06 March 2011

Ekayana Working Group: Everyone Welcome

I am interested in creating a space in which anyone who is interested in discussing and learning more about the one-vehicle teaching of Ekayana can do so in a democratic, nonsectarian, and informed way. To that end, I have started a discussion forum called the Ekayana Working Group.

The Ekayana teachings arise in a variety of contexts and expressed in different kinds of terminology. I think our understanding of the teachings can only grow if we talk to each other, and learn each other's language. Consequently, everyone is invited: Nichiren Buddhists of all orientations, Soka Gakkai members, Tendai people, Zen and Ch'an and Soen people, students of Madhyamika and Mahamudra and Dzogchen too.

It is true that there are 84,000 Dharma gates, one for everyone out there, to meet people where they are and draw them in. It is also true that once you are drawn into the stream, there is a way in which the whole stream and all its tributaries is of one taste. Dharmakaya is Dharmakaya, skillful means are skillful means. So: let us learn from each other and eat at the one table together.

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