With no disrespect to Thich Nhat Hanh, he is a self-proclaimed
Buddhist so presumbably practices and teaches zen from a Buddhist
perspective. Buddhism recognizes karma so what else would you expect
The reason I post a lot about the the relationship between zen and
Buddhism is because most people believe they are one in the same, or
at least believe that zen is a sub-set of Buddhism, like Vipassana
Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism and Zen Buddhism. In
fact there are many flavors of Zen Buddhism: Japanese, Korean,
Chinese (Chan) and Vietnamese, the type of Zen Buddhism that Thich
Nhat Hanh teaches (I assume)is based on Theravada Buddhism.
I did mis-speak in one of my recent posts. Zen is not BIGGER than
Buddhsim or other religions. Zen is much, much SMALLER than these.
In my opinion zen is the essence of all of these. Buddhism, for
example, is the covering, the adornment, the presentation - and this
presentation can change from person to person and place to place.
I practice zen from only the perpective of Just THIS! There is no
karma in Just THIS! There is no like or not like in Just THIS!
There is no adornment or anything extra in Just THIS!
Apparently Lurking No More...Bill!
--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, "Mayka" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> With all my respect to you Bill but;
> Thich Nhat Hanh is a Venerable Zen Buddhist Master who was borne
> the zen spoon in his mouth. He is also one of the greates scholars
> of our time. But most important he is a person who have gained a
> very impresive profound understanding of zen practice. Yet, I
> never heard him the kind of comparations you often make between
> buddhism and zen. The fact that you need to compare this so often
> rings a bell of a kind of insecurity there.
> True that we don't like to talk about karma but there is no denial
> that Karma actually exists.
> It is a fact that OUR ACTIONS ARE OUR ONLY TRUE BELONGINGS. It is
> a matter that you believe this or not but a matter that you
> experience it. If you can't experience this it only means that
> instead of being engage in the self you went to the other opposite
> extreme and got dangerously engage with the non self. However if
> would go beyond of these pair of opposites then you'll see that
> interbeing with each other and therefore karma exists whether you
> like it or not.
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