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Secondly, there is not a Buddhist Organization in the World that ordains individuals without their postulants attending and graduating from a formal Buddhist University, that is except in the West where almost every Zen Organization has adopted the “Bodhidharma Syndrome.” This developed from a statement that is supposed to attributed to the great Zen Founder Bodhidharma.
If you pass through this gate,
do not give rise to thinking
not dependent on words and speech,
a special transmission outside the scriptures.
Because of this almost every Zen Organization in the West has abandoned any form of formal education. There are a few recent exceptions, the Taego Order, the Fo Guang Order and the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas being a few of them of them. It should be noted that each of these exceptions are Asian Orders with large centers in the US. The others that have curriculums are focused on single paths like Chaplaincy or Hospice Care. The fact is that every one of these Asian Teachers who came to the West had at least a Bachelors Degree if not an Advanced Masters or Doctorate degree in Buddhist Dharma. It was expected of them, and it should be expected of western practioners as well. This is why the Five Mountain Zen Order has a Zen College and a Graduate School to augment the students studies with their individual teacher. Ultimately, the age-old principles of Zen will be carried on through the formal education and intuitive realization of the Order’s members as they seek to save all beings from suffering, through developing charity, love, compassion and awareness.
FMZO maintains no affiliations with other Zen organizations or religious denominations; however, membership in the FMZO community does not preclude individual affiliation with other groups. Within the FMZO there is no hierarchy amongst Dharma successors. Zen Buddhism is universal; the medium and methods used to facilitate realization vary according to each individual’s circumstances. Dharma successors within the FMZO may apply varied practice approaches and resolve on the structure of any construct that she or he may develop to facilitate practice.
Our Dharma successors recognize they are ongoing students and that the value of their teaching derives from the quality of their practice. As continuing students, our teachers are dedicated to the openness and flexibility of practice, wherein the wisdom of the unconditional may be manifest in life.
A vital component of the Five Mountain Zen Order community is the continuing examination and expansion of efficacious instruction approaches to ensure all-inclusive observation in every aspect of life.
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Just visit our site: Welcome To “The Monastery Without Walls”The Five Mountain Zen Order was founded in 2008 by Ven. Dr. Paul Wonji Lynch following his departure from the Golden Wind Zen Sangha and the Kwan Um School of Zen while wo