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    Re: A New Zen is Appearing

    Interesting text, Will. Thanks for sharing.
    Not sure how new is this "new zen" really. The shift towards laicity of going beyond "just enlightment" sound like common concepts now in most Buddhist schools, not only Zen...
    That makes me think about the expression "American Buddhism". Probably it was key that zen masters travel to the West during the 20th Century in order to change some core ideas of how to practice Buddhism, but I'd say that this flavor of "American Buddhism" is really global now, and most Buddhist schools, either in the East or the West don't make becoming monks as something mandatory for practice and defend a more socially engaged and compassionate Buddhism. I'm sure there are still hardcore zen centers that only accept people with the desire to become monks, but I'd also say that they are becoming less and less frequent.
    So the future of Buddhism is here with us at Treeleaf! No school is more global than ours

    Gassho

    Rimon

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    Re: A New Zen is Appearing

    Actually, I posted this while running out the door to Beijing yesterday. Personally, I found it quite informative, especially for some who might get the wrong idea about what the whole Zen thing is, and how it originated.

    Gassho Thank you for your practice

    Will

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    Re: A New Zen is Appearing

    This is interesting, thank you for posting it.

    There is a Kwan Um teacher somewhere around me that I meant to visit sometime, but haven't gotten around to it. I can't wrap my mind around koan work -- I just don't get it, but would like to understand it and its importance to its practitioners sometime.

    gassho
    Julia

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    Re: A New Zen is Appearing

    Quote Originally Posted by murasaki
    This is interesting, thank you for posting it.

    There is a Kwan Um teacher somewhere around me that I meant to visit sometime, but haven't gotten around to it. I can't wrap my mind around koan work -- I just don't get it, but would like to understand it and its importance to its practitioners sometime.

    gassho
    Julia
    Love seung sahn. Really do. Can't speak for all of the teachers in Kwan Um / how such a large organization functions (hopefully slowly, mindfully, and independently) but from what I gather koan work is something like this in Kwan Um:

    How does your wall look today? How are your legs feeling?

    Something like our practice, with a bit more enigmatic answers and shouts, but really that's life anyway

    Enjoy your my our Genjokoan,
    Taylor

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