What do you think this means?

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“Go to your room and think with your belly…”
It’s a koan.
a paradox to be meditated upon that is used to train Zen Buddhist monks to abandon ultimate dependence on reason and to force them into gaining sudden intuitive enlightenment
I’m doing this for a project in my Tao &Thought class, which is basically an Eastern Philosophy class. I’d really like to read what everyone thinks &I’d really appreciate. Don’t be afraid of being wrong, because I don’t really know what this means either.
I need a lot of answers!
Thanks for your help!

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I have no idea.
But I was told a story about an elderly Buddhist monk on his deathbed, with an old friend and fellow monk keeping him company. The dying man turned to his friend and said simply, “I don’t want to die.”
His friend bowed his head and said, “Thank you for your great effort.”
He meant the great effort for the dying man to be completely honest about what he wanted — or in this case, what he didn’t want.
So, maybe your assignment is to sit long enough to get hungry and then be completely aware of your hunger.
But that’s just a guess.


Geez, how can you do that without thinking with your mind anyway? I”ve often tried these meditations but I think way too much. lol. That’s like if a tree falls in the woods…, can’t figure that one out either. I keep waiting for that moment when the choir starts to sing, and rainbows will appear all around me and I finally achieve true enlightenment like Bart Simpson did. Oh, well.
Hey that’s pretty get mary above me!

Randall C

no Jesus no peace
Know Jesus Know peace


To me it means something akin to “follow your instincts,” except in this case you’re not being told to act upon them so much as sit quietly with them and see where the urging in your gut takes your mind. The pit of the stomach will react to personal truth, think about it. When a person is under stress, their bowels and/or stomach can become awfully uncooperative, but when you are being true to your inner self, things settle down and flow smoothly. It’s an exercise in noticing your body’s reaction to self-honesty.


Why do you need “a lot” of answers? If it is a koan, don’t you just need one answer?
My answer would be that in meditation you leave the mind behind and focus on the breath. The center of your breathing is in the belly. So just think with your belly.


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