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KO'Neill: Vipassana/Zazen

To: alt.magick.tyagi,talk.religion.buddhism,alt.meditation.vipassana,alt.zen
From: (nagasiva)
Subject: KO'Neill: Re: Vipassana/Zazen
Date: 1 Oct 1995 01:18:04 -0700

[from alt.philosophy.zen: (Ken O'Neill)]

[some deleted; cc'd to soc.religion.eastern (]

How did we get to calling bodhi and nirvana "Enlightenment." Oddly enough, 
Sanskrit and Chinese have no capital letters. 

Early interpreters of buddhadharma (there's no Buddhism either) lived in the 
wake of the famous 18th century - the period we call "The Enlightenment." 
Somehow that was superimposed on buddhadharma.

Nirvana means to extinguish - not the passions, but the source of misdirected 
passion - avidya, or witlessness. Or in Chiense, mumyo - not bright. Ignorance 
is not supported in original languages.

Nor is "right". You know right. As in the 8fold path, starting with 
samyakdrsti/shoken - "right views." BS. both the Skt and Ch mean full or 
complete. Of course they do. The unregenerate human condition and convention 
of mumyo/avidya is asleep at the wheel, running forever on blindness. Give it 
vision, give it imagation. Give it the full picture and the problems take care 
of themselves.

Key words to buddhadharma are these: awakening/waking up, 
naturalness/spontaneity (jinen), nondual liberation (vimoksha versus hindu 
moksha (dual)), and mugyo - NOT practice/not goal.

Hope this is yeast for sake making fermentation.

Gassho and yours in hannyato (prajna water - sake),

Ken O'Neill, Kyoshi
White Lotus Society

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