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Offline Felnar22

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Zen Buddhism
« on: August 31, 2016, 10:57:06 am »
Hi everyone, I've recently decided that I want to pursue Zen Buddhism. However I don't know where to start or what I need to do and I would appreciate any help. Thank you.

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Re: Zen Buddhism
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2016, 09:50:41 pm »
I tried asking on here for advice as a new buddhist a while back but got no response.  I think your best bet would be to read up on some things http://www.zentexts.org is a good site for a new zen buddhist.  Maybe look into some literature that catches your eye.  Lastly I would find the temple nearest you and go talk to some people there. 


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Re: Zen Buddhism
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2016, 10:12:10 am »
Hi everyone, I've recently decided that I want to pursue Zen Buddhism. However I don't know where to start or what I need to do and I would appreciate any help. Thank you.

Lots of people like the idea of Zen, but find the discipline that comes with the practice rather difficult. Any particular reason you chose Zen?
“You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.” Franz Kafka

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Re: Zen Buddhism
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2016, 06:17:46 pm »
Honestly it just feels right to me and I'm willing to do my best at it.

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Re: Zen Buddhism
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2016, 03:39:44 am »
Honestly it just feels right to me and I'm willing to do my best at it.

Seems a good reason to me. Shunryu Suzuki's 'Zen Mind Beginner's Mind' is a book I've read and re-read over the years. Well worth a look at any stage of your development.
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Re: Zen Buddhism
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2016, 11:00:24 am »
Hi Felnar,

Even though I try to be non-sectarian, I've also been most attracted to Zen -- ever since adolescence when I read Alan Watts and D.T. Suzuki.

However, what was really pivotal was going to a Zen Center to sit with others. In my case I was fortunate to be living in San Francisco in the sixties when I was introduced to Shunryu Suzuki and I began sitting with him. Although I'd been meditating sporadically before that, my practice received a huge boost. You can't really know what you're capable of until you're pushed a little bit. I soon was sitting first thing every morning and every evening, for the length of time it took an incense stick to burn.

I don't think it's necessary to be glued to a teacher 24/7, but practicing occasionally with other like-minded folks can be very helpful. There's zen groups all over the country now, so maybe there's one near you that you can check out.
My first formal meditation training was with Shunryu Suzuki in the 60's and later with Kobun, Robert Aitken and many other teachers (mainly zen). However, I've spent the most time practicing on my own, which is all I do now. I'm living in a rather isolated area so I miss connecting with other practitioners. Despite my interest in zen I've made an effort to remain secular. You can visit my website at http://www.frogzen.com

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Re: Zen Buddhism
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2016, 02:43:57 am »
I am fond of the writing of Karen Maezen Miller. She seems to come from a zen perspective. Her books "Hand Wash Cold" and "Paradise in Plain Sight" are both nice gentle zen books.

There's also a podcast called Audio Dharma. Gil, the chief presenter, comes from a zen background, I believe.

Of course, there are many different varieties of zen out there.

 


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