3D Dialogue: Zen Buddhism and Western Society

Jesse Hirsh host of 3D Dialogue interviews Sensei Taigen Henderson from the Toronto Zen Centre regarding Zen Buddhism and how to integrate eastern spirituality with life in western society.
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  2. This was very good. Good presenter as well, a very nice flow to the interview.

  3. @nianfochan,
    I totally disagree with your assessment of the asian buddhists in general. There are many level of understanding among the devout buddhists in Asia. They go to temple and worship in various ways according to their level of understanding and knowledge of buddhism. The Westerners practice the buddhism to liberate themselves. THEY think that at their current circumstances and levels of understanding of buddhism, in this lifetime, they can become “awake”.
    Namo amitabha..

  4. The interviewer in particular doesn’t seem to be able to stop talking about the West in a negative way. The fact is that it is only in the West that lay people can practice meditative Buddhist paths like Zen. Lay Buddhists in Asia generally devote their entire lives to materialism and to their family and their job. Even when they visit a temple, they usually do so to pray for good luck for their family. The most devout among them pray to be born as a monk in their next life.

  5. watch youtube vid:
    TEDxBlue – Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. – 10/18/09

  6. check out youtube vid:
    Burke Lecture: Buddhism in a Global Age of Technology

    watch google video:
    Thomas McEvilley on ‘The Shape of Ancient Thought’

  7. Greco-Buddhism, sometimes spelt Graeco-Buddhism, refers to the cultural syncretism between Hellenistic culture and Buddhism, which developed between the 4th century BCE and the 5th century CE

  8. The new syncretic form of Buddhism expanded fully into Eastern Asia soon after these events. The Kushan monk Lokaksema visited the Han Chinese court at Loyang in 178 CE, and worked there for ten years to make the first known translations of Mahayana texts into Chinese. The new faith later spread into Korea and Japan, and was itself at the origin of Zen

  9. Bodhidharma, the founder of Chán-Buddhism which later became Zen, is described as a Central Asian Buddhist monk in the first Chinese references to him (Yan Xuan-Zhi, 547 CE), although later Chinese traditions describe him as coming from South India.

  10. You are right in saying that zen is exactly not to control, but to let things happen, but the truth is that controlling your mind and not controlling your mind are actually the same thing. In the most simplest sense, the way to control your mind is lose control. Hope you understand. You probably will, because you seem to sort of get it anyway.

  11. but…i thought zen is exactly not to control, but to let things happen. you can’t control your mind,people think they can, ’cause they see the mind as a different entity,which is the illusion, we are our mind!!! but i’m confused about the controling of the mind they’re talking about…

  12. asocaxiao:
    I understand your frustration w/ this dude “croscream”, but you can’t put everyone in America as just one kind of individual. There are many kinds of people… not everyone wants to be a lawyer or an accountant. There are many writers, artists, teachers. And yes, those nasty ones in power like money. But there are many millioners exploiting people all over the world, including China, india, and Arab countries.

  13. I’ve read some material about Zen Buddhism and I found it incredible interesting. Well, more than just interesting it seems like a philosophy written by people very aware of the flaws of humans living a society. Obviously Zen masters in Japan made right-on observations on why the human mind has a tendency to feel unhappy and pursue material goods and power.
    Competition among each other is not the way. The Supremacy and the vanity around it leads to the whole ideology found in fascism.

  14. croscream, OMFG go read more and try not to let your Westrn Supermacy thinking take over. “Plato,Saint Thomas, Kierkegaard” all dated after Buddhism(2500BC). And if you think the western work is so righteos, did you read the part in the late 19th centry western world legalise the sales of opium to China?
    Buddhist don’t force you to give your 10% income, so they can’t afford to build hospitals. the way private health care company screwing everyone over, hospitals is not the important part here.

  15. Yoga and meditation is the path for humanity to achieve better interactions among each other

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