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Jundo
09-28-2010, 02:34 PM
http://i.activemaniak.pl/activemaniak/2015/08/dobre-ksiazki-medium.jpgThe 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.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-02f3Ztt-I&feature=player_embedded

Remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 15 to 35 minutes is recommended.

Eugene
11-20-2013, 02:44 AM
Dear Jundo,

which book would be a right one for a beginner like me?
promise too keep making splashes in then water gassho2

eugene

Jundo
11-20-2013, 08:04 AM
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/showthread.php?5711-SUGGESTED-BOOK-LIST-for-TREELEAF-SANGHA

Gassho, Jundo

Joryu
04-04-2014, 03:23 AM
I was wishing for a book list....and there is one :)

gassho2

John Cloud
04-19-2014, 03:29 PM
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

Shugen
01-27-2015, 07:34 PM
Gassho,

Shugen

#sattoday

Byokan
02-25-2015, 06:07 PM
gassho2

Gassho
Lisa
sat today

Troy
06-16-2015, 05:18 PM
Gassho


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Jika
07-06-2015, 05:20 PM
gassho1

Gokai
03-10-2016, 04:31 PM
Thank you Jundo. Another great video.
I will continue to see the others on this topic.

Gassho
David

Sattoday

Bodhi
05-20-2016, 03:01 AM
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
SatThisDay


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Cyd
08-06-2016, 05:26 PM
Thank you Jundo,
on another great Talk
arm Chair Philosopher Been Guilty thats the past


Gassho
Cyd
Sat2day

Mitty-san
08-29-2016, 03:44 AM
Thanks, Jundo.

Sat today with this.

gassho1

SeaChel
02-02-2017, 07:41 PM
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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jmiller
03-24-2017, 05:30 AM
I really enjoyed this one. Thank you Jundo.

Gassho,
John Miller
Sat Today

Tom
03-24-2017, 06:53 AM
wisdom.org publications has decently-priced ebooks, SeaChel.

Tom
03-24-2017, 07:06 AM
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.

Jundo
03-24-2017, 01:54 PM
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

SatToday

Tom
03-25-2017, 05:04 AM
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.

Jundo
03-25-2017, 12:42 PM
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. :buddha:

Gassho, J

SatToday

Budo-Dan
06-19-2017, 09:48 PM
Is it OK to keep a note book? I'm writing things down to better learn and remember these lessons for future reference. Once again...thank you!

Dan

Jundo
06-20-2017, 12:55 AM
Is it OK to keep a note book? I'm writing things down to better learn and remember these lessons for future reference. Once again...thank you!

Dan

Of course!

In Zen, we "burn all the books." But that just means that there is a time to study and read them, a time to put them down and just sit or work, days to burn the books, days to reconstitute the ashes and read them again.

Even when reading or studying, do not get trapped in the words and philosophy, making it just an intellectual idea. See through the words and live the Practice.

Gassho, J

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Budo-Dan
06-20-2017, 01:07 AM
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Teiro
04-09-2019, 08:44 AM
Funnily enough I came across something about learning how to play the guitar yesterday. There are basically two kinds of ways on how to learn to play. One is the “classical” way. You learn mostly by and through music theory and sheet reading. The other one is to learn by ear and what others show you. Both will learn how to play the guitar eventually. However, both will probably be limited in how to express themselves on the guitar. The classically trained players may have problems to improvise, the others may lack the ability to tackle things they’ve never encountered before and cannot teach themselves by reading sheet music and so on. The most accomplished players are those who can do both. They know the theory behind what they hear and play and therefore can express themselves much better than any of the aforementioned.

I think it’s the same with reading books on Buddhism and “just” sitting. Reading gives depth to what you do.

Sorry for the long post...

Gassho
Teiro

Sat/Lah

Tairin
04-09-2019, 01:08 PM
Nice analogy Teiro. As a self taught guitarist who after years of stubbornness decided to learn a little theory I can very much relate to what you said.

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Tairin
Sat today and lah