Is one a Zen Buddhist?
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Good question. Zen Buddhism is the meditation school (variety) of Buddhism. Anyone who engages in zazen and the other practices of Zen Buddhism may be considered a Zen Buddhist. This, though, is misleading because, according to The Buddha, there is no such thing as a separate self; an human individual person is really a congeries of qualities. Strictly speaking, therefore, there is no one to be a Zen Buddhist!
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Answer "Zen" means meditation in Japanese. "Buddha" means "Awakened one" or "Enlightened One" in Sanskrit and Pali. Buddhism is the way to awakening or enlightenment. Zen Buddhism is a way to awakening or enlightenment that is centered in the practice of meditation. Here, if you are new to Zen, you…r mind is already asking What is awakening or enlightenment? It will not be until you have traveled the path of Zen practice that you will begin to realize why this question is about an experience that is beyond all answering. Even the label "experience" does more to hide than reveal. Other Answers . A sect of Buddhist philosophy popular in north America and Japan.. Zen is the practice of forgetting the individual self. In forgetting the individual self, you are free, and become enlightened.. More zen precise answer: zen is zen is zen is zen is .... Zen means the real you in the right now. Do your duty without attachment and without reservation or obsession.. The absurd practice of trying to become who you already are. ( Full Answer )
There is no "pope" or "Dalai Lama" in Zen Buddhism. In monasteries, the term RÅshi (lit. "older teacher") is used as a respectful honorific to a significantly older Zen teacher considered to have matured in wisdom and to have attained a superior understanding and expression of the Buddhist teachi…ngs. Zen emphasizes the relation between teacher and student, and a direct transmission of the core of the teachings between the two. ( Full Answer )
Answer . Maintain a state of mindless inquiry one minute at a time and then increase it to 24 hrs a day.
There is no Zen Buddhist leader in the way that, for example, the Pope is the spiritual leader of Roman Catholic Christians or the Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists.. Zen Buddhism is the meditation school of Buddhism. The emphasis is on a practitioner's direct experience--not …on accepting any specific creed or dogma or teachings. Though there are helpful ideas associated with the practice, they do not ultimately count. What counts is a student mastering the practice. ( Full Answer )
\nSome do, some don't.. but martial arts in and of themselves are not intrinsic to Zen. As I understand it the samurai borrowed heavily from Zen.
Zen is the meditation school of Buddhism. The primary practice in Zen Buddhism is zazen, which is a distinctive kind of meditation. Different Zen Buddhist traditions have slightly different ways of practicing. Depending upon the particular group, there are--in addition to zazen--liturgical practices… involving chanting, prostrations, spiritual talks, and one-on-one interviews between teachers and their students. . ( Full Answer )
Typically, a Zen Buddhist teacher is called "sensei" and a senior sensei is called "roshi.". An ordained Zen priest who is sanctioned to teach typically changes his or her name to a dharma or Buddhist name.. For example, the present abbot or spiritual leader of the Rochester Zen Center used to be …named "Peter Kjolhede." He is now known as "The Venerable Bodhin Kjolhede, Roshi" or just "Roshi" to his students.. Other sanghas do it slightly differently, so that "Charlotte Beck" becomes "Charlotte Joko Beck" or "John Loori" becomes "John Daido Loori." Sometimes those who are familiar with a teacher use that teacher's dharma name as opposed to using the more generic "sensei" or "roshi.". There is no standard naming authority, and semantic inflation is a fact of life. ( Full Answer )
Where do Zen Buddhists worship? The answer depends on the faith of the individual Zen Buddhist. If the individual was a Catholic and a Trappist monk like Thomas Merton, he would worship God in a church. Or if the individual Zen Buddhist was a Jew, he would worship the same God in a synagog.. On the… other hand, if the individual Zen Buddhist did not believe in God, he would not worship anywhere.. People all over the world and of all faiths practice Zen Buddhism. Zen is the Japanese word for meditation. Buddhism is the enlightenment path or way of the Buddha Siddhartha Guatama. Zen Buddhism then is striving for enlightenment (or being a Budda) through the practice of meditation, as did Siddharth Guatama. ( Full Answer )
Like Buddhism in general, Zen Buddhists worship no god(s) Non-Buddhists often mistakenly believe that Buddhists worship The Buddha. He is, however, just a man. His "claim to fame" is that he worked out the path to decreasing pain through the control of desire on his own, without instruction or gu…idance. He is revered for this, but not worshipped ( Full Answer )
Buddism is 'now-ness' and a Buddhist practioner/cultivator is mindful of doing good, avoiding evil and purifying the mind at all times . Buddism is mind culture where we train the mind to perfection, to look inward in order to understand the true nature of things. When we have perfected the mind we… are enlightened; we are liberated and free from samsara(a sate of mind that is polluted with sufferings); we have return to the source, our Trua Nature/ True Mind.. Buddhist do not believe to live for one day, one year, one life time but many, many life times until enlightenment is attained. ( Full Answer )
Zen Buddhists believe that words and thoughts contribute to our ignorance so rather than spend time attempting to debate or think our way to a realization on emptiness, it is better to simply get to down to the business of meditation to achieve enlightenment.
