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February 12, 2021

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Clyde, you got the proper explanation for your incorrect proposition in the first paragraph of my previous comment. That is how I always work. Right to the point before proceeding to more concerning aspects of the questioner´s divided mind.

Your inept understanding of said fact is not my problem but certainly not foreign to a certain measure of compassion.

You should thus consider the rest of the comment, not an explanation, but a generous act of plain mercy for your confused spirit, which I am afraid, considering its coming destination in the upcoming transmigration of its consciousness, is in dire need of awakening before it leaves that aged matrix it is entrapped in presently and experiences the painful re-boot in another body in a not too distant future.

Clyde:

Have you lost your mind? This spasm of incoherent gestures you keep making here arouses pity in my heart. I care nothing for your teachers or your externalist delusions.

Clyde, I fear a demon has taken hold of you. I advise you to take up recitation of the Shurangama mantra, whose power is unsurpassed. Failing that, due to your karma, you can appeal to Avalokitesvara, who also has the power to bind demons and whisk them away if you can summon up a single thought of faith.

Clyde: Your question to me shows that you are more interested in third-person knowledge than first-person knowledge which is what Zen is actually about. What I post on this blog comes from my own awakening which, by the way, is self-verifying, that is, independent, not relying on others. Ultimately, the true Zen adept has no recourse but to come to a dead-end where all practices fail and where thoughts and concepts fail to capture pure Mind. Only then does one become open to kenshō realizing un-congealed spirit which transcends all thought constructs. I don't even ask you to believe me but you must attain first-person knowledge independent of the teachers you depend on. They have no authority to verify anyone. You are living in a fantasy world if you believe that they can impart enlightenment to you.

"If you try to seek a teacher outside and hope to obtain deliverance, you will find it impossible. If you have recognized the good teacher within your own mind, you have already obtained deliverance. If you are deluded in your own mind and harbor erroneous thoughts and contrary concepts, even though you go to an outside teacher [you will not be able to obtain salvation]" — Huineng

Yeti; I urge you to consider Meido Moore as he is ‘the real deal’, a strict traditional Rinzai Zen Roshi and Akido Sensei.

“Meido Moore Roshi (1968) is the abbot of Korinji, our monastery in Wisconsin, and guiding teacher of the Korinji Rinzai Zen Community. He is the author of The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice and Hidden Zen: Practices for Sudden Awakening and Embodied Realization (both from Shambhala Publications).

Meido Roshi began Zen practice in 1988 and trained under three teachers in the line of the great 20th century Rinzai master Omori Sogen Roshi: the late Tenzan Toyoda Rokoji, in whose training hall he resided for seven years while also enduring a severe training in traditional martial arts; Dogen Hosokawa Roshi (Omori Roshi’s main dharma heir), with whom he trained for fifteen years; and So'zan Miller Roshi, with whom he trained for three years. He has completed the koan curriculum of this lineage, and in 2008 received inka shomei or "mind seal": recognition as an 86th-generation Zen lineage holder empowered to transmit the full range of Rinzai Zen practices. 

Aside from Zen, Meido is also ordained in the Mt. Koshikidake tradition of Shugendo and works to establish Shugendo practice places within natural areas near Korinji. Before his ordination he traveled internationally for many years as a professional martial art teacher. He continues to travel widely, conducting retreats across the United States and Europe.”

https://www.korinji.org/about-korinji

Zennist; Yeti mentioned that in the past you had spoken about your teachers. I'm not a regular reader, so I may have missed it.

Who was your teacher(s)?

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