I have been dancing off and on with Zen for about 15 years with the last two 
settling in to what is now twice daily zazen sitting. I thought I'd share with 
you some of the mileposts along my journey.
  One of the first schools I encountered was that of Pen Chi Chiung P'ing (I 
think that's the correct Wade-Giles for it). They had the habit of congregating 
near really high bridges. I liked them because they were the closest to Western 
philosophy-they reminded me a lot of Soren Kierkegaard,always talking about 
taking leaps of faith over and over again. But I decided to try elsewhere 
because they never seemed to get anywhere.
  Next, I discovered a school that tried to combine Zen and Tantra. I remember 
there were three main teachers Zen Master Pei T'e, Zen Master Pei Hsiung, and 
Zen Master Pei T'ing (again I'm guessing at the correct Wade-Giles).They must 
have been centered in some temple named Pei. I got a lot from them but decided 
to move on when it seemed like they were a little too in to solitary 
  Then I tried the works of those two 9th century masters Seppo and Ganto. I 
found they had 3 other lesser known Dharma Brothers- I couldn't find their 
Japanese versions but the Wade-Giles were Zen Masters Ha P'ou, Ch'i K'ou, and 
some foreign guy they called Kao Ch'ou. Ha P'ou would teach using silence as an 
answer to every question. You've heard of Chao Chou's Dog, Nansen's Cat, and 
Pai Chang's Fox? Ch'i K'ou was most famous for a koan involving a duck and a 
very wise lesson in equanimity. I can't remember all of it, but at the end he 
asked the question "Why not a goose or a chicken?" Most intimate.
  Now, I'm deeply engrossed in the teachings of the San Sa T'u Cha School. I 
love the three main teachers: Zen Masters La Ji, Mou, and (my favorite) K'ih Li 
Chou. I've written before about Gutei's one-finger Zen. Zen Master Mou was most 
famous for his two-finger Zen. Many is the time he would kindly use his 
two-fingers to open the Dharma Eyes of his two brothers to grant them immense 
kensho experiences. And you all remember that Master who awakened upon hearing 
the hollow sound produced by a rock hitting bamboo? That couldn't begin to 
compare with the many kensho experiences all three masters would have upon 
hearing the hollow sound produced by a brick hitting their own heads. Most 
intimate. I have a feeling I can learn a lot from these guys.
  I'll keep you posted on my future progress.

Endymion <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
            I always try to take to Heart-Mind my favorite saying from the 
noted Japanese Soto Zen Master Tsunomono Ohitashi:
  All right Suckas: BENDOWA and take the Dharma like a man. Then sit down, shut 
up, and just DO the fukan Zazengi!!

      From: "anatmanwave" <---And Al, how would you know that?>

My study of Zen is limited to Japanese samurai movies and especially the
Blind Samurai (Zatoichi).

I choose not to read zen books any more. I gave many away and sold the rest
on ebay. Zatoichi is easier to understand and much more entertaining than
Bankei or Dogen.

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