The basic idea is to sit motionless on a meditation cushion or bench with an erect back while focusing intently on your breathing. All classic meditation postures involve sitting with the two knees and the buttocks forming a stable base. The hips are slightly tipped forward with the abdomen pushed o…ut so that there is a natural concave arch in the lumbar spine. The head is erect with the chin slightly tucked in. The chest is open. The arms and shoulders are relaxed with the hands folded on the lap. It helps to imagine a cord running from the top back of your head to the ceiling and another running from your breastbone to the ceiling. Breath with your stomach, not your chest. Zen meditation may also be done as a standing or walking practice. Your mind should be focused solely on your breathing, noticing the inhalations and exhalations. In this way Zen meditation's focus varies from that of Tibetan and other meditation as it is not focussed on a mind image but on void-ness. The best way to begin is to count: 1 for the first inhalation, 2 for the first exhalation, 3 for the second inhalation, 4 for the second exhalation, and so on up until 10 and then begin again. If you lose count, don't worry: just begin again at 1. When a thought arises, let it go and return to counting your inhalations and exhalations. The best book to read is still Roshi Philip Kapleau's THE THREE PILLARS OF ZEN. It has detailed drawings of all the classic meditation postures and instructions on how to focus the mind. ( Full Answer )
There are quite a few Zen Buddhist monasteries in PA. Below is a link to a list from DharmaWeb.
Zen Buddhist centers are places of education about the life ofBuddha, and about the Buddhist belief system. The centers are alsoa place of worship and peace for those affiliated, desiring tobecome Buddhist, or simply those who want to learn more.
No. Practicing Zen is looking into "What am I?" So if you have an "I," then you can benefit from examining and questioning its true nature. There's no need to be a Buddhist, or anything else.
In practicing Zen, all that matters is looking into "What am I?" This big question points to a clear, before-thinking mind. When you're thinking, you may have the idea that there are infinite beings in the world, or billions, or just a few. But before thinking, there's nothing at all: complete, empt…y stillness. ( Full Answer )
Buddhist civilians can wear whatever they want but monks are encouraged to were red or orange robes due to the fact Buddhists are supposed to live a simple life.
Haikus. Bassho invented the haiku forms as we have them today, but what he invented that truly impacted us is the HAIBUN: a combination of haiku poetry and descriptive prose. Bassho created the haiku structure to fit smoothly with his narrative, but others also contributed haiku to Bassho's notebo…oks. ( Full Answer )
If you mean as a meditation aid, no, there is no visual imagery in Zen Buddhism. Obviously, statues and so on can be helpful reminders, but I don't think that was the point of your question.
As many times they like, or as many times as they feel the need. I meditate once per day. In times of stress, I may meditate more.
The word zen is the Japanese translation of the Chinese word ch'an , which is in turn a mis-pronunciation of the Sanskrit dhana . Dhana means contemplation or meditation. But the practice of zen is none of the above.
Reincarnation isn't exactly a doctrine, but a supposition. The dharma (practice or work) of Buddhism is to reach a state of perfect understanding, and until that is reached the person will be reborn to continue the work. However, not all who believe Buddhist ideals of right living and nonviolence an…d call themselves Buddhists believe in reincarnation.. Bottom line answer: mostly Buddhists do believe in reincarnation; it's implied by the Buddha's teaching; but they don't have to.. Answer: . Buddhists are pretty much a do it for yourself organization. The Buddha said ""Do not accept what you hear by report, do not accept tradition, do not accept a statement because it is found in our books, nor because it is in accord with your belief, nor because it is the saying of your teacher....Be ye lamps unto yourselves." ( Full Answer )
Buddhism is non-theistic. However there are Buddhists who are also, say, Christians, and those Buddhists would worship that God.
