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Zen Meditation

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Lindsay Young

on 18 November 2013

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Transcript of Zen Meditation

China
korea
japan
India
Japan
“Originally I came to this land
To rescue the deluded by transmitting the Dharma.
One flower will open with five petals
And the fruit will ripen by itself."

~ Bodhidharma (on the transmission of Zen to China in the fifth century)

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Tracing Zen Meditation
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“Originally I came to this land
To rescue the deluded by transmitting the Dharma.
One flower will open with five petals
And the fruit will ripen by itself.”

~ Bodhidharma (on the transmission of Zen to China
in the fifth century)

Tracing Zen
Meditation

East
Spiritually oriented
Buddhist goal to "let things go"
Realization of the bigger picture
Experience world as it is in the moment
Tap into your inner "Buddha"
West
Less spiritual
More towards the goal of mental balance
Focusing on thoughts
One subject rather than big picture
How to Meditate
Mind over body
Focus on breathing
Attention of your "hara" (just below the navel)
most stable
each foot is placed upon the opposite thigh
hands are in mudra
Full Lotus Position
Feel flat on the floor
Keep the back straight and centered
Allow diaphragm to move freely so that breathing can be deep, easy, and natural
Do not control or manipulate breath
Chair Position
A Drop of Water
A Zen teacher named Gisan asked a young student to bring him a pale of water to cool his bath.

The student brought the water and, after cooling the bath, threw onto the ground the little that was left over.

"You dunce!" the master scolded him. "Why didn't you give the rest of the rest of the water to the plants? What right have you to waste even a drop of water in this temple?"

The young student attained zen in that instant. He changed his name to Tekisui, which means 'a drop of water'.
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