how do you explore zen koans, without the evaluation and sheer presence of a "master"?

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
5 Comments
Most Voted
Newest Oldest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
OKH

Sorry, I dont know.
All the best.

mrjones502003

any “master” cannot give you the answer, because your answer may not be anyone else’s…when you find you no longer seek the answer, then you;ve found it

SW

You can’t. Without guidance of some sort, koans seem meaningless.
This is a famous koan that many have spend years meditating on:
“When your mind is not dwelling on the dualism of good and evil, what is your original face before you were born?”
Without a teacher, you won’t get far with it. A teacher is essential, at least in the early stages of zen practice.

Lakely

Your question is PERFECT, since you recognize that something more is needed other than just rational thought.
A koan brings a suspension of thought so that Pure Spirit can be experienced. So the idea is the suspension of thought, not the Koan itself.
This is about being “in Spirit” This is a good resource to understand what the ultimate goal is… or the purpose of the koan. It can be done… you don’t have to travel to the Far East to get it.

Navigator

There’s nothing stopping you from pondering a Zen koan on your own, but at least in the early going it’s very helpful to have a master/teacher so you can be watchful for any pitfalls in how your thinking is running.
I think you can explore koans on your own, but be patient and don’t expect TOO much, especially if you’re new to Zen.

Related

How can I perform a PLR (Past Life Regression) on myself or on others?

Actually, Alex S, I DID watch "Oprah" today! It was a good episode!

What kind of patients do psychiatrists work with?

Do they work with naturally-born mentally challenged people? Or the people who became mentally challenged because they went through certain types of tragedies but...

(Hinduism & Buddhism) Can the head chakra be accessed before the lower ones?

I can willfully flip to a form of consciousness beyond mind. The nearest explanation I can think of is that some chakra has opened...

Has anyone noticed that Jesus himself never spoke against witchcraft, nor was it mentioned in the gospels?

I've searched and searched and I've found no mention of witchcraft by Jesus. Only by his apostles and since they didn't hear it from...

How do you channel chi energy?

I see people knock people out with it and are able to move people? How do they do it?
5
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x