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Title: why zen
Post by: whale on June 30, 2016, 04:40:36 pm
Since having kids 8 years ago I have not go to any sangha.  I went to FPMT but I just followed the basics for about 2 years.  There is a Zen center by the house I just moved to and was wondering. Why some choose Zen.
Title: Re: why zen
Post by: stillpointdancer on July 02, 2016, 02:35:42 am
Always been interested in Zen, although I finally chose the Triratna Order since that was the nearest center to me, and I liked the 'Western' aspects of their take on the Dharma. I think many are attracted to the 'sudden' part of Zen, that enlightenment will come in a sudden flash. It does, but not before years of hard work! Over the years I've  come to think of Buddhism as training the wild mind, in much the same way as training a wild horse. You can either 'break' the horse in, or you can 'gentle' it in. Both work, but in different ways. For me, many aspects of Zen are the 'break it in' school of training. Anyone else think that?

My only concern is with the Zen practice of sitting in a particular position for hour on end when meditating. My legs just aren't up to it, and I get concerned about circulation. Anyone else find that?
Title: Re: why zen
Post by: Spiny Norman on July 09, 2016, 10:13:00 am
My only concern is with the Zen practice of sitting in a particular position for hour on end when meditating. My legs just aren't up to it, and I get concerned about circulation. Anyone else find that?

Yes, they can be a bit anally retentive when it comes to posture.  Personally I think it's mostly cultural baggage, there is no really need to do yogic contortions or suffer pain.  IMO using a stool or chair is fine, you can also meditate lying down.
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