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Two Shores of Zen: An American Monk's Japan Paperback – January 9, 2010
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I do not share the idea of the need of an unbroken lineage of transmission, neither the weak ontological premise of reincarnation, the ego, an illusion (of no real substance) can somehow reincarnate?
Enlightenment it is a constant since it is our true nature, therefore there is no need for an unbroken chain of transmitting his true essence, transmitting the Buddhist Dharma perhaps, but in every age individuals should be capable of realizing their true enlightened nature, so no need of an unbroken chain, a Buddha, or a Christ is within every numberless sentient being.
Of course a practice, effort, mindfulness, and living a full life of experiences it is necessary, to discover this nature.
Therefore the vows:
Sentient beings are numberless,
I vow to free them.
Delusions are inexhaustible,
I vow to end them.
The Dharma Gates are boundless,
I vow to open them.
The Enlightened Way is unsurpassable,
I vow to embody it.
This being a monk, or better not!
"Two Shores" is the "Empty Mirror" of our time; a probing, engaging record of one Westerner's encounter with Asian practice. A real shame publishers didn't understand that when Jiryu submitted his manuscript to them. I'm grateful he decided to self-publish, even though it's an expensive, self-sacrificing route to readership.
Anyone who's troubled by our all-too-mortal Zen establishment; suffers from Real Zen Disorder; is interested in Japanese practice models; or just likes a good Zen yarn, should do the writer and themselves a favour and pick up a copy.
For my complete in-depth review, see Rusty Ring: Reflections of an Old-Timey Hermit. (Scroll down to "Jiryu Mark Rutschman-Byler" in the index on the left side of the blog.)
I've asked myself the same sort of questions. It felt good to see a serious practitioner asking them in print.