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Monday, March 23, 2009

I never have any kind of racial discrimination

Recently my old two acquaintances proclaimed cooperatively utilizing their acquaitance's blog that I have some kind of posibility to have a tendency of racial discrimination, but I have never have such kind of tendency completely at all.

I think that such a kind of behavior to utilize other's blog is very coward and tricky.

I never have any kind of racial discrimination at all.

I love all human beings to revere absolutely, and so I would like to proclaim the simple facts clearly.

20 Comments:

Blogger Joshua B. said...

Roshi,
Any one, who takes the time to pay attention to your words, be they written or spoken, would know that you are a person whom has nothing but love and compassion for all beings. People that would say these things about you, and from the safety of their homes, with out the courage of conviction to say it to you in person, are sad indeed.
Sincerely,
Joshua

5:11 PM, March 23, 2009  
Blogger GUDO NISHIJIMA said...

Dear Joshua B. San,

Thank you very much for your encouraging words for me.

I think that it might be historical facts that since Gautama Buddha found his Realistic Philosophy about 450 years B.C., human beings could not understand his Realistic Philosophy for about 2,500 years.

However, since the middle of 19 Century, the philosophy of Existencialism has begun, and after arriving at its golden age, the Gautama Buddha's Realism is going to become the ultimate philosophy of human beings.

7:34 PM, March 23, 2009  
Blogger kerry said...

Dear Roshi,
Discrimination on all levels detract from the experience of stillness of the universe. I value your teachings which support stillness as the ultimate reality and the Buddha's realism truth. There is no place for discriminations. Thank you for your compassion and generosity.
-Kerry

9:15 PM, March 23, 2009  
Blogger Joshua B. said...

Roshi,
The more I study Buddhist thought the more it seems that it is the ultimate philosophy. What idea could be more perfect then the notion that we must be with what IS. But unfortunately, not all human beings will come to this conclusion. So many feel dissatisfied with life. In America in particular, the general consensus is that you must have everything that you desire and you must have it NOW, and if you don't, then you are a failure. I myself do not to get caught up in this notion, but it can be difficult, it is every where you look. People idealize what life "should" be instead of being with what it is. I had the realization about a year ago that the everyday life was spiritual and that looking out side of those mundane things for some sort of ecstatic experience I was missing out on true connection. And there is so much sadness in the world. I used to say that sad things happen, but misery is a choice. When I found that same idea in Buddhism I felt an instant connection. Thank you again for your responses.
~ Joshua

10:10 PM, March 23, 2009  
Blogger natbas said...

I am a total stranger, and have been reading these posts for some time. I have not found even any hint of racial consciousness, let alone a sense racial superiority here.

I think it is good that people exercise the liberty to make any kind of inference, but it is better if they do it in a kind and gentle manner. If people are too aggressive, it vitiates the atmosphere.

If they say that, unless they have some other motive, it might be that they think they have reasons to think that way- for that sense of grievance we should have some empathy and not hit back and make them feel worse.

We should not cultivate enmity, this is my humble opinion, and I find it very hard to practice.

Regards,

Baskar

11:25 PM, March 23, 2009  
Blogger Harry said...

Dear Roshi,

I cannot know all the details of this situation, but I do know dignified behavior when I see it and I know undignified behavior when I see it (being somewhat of an expert in undignified behavior myself!)

I would like to thank you for your dignified behavior in response to these criticism, and thank-you also for continuing to be available to all of us on this blog.

Regards,

Hanrei.

1:06 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger Lauren said...

Sensei,

I too have read much of what have written in books and in your blog and have never detected any discrimination. It is also clear to me that your efforts are a free gift to the world. I only hope that I can sufficiently understand there value to my own path quickly.

Thank you for all your ideas and teaching.

Regards,
Lauren

6:06 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger Lone Oak said...

Roshi,

I do not see a way to send a non-public message to you, so please pardon me if I seem to help stir this pot unduly. Truly, this is none of my business, but I find the gap between words one place and another startling.

I see on someone's blog the words:

“Attendant on it are constancy and straightness;
Wanting little, contentment,
and freedom from alliances;
No fondness for worldly activity, and forbearance.”

