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August 13, 2020

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jung- i wont offer any opinions on the political or other such things you refer to clearly the author you linked isnt a fan, nor you - i am not even interested in learning who they may be or what their own ideologies are, or axes to grind. I only posted link in relation to his comments on the Buddha , i found them very reasonable , worthy of consideration respecting the path he walked to enlightenment.

@Marx

Before you run off and buy anything further from this Indian new age frog (and I am not conferring to his origin) has to sell, I would read this revealing article by a known Indian Journalist.

https://scroll.in/article/927625/opinion-the-disturbing-irrationalism-of-jaggi-vasudev

He used to come to a dime a dozen in the 60s and 70s. Today, the internet is full of a new generation of highly prosperous spiritual imposters. All of them standing on the shoulders of past spiritual giants offering the [ad]dharma in so many mixed flavors , with a well-rehersed approach towards a mass of "hungry believers", what is nothing but a bleak useless copy of what is already freely available within your true mind, at any given moment, in an astounding imageless light of pure absolute and completely self-verifying reality.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8Bb2xvasxM

TheZennist:

Thanks for the reply.
Seems like Zen is for the more advanced practitioners.

By "differences", I guess I meant how does Zen's approach differ to Buddhism in reaching Nirvana? I was thinking that if there's no difference, then why call it Zen? There seems to be a singular focus on the Lankavatara. (I think I just answered my own question.)

Thanks for taking the time to reply.

I look forward to reading more of your work.

DJP: Mundane? I read "mundane" as belonging to the world and having no concern for the transcendent. Zen is ultramundane. It aims to see what Siddhartha saw (the unconditioned). But in my 2836 posts I am unable to show even a tiny portion of it. I only lead the faithful to Mumon's barrier (関). Some bang on it. Some kick it. It won't let anyone pass through (anyone's thoughts) — and certainly not this bestial body. When you intuit the watō (話頭) which is unconditioned, before thoughts arise, you will see Siddhartha face-to-face.

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