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Does Buddhism Teach Nihilism?

I saw an article on the Internet about the fact that Buddhism is compared to solipsism or nihilism. In particular, they talked about Japanese and Chinese Buddhism, since the teachings of Yogacara are ...
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What did Dogen think a miracle was?

Dogen, Shobogenzo #26 Guishan is the thirty-seventh ancestor, a direct descendant of Shakyamuni Buddha. He was a dharma heir of Bhaizhang, Zen Master Dazhi, Today buddha ancestors in the ten ...
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Can the "Senika heresy" be useful?

The Rhetoric of Immediacy: A Cultural Critique of Chan/Zen Buddhism By Bernard Faure p60 (I've not read this book) links it to linji ("the true man without affairs") Wiki says In his later years ...
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Did Gudo Wafu Nishijima claim that there will be no pain for anyone after death?

Gudo Wafu Nishijima (incidentally Brad Warner's teacher) the soto monk, claimed that sentient beings in pain are just in hell, and hell is a supposition. I take this to mean that pain occurs without ...
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Does Dogen bring good news?

As I understand it, Dogen says that, at least for those new to seated meditation, there is no enlightenment outside seated meditation. Well, to me that if true that's awful! No speech, no writing, no ...
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Does everyone need to sit, even zen masters, especially according to Soto zen?

Does everyone need to sit, even zen masters, especially according to Soto zen? Or are certain highly accomplished meditators incapable of experiencing scattered thoughts?
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Length of daily meditation (Soto zen)

Most Soto Zen sources that I've seen advise daily Zazen, preferably when first rising and before going to bed. However, few make reference to a length of time. The only one I remember says half an ...
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The mind during Shikantaza

In Soto-Zen Buddhism there is a sitting meditation known as Shikantaza which is the art of just-sitting. My question, what techniques are given to Soto-Zen practitioners to prevent the mind from being ...
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What does dogen's genjo-koan mean?

What does the genjo-koan means? Especially: To study the buddha way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things. When ...
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What does "joy" mean in the phrase "dharma gate of great ease and joy"

Dogen's zazengi says Zazen is the dharma gate of great ease and joy What does the term "joy" mean here? And if I can feel something like that without zazen, should I cultivate it? As well as ...
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Is this a passable translation of Dogen's "without thinking"?

His, Dogen's, Fukanzazengi, says Think of not-thinking. How do you think of not-thinking? Be before thinking. These are the basics of zazen. I haven't, I think, been formally taught zazen. But ...
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Are there any strict Soto Zen teachers online that I could listen to?

Recently, I have become interested in Soto Zen. I would like to go to a Soto Zen center, but I live to far away from one. This leaves me with the option for listening to online talks. Are there any ...
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Do the scholastic sects say that chan practice is something separate from themselves?

Dogen famously said that there are no Buddhist schools, and the idea there is [this or that Buddhist school] is the creation of demons, etc. [Dogen's Eihei Koroku, discourse 7.491, reads:] The ...
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Does Jukai imply a student commitment to the preceptor?

I'm sitting with a bunch of people (and have been for quite a while now), and I want to deepen my practice. I want to make a commitment, primary to myself, to stay on track and want to take Jukai (...
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