Well...Thanks to Brad you end up with a real question to wrestle with! This all controversy about Zen or not Zen on the internet is a real opportunity to check if we really grasp what the nature of the teacher and the teachings really are...Apparently a few of you are still a bit lost in fantasy land waiting for Master Yoda to appear, be close to you and guide you in the flesh. As Martin puts it so wisely'
We are not living in the past anymore, hermitages and old monasteries have all vanished but a few. The form of the teacher is more than ever irrelevant. The media is now, more than ever, irrevelant. They come in all shapes and forms, gently spoken with a beard, cuddly and round, thin and sharp, black and white, punck rock with a guitar, shaved and robed, women, men, japanese or not...But what is important?! I shall make it really clear in my next vid. But please, have a shot...What is a teacher? What is the essence of the teachings? And how can this not be transmited here and now through this media?Sometimes what matters is the connection, not how it's made.
The proof is just there in front of your eyes and in your heart-mind. And in the pudding. It happens everyday on Treeleaf. Now if you call Zen a Japanese form than you want to copy and imitate like the guys in France totally immersed in the Nippon trip and drunk with Sotoshu, well...No. If you think it has to do with fancy ceremonies, mysterious koans and kung Fu like episodes...no. If you want to sit your butt on a cushion, sew the kesa in the most remote places of this planet, listen to people sharing their experiences and interact with teachers, well...yes. If you want to find the teachers in your life in the form of the people dear to your heart, your peers and collegues, the situations of your life, and your most cherished foes, yes! Yes! Zen takes you to life as an expression of Buddha nature not to another big daddy or mumy that will give you a few sweets or smacks. The quality of the interaction is all that matters. And Jundo is a guy made of flesh and blood, not a virtual hologram.Brad Warner insists Zen can't be taught on the net.
and it can't.
other people say he is wrong.
The guys that have doubt are great, please invistigate further. This weed is precious. It tells you more about your practice and expectations than anything else, it reveals something you have to work with.
Come on, bring it on...What is the real nature of the teacher and the teachings?...