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Soto Vs Rinzai


An interesting article on the main differences between the Soto and Rinzai schools of Zen.
Of course there are a lot more things they have have in common than they differ on.



  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    Soto Vs Rinzai

    For a moment I thought it was going to be a Zen Samurai warrior fight... ;) :lol:


    The Soto approach is to sit around and do absolutely nothing, ( the self gets bore and leaves) whilst the Rinzai approach is to f#*k with ones mind ( the self becomes so confused it eventually packs up and leaves) :) ...

    The end result both commit/lead to partial "Harakiri Egocide (leaving just enough ego to act as a convenient analytic device )...

    Different strokes (of the Samurai sword) for different (warrior) folks

  • paulysopaulyso usa Veteran

    that's wierd?i might be idiot savant zen guy.sometimes i sit and watch tv doing nothing in my teanage years.now i mind fuck my brain.but learning moderation.

  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    I find it very interesting, the different directions that Buddhism has evolved into over the centuries. Thanks for the article, it’s clarified a few things about how the Zen schools operate in Japan.

  • Shoshin is Zen for Beginners Mind. πŸ’šπŸ’š

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    @Hozan said:
    Shoshin is Zen for Beginners Mind. πŸ’šπŸ’š

    Bugger!!!....This means I'll have to start all over again ;)

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    Join the club...

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran
    edited November 2017

    Bugger is Zen for "This too shall pass" ;)

  • DavidDavid some guy Veteran
    edited November 2017

    You don't even want to know what my Mom told me it meant but I don't say it.

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