But in this recent matter there is neither modesty, caution, or reclusiveness, not to mention forbearance by the translator of these wise words.
How sad.

Feel free to not publish this comment if you wish.

Best to you,

David Clark

7:38 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger GUDO NISHIJIMA said...

Dear kerry San,

Thank you very much for your encouraging words for me.


Dear Joshua B. San,

I agree with your idea that after finding Reality, it has become impossible for you to be unhappy.

I think that unhappy conditions come always with idea, and so forgetting idea
we are always busy to live in Reality.

11:22 AM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger Joshua B. said...

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2:52 PM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger GUDO NISHIJIMA said...

Dear All members who sent your comments to my blog "I never have any kind of racial discrimination."

I am very sorry that I have bothered you so much because of my poor expression of my comments, which I wrote on the title above recently.

My complaint, which I wrote recently, does never related with this blog.

Several weeks ago I received some very dirty criticism from my old acquaintances in other blog, and so I wanted to tell them my opinion to stop it.

But my behavior was so poor and careless that I have bothered you so much.

Therefore I would like to ask your pardon sincerely, and I will be much careful in future.

I beg your pardon sicerely.

Gudo Wafu Nishijima

8:28 PM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger Harry said...

Dear Roshi,

I think any reasonable person can understand that it is upsetting to recieve such criticism, and understand also that you are quite entitled to make your reasonable response.

You have not troubled us at all.

Regards,

Hanrei.

8:39 PM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger Joshua B. said...

Roshi,
I feel that there is nothing wrong with what you have posted. The fact that you take the time to post, and that you are amicable to open discussion is proof of your generosity and kindness. I am moved by your humility. Thank you for your continued responses. I am looking for ward to your next posting.
Cheers,
Joshua

9:01 PM, March 24, 2009  
Blogger Al said...

Nishijima Sensei,

No need to apologize to us. What was said about you should not have been made public and you have every right to defend yourself.

Deep Bows,

Al

3:12 AM, March 25, 2009  
Blogger Al said...

Sensei,

I have a question regarding Zazen. In you writings you advise us to only concentrate upon keep our spines straight vertically.
Do you mean that we should attempt to maintain a one pointed concentration upon the posture of our spine during every second of Zazen?

Thank you in advance,

Al

3:14 AM, March 25, 2009  
Blogger GUDO NISHIJIMA said...

Dear kerry San,

Thank you very much for your kind opinion to encourage me so much after my uncomfortable experience.

I would like to go ahead directly and stupidly further without worrying about anything, which belongs to secular societies.


Dear Joshua B. San,

Thank you very much for your clever advice, and I agree with your opinion so much.

I will go ahead further more and more for establishing the ultimate Truth of Buddhism in 21st Century as far as possible.


Dear natbas San,

Thank you very much for your kinds advices, and I agree with your clever opinions.


Dear Harry San,

Thank you very much for your encouraging words for me, and I will go ahead further more and more until my end of life.


Dear Lauren San,

Thank you very much for your kind greetings for my opinion.

5:13 PM, March 25, 2009  
Blogger Regina said...

Dear Nishijima Roshi,

Thank you for this teaching.

Best wishes
Regina

12:44 AM, March 26, 2009  
Blogger kerry said...

Dear Roshi,
You are most welcomed.
May you be well and peaceful.
Sincerely,
Kerry

10:54 AM, March 26, 2009  
Blogger kerry said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

10:57 AM, March 26, 2009  
Blogger GUDO NISHIJIMA said...

Dear all members of Dogen Sangha Blog,

Thank you very much for your so many encouraging comments.

From today I will begin my answers to your questions again.

And I am afraid that some your questions might be erased without receiving my answer, and so if there were such kinds of questions existing, I would like to ask you to send your same questions as before again.


Dear Al

Thank you very much for your question of Zazen posture.

Even though I have emphasized the posture of spine strongly, but at the same time it is very important for us to be careful, for example, to stretch the back of the neck as far as possible, opening the eyes, being symmetrical right and left, and so there are so many cases, but among them the stretching the spine straight virtically is very important.

12:42 PM, March 26, 2009  

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