I thought I'd start a Zen thread.
I've had an involvement with Zen for almost 20 years, spent time with Zen teachers and even lived in a Zen monastic environment; in Brisbane, believe it or not.
Any way, I dont intend to write much about Zen myself. That is, I'll just post the occassional Zen poem or saying; let the great practitioners tell the story.
But before I do, just quickly, some preliminaries.
What is Zen?
Each proponent of Zen will have their own view, mine is this.
Zen - is not so much a doctrine, idelogy or belief system, but more of a practice, a mode of being in, or engaging with, one's own life, the world and other people.
Zen is practiced through 2 core systems.
1] mindfulness -- the process of paying attention in a conscious fashion to one's own thoughts, behaviour, experiences etc.
2] koan-- a riddle or puzzle that cannot be answered by the intellect. eg; what did I look like before my parents met? or who am I?
Why practice Zen?
Again, each proponent of Zen will have their own view. But I enjoy Zen because I'm interested in the human condition and deepening my understanding of it, in a manner that is more experiential rather than theoretical.
Any way, enough of all that. There's voluminous information to be found online if you wish to know more.
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the thief left it behind --
at the window.