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bodhidave
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“Upasaka” P’ang has given an excellent reply above. One additional book to consider might be “Zen Keys” by Thich Nhat Hanh. As P’ang has suggested, there is some range of options, all the way from simply doing Zen style meditation more or less on your own, to joining a Zen practice community, participating in a precepts ceremony, and becoming a practicing member of a Zen center. Something I would highly recommend at some point is to take part in a Zen meditation retreat. There is no richer way, in my experience, to receive a most profound understanding of what Zen… Read more »

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Whacking students with sticks or not is irrelevant, if the teacher is nothing more than a common person with no clear mind and even remote understanding of the clear light (beginning of Enlightenment). Zen or more appropriately Ch’an is a sect of Buddhism; and all Buddhism students required taking refuge under three jewels, not from the book or are trained by a book, but by a legitimate lineage backed teacher. Ch’an/Zen meditation is simple and techniques are not that complicated, and are shared by all sects of Buddhism, but the experiences of how the breathing flow and mental trips when… Read more »

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Zen is primarily a practice tradition – meditation, chanting, and other practices that cultivate wisdom and compassion. So if you’re interested in becoming a Zen Buddhist, all you really need to do is start practicing. The easiest way to do this is by joining together with others at a Zen center. The teachers and senior students can guide you through the early stages of practice and then support you along the path. There are many Zen centers around the world – the link below can help you find one close to you. http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/ If there’s not a center nearby, you… Read more »

Rico JPA
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Rico JPA

Find a master to teach you. Preferably one of the ones who uses older methods, like whacking students with sticks.

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Not Rep or Dem!!

Try this book, it is my bible and will explain everything you ever needed to know.

Eskimo Joe
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Eskimo Joe

Study. Dedicate your life to learning. Read. And never ask about buddhism on Yahoo Answers ever again…