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Question for the Master

My sister, who is a priestess and teacher at Great Vow Zen Monastery; wrote to me with an intriguing project. Alison's sect of Zen, the Rinkai sect, emphasizes koan as a means to contemplate the Way. Her teacher is particularly fond of koans, and she herself is fond of them. But what if the student were to ask questions of the master?

She is writing a book of questions for a Zen master. So. If you were sitting with an enlightened Zen master, and could ask one question -

What would that question be?

I'll pass your questions along to her. If you'd like proper attribution, include your real name (or email it to me privately at davy dot krieger $$$**at))*+( gmail DOT com )


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 16th, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC)
How good was your breakfast this morning?
May. 16th, 2006 08:10 pm (UTC)
The question I'd ask?:


But I suppose that's not specific enough.
May. 17th, 2006 02:03 am (UTC)
What is the critical shortcoming of Zen Buddhism?
May. 17th, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)
Oh Master- What is the Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything?

But only to see if he would answer 42!

Though it would be super cool to have a real answer.
May. 17th, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)
Wow, I have a few.

Do you Buddha was misinterpreted with the phrase "Life is suffering"? To me, Life does not equal suffering; it is Fear that makes one suffer. Life itself is merely the experience of love or fear. So, I suppose, how does a Zen Master justify the major tenet of Buddhism that life is suffering?

What correlations can one draw between the teachings of Buddha and prophets of other religions? Would the prophets of other religions be considered bodhisattvas? I don't mean modern fundementalist intepretations, but the true spirit of their teachings.

Is it possible to experience enlightenment by living a "normal" life (house, family, job, etc)? Is there more than one way to experience Zen? How would you recommend the "every man" follow the practices of Zen?
May. 17th, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC)
Al!c!A M!+sch
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