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Offline Dharmakara

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Satori and the Moral Dimension of Enlightenment
« on: August 22, 2014, 07:34:32 am »
Satori and the Moral Dimension of Enlightenment

Abstract: This essay addresses the question posed by Brian Victoria's description of "moral blindness" in twentieth-century Japanese Zen masters by claiming that since Zen monastic training does not include practices of reflection that cultivate the moral dimension of life, skill in this dimension of human character was not considered a fundamental or necessary component of Zen enlightenment. The essay asks what an enlightened moral sensitivity might require, and concludes in challenging the Zen tradition to consider re-engaging the Mahāyāna Buddhist practices of reflection out of which Zen originated in order to assess the possible role of morality in its thought and practice of enlightenment.

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Re: Satori and the Moral Dimension of Enlightenment
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2014, 03:58:41 pm »
my teacher often talks about "wisdom work" and "character work"  she says if you work on one it does help with the other, but it is possible to be unbalanced, in japan, and china, there is a tendency to focus all on the wisdom side of things, the enlightenment effort, which can lead to very awakened aware people who are wide open to the nature of themselves and their universe, but blind to their own character flaws, their own darkened corners where suffering morphs into bad negative choices that harm others.  This can be seen with very well respected teachers who become involved in sexual transgressions with students (most common with japanese teachers in the US).

At the monastery where i live my teachers focus as much on character work as wisdom work.  (I'll also say, when you live in close quarters with other people in an intensive spiritual training environment, you are forced to learn how to treat people well in order to maintain social harmony)

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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2014, 01:48:21 pm »
It is unlikely there is any "Zen" (jhana) or enlightenment occurring when immorality is occurring.

When true samadhi manifests, taking moral precepts or making moral aspirations is unnecessary because the samadhi mind itself is absent of the type of judgments & insensitivities that give rise to immoral (hurtful; harmful) actions.

The samadhi mind itself requires no moral training because it itself is morally sensitive.

Where there is "Zen" & immorality there only is role playing & power politics.

It is important to understand that esoteric philosophy can fully be used supersttitiously.


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