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Zen Buddhist

Although my current affiliation is Pagan, my history is primarily Zen Buddhist.

I was confirmed as a Buddhist at age 17 by Rev. Ronald N. Thayer, Roshi.  Rev. Thayer founded the MaTaVa ecumenical sect of Buddhism and built a temple in Saginaw, Michigan.  It was known for having the largest Buddha-rupa in the United States.  I studied with Rev. Thayer for a number of years, and had permission to teach at age 19.

I taught a beginning Zen meditation course at Oberlin College for actual college credit. I studied for six months in 1976 at the San Francisco Zen Center, founded by Suzuki Roshi.  I studied there under Richard Baker Roshi.  Edward Espe Brown was an acquaintnce of mine.

At the SFZC I attended a lecture by Maezumi Roshi of Japan where I received transmission and lit incense with him.

I have attended several workshops led by Philip Kapleau Roshi, and a seven day sesshin at the Minneapolis Zen Center.

I have studied under Les Kaye of the Mountain View, California Zen community. 

I was a member of the Skyline Buddhist Retreat communal living center under Kobun Chino Sensei.  That community is now the Jukoji Retreat Center of Los Gatos California.

I have also attended several workshops and meditation groups in the Tantric Tradition.

I Love Buddhism.  It remains close to my heart, and I would be more than happy to answer any questions that might arise.

IceStoneTrue IceStoneTrue 54, F 8 Responses Nov 13, 2009

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And, what is your name?

I was raised by my Japanese grandmother. She was a Soto Zen Buddhist and I attended a Buddhist school grades 1-11. <br />
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You can call it a religion or philosophy or whatever you want. I call it a way of life. Nobody that has not lived a Zen life from childhood will ever understand what it means to walk the true path. I sit in meditation at least 2 hours every day.<br />
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When you can do nothing, what can you do?

Isn't Buddhism more of a philosophy than a religion? What's the difference between Taoism and Buddhism?

Again, my expertise is Zen, which strictly speaking isn't a religion, so there's no conflict with any of them.<br />
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I was the only Buddhist I knew who also believed in God. And I had a Jewish friend in college who also studied Zen and Kundalini Yoga. He was a hefty, strong-like-bull vegetarian we used as an example to people that vegetarian didn't mean scrawny.

SMILES CAN BE DANGEROUS<br />
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YOUR EASTERN PRETENSE<br />
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ONE PERSON TOLD ME NAMASTE MEANT "i WISH EVERY EVIL UPON YOU" AS AN EXPERT USER, ENLIGHTEN ME

*smiles*<br />
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Western minds!<br />
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Namaste

Yes, I know. But without credentials some won't even bother to ask. It reaches more people, final answer.

Why all the name dropping?