What is Zen

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  • Enigma One
    Enigma One

    After dumping the Dub's I was against all religion of any kind. Slowly but surely I started to embrace a belief system that matched my own internal one. Part of my job takes me to Asia. I have spent a "fair bit" of time in those parts. I thought I'd post my musings on Zen, with various quotes by Derek Lynn.

    "Zen" is the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese character "chan," which is in turn the Chinese translation from the Indian Sanskrit term "dhyana," meaning "meditation."

    Zen, like Tao, cannot be totally explained in words. Much of your grasp of Zen must necessarily depend on your own intuition. Bodhidharma (528 A.D.) had this to say about it:

    Not dependent on the written word,
    Transmission apart from the scriptures;
    Directly pointing at one’s heart,
    Seeing one’s nature, becoming Buddha.

    Given that’s the case, the closest we can come to describing Zen in words may be as follows:

    Zen is more of an attitude than a belief.
    Zen is the peace that comes from being one with an entity other than yourself.
    Zen means being aware of your oneness with the world and everything in it.
    Zen means living in the present and experience this reality fully.
    Zen means being free of the distractions and illusory conflicts of the material world.
    Zen means being in the flow of the universe.
    Zen means experiencing fully the present, and delighting in the basic miracle of life itself.
    Paradox is a part of Zen and the teaching of Zen. A paradox nudges your mind into a direction other than the routine. It helps you disengage the rational mind and free up the intuition. It also points to a truth that cannot be rationally derived through the use of logic. Therefore:

    Zen is nothing and yet everything.
    Zen is empty but full.
    Zen encompasses all and is encompassed by all.
    Zen is the beginning and the end.
    It's easy for some to dismiss Zen as a bunch of mumbo-jumbo, devoid of real meaning. These would be the people who aren't yet ready to move up to this particular level of spiritual development. That's alright. Such things should not and indeed cannot be rushed. Michael Valentine Smith, the main character from Stranger in a Strange Land, would say that one must "wait for fullness" and that "waiting is."

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  • under74

    wha...you're distracting me enigma...

  • stevenyc

    its the message written on a blank wall and the light shining from a black hole.


  • under74

    OKAY, OKAY...joking aside enigma. I haven't looked a whole lot into Zen so thanks for posting your info.

  • blondie

    What is the sound of one hand clapping?

  • Elsewhere

    Zen is everything and nothing.

  • Legolas

    Does or can one ever achieve Zen?

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