From a physical point of view, all the classic meditation postures involve an erect spine supported by the two knees and the buttocks. A cross-legged or kneeling posture is usually used. I use both. The chin is tucked in slightly, the hips tilted forward, and the shoulders and arms are completed re…laxed. Breathing is done with the belly-not the chest. Eyes are lowered. The mouth is closed with the tongue in the basic yogic position (in other words, with its tip touching just above the inside of the front teeth). From a mental point of view, the practitioner focuses on the breath. Typical practices including counting the inhalations and exhalations silently from 1 to 10 and then repeating, counting only the exhalations, and simply following the breath. ( Full Answer )
Bowing is a frequently used method of greeting in Asian countries. Many Buddhists are Asian and follow the customs of their countries. Many Buddhists are not a Asian and follow the greeting customs of their cultures and countries instead of bowing (handshakes, back slapping, hat tipping, forelock tu…gging etc.) ( Full Answer )
Yes & No Taisen Deshimaru, Zen Master & the New Orleans Zen Temple said that Belief in Reincarnation is unimportant. Only Zazen is important. I don't think that Zen Buddhist spent much time investigating or thinking about Reincarnation. Most anyone can attend the New Orleans Zen Temple for a limited… time or retreat. there website is www.nozen.org . . . Tibetan Buddhist are conditioned from birth that we have had a previous life and will reincarnate. Belief in Reincarnation has good evidence from the University of Virginia & the 40 years work of Dr. Ian Steveson. ( Full Answer )
There is usually an image of Buddha, Avalokitesvara, or Manjustri. Incense is offered for various intentions throughout the day (perhaps before meditation, upon arriving at home, before leaving home). A candle is on the right side, slightly forward from the image; flowers are on the left side placed… evenly with the candle. The flowers must not be taller than the image. ( Full Answer )
Buddhists have no opinion on this question as they do not incorporate the concept of "god" into their beliefs. The presence or absence of any god(s) does not impact the imdividuals progress towards enlightenment. As a concept there is is no reason for buddhists to comment on god(s) any more than C…hristians would have a meaingful contribution to a Wiccan discussion on the purpose of moving widdershins about a central point during a ceremony. ( Full Answer )
Most zen Buddhists don't do martial arts, but small groups do. TheSholin monks and Shorinji Kempo to name few...
Zen actually means "to contemplate". The main focus of Zen is to meditate. It is considered the most important method to reach your goal within Zen.
It takes as long as it takes. The course to enlightenment can takesmany thousands of lifetimes. However the person who is presently aZen Buddhist may have been through these reincarnations already andlearned from them and may be ready to become enlightened. This doesnot however mean he is going to N…irvana as the enlightened may optto return to the cycle o death and rebirth to enlighten others. ( Full Answer )
There is no difference. Both have been ordained. However, there is a difference between a priest or monk who has been sanctioned to teach and one who hasn't. It's possible to call those who have been sanctioned to teach "priests" and those who haven't "monks." .
Zen Buddhists use whatever is helpful in stilling both the body and the mind. With respect to stilling the body, since it is critical to sit erectly, the most important equipment that Zen Buddhists use to meditate is designed to facilitate sitting erectly. Doing that involves tipping the pelvic gird…le slightly forward and getting the knees lower than the hips, which is the best way to do that. So the cushions, benches, mats, and other supports used by Zen Buddhists make it easier to sit with the hips higher than the knees. The two knees and the buttocks provide a tripod that is a solid base for sitting erectly. In terms of stilling the mind once the body is stilled, there are different methods used such as counting the breaths, simply following the breath, or koan training. The idea is to let thoughts settle down until the mind is still. . ( Full Answer )
Dancing is neither a traditional nor a common part of the practice of Zen Buddhists. Therefore, if they dance it is simply because they want to dance. .
Typically water symbolizes life, which is impermanent. Like life, water flows and can take many forms. Zen came from the interaction of Indian Buddhist and Chinese Daoist practices. Water is an important image in classical works of Daoism such as TAO TE CHING. .
