Being a member of many Zen Buddhist yahoo groups I noticed that many of
them are now suffocated by SPAM and also that there are many small and
inactive Zen Groups.
That's why I made new group called "ZenPaths" at
[EMAIL PROTECTED] ) which is not moderated but uses
moderation for new members just to be sure that they are not spammers.
I also sent this e-mail to some very good and active Zen (and Taoist)
groups because the purpose/description of this new group has some
differences and maybe some members are interested, sorry for disturbing
if not and sorry for those members who (like me) are members in many
groups and probably received this message more than once.
This is the group's description:
According to the patriarch Bodhidharma Zen Buddhism is:
"A special transmission outside the scriptures
No dependence upon words and letters
Direct pointing to the human mind
Seeing into one's own nature and attaining Buddhahood"
This group is for discussing all forms of Zen Buddhism (also known as
Chan (Ch'an), Seon (Son) and Thien) and it is also a place for Zen
Buddhists to communicate between them about whatever topics they find
In Buddhism it is said that there are 84000 gates to the Dharma, and the
fourth vow of a Bodhisattva is "I vow to penetrate dharma gates beyond
Zen Master Kuei-feng Tsung-mi classified the many Paths of Zen in 5 types:
1) Bompu - free from philosophic or religious content, used for physical
and mental health
2) Gedo - "outside way" or paths outside Buddhism like some Taoist,
Hindu and Confucian paths
3) Shojo - the Buddhist teachings aimed at taking one individual from
the state of delusion to the state of liberation, enlightenment
4) Daijo - the highest form of Zen Buddhism with the purpose of seeing
into your essential nature and realizing the Way in your daily life, the
Zen of Kensho and Satori
5) Saijojo - Zen Buddhism practiced without desire for gain or profit,
without any goal like Satori, because one already is a Buddha.
(which one of the last 2 is the highest form of Zen is seen differently
by different Zen schools like Rinzai and Soto).
This group is for all Zen Buddhist schools and traditions and in general
for all Paths of Zen like Philosophical Taoism, some Hindu teachings
like those of Nisargadatta and J. Krishnamurti, ancient Greek
philosophers like Socrates, the Stoics, Epircurus, Heraclitus with his
Logos and "Panta Rhei", etc.
Let's not get lost in words and discussions and forget that Zen is Zen
Practice and not dogma or theory, although speaking with mindfulness and
compassion is also a good Zen practice.
This group is not moderated, the moderation of new members is only to
Current Book Discussion: any Zen book that you recently have read or are
reading! Talk about it today!
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