Thank you for your very candid and profound post. I appreciate your
sharing with the forum your admiration for Thich Nhat Hanh. You are
representing him and his teachings very, very well.
Please remember that I don't get your posts in my email, and I don't
always check the website. So, if you have a post you want to direct
specifically to me or to assure my awareness of the post, please
email it to me directly as you have in the past.
My comments are embedded in your post below:
--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, "Mayka" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> 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
> 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
> 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
> multi remarkable skills is to reduce to the minimum the use of
> that can create distraction in the mind and using words that are
> simple but a smack to the intelectual mind, individualism and ego.
> person who is looking for sophisticated discourses and candy words
> would find Thic Nhat Hanh tedious and boring. Or on the other
> 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
> 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
> and real in him. He never talks about something that he has not
> experiencing first by himself.
Thank you again for your vivid description of Thich Nhat Hanh and
your impression of him. He is honored to have you as a student.
One of the things you've said above rings especially true for this
forum: living dharma cannot be expressed by words alone - especially
in only written text. It's only from face-to-face contact with some
as you describe that you can fully appreciate their total absorption
in the dharma.
> The tradition he teaches I'm not sure but I'm under the impresion
> that has its roots in Mahayana Buddhism.
Zen Buddhism does have it's roots in Mahayana Buddhism. Some beleive
Zen is a type of Mahayana Buddhism, and some beleive Zen is the
evolution (culmination) of Mahayana Buddhim and is a branch of its
own. I assum Thich Nhat Hanh being Vietnamese would have grown up
under the influence of Theravada Buddhism, but anyway Theravada is
not mutually exclusive from Mahayana Buddhsim.
As you and I both know and have said repeatedly, none of these names
or terms are really important. I usually only bring these up in
response to someone else's post referring to some specific type of
Buddhism. I'm not really overly concerned with Buddhism. All you
Buddhists can give it what ever names, and divide it up into whatever
categories you want.
> 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 know what you say is true. Most people (99.9%?) inextricably
assocaiate zen and Buddhism. Some think it is just one of the many
branches of Buddhism. Some, like the Vispassana Buddhists here in
Thailand, think Zen is not a part of Buddhism at all - more like a
cult, a derranged and impure psuedo-Buddhism. Some think of Zen as
the culmination of all Buddhism - the most pure form.
I think of zen as pre-dating Buddhism, Hinduism, Judiasm,
Christianity and all other religions. I think of zen as the core of
most other religions, and these other religions, including Buddhism,
are zen with a lot of extra crap stuck all over it. In a lot of the
religions the extra crap is so thick that the zen core is totally
obsucured. I do think that in Zen Buddhism, even with all the crap
attached, at least the zen core is recognizable and accessible.
>I like from it [Bill's zen practice] 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
> 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
> 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.
I also feel a close connection with you, even though we often
disagree, or at least seem to disagree. I respect your perspective
and enjoy your posts.
> You say that you practice from the perspective "Just This".
> This" can not exist without "Just That".
Your statement above is actually true. As soon as you say 'this',
you imply there is a 'that'. This is a good example of dualistic
thinking, but something that is all but impossible to extract from
our language. Language ASSUMES and is based on dualism. This is why
zen masters often refrain from giving language-based answers to
questions like 'What is Buddha Nature?'. As soon as you open your
mouth to speak, you're lost. So what do they do?
Sometimes they do use language, but in such a non-ordinary way that
the listener cannot take their reponose literaly. Examples of these
are 'mu', or 'the cypress tree in the garden', or 'dried shit on a
stick'. Sometimes they just yell something that is not a word at
all, like 'Katz!' or 'Wah!'. Since these are not words they cannot
be misunderstood. Sometimes they don't speak but just slap the
floor, or turn around and walk away. They do avoid using ordinary
langauage if at all possible.
If you and I were face-to-face and your were to ask me about Buddha
Nature I would not say 'Just THIS!'. I would demostrate Buddha
Nature. The best way I figured out how to do this in writing like on
this forum is to type Just THIS!
> zen or buddhism are not bigger or smaller. They may be different
> ways in which the dharma is transmitted and nothing else.
When I say zen is smaller than Buddhism, I mean zen is the core and
Buddhism (or Hinduism or Christianity) is the packaging. Like zen is
the marrow and Buddhsim is the bone which contains but hides the
marrow, or maybe even Buddhism is the entire body. It's hard to get
to the marrow if you have to hack through the body and the bone.
> 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
El gusto es mio...
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