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Thread: Zen and the Bodhisattva ideal

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    Yes, nice quote. Just one last quick thing Craig, when, in connection with SN 12.15 he quotes something from Nagarjuna's Mulamadyamakakarika with the reference 14.10 ..... the reference in my copy is actually 15.10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clw_uk
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    Actually that is the way this Soto school understands practice. There is no room for that kind of idealisms. It is important to stand out that this new perspective in Soto practice has been traced by Taizan Maezumi and some of his pupils like Joko Beck. His effort is to return to the original intention of the historical Buddha and in doing so we have taken a healthy distance form the Mahayana literature where idealisms are very important. This is important because with this perspective we have move away form the core Mahayanist idealism toward a kind of traditionless practice.

    For Zen, it is nonsense to work out the self and the study of the self so to end, again, in a desire for becoming. This is completely against the essence of Zen understanding and against the main teachings of the Buddha. This bewildered issue that shakes most of the Mahayanists is perfectly clarified in the ten samyuttas of the Niddana Vagga.

    Also, the commitment with the eight satoris, a core aspect of this Soto school, is a way to keep awareness about this idealisms that, in words of Ajahn Chan, just can bring, in the long run, suffering. The deep understanding of the nature of Dukkha is a fundamental step to understand this perspective. The dukkha of becoming is a very elusive and subtle one.


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