Hi Al,

Many schools have lost its transmission.  Most transmit with formalities 
only.  Sitting Chan is now often just a mental balancing act.  The 
spiritual power of Chan disappeared from too many schools and practices. 
True teachers are hard to find in this "Dark Ages" of Buddhism.

An enlightened teacher teaches direct and absolute Dharma.  What does 
that mean?  This Dharma is the universal Dharma whether spoken or none 
spoken, whether is called Dharma or not.  It is everywhere in our lives 
and at every moment. It is always there.

The challenge is really in the recipient. In order to receive it, we 
have to sync to it without any attitude whatsoever.  "See" through all 
forms to its essence, its originality, its cause and cause of causes.

No matter what attitude, joke like yours, comparison, categorization, 
are all fruits of our active mind.  They are all practices for the 
conscious domain, which Chan is not.  Chan exists only in the spiritual 

Just quiet our mind.  We could then be connected with the Universal life 
force and wisdom, or Chan, or Zen, or God, or Ala, or whatever.

It is not hard, just practice.

Al wrote:
> From: "Jue Miao Jing Ming" <> True teachers exist only if our hearts
> resonate with they existences.
> >
> Let the true teachers step forth. If you are a teacher, then someone has
> recognized your teaching skills. That is not meant with disrespect to the
> many who have given their hearts and souls and who are honest.
> However, there is a big difference between those who have received
> professional training at a zen temple and everyone else.
> If you go to a hospital, you want the specialist to treat you. If you 
> are at
> the internet zen forum, it would be helpful if we had some professionals
> among us for some occasional guidance.
> Of course, for most of the past nine years we have been without guidance,
> and there are many who have felt enriched by the participation.
> Best wishes,
> Al

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