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Thread: Buddha-Basics (Part IV) — Viewing Right

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    Buddha-Basics (Part IV) — Viewing Right

    The first branch of the ‘”Eightfold Path is Right View (sometimes called Right Perspective or Right Understanding)…
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    That is: to study and to come to understand the world through fundamental Buddhist perspectives and philosophies, and to make those ways of seeing a natural part of one’s life. The Four Noble Truths, The Eightfold Path, The Precepts, Impermanence, the Middle Way, Non-existence of the “self,” Cause and Effect, Dependent Co-Origination, Buddhist views on time, life and death, the workings of the senses and mind… the words and insights of the Buddha and later teachers… the list goes on… (In fact, all that’s the subject of this “Buddha-Basics” series!) Our Zazen Practice brings life to these doctrines, while each doctrine helps give shape and meaning to our Zazen.
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    But “Zen” is also said to be “a special transmission outside the scriptures, not dependent on words and letters,” with legends of old Zen masters burning their Buddhist philosophy books. So: which view of “right view” is right?

    CLICK HERE for today’s Sit-A-Long video.



    Remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 15 to 35 minutes is recommended.
    Last edited by Jundo; 02-03-2017 at 02:06 AM.

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    Dear Jundo,

    which book would be a right one for a beginner like me?
    promise too keep making splashes in then water

    eugene

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    Hi Eugene,

    We have a recommended book list for books about Shikantaza, Soto Zen, Zen and Buddhism. The ones with ** are recommended for new folks. One might just pretty much read right down the list of those.

    http://www.treeleaf.org/forums/showt...REELEAF-SANGHA

    Gassho, Jundo
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    I was wishing for a book list....and there is one


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    Thank you dear teacher Jundo .
    Very right . Buddhism is like swim . You can't learn swim from books you need to get to the water .

    Gassho

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    Gassho
    Lisa
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    Gassho


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    Thank you Jundo. Another great video.
    I will continue to see the others on this topic.

    Gassho
    David

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    Thank you Jundo! This video really helps my view on some questions.

    It sounds like Zazen isn't all I need to do, and perhaps enlightenment won't arrive simply by picking up a leaf of grass. I might need to (un)learn a thing or two.

    Gassho,
    Jason
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    Thank you Jundo,
    on another great Talk
    arm Chair Philosopher Been Guilty thats the past


    Gassho
    Cyd
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    Thanks, Jundo.

    Sat today with this.

    _/\_
    Paul

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    This is definitely something that I have been working on. Trying to get off my phone and open a book. I am looking to read down the list of books hopefully I will find them affordably.

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    I really enjoyed this one. Thank you Jundo.

    Gassho,
    John Miller
    Sat Today

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    wisdom.org publications has decently-priced ebooks, SeaChel.

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    Jundo,
    How much does a command of Japanese or Chinese help with learning the teachings? And do you need to study the old dialects, the way one would with Beowulf or struggle with Chaucer?
    Gassho
    Tom
    Sat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom View Post
    Jundo,
    How much does a command of Japanese or Chinese help with learning the teachings? And do you need to study the old dialects, the way one would with Beowulf or struggle with Chaucer?
    Gassho
    Tom
    Sat.
    Oh, no! There is more available in English now, and better translations, then in the entire history of Buddhism for 2500 years. I do not exaggerate. The old Chinese, Japanese, Sanskrit or Pali words are good to look up the odd bit of history now and then, but these days one can find the translation for most things already artfully done.

    I am glad I speak Japanese, but I would not call it necessary. Maybe 99% of the Zen Teachers in the west these days do not.

    Gassho, J

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    Last edited by Jundo; 03-24-2017 at 02:08 PM.
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    Still, it must be nice to look up old Japanese sutras and texts and be able to read them. As for the translations in English, my what times we live in and my what a debt we have to the first generation of teachers and translators in the last 200 years.
    Tom
    Gassho,
    Sat today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom View Post
    Still, it must be nice to look up old Japanese sutras and texts and be able to read them. As for the translations in English, my what times we live in and my what a debt we have to the first generation of teachers and translators in the last 200 years.
    Tom
    Gassho,
    Sat today.
    Before Nishijima Roshi translated the Shobogenzo into English, he first had published a translation into Japanese! (Yes, from classical Japanese which is almost impossible for Japanese to read today, into modern Japanese). Classical Japanese for modern Japanese folks is even harder than a modern American reading Shakespeare without footnotes, and even in modern Japanese Dogen is ... well ... not a walk in the park. And, of course, even back in Dogen's day, the average Japanese struggled to understand Chinese in much the same way that you and I might struggle as English speakers with French (have to guess at the words which are vaguely similar). That assumes, of course, that folks were even literate in their own language! What is more, almost nobody in Japan or China understood Sanskrit or Pali, so they could only read mediocre translations of the few Indian texts available.

    And they didn't have big libraries of cheap paperbacks, not to mention the internet to download!

    In other words ... you and I have it so much better than Buddhist monks of the past ever did.

    And, of course, there is that whole Face of our Way that is beyond words and texts anyway.

    Gassho, J

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    Last edited by Jundo; 03-25-2017 at 12:50 PM.
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