Thank you Donald for telling us about you.
With respect
--- In, donald hwong <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> 
> Hi Jennifer,
> You have asked where, what, how about Donald.  Since Fudo Sensei 
posted that he is more Asian than others.  The following is about me.
> I was born in Shanghai, raised in Taiwan, Catholic high schooled in 
Japan, EE at Berkeley in the 60s. with Buddhist Grandma, Protestan 
Father.  I loved Nietsche, Watts, Krishnamurti, as well as being a 
choir conductor at church.  Four different versions of Ave maria were 
hymmed constantly by me.  A sort of realy mixed up, jammed together 
but happy go lucky fellow most of the time.  Deep down, I know there 
is an answer for all my questions somewhere.  There is got to be 
something more than just living happily.
> Then I encountered, "Learn without words. Transmit without 
formality."  These words made more sense to me than most of the 
philosophers, bibles, theories, religions, etc.  These words sort of 
combined all of them together.   It was from a Taiwanese School of 
Chan (pronounced Zen in Japan).
> I was then taught and practiced Sitting Zen (exact same Chinese 
characters as Zazen in Japanese).  I practiced nothing but Sitting 
for three years in Los Angeles, taught by one of our Master's 
disciple, Jue Miao Young Lian(age 69). This Sitting of ours, is very 
demanding with detailed charts, procedures and energy flows. 
(Available on our website)
> In these years of half lotus, I witness changes in many 
practitioners, some physical, some mental, some spiritual.  Being an 
engineering major, I tried hard to apply logic to explain everything 
that I have witnessed.  But I was not successful.  There were too 
many phenomenon just can not be explained by logic, science, words.  
In general, those who do practice dilligently do become happier, 
healthier and easier to be with, including myself. 
> It took me four years, to have my internal Chi flowing to all my 
chakras and channels without obstruction. Then the concept 
of "Purity, Wisdom, Consummation and Enlightenment" was taught to me. 
These are our guidelines to our own enlightenment. I guess I was 
considered ready to begin the practice of fulfillment, consummation 
and carrying the karma of others.
> For the first fifteen years, our Master taught only Sitting Zen  
and these four words. Without any sutras, because without having a 
somewhat clean body and mind to receive, words can be confusing, 
interpretive and even self-serving. Words and concepts are dangerous 
and do create karma.
> Even after I was ordained to be a teacher, I am still reminded to 
beware of the Eight Winds.  The bigger the Buddha, the bigger the 
> As you can perceive by now, our school is very rigid and 
structured.  Everything is well defined.  Yet to understand, to 
witness and to absorb the Dharma requires effort, dedication, 
fortitude, etc. (Six Acts of Perfection)
> In our school, we talk less and Sit More.  You may probably notice 
that I often say, "Practice and you shall witness."  It also means, 
don't think, don't analyze, don't argue, just experience through your 
spirit(or chi).
> We are each Buddha within.  Each school is different.  Karma and 
Cause & Effect (not words, but witness) placed each of us at 
different schools.  These are our journey and our challenge.
> As long as we remain an open heart, we shall be able to live 
through every word in Diamond Sutra.  Diamond Sutra like Heart Sutra 
are not just guidelines to be studied, chanted or analyzed, they are 
also our experiences.
> Chan is well defined in our school.  It is the life force and 
wisdom of the universe.  It is to be connected to and synchronized 
with.  We all can.  Just have to practice.
> With Best Intentions To Everyone,
> _/\_
> Jue Miao Jing Ming (My Dharma Name)
> ---------------------------------
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