Zen-based meditation places the emphasis on becoming aware of the sensations, thoughts, actions, emotions, and so on without actually getting involved or analyzing them. In other words, you become a witness to things that is happening in and around you. To illustrate the essence of Zen meditation, read this beautiful story:
After ten years of apprenticeship, Tenno achieved the rank of Zen teacher. One rainy day, he went to visit the famous master Nan-in. When he walked in, the master greeted him with a question, “Did you leave your wooden clogs and umbrella on the porch?”
“Yes,” Tenno replied.
“Tell me,” the master continued, “did you place your umbrella to the left of your shoes, or to the right?”
Tenno did not know the answer, and realized that he had not yet attained full awareness. So he became Nan-in’s apprentice and studied under him for ten more years.
The end goal is to still the mind and attain absolute emptiness. I personally like Zen because it does not lay down rules – do this, do that. I hate following rules and when practicing Zen meditation, I can just be myself or for that matter anyone in the universe.
—– adapted from relishinglife.com
QUOTE: Whatever is material shape, past, future, present, subjective or objective, gross or subtle, mean or excellent, whether it is far or near — all material shape should be seen by perfect intuitive wisdom as it really is: “This is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self.” Whatever is feeling, whatever is perception, whatever are habitual tendencies, whatever is consciousness, past, future, present, subjective or objective, gross or subtle, mean or excellent, whether it is far or near — all should be seen by perfect intuitive wisdom as it really is: “This is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self.” Zen Quotes by Buddha Gautama (born 563 B.C.) ——paralumun.com
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ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Zen can be reduced to two words-not necessarily so!