I have no idea if Thich Nhat Hanh is a self proclaimed Buddhist or
not. Knowing him a little bit I can not see him doing any
proclamation about anything for he's a very wise, sweet, humble
profoundly peaceful man. I know about him that he has turn round the
dharma wheel and created a new way slightly different way tradition
from the tradition he comes from. This is natural, the dharma is
something alive which comes first from guiding books and education
and becames through daily direct experience practice a living dharma.
I can say for sure about him that whatever he teaches is something
that he has experienced first by himself. He won't ever talk about
something that he has not experienced first. In fact one amongst his
multi remarkable skills is to reduce to the minimum the use of words
that can create distraction in the mind and using words that are very
simple but a smack to the intelectual mind, individualism and ego. A
person who is looking for sophisticated discourses and candy words
would find Thic Nhat Hanh tedious and boring. Or on the other hand,
a perosn who can also be intelectual but has reached to conclusion
that intelectuality can be a boundary when this is not used in the
appropiate way, then that person, if receptive enough, would find
Thich Nhat Hanh a very enlightened person.
My direct experience about him is that he is a living Buddha. I can
sense, touch and see that in all his body language, his living
dharma, his energy, in each action he does.... When he pass on his
dharma he doesn't pass on just words but also pass on his direct
experience about it!. So the words become like something very lively
and real in him. He never talks about something that he has not
experiencing first by himself.
The tradition he teaches I'm not sure but I'm under the impresion
that has its roots in Mahayana Buddhism.
I have never hear before zen without the influence of buddhism or
having as buddhism in its root. Interesting also the simplicity you
seem to follow your own practice. I like from it how direct is and
its simplicity. I also like from it how open is to criticism, and
the fact that one can talk about positve things and negative things
happening to one in a very open way. In constrast to the profound
wisdom from Thich Nhat Hanh I have always found difficult to relate
myself in the non monastic sanghas due to its kind of Disneyland way
of doing. I certainly share with you that as a practicioner I don't
like to wave but to deal with what it comes as it comes alone.
Though, I do lack of the mental stability over my emotions and
solidity you seem to have.
You say that you practice from the perspective "Just This". But "Just
This" can not exist without "Just That".
zen or buddhism are not bigger or smaller. They may be different
ways in which the dharma is transmitted and nothing else.
I'm truly happy to see you active in the list. Sorry if we can't
help oneselves by letting you lurking. I suppose we all miss you
very much. The zen forum is not the same without you, JM, Mike,
A respectuos bow to you
--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, "Bill Smart" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> 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
> from him?
> 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,
> at least believe that zen is a sub-set of Buddhism, like Vipassana
> Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism and Zen Buddhism.
> 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
> In my opinion zen is the essence of all of these. Buddhism, for
> example, is the covering, the adornment, the presentation - and
> 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" <flordeloto@> 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
> > 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
> > 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
> > 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.
> > Mayka
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