for me being zen mean to not blind your self to the truth! it stop you from believing and giving power to things! and just accept the truth in things and find and understand the meaning in things! what do you think about this? http://www.abuddhistlibrary.com/Buddhism/C%20-%20Zen/Ancestors/The%20Zen%20Teachings%20of%20Bodhidharma/The%20Zen%20Teachings%20of%20Bodhidharma/THE%20ZEN%20TEACHINGS%20OF%20BODHIDHARMA.htm If you don’t find a teacher soon, you’ll live this life in vain. It’s true, you have the buddha-nature. But the help of a teacher you’ll never know it. Only one person in a million becomes enlightened without a teacher’s help. If, though, by the conjunction of conditions, someone understands what the Buddha meant, that person doesn’t need a teacher. Such a person has a natural awareness superior to anything taught. But unless you’re so blessed, study hard, and by means of instruction you’ll understand.
When you go into it, you realize that physicality only exists as long as a conscious observer is present. Thus if there’s no conscious observer present, the tree in the forest doesn’t fall nor make any sound because neither the tree nor the forest exists :)
answered 29 Apr '11, 03:10
I think Zen is about realising that everything is ephemeral, impermanent, and therefore precious and perfect in its brief moment of existence. Happiness, sadness, beauty, tragedy - everything will keep changing, so there is no need to hang on to anything.
Once we can grasp this truth (which is not easy), we will be able to take everything as it comes, with equanimity, and appreciate every single moment for what it is i.e. live in the moment in the fullest way possible.
answered 29 Apr '11, 03:32
Zen was born in India (Dhyan) grew in china (ch'an) and blossomed in Japan (Zen)
Born from Buddha, Mahavira, Tilopia, Gorakh and Kabir from their teachings in India of how to separate your self from the wheel of life.
*Dhyan means to be so alone that there is nothing to meditate on. No object, just simple subjectivity exists~consciousness without clouds, a pure sky.
It is said that it all began when Buddha was about to give a lecture which were usually quite lively. This time Gautam came with just a flower. Time passed, he said nothing just looked at the flower. The crowd gre restless, but a man could not help himself any longer and laughed.
Buddha beckoned over the man and said "All that can be given to you with words, I have given to you: but with this flower, I give this man the key to all the teachings. This story is said to be the beginning of zen.
I think what this says is that all great teachings can not be given verbally either to Buddha, Jesus or Lao-Tzu.
Zen means there are no words to describe it. That is the great thing about it and humor is a part of zen. The fact that you can not describe it. Like what is the sound of one hand clapping?.
Zen is a cross between Buddhas thought and LAo-Tzu's thought.
Zen is not a religion, not a dogma, not a creed. Zen is not even a quest, an inquiry; it is non-philosophical.The fundamental of the Zen approach is that all is as it should be, nothing is missing. Tis very moment everything is perfect~ OSHO
answered 29 Apr '11, 04:35
Although that gives you the historical context, it is pretty dry. So my personal belief: At it's core, zen is about understanding the nature of suffering. As Harold Kushner once said (and I am paraphrasing):
In truth, people cause most of their own suffering. I forget where I heard this, but it's absolutely true:
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