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Apr 11, 2019 20:02:35

zazen (2) one might think it's meditation, it is NOT

by @lucjah PATRON | 207 words | 49🔥 | 326💌


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Digging a bit more around and beneath my zazen streak (12 days today) I am discovering astounding pearls. I imagine I should have already have gathered many of them, or perhaps, at a certain point, I even had, but they all got sucked into marshes of oblivion. 

So... what a dive!

In the West, when we say zazen we usually think Zen meditation or sitting meditation, understood as one of many methods from Eastern spiritual traditions used for reaching a state of “no thought”. 

Many meditation prac­tices in the Buddhist tradition are nowadays indeed used as methods helpful in attaining certain objectives, such as health, peaceful mind or resolution of life problems. In this sense, zazen is something different and cannot be categorised as meditation.

For Dogen Zenji (founder of the Soto Zen Lineage) zazen is first and foremost a holistic body posture, not a state of mind. 

In most meditative traditions, practi­tioners start a certain method of medita­tion (counting breaths, visualisations...) after getting sited in the meditation position. In other words, it is "position" plus "meditation", where the former becomes a means for the latter, but is not an objective in itself.

In such a dualistic structure, the body sits while the mind does something else.

to be continued...

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    @lucjah I'm sitting in the train while my mind reads your post. So, not zazen.
    <3 :)

    PhilH avatar PhilH | Apr 12, 2019 08:34:44
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      @philh nope, yet meditation (It still is ok... LOL!)

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Apr 12, 2019 11:35:32
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      @philh I don't (oh I do!) want to comment on our comments, but we
      definitely lost the #CommentsStreak... :-/

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Apr 12, 2019 11:43:47
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    @lucjah - grabs cushion. faces wall. posturing and breathing.

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Apr 11, 2019 22:22:30
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      @brianball Omg... Do you mean it?
      If you do...
      1. You really need to read just a bit about the actual posture
      (better to go to the zazen instruction)
      2. Lets start a #ZazenStreakers!!!

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Apr 12, 2019 11:35:08
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      @lucjah - First thing I did this morning - sat.

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Apr 12, 2019 08:37:18
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      @brianball woooow... amazing
      shall we make a little #zenstreakteam :-)))))

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Apr 13, 2019 22:41:45
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      @lucjah - yes. #ZaBraveZen

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Apr 13, 2019 18:42:30
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