Wed, Jan 09 Jeff ([EMAIL PROTECTED]net) wrote:
for your reply. I have come across the Zen view that, as you
"you don't have to understand anything". Why, though, did Thich
Hanh, a Zen Buddhist, deal with this "no birth-no death" in his
The impression I got was that one should contemplate "no birth-
death" as a core concept of Buddhism. If it is a core Buddhist
is the Zen concept ("you don't need to understand")at odds
really don’t know the answer to that question. You’d have to
ask Thich Nhat Hanh. If you ever do I’d like to know what his
of the primary tenets of zen is ‘mind-to-mind transmission’. The
usual example of this is the story of Gautama Buddha setting up to
a large gathering of his followers, and instead of speaking he just
held up a
flower. One of his students, Mahakashyapa, smiled indicating he had
Buddha’s teachings. He became the first Patriarch of zen.
Many teachers refrain from teaching zen using concepts or even words
directly about zen because of their fear of confusing the student.
is often referred to as ‘the finger pointing to the moon’.
The saying pertinent to this is: don’t mistake the finger [pointing to
the moon] for the moon. Don’t mistake the teaching tools or words
for Buddha Mind. Don’t think you ‘understand’,
therefore you are enlightened. Understanding has nothing (directly) to
with Buddha Mind.
my opinion Thich Nhat Hanh is like a overly-doting grandmother who
gives her children
candy as a bribe so they will do their chores, in spite of knowing full
the candy is really not good for them. Shame on him!