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February 28, 2011


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I was and still am blown away by Chozen Bays' response. Kristen Maezumi's willingness to talk to Bays and aspire to a level of reconciliation was also powerful. But it's Bays' authority over herself that really encourages me. Her protocol for self-healing should become something we all aspire to practice.

Judy Roitman

Just a clarification that AZTA didn't write a letter because it's not that kind of organization. A number of teachers in the AZTA used its e-list to organize a group letter, and to encourage people to write individual letters. But AZTA itself, situated outside any particular Zen/Chan/Soen/Thien tradition or lineage, has no standing to make an organizational statement, or to intervene in situations like this. Thanks for letting me clarify.

Barry Briggs

Thanks for your comment, Genju.

Thanks for the clarification, Judy. I've amended the text accordingly.


David Clark

James Ford once posted a fourteenth century Chinese text called "The Samadhi Treatise of the Treasure King" on his Monkeymind blog. I keep a printed copy on my refrigerator door and have given printouts to many friends. Item Ten says (in part);

"Progress in spiritual practice becomes possible when you are confronted by obstacles and hardships. Whereas no growth is possible where there are no obstacles. It was in the midst of hindrances that the Buddha realized supreme enlightenment.

Angulimalya committed terrible acts, and Devadatta and his followers rebelled against the Buddha, but nonetheless, the Buddha guaranteed that even they would one day be able to attain enlightenment. If even people like these are able to awaken, how can you claim that the things that offend and trouble you will prevent Liberation? Rather these will speed you on your way; through them you can make quicker progress. If you want to obtain the great treasure, you must face what confronts you and embrace it with wisdom."

Thank you Barry for posting this sort of material, this is just the sort of thoughtful discussion that can help us all grow a bit through this affair.

Barry Briggs

Thank you for sharing this passage, David; and for your support!


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