The contemplation of a koan (Zen parable) and the accompanying teshio (a master's discourse on a koan) and thoughts, or lack there of, about the koan and its (non)meaning are considered meditation in addition to regular Buddhist meditation. Answer: The official periods of meditation are schedul…ed throughout the day on each monastery's own schedule. As zazen (seated zen) is taxing these sessions are usually no more than an hour in length. The sessions may be scheduled for monks who will be there for years or visitors who are essentially trying out the monastery experience for a few days or a week. They may be as early as 4am or as late as 11pm. During the daylight hours there may also be periods of walking zen meditation. The sessions may be alone or in concert with others under the guidance of an instructor. A monestary may also have periods of Sesshin (extended meditation that includes sitting meditation, walking meditation, chanting, oryoki (a formal, meditative way of eating), Dharma talks by the sesshin leader and a meditative work periods). There may also be Dokusan (private meeting with the sesshin leader). What is taught in Sesshinis that at any time in our daily lives we can focus our full attention to the activity of the moment as a form of meditation. As a consequence the entire day becomes fully a meditation period - when it's time to eat, just eat, and when it's time to sit, just sit. No interfering thoughts arise. ( Full Answer )
If you are asking about formal meditation, any time is a good time to meditate. One time is not necessarily better than any other time. That being said, dawn and dusk are favorite times to quiet the mind. Many find that it is easiest to do first thing in the morning and that it is important to do a…fter the day's work is complete. If you are asking about informal meditation, understand that a sage is always meditating! ( Full Answer )
Yes, but it is important to distinguish rebirth from reincarnation. The word "rebirth" refers to the moment-to-moment continuity that we experience throughout our lives. Except that it is difficult to understand, there's nothing controversial about it. The word "reincarnation" refers to lifetime-t…o-lifetime continuity that some people believe is possible to experience. This is a controversial topic. There is no necessity for buddhists of any kind to believe in reincarnation. Actually, the Buddha did not talk about reincarnation. His primary focus was on reducing suffering. Believing or not believing in reincarnation is irrelevant to reducing suffering, so he maintained a noble silence about it. ( Full Answer )
Although the Hollywood version of a Zen Buddhist meditating usually involves a Zen Garden, meditation hall, or a freezing waterfall in the middle of winter (?), Zen meditation can occur almost anywhere that there is a minimum of distraction. For students sitting a meditation hall under the guidance …of a master is usual, but sitting or standing or walking Zen is also possible. ( Full Answer )
It is not so much the beliefs as the technique used to attain realization. Zen is often called the "Sudden Teaching". The Dalai Lama (not a Zen Buddhist himself) once made the following apt comparison between Zen and other schools of Buddhism: In most schools of Buddhism, a guide takes you by the …hand and carefully leads you up the mountain by safe paths. Zen goes right up the northern flank. (paraphrased) ( Full Answer )
Zen Buddhists do not control their bodies or minds. The whole ofZen Buddhism is to attain an instantaneous and unthinking awarenessof the whole of the situation and be one with it. This precludes"controlling" anything.
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A Zen Koan can refer to short stories, small statements, and parables. One can learn more about these by visiting their local library and checking out books pertaining to Buddhism.
Zen Buddhists do not have the conceept of prayer as they have nogod to pray to. The process of askimng for direction from a deityor attempting to understand a deeper meaning is against the Zenprocess of non-intellectual acceptance of the world.
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These don't exist when learning Zen or Chan. wisdom is merit ofyour mind. dharma is the foremost wisdom one needs in ones life.Its also said even when you learn something it best the let it gothat this merit does no good in the next life. I can explain wisdomis like the ocean its big , moves and may… carry you to furthergains. but these gains only carry more burden. So dharma is gainfor here and now but not further. its like the last drop of waterin the cup, the cup may have been full when it was filled but thelast drop is what you had so no more is needed. This last drop ishere and now but carries no further burdens to you. When you learnsomething you never forget it but use it in every part of life thenwhen it time to release it you let go cause no gain is needed fromit. ( Full Answer )
Keeping mind that is before thinking and letting it function correctly when sitting, walking, lying down, at all times. We also call it "Dont know mind" and another name of correct function is "saving all beings from suffering".
Without knowing the context of the terms "faith" and "wisdom" used in this question it is difficult to answer a query of this nature. If faith is meant in the sense of trust in the guidance of a deity, then Buddhists do not have faith as they have no deity guiding their actions, only the understandi…ng expressed in the Four Noble Truths that human suffering results from desire and desire can be controlled.. As for wisdom, this usually implies an understanding of the worlds conditions and the answers to many questions of physical, emotional and mental concen. A Buddhist would see these as imaginary issues which disappear when true understanding of the ephemeral nature of perceived reality is understood. So Buddhists are not "led to wisdom" but reject it as a desirable outcome.. Even the concept of becoming enlightened is difficult to understand from the perspective of Western Religions. Buddhists feel this is the path to Nirvana. In Nirvana the holding on to perceptions of matter, time and space are severed and even the sense of self is abandoned. It is difficult to associate a concept like wisdom with that of non-self.. ( Full Answer )