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Koan and Text Study are one of the 6 Core Practices at Zen Garland, the others being Zazen, Study with a Zen Teacher, Embodiment, Focusing, and Service.
EARLY INDIAN BUDDHISM
This is the first of our Four Core Courses in Buddhist Studies, part of our Core Practices, shared by all practitioners and all Paths at Zen Garland. The class is available on site or through a conference call connection for distant participants.
This class will include lecture and discussion on the life of Siddhartha Gautama, Shakyamuni Buddha, his teachings and the development of the 16 early Buddhist schools.
Learn key terms and concepts that persist and reappear in all schools of Buddhism in all Buddhist cultures over the past 2500 years and appear here and now in your practice:
• The four Noble Truths
• The Eight-fold Path
• The Three Marks of Existence
• The Twelve-fold Chain of Causation
• Ethics and the Vinaya
• Methods of Meditation: mindfulness (sati), mental concentration or absorption (samatha, samadhi) and insight into the naure of things (vipassana)
LATER INDIAN BUDDHISM – THE RISE OF THE GREAT VEHICLE (MAHAYANA)
Beginning around 100BCE new texts emerged and were spread by inspired monks that proclaimed The Perfection of Wisdom (Prajnaparamita) as the master insight to enlightenment, salvation, liberation and healing. These texts promoted a new figure in Buddhism, the Bodhisattva, who was an Enlightening Being working for universal salvation of all creation. The new approach also introduced a cosmic vision and cosmology to Buddhism that had only been hinted at through reincarnation in earlier Buddhist teachings. Three major Mahayana schools arose in India, the Madyamika, the Yogacara or Vijnavadin (mind only), and the Tantric.
Enjoy a clear, down to earth presentation of some history, key concepts, main texts, leading figures and schools in the Indian Mahayana tradition.
Ch’an and Zen developed in the context of Mahayana Buddhism and are founded in this tradition. Learn the background to our practice and feel your union with this stream of spirituality over the past 2500 years.
EARLY CHINESE BUDDHISM – THE RISE OF CH’AN
Enjoy a journey through Chinese history with the articulate and masterful Roshi Jikai as your guide. He will transport you to 200CE and guide you safely along the “Silk Route” from India to China as Buddhism enters the ancient Kingdom.
At first Buddhism begins in China in the distinct schools from India – Vinaya & Old School (Theravadan), Madhyamika, Yogacara. The Chinese are confronted by 700 years of scriptures, commentaries and practice traditions, and find it difficult to reconcile different teachings and approaches. Different translation efforts emerge, culminating in a massive, state-sponsored translation bureau under the leadership of Kumarajiva (circa 350-410), an Indo-Iranian missionary. (Kumarajiva was considered such a genius, and his knowledge of Buddhism so prized, that wars were fought between states to gain possession of him!)
A very creative ferment in Chinese Buddhism begins in the 400s that results in the emergence of new schools of Buddhism that are distinctly Chinese — Ch’an (Zen) Tiantai, Hua-yen and Pure Land.
Roshi Jikai will present the development, beliefs and practices of these schools in a clear structure, guiding you into a fuller appreciation of the Chinese creativity manifest in the beauty, power and uniqueness of Zen.
EARLY JAPANESE BUDDHISM – THE RISE OF ZEN
February 6, 2016 from 10am to 1pm