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Why is meditation important for zen?

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  1. its not absolutely necessary per se… but it sure helps quite the “monkey mind” which usually rules our thoughts.
    Enlightenment can be reached in many ways, not all of them through meditation, but it is an extremely useful tool for bringing your mind under some amount of control and focus which can be helpful for many things including the search for high philosophical ideas and/or release from attachment.

  2. Meditation — which comes in several forms — reveals the truth of life.
    Most of us experience life in the same way as we experience a movie.
    You know what it’s like to go to a theater and watch a really good movie? If you’re like me, you get swept away by the compelling “rightness” of the story. In fact, many times we don’t even notice the quality of acting, the costumes and sets, and the music. It’s just….the EXPERIENCE!
    But, of course, movies aren’t real. They are completely constructed phenomena.
    Someone who has gone to film school experiences movies very differently than you and I. A film student understands all the various tricks that moviemakers employ to produce an audience response.
    Engaging in Zen meditation is like going to the film school of the mind. When we meditate, we can experience our mind-movies in a different way. This practice inevitably reveals the deceit of our personal movies.
    All the stories we tell ourselves — about the kind of person we are; about our relationships with others; about how the world around us behaves — all these stories contain no more truth than any movie. The stories may be compelling. But they are false.
    When we see our mind-movies as false, then we can begin to interact with the world from a place of truth. This allows us to function with compassion, wisdom, generosity, and creativity. The name for this type of function is liberation.
    Given the great suffering in the world (and in our own lives), what could be more important?

  3. It all depends what one wants to do with meditation. Meditation origins from secular practice, rooted from the Buddhist and Taoist teaching. Here is how I understand it.
    Non-secular yoga meditation provides a vehicle to calm down and letting go of some stress, slight increase of body immunity, and some benefit in treating some illness.
    When the yoga is practiced along with a philosophy, the person shows longevity while the body ages.
    Semi-secular novice in an Eastern religion, casually observes the rituals, notes what others are doing, treats it as philosophy, and practices meditation.
    The sophomore rarely reads the scripture. He practices the meditation without full understanding what meditation does from the scripture: how to increase the energy, and how it affects the body.
    The junior reads the scripture and practices the meditation, but neither follows nor applies the teaching seriously, and often easily remains stagnant on a certain level in the belief.
    The senior reads the scripture, practices the meditation, applies the teaching daily, and helps other people along,
    improves and raises his moral characters, and works hard moving to higher level until enlightenment occurs. He likes to meditate for long time. He looks younger and very healthy, and is full of energy.
    You can read about Zen in page #5 in the Zhuan Falun lectures available on the web.
    Not relating to Buddhism, Falun Gong is a unique Buddhist School. Falun Gong is based upon the universal principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. Falun Gong consists of five sets of powerful exercises.
    Falun Gong, Tibetans, Buddhists, and Christians have been persecuted in China. The most offensive human right violation is the organ harvesting from the Falun Gong practitioners in China.
    Here are some articles about the benefit in practice of Falun Gong meditation.
    http://www.theepochtimes.com/news/6-6-19/42960.html
    http://www.theepochtimes.com/news/6-5-13/41456.html
    http://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/download/publications/health_index.html

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