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*Am familiar with “Mindfulness Meditation” and how to practice it. ZEN Buddhist: “Have you read the book

Zen Meditation in Plain English”
By: John Daishin Buksbazen ?

Have been practicing Mindfulness Meditation for a Year now, and been a Student of Buddhism for 9 months [only] – ya, Am a baby Buddhist within, still !

Best, personal source for Mindfulness Meditation comes from:

http://www.vipassana.com/meditation/mindfulness_in_plain_english.php

Simply, sharing in a friendly manner.

* ZEN Buddhists: “What are the differences in the meditative practices between Mindfulness Meditation and Zen Meditation ?
What are the various techniques, traditions that are encorporated in Zen meditation ?
Enjoy learning.

Is it Best to Read the Book: “Zen Buddhism In Plain English” which was recommended in the back of the book “Mindfulness in Plain English” ? Will buy it, if this is the only or best means of learning.

Are their some Excellent websites you prefer, which you can also refer me to ?

* Have “Present Moment Wonderful Moment” & “Miracle of Mindfulness”
Zen Author

6 Comments

  • i practice vipassana meditation and have over one hundred books on Buddhism(all schools,teachings and biographies) and meditation. if i could have only one book it would be Pure and Simple by Upasika Kee Nanayon.its not that she’s saying something new but she has made the information pure and simple. to me, its invaluable regardless of what type of meditation you practice.

  • Endless Path Zen by James Harrison is a great little resource published by Callistermon books.

    ‘Concerned more with direct experience, the ‘here and now’ rather than the ‘what if’.
    Zen means meditation, and while meditation is important to all forms of Buddhism ( as well as to other Eastern ways of seeking inner calm and physical and spiritual ways such as yoga), meditation is absolutely central to Zen Buddhism. In every Zen Buddhist Monastery, meditation is practiced for several hours everyday’

    Even a checklist which I have a funny feeling you would enjoy!!! 🙂

    ‘Ask yourself these questions in a quiet moment, although not while meditating.
    Why do you want to practice meditation?
    Why are you drawn to meditation?
    What are you seeking through meditation?
    Is it to de-stress and calm your mind?
    Is there a sense of suffering or dissatisfaction that drives you to seek meditation?
    Are you searching to be more self- aware and self-accepting?
    Are you seeking insight into your true nature?

    A guide to help you understand and begin practising the basics of Zen Buddhism, to be used in the everyday routine of daily living though meditation, koan study, gardening, cooking – even making the tea’

    Gorgeous book and art work…if trouble getting it try http://www.flametreepublishing.com

  • I don’t know the book. Books are good, but qualified teachers are essential if you intend to practice Zen Buddhism to its fullest.

    Lay people can attend Zen Buddhist temple services and in North America, some of the temples have programs for those of us rather more in the middle. You want more than the weekly service, yet not really wanting to become a nun or monk. Nothing wrong with that. It is an invaluable experience.

    My first Zen practice was in North American Korean Zen Buddhist Temple. There is a tremendous difference between books, not so qualified teachers and the real thing.

    At the time, I felt our temple was very Westernized. Today, as compared to what I am hearing from people, it was really very strict! I found my training at this temple to be excellent.

    Our Zen practice involved the aforementioned Zen quoan meditation and counting of breath. The descision of what one used was made by the Sunim. We also practiced walking meditations, chanting and prostrations. Of course there was always washing the dishes and cleaning the toilets to. I am serious.

    During one evening session of sitting, facing the wall, gaze slightly downward, very disciplined…our teacher shouted for us to rise and run in behind one of the young monks in training. I jumped up and ran. Some people stopped…asking where they were going…trying to put shoes on. What do you think was the evolved response?

    During this time, I had a job teaching riding horses. I had to get on a students horse that was having problems. I have never experienced anything like it.

    I have wondered if Steven Segals Buddhist practice gives him the same kind of experience when he is practicing his martial arts? I know he is a devoted Buddhist. There is definatly a relationship.

    I feel very strongly that the practice of true Zen meditation, unless one is already trained well, is bound to the teacher and the Sanga. I did not understand how deeply until now.

    Zen meditation is not only about sitting meditiation, it is daily mindfullness that is nurtured by the teacher.

    I hope this is helpful to you.

    Peace!

  • Chan (Zen) Buddhism means Buddhism by meditation. there are many different styles of meditation in Chan. Zazen, or just sitting is very similar to Vippashana, at least the mindfulness part, but the focus in latter meditations in both Thereavada and Zen Buddhism are quite different.

  • Yes. No I have not read that book. Mindfulness, choice-less awareness and vipassana meditation are the same to me. In Zen There are two forms, simply sitting and koan meditation. ~ : )

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