Zen is a path that must be studied, practiced, and actualized. The core of Zen is zazen, which requires motivation, patience, discipline, and dedication, and is cultivated through repeated, consistent practice. Formal Zen practice begins with two basic activities: we sit, and we breathe, with awareness. From that basic engagement, we extend the activity to include walking, chanting, eating, working—every aspect of daily life.
What is Zen ? A Spiritual Guide
What is Zen Buddhism? | Buddhism for Beginners | Tricycle
Why Zen Practice? This a common question asked by people who are who are new to Zen and to meditation in general. As someone who is visiting with our group for the first time, you may already be familiar with some of the difficulties that are common to someone who is just beginning to take up meditation practice for the first time. The physical discomfort from sitting on the floor for long periods. The psychological discomfort many experience from simply sitting in silenceperhaps for the first time in their livesand confronting the relentless busyness and chatter that goes on in the untrained mind. You are not alone, and this is something everyone who takes up this practice as a beginner must go through. In hopes of perhaps making the answer to that question a bit clear, and hopefully inspire you to continue with the with the practice during this difficult adjustment period, I write this.
Sex, Love, and Buddhism
The world we live in, and the very nature of our mind, push us to stay self-focused and self-protective. We are encouraged to widen our stance in the world by accumulating materials goods, and by pushing away people who are "not like us". We live our lives in a constant state of concern that our "objects" will disappear and our territory will be infringed. Looking over our domain, if we take even a moment to assess the effects of this strategy, it might become clear that these activities do not bring about a happy, fulfilling life. We may notice that the practice of acquisition is endless; that there is never enough.
The finances are terrible, and the beautiful carriage house on East 67th Street may have to be sold to pay legal debts—or, if he wins the lawsuit, to pay damages to Eido Shimano, the year-old Zen master who built the society up but also, in a way, has destroyed it. According to revelations that have tumbled out over the past two years, and which I chronicle in-depth in a new e-book , Shimano has spent 50 years preying sexually on his students. He may have slept with dozens; I personally have identified over a dozen, and spoken to many of them.