Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Zen Buddhism?


"Nothing exists entirely alone; everything exists in relation to everything else. Where there is light there is shadow; where there is birth there is death; where there is open, there is closed; where there is one, there is other. By the same reasoning, where there is sadness; there is joy; where there is delusion; there is enlightenment."  

I  find many paradoxes in life but also the many problems that arise from the ego. With this in mind I looked to Zen Buddhism.


"Zen Buddhism is not a theory, an idea, or a piece of knowledge. It is not a belief, dogma, or religion; but rather, it is a practical experience. We cannot intellectually grasp Zen because human intelligence and wisdom are too limited - the dojo (the hall where Zazen is practiced) is different from the university.
Zen is not a moral teaching, and as it is without dogma, it does not require one to believe in anything. A true spiritual path does not tell people what to believe in; rather it shows them how to think; or, in the case of Zen - what not to think.
Zen Buddhism is not interested in metaphysical theories and rituals and focuses entirely on the mindful practice of Zazen. Zen is very simple. It is so simple, in fact, that it's very difficult to grasp.
In the silence of the dojo or temple, quietly sit down, stop moving, and let go your thoughts. Focus just on your Zazen posture and your breathing. Keep your back straight. Let your ego and your unconscious mind melt away, merge with the universe.

This is Zen."
From the Zen Buddhist site http://www.zen-buddhism.net/

This all makes perfect sense to me but am I Zen Buddhist?

There is no magic. There is nothing mystical. There is no belief, no dogma. There is only the desire to improve yourself.

Zen Buddhism is greatly influenced by Tao. Zen being a Japanese word. Chan is the Chinese equivalent. The merging of two schools of thought in mutual fusion is purely logical. Their thoughts fit neatly into each other, Tao and Buddhism offer wisdom's worthy of  study to anyone seeking enlightenment. Achieving enlightenment is another thing.


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