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Title: A Spirit of Reverence Shared by Lama Surya Das with complete credit to John Blofeld


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A Spirit of Reverence Shared by Lama Surya Das
with complete credit to John Blofeld
  • A Zen pupil articulates the variances between
    your conceptual and also ritual portions of
    practice. This content was basically brought to
    our notice by Lama Surya Das who's an American
    lama inside the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He's
    a poet, chant master, religious activist and also
    author of many well-known works on Buddhism a
    meditation instructor along with spokesperson for
    Buddhism in the western world. Lama Surya Das
    keeps us current regarding the a variety of areas
    of Buddhism and meditation often with his own
    discourse and often via articles as well as
    content that sheds light on Buddhism. This piece
    on Buddhism is produced by John Blofeld a
    scholar, writer, along with translator of Asian
    philosophy and religion, in particular Buddhism
    and Taoism. Read on to acquire more information
    about Buddhism and also the variances between the
    conceptual along with ritual components of
    practice.

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Since Buddhism arrived in the West, inevitably a
lot of people have felt, Zazen is good,
compassion is good, self-discipline is nice, why
all this bowing and incense? To whom would you
offer incense along with flowers? For this many
of the Buddhists of the past and all sorts of
Asian ?Buddhists nowadays could answer with 1
voice Dear friends, a spirit of reverence is
very important to effective practice. Without it,
enlightenment can not be acquired! Prostrations
and also offerings usually are admittedly simply
forms-just a person's technique for articulating
what cats express by rubbing themselves alongside
a beloved persons legs. If it were natural for
individuals to stand on their heads or stick out
their rumps to express reverence, then Buddhists
could stand on their own heads as well as stick
out their rumps as a matter of course. Kinds
usually do not matter by themselves, but the
attitude of mind represented by prostrations and
so forth is of fantastic relevance to followers
of the Way. My Tibetan lama advised me at a very
early stage of my training Ignorant people
follow the perspective of subject to king before
a Buddha statue. Higher-level practice is
conducted witout a doubt within the intellect.
But even if you attain the maximum level-hard in
fact to arrive at in one lifetime-you need to
day-to-day alternate formless, wordless,
above-conceptual exercise with bowing down as
well as making offerings.
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Under no circumstances fail in that. My Chinese
Chan (Zen) coach informed me In between your
rounds of meditation, exercise bowing, supplying
incense, as well as making circumambulations. In
case you have no spirit of respect, hardly any
feeling of awe for all that lies beyond the
confines of that miserably circumscribed illusion
you suppose to be your me, you will earn hardly
any development. Why? Because as soon as your
practice improves, you will reflect I did
better within my meditation just now and by so
pondering fall back to the lowest level of
ignorance on account of the actual consequent
inflation of your devilish I! Those Zen monks
who stated, Meet the Buddha, kill the Buddha as
well as recommended employing Buddha figures as
firewood and so on had been talking not to
Americans or to new Buddhists but to Chinese or
Japanese Zen followers who could possibly be
counted upon to know the meaning of these
guidance, which truly amounted to this Never
for 1 moment guess that veneration of sutras or
perhaps images is of much use in itself, thus
dont let it replace the rest of your current
practice, as unaware people usually do. I doubt
if it actually entered those monks minds that
one day there would be individuals in the world
who would take these kind of powerful (as well as
amusing) injunctions actually!
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If it is wrong to have and to symbolize
perceptions of reverence, awe, and gratitude by
prostrations and also offerings, then almost all
Buddhists have been wrong because the dharma was
first preached in this current kalpa 2,500 plus
more years ago. Can it be probable that those
hundreds of millions of people at all levels of
dedication to the practice we so significantly
value included not one man or woman of correct
understanding until finally Buddhism reached
America? Article Source - https//lamasuryadasmar
ried.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/a-spirit-of-reverenc
e-provided-by-lama-surya-das-with-entire-credit-to
-john-blofeld/
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