than one of the rocks in his temple garden.


Recall this passage from the Avatamsaka Sutra (already offering you a hint in Chapter One):

"The Tathagata appears in the world, comfortable and carefree,
To teach and transform the multitudes of beings–
Everywhere revealing dharma doors for all to enter and enlighten to,
So all will accomplish unsurpassed wisdom.

With limitless spiritual penetrations, as many as sentient beings,
In accordance with their preferences, he reveals all characteristics.
Hence, those who see him all escape from suffering.
Thus is the power of liberation of Displaying Brilliance Spirit."

If the Tathagata offers you this opportunity to SEE Dharmakaya at any given moment beyond the spatiotemporal haze, why is your eye and your mind still struggling with the illusory visions of said haze, deeming this good and that evil, and this evil and that good?

i agree with what jung has said - the truth is undefilable.

although true that the corruption of all things human is at a peak, there is no less realization occurring now or ever. thankfully the truth and its intentions are not dependent of zen centers, or anything else. thankfully the darkness does not effect the light.

What then is your recourse for finding a good temple, Jung?

I understand your point but I also see the degeneracy of the Western sangha. Just look at what is happening to the five schools of Zen: men and women mingling together, using dharma retreats as opportunities to entangle themselves in sexual encounters or to consume drugs; true sutras gather dust on a shelf while heretical texts widely circulate and conform to spiritually bankrupt values. Monks diddling their students or laughing all the way to the bank. If one wants to find “fish eyes sold as pearls,” where should one look but to the monks of our day who not only wallow in venality but actively teach externalism and appear themselves to be confused and bewildered by such comparatively simple teachings such as emptiness. The world of today is thirsty for gratification in various ways, and deviant views have proliferated, while authentic principles you yourself expound are treated as crackpot theories and mere superstition, only adhered to by the weak minded and credulous, or too austere to be comfortably followed by the “modern” Buddhist hipster. I myself have seen the poor quality of monks at monasteries, and the appalling junk heap in which you insist there are pearls. Just as with Adasatala, it also appears to me there are fewer and fewer places where the Buddhadharma comes to flower, as it appeared to do in earlier times by all accounts. The roots of the Western sangha seem to be withering away; the foundations of the temples are crumbling, no matter their outward beauty; evil ways are overtaking virtue; people no longer have confidence in the spiritual leadership offered by the ordained monks of the West (nor should they, in more cases than not), and deviant views are taught at these places.

It is hard not to view this decadence with disgust, so why do you beat poor Adasatala without mercy?

Jung, your writing sucks.

N. Yeti, agreed.

"Local Zen centers sell cursed mala beads made by demons and hungry ghosts. They do car-pools and bullshit retreats and have cookies and tea while they slander the Buddha and distort the Dharma."

I take it this is what you see as your enlightened mind´s eye (Skt. dhyAnadRSTi). LOL

And yet, it was in a small Zen Temple (Center for the local Japanese community) I met one of the most profoundly awakened Zen Masters ever to set foot on this planet, who during a single evening showed me the true impact of what the radiant light of the Buddha dharma can do for any suffering sentient being yearning for it with an open mind that seeks it and nothing else.

The distortion, as you so thoughtlessly, or may I say, "light"-lessly, put it, may be found in many so-called Zen centers, and they might at times as these, seem like a huge dark forest, but the eyes that look for a single bright candle in said forest, has not necessarily to look far about before hitting a good place fertile with good dharma for the troubled soul.

It is the impurities and deeply subconscious unwillingness in men's hearts, that is the greatest hindrance, not the temples and centers who are only places in Samsara, there as the Minds symbolic yearning to know itself, that is the problem one has to overcome before the great awakening and reality of Svabhava, your true, unconditioned, unborn and permanent nature.

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