I met a few practitioners at a
seminar and we started a conversation about "lineage".
I was awed at first to hear
about this one's and that one's teachers. Each had a story back to 1st,
2nd, 3rd generation masters. Then it started, "whose master was better?"
the landscape of spring there is neither better nor worse; the flowering
branches grow, some short, some long. - Zen saying
never compare my teachers to determine who was better, smarter, faster, or who
had the most knowledge.
do you compare the beauty of an ocean to the majesty of a forest; how do you
compare a desert to the mountains. -
A teacher gives mostly his love
and his experience. He can teach technique, concepts and philosophy. The ability to use these things comes
from within one's self.
We all are aware the form and
the application of the form are different. As the styles were passed on, was
there no room for improvement/ was there no insight, room to improve? How far do
you have to reach back to determine you have the truth?
The 4 truths (philosophically, Truth
has many meanings)
- You must be aware of the truth
- You must understand the truth
- You must function within the truth
- You must maintain the truth